Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oh-So-Addicting No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

How's that for a name?  I just had to add "addicting" in the title because....well....they are.  I saw a recipe on Pinterest for some amazing no bake cornflake PB cookies.  It only had four ingredients--I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about (sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, and cornflakes).  We liked it okay.  I felt like it was lacking some depth.  So I went on a hunt and found many variations on that recipe.  I combined a few to come up with my own version that wasn't quite so overwhelmingly peanut butter-y.  Don't get me wrong--peanut butter is still a strong player in this version.  It just doesn't taste like it's the only ingredient like the other recipe did.  And I think the added ingredients do add more depth to the flavors.  Let me know what you think if you've tried the other version.

And as sidenote--I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  I kind of have an addiction to mini Reeses PB cups.  But this was one recipe that I felt would be perfectly delicious without the chocolate.  My daughter doesn't love chocolate (gasp) and so I made a few chocolate-free for her and found myself drawn to those more than the chocolate covered ones.  But no one can deny the chocolate ones look prettier, right?
"No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies" adapted from Cooks.com

1 C white sugar
1 C corn syrup
1/4 C butter
2 C creamy peanut butter (much better than chunky)
6-7 C corn flakes
1 T vanilla
Dash of salt

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a pan on the stove top.  Bring to a boil stirring often.  Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, salt, and peanut butter.  Stir until smooth and pour over cornflakes.  Use a cookie scoop to form cookies and place on wax paper.  Can melt chocolate and drizzle over cookies or eat them plain.

Tips:  I read online that someone liked using frosted flakes instead of corn flakes.  They said it gave more crunch and that extra hint of sweetness against the peanut butter.  I'm thinking I'll try that next time.

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