Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Squares

I know few people who don’t like the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Perhaps this is no surprise: peanut butter and chocolate are one of the most well known (and well loved) combinations in the baking world because they are just the perfect compliments to one another. So when I saw this easy recipe for peanut butter chocolate cereal squares from America’s Favorite Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I needed to make it immediately.

As it turns out, this recipe is super fast and super easy. It literally takes 10 minutes from start to finish and uses items that are fairly common to the pantry of most home bakers — peanut butter, corn syrup, sugar, chocolate, rice crispies and cornflakes.

Like the Tutti Frutti Butterscotch Squares, this recipe does require you to work quickly which is why I would suggest having all your ingredients measured out before you start — it helps to be prepared. However, if you find that your mixture has cooled too quickly and has become a little unruly to press evenly into your baking pan, simply melt one cup of chocolate chips over a double boiler and spread the chocolate on top of the squares. I promise no one will ever notice any uneven lumps or bumps that way — too bad the same technique won’t work on my cellulite.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cereal Squares (adapted from America’s Favorites Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens)

Makes one 9-inch square pan

2 cups Rice Crispy cereal

1 cup Corn Flakes cereal, crushed slightly

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup dark corn syrup

¼ cup granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

1 cup chunky peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine cereals and chocolate chips, set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Immediately remove from heat. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereals and stir with a spatula to combine. Press into a 9-inch pan and allow to cool before cutting. Enjoy.

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