Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters

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When you don’t have a lot of time but want a sweet treat, you need No Bake Cornflake Clusters! With only 3 ingredients these Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are easy, fast, and addicting.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters - this easy candy recipe has only 3 ingredients! Perfect for a quick no-bake snack or holiday cookie tray.

And just like that, we’re back into the swing of things: school, homework, dance, repeat. Jordan’s on a production jazz team this year, which is my way of letting her do team without having to commit to all the competitions and hours upon hours of classes. As it is, on production, she takes 3.5 hours of class a week and will do two showcase performances and two competitions.

I want to clarify that I am not, nor will I ever be, a dance mom. Nothing agains those moms that love all things dance – that’s just not me. I’m not a soccer mom, softball mom, or a theatre mom either (when Jordan did those things). I’m a drop-off and pick-up good-luck mom. I’ve got my own stuff to deal with and, really, I want to watch Jordan dance because she loves it, but that doesn’t mean I love it. Having to help backstage and care about costumes and make-up? Not my thing.

Last weekend we had a dance team meeting, where 90% of the room was all-in drinking the kool-aid and the rest of us just listened, laughed at people, and rolled our eyes. We found out that showcase week is during winter break, so any vacations need to be cancelled. (When I asked about it I was given a blank stare and told to figure it out.) Then we had a 5 minute debate on whether we should use lip stain or red lipstick for competitions.

Seriously, #firstworldrichpeopleproblems.

Anyway, my point is that this year is busier than ever before. I need meals and snacks that are fast, especially once it comes to school parties and dance parties and holiday parties. No one has time anymore, so easy recipes with less than 5 ingredients are a MUST.

Cornflake Clusters from Five Ingredient Recipes

I just love this new cookbook, 5 Ingredient Recipes by Philia Kelnhofer, of Sweet Phi. The tagline, a cookbook for busy people, speaks to me because we are all so dang busy! There are breakfasts, dinners, and desserts for every occasion (I cannot wait to try the bacon and brussels sprouts salad) and ALL of them have 5 ingredients or less. There are even menus, shopping lists, and a list of pantry essentials. I’m pretty much leaving this cookbook in my kitchen and using it all year long.

There are several desserts in the book, including an easy pie crust and several pie recipes, but these Cornflake Clusters caught my eye. One, because they only had 2 ingredients and two, because they’re SO adaptable to other flavors and recipes. Philia used just butterscotch in her recipe, but I added peanut butter because I love the combination of butterscotch and peanut butter.

If you’re counting, that STILL only makes these 3 ingredients. And they took me about 10 minutes – total – to make.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters - this easy candy recipe has only 3 ingredients! Perfect for a quick no-bake snack or holiday cookie tray.

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s really a method. You could use any flavor chips and any kind of cereal. Think about it:

  • Chocolate + peanut butter + cornflakes
  • White chocolate + Frosted Flakes
  • Mint Chocolate + Cocoa Pebbles
  • Chocolate + cornflakes + marshmallows

And so on and so on until infinity. 2 or 3 ingredients, easy, 10 minutes…these are the PERFECT party or after school snack. I’m going to be putting them on holiday cookie trays too. We gobbled these up in just a day or so, but they’ll last even longer in an airtight container. And they’re no bake! Is there anything more you can ask for?

(Other than that 5 minutes debating lipstick back, that is?)

Did you make this recipe?

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters

These Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are an easy 3 ingredient recipe perfect for a quick no bake dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (11-ounce) bag butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups cornflakes

 

Directions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. Place butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds on high. Stir, repeating as needed in 30 second increments, until melted and smooth.
  3. Carefully stir in the cornflakes until they are coated with the butterscotch mixture.
  4. Scoop 1 or 2-tablespoon sized scoops of the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheets. Chill to set the clusters, then transfer for a tin or serving plate and enjoy.

Recipe adapted from Five Ingredient Recipes by Philia Kelnhofer, Countryman Press, 2016. Recipe reprinted with permission.

