No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup white corn syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 12 oz jar of peanut butter
- 4 1/2 cups Cornflakes®
- 1 cup Flaked Coconut (optional: Add 1 cup more Cornflakes if you leave out the Coconut)
Combine the sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter. Pour mixture over Cornflakes/Coconut. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper or roll into small balls.
Family recipe from Cheryl M., a long time ago!
Notes: “best when use chunky peanut butter, can add chopped nuts or raisins. Makes 16 servings.”
The side note on my recipe says “Mom puts peanuts too. Spanish. Mom uses big saucepan. Mixes.”
There they are – not looking so bad on that very pretty plate that once belonged to my husband’s mother, then sister. I took the wire off the back of the plate recently and transitioned it from a hanging plate to a useable plate, which I prefer. The back of the plate actually has little holes in the bottom rim for the hanging wire. I imagine the wire I removed had been there for a very long time.
Is the recipe candy, cookies or bars? I don’t know.
The recipe, which I wrote down over the phone a couple of years ago, just says “Peanut Butter”. Mom makes them fairly often, although, she told me yesterday that she hasn’t made them in quite a while.
My mistake was stirring the white corn syrup and sugar after it had come to a boil. I had thought the sugary-look needed to be stirred and cooked, and therein was my mistake. Did I cook it to hard ball stage? Or close? Probably. It made everything really sticky, hard-core-sticky. Some stuck to the bowl, some stuck to my fingers, some stuck to the spoon, and some stuck to the wax paper. When they were still warm they were better identifiable that they have cornflakes in them. As they cooled, they became very chewy. Very, very chewy, as in I hope my crowns don’t come off, most especially the temporary one. I crunched off the permanent one few weeks ago. Ugh! While eating a pastrami sandwich. Go figure.
This morning, the candy, which I think it became when I cooked and stirred the corn syrup and sugar past boiling, was melded together in the bags I had placed them in. Ha. I should’ve taken a before photo, because they looked like they should, before I took my faithful meat tenderizer hammer to them. Boy, did they poke holes in the plastic bags forcing me to put them in a new bag. But, that usually happens when I hammer frozen foods (roasted chicken, veggies) in bags, with my trusty kitchen-hammer. That makes me think about my other hammer. Ha!
I’ve posted the recipe above. Mom said that she now uses the microwave to bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil (in other words, don’t go past the boiling point!) I plan on making them the right way, once we’ve finished all these off. They really are tasty either way. I used a mixture of Cornflakes® and Rice Krispies®. The cereal was already mixed together when I decided to make these. Next time, I’ll use 4 1/2 cups of corn flakes and a specified measurement of 1 cup of Rice Krispies® and see how that turns out. Although, I do like coconut. Oh yah, I didn’t measure the peanut butter precisely either. I had a 16.3 oz jar and I guess-timated the 12 ounces necessary, which, I usually do quite well . . .but perhaps I shouldn’t have this time?
As I talked with mom to find out what the recipe is called, she read off her recipe. The one I wrote down before on that blue piece of paper is actually doubled. So, that’s why she uses a big saucepan, which would “mix better”. Got it!
I might use a cooking spray on the bowl next time – but of course, it probably stuck to the bowl because I over-cooked it. Honestly – when done right these are a very good peanut butter chewy treat. You could ask my mom, she use to make them all the time.
My mom called, turns out that she has two recipes for these peanut butter things. One of them from our late Aunt Allene, which is labeled “Peanut Butter Chews”. That one does get the cook-until-sugar-dissolves method. However, that one is also the one with half-the (other) ingredients, calling for 3 cups of Cornflakes® and no coconut. Got that? I think I do. So that would be . . .
Aunt Allene’s Peanut Butter Chews
- 1/2 cup white corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 6 oz jar of peanut butter
- 3 cups Cornflakes®
Combine the sugar and corn syrup and cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter. Stir in the Cornflakes. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper or roll into small balls. Cool and serve, makes 16 servings.
Now my little blue piece of paper has even more notes on it, some on the back. Pity the person (or me) if I try to decode that in the future! Did I get it right Mom? She says, yes.