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No-Bake Cereal Cookie Clusters

No-Bake Cereal Cookie Clusters

Stir your way to crunchy, chocolaty cookies in just minutes — and without turning the oven on!

In these hot summer months, the thought of turning on the oven to bake cookies isn’t on my agenda — like at all. Actually, if I could grill cookies, maybe I would consider making them (and that’s the truth).

Whoever invented the no-bake cookie is a pure genius. Simple pantry ingredients combined in a pot on the stove top and dropped into mounds on a cookie sheet to cool. Of course that is if you can wait that long.

Traditionally, no-bakes have a mixture of oatmeal and coconut, but have you ever thought to try substituting cereal? Like just pick a box of cereal, but maybe leave out the fruity ones, and mix the cereal into the ooey-gooey chocolate cookie base?

No-Bake Cereal Cookie Clusters

  • Well I did. My cereal of choice? Hershey’s Cookie ‘n’ Creme cereal. My husband is a big fan of pretty much anything that has “cookies and cream” in the title and my girls were all thumbs up about the idea, naturally.
  • Start by measuring and adding the sugar.
  • Then unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • And salted butter.
  • Then pour in the whole milk.
  • Bring all of those ingredients to a boil over high heat, and then set a timer for a minute and thirty seconds while stirring briskly.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add in the real vanilla extract.
  • Carefully, so you don’t splash the hot chocolate mixture onto yourself, add the creamy peanut butter. Mmm.
  • Stir until the peanut butter has completely melted into the chocolate. It really smells amazing from this view!
  • Finally add in 5 cups of the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme cereal.
  • Mix the cereal gently into the chocolate mixture to combine.
  • Quickly spoon mounds of the cereal mixture onto the lined, rimmed baking pans.
  • Pop the pans into the fridge so they can set up.
  • And…that’s it!

These no-bakes are super fun. The texture reminds me of a candy bar that has the puffed rice in it because when the hot chocolate mixture touches the cereal it will soften the cereal a bit. But when you pop them in to the fridge to cool, they’ll harden and hold their shape. They’re crazy easy and kids of all ages will love ‘em!

 

No-Bake Cereal Cookie Clusters

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 cups Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Cereal

Directions

  1. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with parchment or a non-stick baking mat.
  2. In a medium saucepan; add the sugar, cocoa, butter and whole milk. Stir and bring to a rolling boil. The moment it reaches a boil, set a timer for a minute and thirty seconds while you continue to whisk.
  3. When the time is up, remove the pot from the stove and add in the vanilla and peanut butter. Stir until the peanut butter is melted and mixed thoroughly.
  4. Add the cereal and stir gently to combine.
  5. Use a spoon to drop mounds of the mixture onto prepared pans. Place the pans into the refrigerator until set (about 15 to 20 minutes). Enjoy!

Recipe and Photo credit:tablespoon / CC BY-NC-ND

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