Friday, July 15, 2011
It is summer and I wanted a treat that I did not have to bake that used up my giant box of Special K cereal so I made these cookies. Part of stretching a buck is using what you already have. I make a Christmas breakfast once a year that I top with Special K. Then the box sits there on top of my fridge, mocking me and taking up space for like, forever...
I made my own version of these cookies but you can find the original recipe here.
I am not a fan of using the microwave oven I decided to make a stovetop version instead. In a medium sauce pan I added 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of white corn syrup (actually only 75% was white, I ran out and topped it off with some regular corn syrup), 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. I brought it to a boil and then turned down the heat a little.
Oh yeah, this is like candy-making OK so be careful! Have ice water nearby just in case (which I of course didn't do because it was at this point I realized I could be in trouble). Simmer for two minutes.
Carefully add 1 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Stir to melt into the mixture.
Add four cups of Special K cereal and stir to combine.
At the last second I decided I wanted a hint of chocolate so I threw in a handful of chocolate chips and stirred until just melted.
Acting quickly, I got out my ice cream scoop that I greased ahead of time and scooped out the cookies onto parchment paper. Again, be very careful! Let cool.
My scoop was quite large so the cookies were on the verge of being too big. Next time I would use a smaller scoop.
Lightly crispy, peanut buttery with a hint of chocolate... these were quite a wonderful treat! I was very dubious that I would like them but I really did and was happy to share them with very dear old friends who were visiting last weekend which was good because this recipe is generous. It makes a lot. Although high in sugar, these treats are not super high in saturated fat which makes me very happy.
Made my way, I give these cookies four out of five wooden spoons.
We are back to cold and dark weather here... Sigh... So my need to make bake-less cookies is not great but I know there are many people out there melting this summer. I hope this quick, easy and minimal-heat-producing cookie makes your weekend all that more delicious!
~ Suzie the Foodie