Goody Goody Bars

No matter the time of year, no-bake goodies are welcome in just about every kitchen. It’s great to have a few recipes that require very few ingredients (and which are likely to already be in your pantry), and 15 minutes or less to throw together. They’re the perfect go-to for a surprise after-school treat, for guests who are about to arrive on short notice, and the best reason of all… which is, of course, just because. Or no reason at all :)  These no-bake bars require just six ingredients, can be mixed together in about 10 minutes, and will be ready to eat in 35 minutes after that. Definitely a back-pocket type of recipe!

As if having a super easy, super fast, no-oven-required recipe wasn’t good enough, these are chock full of peanut goodness. The filling includes a healthy dose of peanut butter and chopped peanuts are mixed into the bars as well. The bars have a chewy, alllllmost nougat-type consistency, and are very reminiscent of a Baby Ruth candy bar.

The recipe as written below is how I followed it, however, when I make it again I think I’ll use 1½ to 2 cups of chocolate chips for the topping. I didn’t feel like the 1 cup was enough to adequately cover the bars. Aside from that, these are perfect – awesome consistency, great flavor, and easy – I can’t wait to whip them up again!

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Four years ago: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies

Goody Goody Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
6 cups cornflakes
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil, allowing excess to overhang pan edges. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cook the brown sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is boiling, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Off the heat, add the peanut butter and peanuts, stirring until the peanut butter is incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Add the cornflakes to the pot and stir until coated.

4. Working quickly, scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a greased spatula, press the mixture into the bottom and corners of the pan. Let cool completely at room temperature on a wire rack for about 1 hour or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

5. Microwave the chocolate chips in a bowl at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the cooled bars and spread into an even layer. Allow the chocolate to cool, about 15 minutes (or pop the pan back in the refrigerator to speed up the process, it'll be set in 5-10 minutes). Using the foil overhang, lift the bars from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares.

Storage: Bars should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

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56 Responses to “Goody Goody Bars”

  1. Anna on January 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

    So funny, I made something similar today except with Rice Krispies…and thought I was so weird choosing a no-bake treat in the middle of winter, glad I’m not the only one!


  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    My grandma made something like this, except she used Special K. It’s one of my and I always blog about it.

    Nobake, sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, chocolate…I mean that is always gonna be fabulous :)


    • Michelle on January 10th, 2012 at 10:36 am

      one of my best friend’s grandma made these a lot growing up. we call them Scotcharoos, and i think she uses Special K cereal. but they are definitely not healthy or something you should eat very often!


  3. beti on January 10, 2012 at 1:11 am

    easy, quick and delicious? they sound and look perfect


  4. Choc Chip Uru on January 10, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I am itching to go make these though with dinner happening right now, it wouldn’t be especially welcome 😉


  5. Joanna on January 10, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I know what you mean. Sometimes, you just want to be able to whip up something on the spur of the moment and this is great – no bake and not much down time in the kitchen!

    Btw, I made the spice nuts using your recipe with a few substitutions. I couldn’t stop eating them..and my family has already eaten half a jar of those. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  6. Kiri W. on January 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Wow, I can’t believe how quick and simple this is! It looks delicious and like I would lose all self-control 😉 Great bars!


  7. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on January 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I’m also a huge fan of easy no-bake bars! I love the look of these and think I’d follow your suggestion of extra chocolate:-)


  8. Blog is the New Black on January 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

    These look simple and delicious!


  9. Penny Wolf on January 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Have you ever typed in peanut butter in your own blog? You even featured a recipe
    with peanut butter for the dogs. Have you ever made your own peanut butter? Or
    grown peanuts? :)


    • Michelle on January 11th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Oh yes, my pup loooooooves peanut butter! He comes running when he hears the jar open :) I’ve never made my own peanut butter or grown my own peanuts though 😉


  10. Katrina on January 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

    These bars are right up my alley! I love them!


  11. leslie on January 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Goody-Goody Bars=Crack Bars!


  12. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables on January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    love no bake desserts! Can’t wait to try this one!


  13. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) on January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Looks amazing and I LOVE easy stuff like this…will definitely be making.


  14. Amber, RD on January 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Go green–make no bake bars! I think because of the peanuts and cornflakes, I am going to file these under my “healthy recipes” category! :) These actually remind me of a cookie they served at my high school that they called “camp cookies.” I have never been able to find a recipe for them, but they were so good. I think these are just the bar form of it, plus chocolate. Awesome!


    • Diane on January 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Amber, I wonder if your “camp cookies” were what I knew growing up as K-Lusters. I looked all over the Internet, thinking they’d be somewhere, and was mystified not to find anything. So I finally posted my old recipe, but haven’t had any comments yet. Maybe lots of people do have the recipe, but with many variations and under many names. Michelle’s recipe seems like a variation, but who knows what the original was? =)


  15. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    awesome! no-bakes, of any kind, are always fabulous. :)


  16. Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on January 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    These look amazing. I have a love/hate feeling about no-bake recipes. I love how quick and easy they are, but I hate that that means it is quick and easy for me to eat way too much! I will definitely keep this recipe on hand and I love that you used peanuts and cornflakes for some added texture!


  17. gün on January 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    what can we use instead of corn syrup?


    • Michelle on January 11th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      You could use golden syrup or maybe honey, but I think the honey flavor could be overpowering here.


