Special K Bars

filed under: Bars · Dessert · Food + Drink on March 7, 2011

Special K Bars are a no-bake dessert bar made with Special K cereal, peanut butter, milk chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Try my Snickers Special K Bars for more Special K bars covered in Snickers frosting!

Special K Bars

Special K Bars are a sweet and chewy bar that can be made without even turning on your oven! You only need a saucepan and a microwave to get these bars made, plus a few ingredients, of course. These can be compared to Scotcheroos, but Scotcheroos are made with rice crispies.

Stacked Special K Bars - Scotcheroos

Special K Bars Ingredients

With just half a dozen common ingredients, you can get these bars made!

Sugar: Granulated sugar is what you will need for this recipe.

Corn Syrup: We used light corn syrup. You could get by using dark corn syrup, but it will change the flavor a bit.

Peanut Butter: Creamy was used in this recipe, but chunky would work as well.

Cereal: For Special K Bars, use Special K original cereal.

Baking chips: Both milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips were melted and added to the bars. If you don’t like butterscotch, you could stick with all milk chocolate chips.

Adding sauce to Special K Bars - Scotcheroos

How to Make Special K Bars

These no-bake bars are a staple at most get-togethers. For one thing, they are chewy, chocolatey, and delicious. For another thing, they are so easy to put together! To get started, line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. And, in a large bowl, measure the 6 cups of cereal and set the bowl aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to boiling. Next, stir in the peanut butter. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the mixture over the cereal that is in the large bowl.

After you pour the mixture over the cereal, fold the cereal in with the mixture to coat it. This is the ‘glue’ that holds the bars together. Using an oiled spatula, pat the coated cereal down into the lined pan. Let it sit while you melt the chips.

Spreading Chocolate over Special K Bars - Scotcheroos

Chocolate and Butterscotch Topping

I used both milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to top the bars. Again, you could just use milk chocolate chips if you are not a fan of butterscotch. Add the baking chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chips in 20-second intervals until they have melted.

Pour the melted chips over the pan of bars, smoothing it out with a knife. Let the bars sit for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. To freeze the bars, let them cool completely before freezing them in a single layer in a freezer-safe container. Be sure to label and date the package; they will last up to 3 months.

Hand Holding Special K Bars - Scotcheroos

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5 from 4 votes
Special K Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Special K Bars are a no-bake dessert bar made with Special K cereal, peanut butter, milk chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Special K Bars
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • cups corn syrup
  • cups peanut butter
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Special K cereal, original
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  1. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Measure the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until boiling.

  3. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.

  4. Remove from heat. Pour the mixture over the bowl of cereal and fold in the cereal to coat.

  5. Pat the cereal mixture into the lined baking dish using an oiled spatula.

  6. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, add the milk chocolate and butterscotch chips. Heat the chips in 20-second intervals until they have melted and the mixture is smooth with no lumps.

  7. Pour the melted chocolate and butterscotch chips over the bars, smoothing with a knife.

  8. Let the bars sit for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.



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  • Kelli says:

    I am new to your blog & am loving it.
    Just wanted to let you know that while I was pregnant with my 1st child 12 years ago I discovered that mint & peanut butter go great together, at least they do when you order a mint peanut butter cup blizzard from Dairy Queen – you should seriously try it – I am not pregnant & it is one of my favorite blizzards to order – they look at you strangely the first few times you order it but who cares.
    Thanks again for the great blog.

  • Kara says:

    I found your blog through Pinterest, and I LOVE it! My very first job was working for Coldstone Creamery (the ice cream place). People used to come in all the time and get the mint (and peppermint around Christmas) with peanut butter in it. I never got the guts to try it, but apparently it’s not that weird, haha.

  • Rebekah says:

    No no no! 😀
    The topping is made with semi-sweet chocolate chips and BUTTERSCOTCH chips. 😉

    I’m a pretty darn good baker, but these are still a much-requested recipe around here.
    We call them Scotcharoos or O’Henry bars. 🙂

    (I’ve not made them in the microwave before, though!)

    • Amanda says:

      Will totally be using your suggestions next time!! 🙂

  • Sara says:

    Why not do treats with marshmallows (no PB) and top w/melted choc chips and mint choc chips?

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  • Louise says:

    I think you left out how much marshmallows in recipe

  • Ann-Sofie says:

    I used parchment once then PAM the next time, both worked well.
    what is parchment an PAM?

  • Val says:

    Do these all the time, only use Rice Krispies instead of Special K. We like the taste better.

  • Michelle Ficklin says:

    Mine came out very chewy, like nougat. Is this how they should be? Thanks!

  • Aminah Abdul Wahab says:

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  • Nancy says:

    This is our family’s classic scotcheroo recipe – always made with Special K and never Rice Krispies – the only difference is we use semi-sweet chocolate chips. I love the chewiness that the Special K gives. It is a must-have for any family reunion

  • Sherri Taylor says:

    I make these a lot, but I use semi-sweet chips.

  • Kelly Szymanski says:

    I have made these but added butter in with the peanut butter and cocktail peanuts and pretzels in with the Special K. It gives it extra crunch.

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