American Classics

Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

American Classics: 5 Easy Cereal Treats to Try

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Scotcheroos [Photographs: Alexandra Penfold]

In my experience, if you take cereal and add melted butter and marshmallows you're going to end up with a quick, easy and crowd-pleasing dessert. But why should Rice Krispies and their generic "crisp rice" counterparts have all the fun? These are some of my favorite cereal treats I've cooked up. What are yours?

Scotcharoos

Chocolate and peanuts make for a classic dessert tag team. If you've ever had a Rice Krispies treat and thought, hmmm...you know what would make this extra awesome? Peanut butter, butterscotch, and a ton of chocolate! Well, these are the bars for you.

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Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch Squares

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Taking a page out of the Scotcharoo playbook, here's another chocolate and peanutty combo. These bars get their peanuttiness from PB Cap'n Crunch. You can't go wrong with sweet and salty.

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Golden Grahams

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Have you ever eaten a bowl of Golden Grahams and thought, I wonder if you could make s'mores with these? The answer is yes. And these bars are delicious. If you're looking for some summer camp nostalgia but don't have access to a bonfire, try whipping these up.

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Squares

Let's talk things that are magically delicious. Because if the inclusion of some marshmallows makes a recipe tasty, imagine doubling that. Yes, you may have concerns about getting a cavity from reading the recipe. I understand that. Truly, I do. But if you're reading this post, I suspect you're a fellow marshmallow enthusiast. In practice, the oat-ty goodness in the cereal actually balances out the sweetness rather nicely. And come on: rainbow marshmallows.

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Kix Toffee Bark

If you're as big a fan of wicked simple Chocolate Crack, this is a recipe for you. All you need is butter, brown sugar, Kix, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and some chocolate. So quick. So easy. So delicious.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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