Introduction: Peanut Butter Cheerio Clusters

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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

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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Materials:

  • 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

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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

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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

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Mix a teaspoon of vanilla into the mixture, stir until fully combined.

Step 5: Mix in Cheerios

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Comments

BillJ1 (author)2015-04-29

Awesome, I'm going to try this with rice crispy.

njreyn (author)BillJ12015-05-01

My family has been making this very thing using rice krispies for decades. Crunchy PB works too. The vanilla is an interesting add, I'll have to try that. And the HN Cheerios is an intriguing twist, also worth an "exploratory" batch. Now, if you REALLY want to up the diabetic-nightmarishness (if Webster will forgive me) mix 'n' melt a (11oz?) bag each of butterscotch and chocolate chips to spread over the top...

OneBirdieMa (author)njreyn2016-12-04

Oh, la! Shades of Killer Brownies . . . . my brain is drooling.

Micaelapaola (author)2016-07-28

Yummy clusters!

Nathicana (author)2016-05-21

Uiiii....that sounds so unhealthy!!! :) ....but very good (without the peanutbutter)! Have you ever tried to research, how many calories this has?? :)

gblackheart (author)2015-06-07

Great recipe, made it today. We did substitute honey for the corn syrup. Very sweet tasting but good.

datadoll (author)2015-05-18

Sounds like a keeper!

NathanSellers (author)2015-04-29

You had me at "peanut butter".

bgipson1 (author)2015-04-29

It seems so sad to Have to include a statement that peanut butter is made with peanuts or nut products, what have we become

ashten.elliott (author)2015-04-29

BillJ1: That sounds delicious!
Cassiel007: I feel like you could replace the sugar with any type of sweetener (like stevia) and the corn syrup with honey or agave to create a healthier snack!
Sensoh8su: corn flakes sound great too! They are wonderful when made with Captain Crunch as well!
Seamster: I LOVE these! I think I will enter it! Thank you for telling me!

cassiel007 (author)2015-04-29

really great idea. can the sugar and corn syrup be substituted with something healthier?

sensoh8su (author)2015-04-29

I have done this combination with corn flakes instead of cheerios, and made drop cookies out of them. They were delicious.

seamster (author)2015-04-29

We make these at my house, and I can attest, they are delicious. Nice to see the recipe here!

You should enter this into the snack contest! :) https://www.instructables.com/contest/snackcontest/

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