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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  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    These look SO good! And I still think you can call yourself “i am baker”! 😉 Do you know I’ve never even heard of these? But, I’m glad to know about them now!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Londa says:

    Yum! Special K bars are totally my favorite!!! At least in Iowa, they aren’t the same as Scotcheroos. Scotheroos are made exclusively with rice krispie cereal. In our family we have a genuine divide of loyalists to one or the other–and you must pick sides! Way too intense for sugar, I know!
    I would love to switch it up with green, but the sugar mob disagrees. ;). Still, you’ve created a craving!

  • Joy says:

    I can’t wait to try these! This is something my kids can help with. Have an awesome day!

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    I’ve never made scotcheroos. They do still teach home ec though 🙂 These look super yum!

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    I’ve never made scotcheroos. They do still teach home ec though 🙂 These look super yum!

  • Stacie says:

    This may be a totally random question, but when I make something like this, I can never get pretty, neat, cut squares like you have in your pictures. Any tips? And BTW, I am a new follower–the Oreo Cherry Cordial thingy totally sucked me in–and i think one of the best things about blogging, is that your blog belongs to you, you can call it and do with it what you want!

  • TidyMom says:

    oooh, I can’t wait to try these Amanda!!

  • Maria says:

    Love the green addition!

  • Jennifer Nixon says:

    You ARE baker. I love reading your blog. (Even though I’ve only recently come out of lurking, I’ve been here..) These look delicious. I’ve never heard of “Scotcheroos” but being Canadian might have something to do with that. Either way, they look delicious and I’m on the food color kick for holidays too. There’s either been a baby in mah belly or I’ve been nursing since April of 2008. 🙂

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    Only you could make something so simple look so crazy delicious!!
    I have never made scotcharoos either. Isn’t that weird?

  • Melisa says:

    I once tried adding peppermint flavour to melted chocolate, and it seemed to somehow curdle the chocolate 🙁 I was sad, and I havent attempted it again. But maybe someone else has been sucessful!
    Those look delicious by the way!

  • marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Amanda, these bars would be awesome with or without the pinch of mint. Funny how we sometimes forget about the basics 😉 xo

  • leslie rottner says:

    OK, these look amazing!! My problem is I’m on Weight Watchers and my question is how many points are these? LOL

  • Amber says:

    I have never heard of these. But they look yummy! I’m not so sure about the mint though…but to each is to their own. 🙂
    I would not question saying “i am baker”. It’s not the the level of difficulty of the recipe itself, but it’s the creativity and passion you put into the art of baking. I can see that you have a great deal of creativity and passion in your baking.
    As far as home ec goes, I had it nearly 20 years ago (shhh) and the only thing I learned how to make were no-bake cookies lol!!

  • Libby says:

    Oh my goodness they look divine! Yummmm how are you my friend? Haven’t been really good about reading/posting lately.

  • susan says:

    your ganache looks so professional…just like a pro! don’t sell yourself short. you are my
    muse – you make me say “ooooooo” out loud each and everytime I read what you have to say. And I love your perspective – your photography. One day, I am going to say, “I knew here when…”

  • fargopatt says:

    OMG!!!! that looks delicious!!!
    i have to make it this weekend… if i can wait till then!!
    thanks for sharing!!!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    I’ve never used brown sugar in my Special K bars…that sounds even more delicious! Those bars are a big favorite at our house. I love your green March version!! (however, I have reservations on the mint and PB thing…maybe you can convince me otherwise?!)

  • Heather says:

    These are my favorite! We call them Peanut Butter Crunch Bars.
    My topping is a bit different. It’s chocolate chips and butterscotch chips melted together.

  • naomi says:

    I think your I Am Baker is perfect! No baker is perfect is life is a learning process. But aside from that, you kick out some freak’n fab baked goods!
    And of course, these look absolutely yum!

  • Leanna says:

    These look great! I am currently trying to think of things for St. Patrick’s Day for my blog too. I also seem to only think “green.” Haha, but there is nothing wrong with a little more green in baking for a day 🙂

  • Leanna says:

    Also, I definitely think of time with relation to holidays too. You’re not alone 🙂

  • Aikko says:

    These bars look yummy! Anything with chocolate in it is definitely a winner for me 🙂
    Great job, Amanda!

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    They look great! I sure hope they still teach home ec, or else at least 1/2 the kids will only know how to order take out when they hit 20 by the amount of people who eat fast food for dinner 🙂

  • drewsmom says:

    Is your original scotcheroo recipe on your website somewhere? I’m not a mint fan and I think the original looks fantastic! I googled scotcheroo since I’ve never heard of them, and yours looked by far the best.

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