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
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 each: 541 calories, 29g fat (8g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 425mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g 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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CLKcarol User ID: 6269527 47633
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."

kanc96 User ID: 2227103 21739
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.)"

tamibox User ID: 1276276 21737
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

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

MnMommy2 User ID: 3941675 49364
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

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

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