No-Bake Bars Recipe
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No-Bake Bars Recipe

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Susie Wingert from Panama, Iowa, shares this recipe for chewy treats big on taste but needing little effort. "They are handy to make when the weather is hot," she comments, "since the oven never has to be turned on."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups M&M's
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 541 calories, 29 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir just until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat evenly. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. Cool. Cut into 3-in. squares. Yield: 15 bars.
Originally published as No-Bake Bars in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I make these often for team snacks, my daughter expects them for games!

I use a little less Cheerios (3 1/2 c.)
I use a little more corn syrup (1 1/4 c.)
Quickly add the cereal to the syrup mix, add 1/2 the cereal, mix fast, add the rest of the cereal. I use a 9X13 pan, line with foil, and lift it all out to cut into bars."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"I agree with the 2 previous post... mine usually doesn't stick together either. Anymore, I don't even bother to try to make "bars" - I just make it a "mix". And it taste WONDERFUL and it is VERY ADDICTING. It has been one of our favorites for many years & I always get request for the recipe. (Tip: use seasonal M&M's during various holidays to be festive.)"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"Great taste...not enough syrup, peanut butter mixture. Mine was very dry. Total flop. Did not stick together at all."

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

"These are very addicting! Everyone- all ages loves them!"

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