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No-Bake Bars

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 bars


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat evenly. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. pan. Cool. Cut into 3-in. squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 541 calories, 29g fat (8g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 425mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • ms11145
    Mar 13, 2020

    I just made these for a Game Night that I'm hosting tonight. These are easy to make and so yummy. I know these are going to be a huge hit.

  • 2124arizona
    Aug 12, 2017

    These bars are quick to fix and taste great!!

  • CLKcarol
    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
    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
    Jun 17, 2010

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

  • MnMommy2
    Mar 10, 2009

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