Bottom Of The Cereal Box Recipes! YUMMY Treats!

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by Jennifer Freeman

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It’s not  my intention to teach you how to cook – because I am sure you know how!  My intention is to help you think of recipes and ideas to help waste very little in your house.  The less food wasted or more items re-purposed, the less money is spent replacing.  I find it fun to make a new recipe and use up all my leftovers or the seemingly unusable bottom of the box contents.

Does your cereal cabinet look like mine? 8 boxes of cereal and not one has enough cereal to make a complete bowl? It seems the kids get tired of a type of cereal and then move onto another kind, leaving an almost empty box! Then what?  Ah, you need my Bottom Of The Cereal Box recipes.

I do not like to waste food and I try to come up with a way to use up mostly everything.   This keeps us living a frugal lifestyle and using our money for more important things like rides on the $2 a shot carrousel that the twins love!!    The cereal bars do have lots of sugar, and I am sure with a bit of adapting you can lower the sugar content.  But I make these maybe twice a year so on occasion sugar overload in okay (because we are leaving the house and  heading to the carrousel anyway right!)

I am SURE many of you have some great original “Bottom Of The Cereal Box” recipes — do share yours in the comments below or HERE!!


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Garbage Bars – no oven recipe.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 6 cups of any leftover cereal or snacks (I used a combination of Rice Krispies, corn Chex and Chow Mein Noodles. Pretzels, Ritz Crackers and Cheerios would also be good options)


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter

Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.  For easy stirring this sticky concoction, spray spoon/spatula with cooking spray.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Repeat again until the mixture bubbles  and begins to boil.

Remove from microwave and add and stir until smooth 1-1/2 cups peanut butter.   Add the cereal/snack combination.

Pour in the prepared 9×13 pan.  Hint:  respray that spoon or spatula

Topping:  In a small, microwavable bowl combine the chocolate chips and 1/3 cup peanut butter.  Microwave  for 2 minutes.  Stir and if needed, microwave for another 30 seconds to finish melting the chocolate chips.  Stir until smooth and spread over the bars.

Cool and cut into bars.



Garbage Cookies  Bottom Of The Box Cookies

  • package of or box of sugar cookies (Betty Crocker,  Krusteaz etc)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups cereal

Heat oven to 350.  In a large bowl combine sugar cookie mix, butter, egg mix into a soft dough.  Add 3 cups any variety of cereal.  Drop by spoonfuls and cook for 8-10 minutes.


AND suggest a NEW NAME for these recipes!!


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Dallas April 5, 2012 at

how about “bottom of the box” cookies?