This easy Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy recipe makes chewy, delicious no bake cornflake cookies that won’t last long once you make them.
These tempting sweet and salty cornflake candy treats make a wonderful addition to a holiday cookie tray but are so easy to make that you’ll want them year-round.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies
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- light corn syrup
- granulated sugar
- peanut butter (creamy peanut butter not crunchy peanut butter)
- vanilla extract
How to Make Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy
Using a heavy saucepan, stir the sugar and corn syrup together over medium to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring continuously to completely dissolve the sugar.
Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Add the cornflakes and stir in, working quickly.
Use fewer cornflakes for more gooeyness (and messiness) and more cornflakes for extra crunch. I started with five cups but found six cups to be the sweet spot.
Working quickly, drop the cornflake candy mixture in clusters onto a greased baking sheet or parchment paper.
If desired, you can sprinkle on some holiday candy toppings but you’ll need to do so quickly so it sticks to the candy.
Let the candy cool and set up before storing or serving.
What kind of peanut butter is best in a cornflake candy recipe?
Use a creamy, not chunky peanut butter for a smooth, silky candy mixture.
How to store cornflake candy
Store in an airtight container.
Variations for no bake cornflake cookies
- Use Nutella instead of peanut butter
- Use hot fudge sauce instead of peanut butter
- Substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips or butterscotch chips in place of peanut butter
- Try a different cereal rather than corn flakes
- Sprinkle holiday candy bits on top of the warm clusters. You’ll want to do this as you go so that the candy will be sticky enough to grab on to the sprinkles.
Add-in options for old fashioned cornflake candy
If you’re adding in an extra ingredient, add it when you’re stirring in the cornflakes.
- peanuts or cashews
- chocolate chips
- white chocolate chips
- butterscotch chips
- cinnamon candies
If you have leftover cornflakes, make these no bake Christmas wreath cookies too!
Other Christmas cookies you’ll love
- Chocolate marshmallow cookies
- Polar bear cookies
- Stained glass cookies
- Cranberry orange shortbread cookies
- Lump of coal cookies
- Caramel candy bar cookies
- Marbled star cookies
- Christmas Rice Krispies Treats gifts
- Snowball cookies
- Chocolate pecan cookie crisps
- Pecan pie bars
- Chocolate dipped orange pecan logs
- Peppermint bark
- Peppermint Oreo balls
- Chocolate chunk cookie bark
- Stained glass candy
Peanut Butter Cornflake Candy
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups cornflakes (amount can be altered according to preference)
- In a large, heavy saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, cook sugar and corn syrup, stirring to dissolve sugar completely. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir in cornflakes.
- Working quickly, drop candy onto greased baking sheet or parchment paper in clusters. Let sit to cool and harden before storing in an airtight container.