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When you don’t have a lot of time but want a sweet treat, you need No Bake Cornflake Candy: with only 3 ingredients these Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are easy, fast, and so delicious. No oven needed for this no bake recipe!

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

Easiest Ever Cornflake Candy

When you’re super busy you want a fast recipe – and this is it: cornflake clusters. These are a classic Grandma-made-it recipe with just 3 ingredients! They’re a great addition to Christmas cookie platters and they’re so simple the kids can help you make them. They’re easy no bake treats with a crunchy and sweet texture and the perfect flavor of peanut butter and butterscotch! We’ve been making peanut butter cornflake cookies for years – and they’re always a hit.

ingredients in clusters

Ingredients Needed

  • Peanut Butter – Be sure to use a no-stir peanut butter (not natural)
  • Butterscotch Chips – You can also use chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
  • Cornflakes – Be sure to get unsweetened cereal.

How to make Cornflake Candy

  • Add butterscotch chips and creamy peanut butter to a large microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat until melted, then stir corn flakes into peanut butter mixture.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
clusters on plate

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • You can also melt the butterscotch with the peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir constantly until melted.
  • Feel free to add chopped peanuts for some extra crunch.
  • Want to make these even prettier? Drizzle with melted chocolate after they set.
  • Use a cookies scoop to scoop your clusters so they’re all the same size.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


Can you make cornflake candy gluten free?

You can use gluten free cornflakes if you want to.

Cornflake clusters on metal baking sheet

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters Recipe

4.80 from 10 votes
These Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are an easy 3 ingredient recipe perfect for a quick no bake dessert!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 24 Clusters
Serving Size 1 cluster


  • 1 (11-ounce) bag (311g) butterscotch chips
  • ¼ cup (67g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups (112g) cornflakes


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.
  • 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.
  • Carefully stir in the cornflakes until they are coated with the butterscotch mixture.
  • 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 Video

Recipe Notes

  • Swap chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for the butterscotch if you prefer.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cluster | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.004mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on December 6, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!!!!!

    1. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!