Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies Revisited: Peanut Butter Bliss

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


When I first posted about these mind-numbingly delicious, crispy, creamy little balls of peanut butter perfection it caused quite a stir. Even though that was several months ago, I’m still feeling ripples from the shock waves these little guys caused around the blogosphere. I was thrilled by the enthusiastic reaction they received, though I really wasn’t too surprised. After all, what’s not to love about a ridiculously simple and decadently rich peanut butter cookie that you don’t even have to bake? So, when I read about The Peanut Butter Boy’s new event, The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #1 – Cookies, I knew that I had to share this recipe again.

The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition is a joint effort of The Peanut Butter Boy in conjunction with The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery and Foodaphilia, to present the latest and greatest in peanut butter blogging. They plan to choose a new peanut buttery theme each month. I think it’s a terrific idea and I look forward to “spreading” more peanut butter love around in future events as well.

Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies require only four ingredients. They are basically thrown together in a saucepan, dropped on a cookie sheet and cooled. You can literally be eating these little blobs of bliss in less than twenty minutes.

I’ve chosen to add a drizzle of dark chocolate over the cookies, mostly to make the pictures look prettier, but that’s not part of the original recipe. I happen to think the chocolate is the yin to peanut butter’s yang. If you’re a purist, by all means, omit the chocolate. The cookies are just as scrumptious without it.

By the way, if you’re interested in learning how these cookies got their unusual name, go here.
Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies


Ingredients:
(Makes about 3 dozen cookies)

1 cup sugar

1 cup corn syrup
1 jar (18 oz ounce) peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (I like creamy.)
6 cups corn flakes
3 oz good quality chocolate of your choice (optional)

Preparation:

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and stir until the mixture comes to a full boil.

Remove from heat and stir in the whole jar of peanut butter. Mix well.

Add corn flakes to a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over corn flakes and mix well, taking care to coat all of the corn flakes.

With a tablespoon or cookie scoop, scoop out and form into 1-2 inch balls, depending on your preference, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.

Put the chocolate (if using) in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies.

When cooled, eat these cookies with reckless abandon. Be careful, though. We wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt!


Enjoy!

69 responses to Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies Revisited: Peanut Butter Bliss

  1. On April 23, 2008 at 8:55am, Bellini Valli said...

    Don’t you just love being able to dig into something sweet and sinful in a matter of minutes…and no baking…my kind of treat:D

  2. On April 23, 2008 at 9:39am, E said...

    Thanks for participating in our first PBE event! These cookies look very good. I love no-bakes in the summer time.

  3. On April 23, 2008 at 10:46am, Grace said...

    you are so right about these–there’s something absolutely satisying about throwing a dessert (or any dish) together with little to no effort and enjoying the end result so much! of course, when something is so simple to make, one tends to make it often and eat it often, which can lead to bad things. :)

  4. On April 23, 2008 at 10:55am, Mary Coleman said...

    Face down in these in my future!
    Excellent.

  5. On April 23, 2008 at 11:11am, Patsyk said...

    OMG! If they taste as incredible as they look, I won’t be able to resist them! I am marking this to make on one of those days, when I just HAVE to make something… happens nearly every weekend! ;)

  6. On April 23, 2008 at 11:21am, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    Anything that has peanut butter and bliss in the same title has my vote. These look amazing!

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  8. On April 23, 2008 at 11:30am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    These are hypnotizing me, Susan! Oh, I’m a complete sucker for anything peanut butter.

  9. On April 23, 2008 at 11:31am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Val- Absolutely! I’m into instant gratification! ;)

    E- It is my pleasure! I’m glad you like them!

    Grace- You could certainly do some damage with these!

    Mary- Lol! Glad you like them.

    Patsy- I hate to tell you, but they do taste as incredible as they look! Beware! ;)

    Jen- Hehehe! I agree. :)

  10. On April 23, 2008 at 12:52pm, nicisme said...

    HolycrapIlove’em!
    I would die for a few of these right now!

  11. On April 23, 2008 at 1:32pm, Gabi said...

    Holycrapthosearebeautiful!
    mmmmm….

  12. On April 23, 2008 at 1:58pm, Nick said...

    Excellent looking cookies! No-bake too, quite interesting. They actually remind me of something I’ll hopefully find time to make before the contest is up. Thanks for entering, this is gonna be tough!

    - The Peanut Butter Boy

  13. On April 23, 2008 at 3:15pm, familiabencomo said...

    HOLY CRAP!!!! I have all the ingredients here & now (as I eat my salad wondering why my diet never work). I bet I could make these for the kids & tell Alfredo that the recipe only made 2 dozen….. ;)

    xoxox Amy

  14. On April 23, 2008 at 4:14pm, Leah said...

    Oooh, those look like tiny little scotcherooos! I’ll try em out on my kiddos. Yummmmm…..

