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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  • Georgia says:

    I’m with Stacie – how do you cut them so perfectly?

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    I let these bars sit overnight so the set up very well, then I used a really sharp knife! Blessings all!

  • Sheila says:

    Oh my I can’t have these around my house. I will keep nibbling at them. This was a staple for me an an old roommate. We would make a batch and snack on them for a week or so. Scotcheroos and Ramen Noodles is pretty much what I lived on for a while. Those were in my skinny days!

  • Becca says:

    Oooo….I’m in the library, drooling all over the keyboard! I want to make these with Nutella so badly, I can hardly stand it! Nutella and mint just doesn’t seem like it would work, but if peanut butter, chocolate, and mint work, I think Nutella would be an awesome choice as a substitute! 🙂 I’m all about trying new things…so thanks for the inspiration!

  • Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Looks soo delicious,

  • Renee says:

    They look so yummy!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    You want to know something, I don’t think I’ve ever made these either! I’ve made rice crispy bars but that used only marshmallows and butter. I’ll have to try these.

  • Lucy Lean says:

    happy st paddy’s day to you –

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says:

    Look at those – how fun! I love special K bars (aka scotcheroos in my family). This will be the perfect treat for St. P’s day! And by the way – holy pictures. Compliments to you and your camera!

  • Celeste says:

    You can do no wrong in my eyes. These sound amazing!

  • Tara says:

    Scotcheroos to me are made with rice krispies & have butterscotch in the chocolate topping…hence “scotch” eroo, no? So yours are something totally different, I think. The St. Paddy’s day version is so cute!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    When I google the recipe that is what came up.. over and over again! I think there must be many variations! 🙂

  • Tracy says:

    These sound lovely! I love the green for St. Patrick’s Day, too!

  • Bridgette says:

    yum. also, when I read your title : iam baker it is then followed with a : hear me roar .. i cant help it 🙂 I say if you bake, your a baker 🙂

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    These look beautiful, and I’ve never made them before, either! Great treat for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Liz says:

    I’m a new follower AND a baker and I think your “I Am Baker” is a great idea. I’m not a professional baker – 95% of my skill is self-taught 🙂 You might be able to grow the “I Am Baker” by having other mom/home/bakers as guest bakers. I also post my baking creatings (and sometimes baking FAILS) on my site…stop by and visit sometime 🙂

  • grace says:

    how festive! this may have been your first time making scotcheroos, but there’s no way it’ll be your last!

  • Kristen says:

    Gorgeous bars, and I agree… peppermint and PB just don’t sound quite right!

  • Robyn | Add a Pinch says:

    Yum! How cute are these?!?!

  • Carolyn L. says:

    My boyfriend gets Butterfinger mixed in to Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream every time we go to Marble Slab. I am with you and think it’s disgusting. But he insists that it’s a delicious combination.

  • Kari (Culinarication) says:

    I was eating a Thin Mint and thought of you and this post, and put some peanut butter on it.
    Conclusion? It works! Go for the mint next time!

  • Paula says:

    You make everything look so irresistible. I’ve seen these done with Rice Krispies (as others have already mentioned) but never Special K nor with that gorgeous frosting on top. Either way, both are cereals so I guess these can pass as a breakfast food too. LOL

  • Kelly says:

    I thought you misled us because the title of your post was “St. Patrick’s Day Bars” hee hee.

  • Wenderly says:

    Those look irresistible my dear!
    Simply irresistible.

  • Kelley Hart says:

    Are your kidding me?! You are totally a baker! And you’re fun and entertaining. Keep it coming.