  18. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Oh yum! these look amazing and dangerous for me to have!! Ok, I’m going to make them, wish I was home right now!!


  19. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on January 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    These remind me of a bar that my nana used to make. I can almost taste the chewy/crunchy texture…delicious!


  20. Amberly on January 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

    These look so delicious! I’ll have to make them!


  21. natalie (the sweets life) on January 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve made a similar bar but with butterscotch chips in there too–one of my favorites!


  22. Jen at The Three Little Piglets on January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love having a few good no bake recipes around! Living in Georgia, well, sometimes the summers are way to hot to even think about turning the oven on!


  23. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) on January 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I love these sort of no-bake bars. Funny you mentioned you would use more chocolate next time, because the original recipe I had for bars similar to this called for only 1 cup chocolate, as well, and I definitely increased (maybe even tripled) the amount. Can never have too much of a chocolate topping! :)


  24. Aimee @ ShugarySweets on January 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    oh my those look so tempting. I think I could eat the whole batch!


  25. Ally on January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Nom, nom, nom, these sound amazing!!


  26. christina @ ovenadventures on January 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    these looks so good. i’ve never made no-bake bars with cornflakes. i think i need to remedy that.


  27. Vicki @ WITK on January 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Did someone say chocolate and peanut butter in only 15 minutes? Where’s the print button for the recipe? Gotta make this asap! :)


  28. Kelly on January 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Oh I love these, they look amazing! :)


  29. Living The Sweet Life on January 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, the amount of peanut butter and peanuts in this recipe – has me so incredibly excited!! Looks, deeeelich :)


  30. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on January 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

    No bake treats are great any time of the year!


  31. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on January 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I love the name of these! I can just see my daughter catching a glimpse of them and saying “Oh goody!”


  32. Joquena on January 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my goodness these look great. I love how these are all ingredients I would have on hand. I’m going to try to hold off for summer when I try not to turn on my oven at all. I don’t have central heat and air so I try to enjoy the added benefit of my oven warming my house in winter :-)


  33. Daisy on January 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    My Great Aunt used to make bars similar to these but with Special K. So yum! My mom made them for us this year and my husband has declared them his favorite. dessert. ever. One tip for melting the chocolate; after you get the peanut butter mixture in the pan and flattened, throw the chocolate chips on and then cover. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. When you come back all the chips will be melted and you can spread them out in a nice layer. Less dishes is always a plus.


  34. Erika @ The Teenage Taste on January 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ohmygosh, these bars look so good! They’re like a cross between toffee, peanut butter cookies, and a chocolate bar. Yum!


  35. Lynnette Kelley on January 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Shocking how much these DO taste like a Baby Ruth candy bar! I thought they were yummy!


  36. Adrian on January 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Made these for my sons daycare and they were a huge hit!!!


  37. Lori on January 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    These were delicious :) I made them last night using rice krispies that I had on hand and instead of peanuts I used chopped mixed nuts and they came out great! I like them even better than rice krispy treats :) Thank you, Michelle!


  38. Kristina on January 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Baby ruth bars are one of my favorite candy bars, can’t wait to try these! I love that you add peanuts to these, I’ve made a couple different peanut butter bars before but have never added nuts, thanks for the recipe!


  39. Kelsey on January 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’m resisting these…for the moment that is. Bookmarking! I’m such a sucker for peanut butter.


  40. Stephanie on January 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I am just about to make these! I have both regular and honey-roasted peanuts. Do you think I should still stick with the dry-roasted? Thank you for this easy recipe I know my family will love.


    • Michelle on January 19th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I honestly think you could use either. The honey roasted would probably be delicious :)


      • Stephanie on January 20th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Thank you for your quick response! I decided to go with regular dry-roasted, only because I was bringing them to work and I didn’t want to mess them up! They were a big hit! Next time I will try honey-roasted and report back.


  41. Brenda on January 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love your website! Your desserts are over the top amazing. Keep up the great work!


  42. Daisy@Nevertoosweet on January 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I can’t believe I just found your blog! It’s great I totally love all the desserts you share with us! I dun really have an access to an oven right now so this recipe is great 😀


  43. NRS on January 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Do you think using salted coctail peanuts rather than dry roasted would work as well in these bars?


    • Michelle on January 27th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Yes I think those would work. In fact I was just a little short on the dry roasted peanuts and used salted cocktail peanuts for the remainder of the measurement. It was just fine!


  44. RisaG on February 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    These look so good. Similar to the Peanut Butter Cup Bars. These could be the next ones on the list.


  45. Maggie @ Snag A Bargain on March 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Not only does that sound delicious, the pictures look mouthwatering! I think I need to make this now.


  46. Carrie on May 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Just made these and they were delicious! I didn’t mix the cornflakes and corn syrup mixture quickly enough, or press the mixture into the pan as firmly as I should have, but it still came out delicious. For the chocolate topping I combined two neglected Easter bunnies, a bar of chocolate, and the remainder of a bag of chocolate chips. I’ve been storing the bars in the fridge (the chocolate would melt if left at room temp) and it’s kind of refreshing when eaten chilled. :) Next time I will consider swapping some of the PB for Nutella. …


  47. Chidinma on December 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Wow! I made these as part of a dessert table for a wedding I catered for. These were incredible! I didn’t have corn syrup so I used golden syrup. This is the first time I’m commenting on a recipe, but I just had to. Thanks!


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