  15. On April 23, 2008 at 4:52pm, Lina said...

    holycrapthoselookamazingiwannaeatonesobad!

  16. On April 23, 2008 at 6:33pm, Gretchen Noelle said...

    Just wanted you to know I tried to make these and I think before you made a comment that even a 4 year could do them. Yeah…not sure what happened with the ingredients I have but they did not turn out…I felt like a four year old! Ha! Thanks for reminding me since I still have the cornflakes on hand to make them. I need to make another go of them!

  17. On April 23, 2008 at 7:51pm, Kevin said...

    Those look so good!! I remember my mother making these when I was a kid. They were so good.

  18. On April 23, 2008 at 8:22pm, Patsyk said...

    Tag! :) Love your blog, so you’ve been tagged!

  19. On April 23, 2008 at 9:41pm, Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

    I bet you are going to have the same reaction this time around and judging by all the comments I am right so far. Making them today…..

  20. On April 23, 2008 at 9:43pm, Katerina said...

    The picture sold me before I even read your post!

  21. On April 23, 2008 at 10:09pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Thank you all so much! I’m really glad that you like the cookies. Your comments really cracked me up! :D

    I hope that you give them a try. I must warn you that they are pretty addictive.

    Amy- I like your style! I’ll have to remember that one. ;)

    Gretchen- What exactly was the problem? What kind of corn syrup and peanut butter did you use? Did you make sure that the sugar and corn syrup came to a full boil? Let me know. This recipe is pretty foolproof, so I’d really like to help you figure it out.

    Patsy- Uh oh! I’ll be over to check it out.

  22. On April 23, 2008 at 10:10pm, Proud Italian Cook said...

    Holy Moly, those are dangerous!!!

  23. On April 23, 2008 at 10:44pm, ZTe said...

    wow! these look possitively uber yummy!

  24. On April 23, 2008 at 10:44pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Nina- Thanks! Let me know how they turn out for you!

    Katerina- Thank you! Peanut butter is a beautiful thing! ;)

    Marie- :o

  25. On April 24, 2008 at 12:12am, RecipeGirl said...

    Holy crap these look amazing. Wait. Where have I heard that before?

    Seriously, they look really great, and they’re well photographed :)

  26. On April 24, 2008 at 2:01am, White On Rice Couple said...

    Holycrapi’mgonnagonnamaketheseamazingcookiesrightaway!
    Anythingwithjust5ingredientsthatresultinadessertlikethisisakeeper!Thanks!
    BTW-Seewhatyadidtome?

  27. On April 24, 2008 at 5:18am, Manggy said...

    Wait, I don’t get it, how did it get its name again? Please explain it again.. Hee hee :) I think I shouldn’t attempt this until I’ve my own kids and their friends around– ‘twould be far too dangerous for me to be around several of these!

  28. On April 24, 2008 at 5:24am, Peter M said...

    I have all the ingredients, why not try these? I too was sold merely on the photo…bravo (we are not worhty)!

  29. On April 24, 2008 at 6:12am, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    Holy Crap is right. I think I will try to make the holycraptheseareamazingandglutenfree version!

  30. On April 24, 2008 at 6:40am, Cakelaw said...

    Phwoar! These look so good, I am sure that I could scoff a whole batch at once. I missed them first time around – thanks for re-posting.

  31. On April 24, 2008 at 7:52am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Is there anything that you can do with peanut butter that isnt’ delicious?

    Didn’t think so.

  32. On April 24, 2008 at 7:59am, noble pig said...

    I would have to totally agree with your title. Just amazing, really.

  33. On April 24, 2008 at 8:11am, Tracy said...

    These are a family gathering tradition in this house. We have to make quadruple batches. My grandma made these and even though we use the same ingredients, hers were the best!

    I like the chocolate drizzle. A half cup of milk chocolate chips melted in with the peanut butter is tasty as well.

  34. On April 24, 2008 at 4:10pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    My husband’s absolute fave cookie is the no-bake. I am sure these would go over just as well. Twist my arm……I will make them this weekend, alright, alright already….I will make them, leave me alone.

  35. On April 24, 2008 at 4:52pm, PheMom said...

    holycraptheseAREamazingandhowdidimissthemthefirsttimearoundgladyoupostedthemagain!!!

    Hehehe – thanks for the great recipe and the great laugh. Awesome!

  36. On April 24, 2008 at 6:35pm, Ginny said...

    Looks so gooey and peanut buttery! Delicious! :)

  37. On April 24, 2008 at 8:07pm, Cookie baker Lynn said...

    Yum, yum! There’s always room for another peanut butter cookie recipe.