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21 comments

  1. I mean, maybe it’s a first world problem, but who schedules a showcase over winter break? That’s a sacred LEAVEMEALONE time. Don’t they get it?! Does dance just set out to torture people?
    You’d better get some therapy via these clusters. They have healing properties!

  2. Oh my goodness, this post is absolutely amazing! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing about my cookbook, these cookies are absolutely one of my faves! Every year around the holidays I make them for cookie trays because they’re so easy!!
    I totally love your story about your parenting style with activities, totally want to be that type of mom one day! You rock, and thank you again so much for this post, you totally made my day 🙂

  3. These remind me of one of my Grandma’s recipes called Special K Bars. Only those involve corn syrup and and more ingredients but I bet the taste is similar. And how I LOVE the combo of PB + Butterscotch, great call on that one! These are my kind of dessert!

  4. Yum! Not only are they easy but cornflake cookies are SOOO good!! A classic recipe, and for good reason!!

  5. These are similar in execution to a family recipe we call tingle stacks. It’s butterscotch chips and crunchy chow mien noodles. I’m excited to try many variations of this this year!

  6. Girl, I laughed so much out loud that I think I startled the neighbors. Both my daughters were on Dance Team in Middle School as well as High School with my oldest being the Co-Captain her Senior year. It was so true all you speak!!! They both were on the line at the same time during this time. More fun for me & their Dad, who we both chaperoned all the away games, rode the bus (more fun & have Aqua Net lungs encrusted lungs to prove) and were prop parents for those times!! To add to this I was Secretary to the Band for 5 years. I was so drinking the Kool Aid!!!! So expensive too and we did not keep any of the costume outfits but refurbished them each year, paying astronomical fees as well. All in all, the girls did love it and our youngest daughter danced in college too on the Dance Team. It was truly memorable and we did miss the craziness but our daughters really appreciated us so much giving our time for them and the other girls.

    Look forward to making these wonderful goodies for my grands and their many football, flag football, soccer, dance classes and competitions this fall!! You are amazing!!!!!

    • You’re one of the good ones! I worship parents like you who are totally into those things. I’m so…not, ha!! I do love seeing the joy on her face when she performs though. 🙂

  7. My friend used to make these. Could you please share your recipe. Thank you!! Cari Maxwell

  8. These were sooooo goooood. You mentioned other flavors… how about the chocolate, marshmallow, & Golden Grahams (since they are like mini graham crackers). or you could even break up graham crackers and you’d have little s’mores. 🙂

  9. I would not be able to keep my hands out of these!  Mmm, butterscotch!  This would be perfect around Christmas because they’re so satisfying, but they don’t take hours to put together. 

  10. Hey Dorthy,
    great rendition of things from back in my day, the hay stack cookies made with chow mein noodles and too we did the ceareal thing as well. So it is a great but not new recipe but always good to share for those that have not been around tbe barn as many times  as I have. Really enjoy your site. It is creative and fun. Have a wonderful day.

  11. Dude. I am *with* you. I see parents who seem MORE invested in their kids’ activities than the kid itself and I can’t even wrap my brain around it.  Huge props to you for letting Jorden’s thing be JORDEN’S thing.  And Phi’s book.  YES!  Love it so much!!  You HAVE to make the PB cookies in there.  They are to die for!

  12. These are awesome! They somewhat remind me of the winner (or one of the finalists?) of the Bake-Off  a few years ago, in a good way!

  13. i am going to make these this weekend but would like to know about the choc chip and marshmallow how and of them please let me know thank you

  14. you said that there was more there use white choc and mint i just need to know the chips and marshmallow and cornflakes to do that one to because i would to made me than on one thank you

  15. You say you adapted this recipe from Five ingredients recipes by Philia Kelnhofer. I wonder where she got this recipe. I’ve been making this exact recipe for the past 30 years. I have modified it and used semi-sweet chocolate instead of butterscotch. It is good with the chocolate, but I like the butterscotch more. My friends and family request this treat every year.

  16. do you think you can substitute peanut butter with something else? If so what.

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