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.


  • 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


  • Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Measure the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until boiling.
  • Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.
  • Remove from heat. Pour the mixture over the bowl of cereal and fold in the cereal to coat.
  • Pat the cereal mixture into the lined baking dish using an oiled spatula.
  • 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.
  • Pour the melted chocolate and butterscotch chips over the bars, smoothing with a knife.
  • Let the bars sit for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. 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 🙂

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

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

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