  38. On April 25, 2008 at 1:20am, Culinary Cowgirl said...

    I am an absolute nut for peanut butter cookies…and these look simply sinful! Thanks for sharing :)

  39. On April 25, 2008 at 7:30am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Thanks again to all of you great commenters! I really enjoy reading what you have to say. Sorry that I’m not answering each one individually today. I always try to do that. It has turned into a very hectic week for me. Hopefully, things will ease up soon!

    SGF- I’d love to know how the gluten free version turns out. My nephews would love these!

    Tracy- Chocolate? That might just push me right over the edge! :O

  40. On April 25, 2008 at 9:27am, Pixie said...

    Susan, my eyes are popping out of my head. These look Perfect and crunchy and just beautiful.

  41. On April 25, 2008 at 10:05am, Anonymous said...

    These are good, I’ll have to admit. Still just as good the first time I made them in Home Ec in the 8th grade…years ago… and nearly every day for 2 weeks afterwards.

    It’s funny to see how recipe’s recirculate.

  42. On April 25, 2008 at 10:29am, Vera said...

    They do look crazy tempting. Not sure whether to thank you or … for the pounds I already feel going to my hips. Kidding, of course I thank you. I think chocolate is an inspired addition. oooner, when I saw the corn syrup listed, I hardly even slowed down. Don’t know how it will work, but instantly decided I’d try pure cane syrup instead. Just happen to have some uber-yummy Lyle’s Golden Syrup on hand. You know, this looks like a recipe just made for playing around with AFTER you’ve stuffed yourself thoroughly with cookies made as given! LOL. The corn flakes are bound to be good … I can almost taste them … but am already wondering about rice crispies (might not hold up) or cheerios.

  43. On April 25, 2008 at 6:19pm, LyB said...

    I literally laughed out loud at the name! I have a few peanut butter monsters who would love these, I really should make some, for them, you know… :)

  44. On April 25, 2008 at 6:22pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    How have I never had these? Seriously. How?

  45. On April 25, 2008 at 8:29pm, Tartelette said...

    Holycrapyoudiditagain!!I so Love You!!

  46. On April 27, 2008 at 11:16pm, Anonymous said...

    ugh! we called these “cornflake cookies” back when my mom made them. they are my favorite cookie of all time. please don’t put the word “crap” in the name of my favorite cookie. pretty please with chocolate drizzle on top?

  47. On May 01, 2008 at 8:57am, Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" said...

    “Cowabunga”………….I had something like this a zillion years ago when I was just a little squirt. Fond memories for sure. I made this up, poured (placed) in on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and rolled it out. Then I quickly scored it into 2×3 inch squares and drizzled chocolate and caramel over the top. Once cooled, I used a HOT knife to separate them. DE-LISH and GREAT looking too!. Thanks for this new “keeper”……………..Mark

  48. On May 01, 2008 at 11:07am, Lisa said...

    I just saw your winning recipe on The Peanut Butter Boy’s blog. I must say it looks delicious! I just got back from the store with some Gluten Free corn flakes and I’m going to make up a batch! I would like to post this recipe on my blog, with a link to your blog, if that is ok with you! My gluten-free buddies will love this! Thanks so much!

    Lisa
    http://www.glutenfreelicious.blogspot.com

  49. On May 01, 2008 at 11:37am, E said...

    Congratulations on your First Place win! My mother used to make these cookies for me when I was litle, but she never drizzled chocolate on them. Stellar idea! Winning idea! Thanks again for your participation in our first event. Hope to see more entries from you in future Peanut Butter Exhibitions.

  50. On May 01, 2008 at 6:38pm, Dee said...

    Congratulations, these look amazing! I’ve been looking for yummy cornflake cookies FOREVER but have not come across anything as drool-some as these. I’m trying not to lick the screen!

  51. On May 06, 2008 at 4:33pm, Anonymous said...

    I have made a very similar recipe from the Company’s Coming Squares book. It has a boring name – “cereal slice”. Anyway, they are very very good!

  52. On May 10, 2008 at 7:48pm, Meredith said...

    I found this recipe while using stumbleupon and immediately remembered that these were always my favorite Christmas time treats. Finally I got around to making some today, and holycraptheseareamazing as I remembered! Thanks!

  53. On September 23, 2008 at 5:46am, elly said...

    Hi susan. I have made this cookies based on the recipe above. But i found out it’s more like a flapjack, I thought it will be crunchy..did I make a mistake?

  54. On September 23, 2008 at 6:13am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Elly- Hmmm. It isn’t supposed to be like that. The cookies are supposed to be crunchy. Did you use regular Corn Flakes? You have to mix them carefully so that they don’t get all crushed. Also, maybe you need to add more of them. It sounds like you might have had too much of the peanut butter mixture and not enough cereal.

