Special K Chewy Cookie

I have to share a great recipe I just came across the this weekend. When I was a student in college at Indiana University there was a little shop in the student union called Sugar and Spice and they sold coffee, smoothies, and some bakery items. My favorite lunch was stopping by and picking up a delicious treat they called a Special K chewy. It’s a bit like a rice crispy treat but using Special K cereal and it  tastes like peanut butter and caramel. It has never crossed my mind to try to replicate it, but I saw a recipe on  a blog that seemed like it would be similar but not the same, and that got me interested in searching for something that would be similar.  So I did a quick search of “Special K Chewy” and “Indiana University” and lo and behold, I learned that this elusive treat was a cult favorite  and indeed there was a recipe that was sworn to be the exact same recipe! I found it interesting that someone who claimed to be a student in the 1970’s said they had the treats back then and they had searched for the recipe because after all that time they still remembered them.

Do I have you interested in these yet?

Let me tell you….they delivered.  From what I remember, these are pretty much the same thing!  They are delicious! Please make them and then report back how much you loved them.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you my favorite part!  They were simple to make and used very few ingredients.

Here is the recipe I followed:


  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of white corn syrup
  • 4 cups of Special K cereal
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Blend corn syrup, vanilla, and salt in a 2 quart microwave safe dish.  **I did this and will be using a bigger dish next time just to make stirring easier.** Cook on high 4 minutes, or until mixture boils and sugar dissolves.
  2. Stir in peanut butter, then add cereal.  To make it easier on yourself, put in the cereal in 1 cup increments at a time to blend easier.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls on wax paper. Let cool before storing at room temperature.  ** I choose to make bigger ones like they sold in the store so I made them by using a large spoon as a guide. About 2 hours is enough to cool.**

There you have it. It’s that easy! The key is too work quickly so the mixture doesn’t harden.  I recommend getting all your ingredients and wax paper set out in advance.





  1. These look so good! YUMM!

  2. Oh my GOSSSSSSSSSSSH! How freakin’ delish! Pinning now and I’ll be making asap!

  3. okkkk, these look AMAZING!!!

  4. Oh these sound fun! My mama makes something similar for the holidays with cornflakes. It is definitely a favorite. In fact, my cousin gets his own tin full of the yummy treat! I might have to forward this version to her for us to try this year!

  5. yum!! these sound delish. chewy cookies are my fave 😉

  6. Yummy – I want these right now! And cookies that don’t have to be baked are very welcome in this summer heat 🙂

  7. Liz Garratt says:

    OMG, my husband and I were visiting IU today, reliving the good old days when we were students there. We went to the Student Union so that I could have that Special K Chewy that I was so addicted to as a student! Sugar & Spice is still awesome! And those Special K Chewies are so mind-blowingly delicious in flavor and texture! So glad you posted the recipe!!