Introduction: Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters
A simple, delicious, any time snack that can be made in 15 minutes! This kid-friendly recipe that uses ingredients found in your pantry! Let the fun really begin by letting your child prep the ingredients and then cook the snack right alongside you!
Step 1: Gather Materials
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup corn syrup
- 1 Cup creamy peanut butter (*Note to reader: This recipe does include peanut product)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 5 Cups Cheerios (We prefer Honey Nut)
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Plastic Container
- Multiple Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Long Stirring spoon
- Smaller spoon
- Hot pad
- Non-stick Spray
- Wax paper
Estimated baking time: 10 minutes
Estimated cooling time: 15-20 minutes
*Please read all the instructions thoroughly before beginning*
Step 2: Mix and Heat Sugars
Mix together a cup of sugar and a cup of corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Place the mixture in a microwave and heat until the mixture comes to a boil. We suggest heating for 4 minutes, stirring in intervals of 30 seconds with the long stirring spoon.
*Our microwave wattage is 1,000 watts. The time will vary as to how long it will take to reach a boiling state.*
*Please be cautious that the bowl and mixture will be hot; use a hot pad to protect from burns.*
Step 3: Combine Peanut Butter
Mix a cup of creamy peanut butter into the hot corn syrup/sugar mixture. Stir together until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
Step 4: Combine Vanilla
Mix a teaspoon of vanilla into the mixture, stir until fully combined.
Step 5: Mix in Cheerios
While the mixture is still hot, stir in 5 cups of Cheerios. Make sure all the Cheerios are fully coated with the peanut butter mixture.
Step 6: Prepare for Cooling
Prepare the wax paper by tearing a sheet out and placing it on a counter top surface. Spray non-stick cooking spray on your hands, this makes it easier to work with the mixture.
Step 7: Pour the Mixture Onto Wax Paper
Pour all of the mixture out onto the wax paper, using your hands, smooth out the mixture until it is even and flat. Let cool for approximately 15 minutes or until the mixture is completely cooled down and stuck together.
Step 8: Serving Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters
Once cooled down, you can either break it up into small pieces (pictured above, top), cut the Cheerio mixture (pictures above, bottom, left), or you can leave it one big slab (pictured above, bottom, right) and let your guest determine how much they get!
Step 9: Storing Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters
Finally, once the mixture has cooled, you can place the clusters in an air-tight container to make sure they do not dry out. Use wax paper in between each layer of clusters so that they do not stick together.
We hope that you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe as much as we do!