Mom’s Extra Special Peanut Butter Treats

If I had to describe my diet growing up, I would say that it consisted of beef ramen noodles, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and Dr. Pepper. I cross my fingers every day that that mixture of nutrition doesn’t come back to bite me. It was my diet of choice. I like to look back and fantasize that my poor mother just didn’t cook any meals and I had to do what I had to do. That, of course, isn’t true, but the fantasizing has done a number on my memory. When I look back at my childhood, I can remember my mom cooking two things: Grammy’s Mac and Cheese and her extra special peanut butter treats. There was one fateful night of borscht, but we won’t go into that horror story here.

If I remember the story correctly, my mom found this recipe on a box of Corn Flakes in the ’90s. All I really know is that one day they appeared in my life and I was hooked. The recipe has been perfected over the years with love.

This weekend, I shared these with my girls for the first time. The making of them was a bit stressful since all of the cooking is done over a hot pan, and controlling four wild arms that have a tremendously hard time not snitching is next to impossible. Luckily, my youngest doesn’t love being dirty so she was quick to hop down to wash her hands in the bathroom. I promptly sent her big sister to help her and raced like mad to finish while they were gone. And luckily for me, these are so easy to make, I succeeded. One bite and the girls were hooked, and my love for them was renewed.

Go ahead. I dare you to eat just one.

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Mom’s Extra Special Peanut Butter Treats

Mom’s Extra Special Peanut Butter Treats



  1. In a large pan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Stir (preferably) with a wooden spoon over medium heat. Have peanut butter pre-measured and ready.
  2. When the corn syrup mixture begins to boil remove from heat.
  3. Quickly stir in peanut butter until all is melted.
  4. Stir in corn flakes.
  5. Place a sheet of wax paper over a cutting board.
  6. Pour the corn flake mixture onto the wax paper.
  7. Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll it out using a rolling pin.
  8. Allow to cool for approximately 2 minutes.
  9. Cut into squares.
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