    What kind of corn syrup did you use? Peanut butter? If you send me more information, I might be able to figure it out. Feel free to email me, if you like. stickygooeycreamychewy [AT] gmail [DOT] com

  55. On October 20, 2008 at 8:39pm, erpeer said...

    Can’t wait to try these! They sound delicious!!

  56. On January 07, 2009 at 6:56pm, TeaLady said...

    I found this same recipe in the Red Hatters Cookbook. They are fantastic. But next time I make them they will definitely be dressed for the occasion. Thanks for the idea.

  57. On March 16, 2009 at 10:02am, ChefBliss.com said...

    HolycrapthesedolookamazingandIcantwaittotrythem!! :)

  58. On November 17, 2009 at 3:11pm, Jennifer said...

    I was so excited to try these but somehow I managed to flop them. Is run of the mill corn syrup the same in Canada as it is in the US? When I tried to eat my cookies they were so hard they almost broke my teeth and are unfortunately going to end up in the garbage. :( I boiled the sugar and corn syrup like it said and I did the conversion to determine that 18 oz of peanut butter is half of a 1 kg jar of peanut butter. By the time I added the peanut butter to the boiled mixture it was harder to stir than I figured it would be. There was no option to make the cookies into mounds like in your picture. The batter was not droppable so I rolled them into balls. A half an hour later I went to try them and they were hard as rocks. :( I have a feeling there is some kind of fundamental difference in the type of corn syrup because I can’t come up with any other explanation for why this happened. Can anybody help?

    Thanks so much for the recipe though! A mother of a friend of mine made a variation of these when I was a kid and they were incredible!

  59. On January 04, 2010 at 11:08am, ashley h said...

    These look good. My dads allergic to whear, just like a lot of people now days, so this would be a good cookie to make for him

  60. On March 23, 2010 at 1:06am, JaneA said...

    Hi, I would also like to know if it is important to use a particular type of corn syrup? I am in New Zealand and the closest equivalent would be golden syrup, but 1 cup sounds like an awful lot, the most I have used in other recipes would be 3-4 tablespoons. Can you please tell me if this is just a large recipe? (I note it makes 3 dozen.) I did find a recipe for a corn syrup equivalent on a conversion site, but it was just sugar and water boiled up. Thanks – would like to try these but it seems like an awful lot of sugar!

  61. On April 25, 2010 at 5:07pm, Teresa said...

    Let me count the ways in which I love these! 1) They’re insanely tasty – peanut butter and dark chocolate? Awesome! 2) You’re working with stick ingredient, but other than sticking to each other, there’s hardly no mess! I was convinced I would have to blast my sauce pan with hot water to clean it out, but it all came right out! And there was no gooey mess on my hands when I rolled them into balls. 3)I got to feel all artsy when I drizzled on the chocolate – I think that was an ingenious addition. Makes them look very elegant but with no fuss.

    HOLYCRAPTHESEREALLYAREAMAZING!

  62. On June 16, 2010 at 10:35pm, melissa said...

    is that light or dark corn syrup?

  63. On December 23, 2010 at 1:17pm, Kathleen said...

    My sister-in-law can only eat gluten-free, so I made a batch of these with a box of gluten-free flakes. Next time I would increase the ratio of mix to flakes. The mix did not quite cover all the flakes and I had to push them into balls. No way would the mixture ever make those coated mounds in your photos. But they taste great, nice crunch, and very pretty with the drizzled chocolate. I look forward to bringing them to our big family do on Christmas Eve.

  64. On March 05, 2012 at 10:02pm, Patricia said...

    Just found that you had this more updated post on this recipe, so I transferred my previous comment here.
    Got the below tip off Taste of Home’s website for those who don’t/won’t/can’t use corn syrup. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounded like a good idea to at least try. I am definitely going to make these cookies! I have a co-dependency on peanut butter. Thank you for sharing:
    “Substitute for Corn Syrup:
    For each cup of light corn syrup in a recipe, substitute 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water. For each cup of dark corn syrup, substitute 1 cup of packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.”

  65. On September 07, 2012 at 11:24am, designer handbags outlet said...

    The mix did not quite cover all the flakes and I had to push them into balls. No way would the mixture ever make those coated mounds in your photos. But they taste great, nice crunch,

  66. On October 22, 2012 at 12:32pm, Amanda Reese said...

    Just wondering before I give these a go – is it really 18 oz. peanut butter? Or is it supposed to be 8?

  67. On November 29, 2012 at 2:44pm, Tiara D said...

    Omit the pub and use caramel and add some coconut flakes n drizzle chocolate! Also so so tasty!

    • On December 01, 2012 at 10:45am, Susan said...

      Sounds delish!

  68. On December 09, 2012 at 4:21pm, VickiC said...

    Hi-just made a half batch-pretty good! Can these be frozen?

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