Here is a piece of my childhood. I used to eat something very similar to this when I was six years old. That year was very eventful, and I’d venture to say that my memory has reconfigured my timeline, and I’m sure that more important things happened, but mostly, when I think of back then, I pretty much remember watching Ghostbusters and my mom making me sweet, peanut buttery balls of Cheerios and melted marshmallows.
Cheerios have that wonderful, nutty crunch that pairs perfectly with peanut butter. I thought I’d take it a step further by adding honey and a tiny dash of cinnamon. Well, I suppose the shape of these changed, too, when I decided to replicate this beloved recipe from my childhood. I hope it isn’t telling that I resolved to make squares, because I definitely consider my adult life to be at least trapezoidal in shape. I like to keep things interesting.
Peanut Butter and Miel Cheerios Bars
Makes 9 squares
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup peanut butter
pinch (about 1/8 tsp) cinnamon
10 oz marshmallows
5 cups Cheerios
Grease an 8x8x2 with cooking spray and set aside. In a large pot on low, heat the butter until glossy and melted. Add the honey, peanut butter, and cinnamon and stir until incorporated. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly. This will take a couple minutes, and it will seem like they will never melt, but it is important to keep the heat low to get that perfect, gooey texture. Once the marshmallows have melted entirely and the mixture is thick, smooth, and golden, turn off the heat. Stir in Cheerios and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, then cut into 9 squares. Serve.