Personally, I'm not a HUGE fan of peanut butter. Last year, I was gifted with a plate of these cookies for Christmas. I couldn't stop eating them! These are a no-bake three-ingredient cookie that reminds me of Rice Krispie treats. I had dipped a few of these in melted milk chocolate, and loved them. Natural light had slipped away, so I planned to drizzle the rest of the cookies with chocolate, the following day. When I went to finish my work, the cookies were all eaten, by my hungry men and their friends. They loved them. (Recipe source: Karo Syrup.com; directions adapted by me)
NOTE: I don't recommend doubling the recipe, which I did. The cookie mixture sets up really fast, and I built up a sweat trying to scoop out 7 dozen cookies in a big hurry!
TASTING NOTE: I found these cookies to be cloyingly sweet, unless they were dipped in chocolate. However, my adult son disagreed. He loved them, and was sad when they were gone. I'd like to adapt this recipe by decreasing the corn syrup and white sugar by 1/4 cup each. I'll update the recipe if I'm happy with the results.
COOKING/TASTING NOTES: I like to use Ghirardelli chocolates for melting, as it's affordable and tastes great. I melt two bars of chocolate over a double boiler. If I use a microwave, I use a lower power setting in 20-30 seconds bursts and stir until smooth. I don' recommend using chocolate chips, because they have a tendency to "sieze" if melted in the microwave or over a double boiler (I am speaking from personal experience, even though I added a little vegetable oil to the chips.
cup Karo light corn syrup
cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
cups cornflakes or other crispy corn cereal
Good quality milk or dark chocolate, for dipping or drizzling (optional)
Place the cornflakes into a large bowl; set aside.
Combine sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter in a large saucepan. Heat until mixture comes to a boil around the edges of the pan, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over cornflakes. Stir gently, until thoroughly coated.
Drop cookies, using about 2 tablespoons for each, onto waxed paper. You can use a 2-inch cookie scoop. Let cool. Store in airtight container.
Once the cookies have cooled and set, you can either dip the bottom of each cookie in melted chocolate (my favorite way) or you can drizzle it over each cookie.