Peanut Butter Cereal Treats + Holiday Tips and Ideas!

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There are many times this holiday season we gather together for fun holiday festivities. I can imagine it is the same for you. Holiday gatherings don’t have to be complicated whether entertaining at home or when traveling and taking goodies your hosts home. Ideas like this no-bake treat recipes. Peanut Butter Cereal Treats are so easy to make and take!

My favorite one-stop shopping places over the holiday season are Smart & Final! (Save big! but, without club fees!) More about that in a bit.

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(This post has been updated from it’s original publish date)

This year for us, we are traveling to one central location to all get-together. It’s fun to bring a basket full of goodies to be shared with the adults. Not only are you helping the host of the house, but you are putting together items you know everyone can enjoy when sitting around catching up, chatting, listening to music and for while playing games.

Ideas for the Holidays

Grocery items for a party in a basket_#shop_Smart _Final_#choosesmart_Theresa Huse 2013

Must have’s for festive parties include chocolate. Don’t you just love good wine and chocolate? For the beer drinkers, a good pairing is salted peanuts, cornnuts and chips. Usually, there are several gatherings. Cocktails such as a Kahlua and Cream minted lemonade vodka or tequila with lime. Smart & Final has a huge selection of beverages.

Holiday Tips 

Use CountryTime Lemonade instead of real lemons for your mixer! Works perfect and you’ll have another non-alcohol beverage too! Don’t forget to brew up some coffee and have creamer on hand.


After grocery shopping rather than unpacking and putting your purchases away just to drag them out later. Then, to be packed to take to your gathering, I have a solution for you. Get a basket or reusable plastic container to put all the items in right when you get home from the store. This makes it easy to bring to the hosts’ house. Just add a gift tag and ribbon or twine if you like.

Make a Holiday Gift Basket 

Groceries for party_#shop_#choosesmart_Theresa Huse 2013

Putting it together doesn’t have to take long either. Shopping at Smart & Final you can find all these items and more in one place. You can find, party size, warehouse-size to regular size, fresh produce, meats & in our store, bulk bins. Priced to save, but without the club fees!

Before you head to the store

  • Make a list of needed items for dessert that you are going to bake or your non-bake dessert
  • Add to the list the other needed snack and beverage items for the hostess basket
  •  Have on hand or purchase a basket or container
  • Optional items: Clear cellophane wrap, ribbon, bakers twine or twine and tag to dress it up

Time Savers to make things easy

  • Unpack items for your dessert and set them where you will be preparing it
  • Put all the other items straight into the basket or container you have (to take to party or hostess)
  • Bake or mix dessert to take, let it cool,  transfer onto a tray
  • Place it with the items your taking so you don’t forget them!

Basket of Holiday Goodies_Smart & Final #shop_#choosesmart_Theresa Huse 2013

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats 

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First, I like to create at least one treat that if there are leftovers, the kids can enjoy the next day, plus what adult doesn’t like a fun treat too? This Cheerios Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treat takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and is no-bake. (for printable no-bake cereal bars recipe scroll down)

How to make Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats

*Pre-spray bowls and baking dish with a non-stick spray such as Pam.


Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave. In your separate bowl measure & mix in those yummy M&M’s, peanut butter and Cheerios. (I used Honey Nut Cheerios)

Mixing Cherrios Treats in bowl_##shop_Theresa Huse 2013

Pour melted mixture into the Cheerios mixture and stir!

Honey Nut Cherrios Krispy Treats_##shop_Theresa Huse 2013

Toss the mixture and press into a sprayed dish, then let it cool. Cut and serve. Or if traveling…

How to store or take Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treat Bars

Tray of Cherrios Krispy Treats _#shop_Theresa Huse 2013

Cut and place into wax paper-lined purchased First Street sheet cake pan with dome lid. They are perfect for when traveling and don’t want to bring your dishes! Now it’s ready to take to your party!

Find out more saving at 

Here’s a peek at some offering at some wine offerings.

wines smart and final store #shop_DearCreatives.com

Smart & Final’s non-alcohol, wine, and spirits sections are really big perfect for picking up what you need over the holiday season or any time. This is just the end cap! Just remember to drink responsibly.

Peanut Butter Cheerios Treats  (NO-BAKE)

Yield: 15 servings

Peanut Butter Cheerios Treats

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats - Cheerios Treats with Peanut Butter, marshmallows and M & M's - These no-bake cereal treats can be easily cut into bars for serving or as a make and take. Cherrios Treats with Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats - These no-bake treats are made with Cheerios, peanut butter, marshmallows and M & M's. The no-bake cereal treats can be easily cut into bars when cooled for serving or as a make and take treat idea.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package 10-1/2 ounces miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup milk chocolate M&M's


    1. Spray EVERYTHING that will touch the mixture with nonstick cooking spray. (bowls, spoon, and Pyrex (or another dish)
    2. Place butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl.
    3. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until melted. 
    4. In a large mixing bowl pour and together peanut butter and melted marshmallows until blended. 
    5. Add the cereal and M&M's. 
    6. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-inch pan.
    7. Press the mixture down gently. 
    8. Cool slightly before cutting. 
    9. After the cereal bars are cut they can be served or added to storage containers for taking to functions.

    Yield: 15 servings (depending on size cut) 13 x 9-inch pan


  1. Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

  2. Originally published as Cheerio Treats in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p40

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 194Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 9mgSodium 119mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 11gProtein 4g

Not all nutritional information is 100% accurate.

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats - Easy no-bake treat idea, cut into bars and serve. Or make and take. Plus tips and time saving ideas for the holidays. DearCreatives.com

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  1. I love the idea of bringing a basket full of all the ingredients you need for a recipe to someone’s house. That way you can have fun baking together. I’m kind of addicted to Honey Nut Cheerios so I will definitely be trying out the Cheerios Treats.

    1. Hi Carolyn, It’s always fun especially because we are going for more than a few days, but any host / hostess still loves getting a gift. I know I do. I hope you do & that you enjoy this fun treat.

    1. Hi Britni, It was the first time I made them with Cherrios glad I tried them. Next time I’m trying another version of the recipe. I’ll share it when I try it.

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