Jessie James Decker - Yankee Bars

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Jessie James Decker's easy dessert recipe is from her first cookbook “Just Feed Me.”
Yankee Bars
Makes 16 squares
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes
My husband, Eric, grew up in Minnesota, and I have learned over the years that Minnesota has its own style of food and secret recipes that only people from the north would know about. One of them is dessert bars. I never had bars growing up; it was mostly peach cobbler or chocolate chip cookies. But after a few years into our relationship and him constantly expressing that he wanted me to make him bars like he grew up with, I decided to do my research! Cornflakes, peanut butter, and sugar? Count me in! This is what I came up with and I am happy to say that even though the “bar” was high . . . I passed the test. Here are what I now call Yankee bars.
  • Cooking spray, for the pan
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • 1⅓ cups chocolate chips


Line an 8 × 8-inch pan with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, heat the peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup over low heat to melt, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cornflakes to a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or a heavy glass. Stir into the peanut butter mixture.

Pat into the prepared pan.

Melt the chocolate chips over low heat and spread over the top. Cool until firm, then cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

From just feed me by Jessie James Decker copyright © 2020 by Jessie James Decker. Reprinted by permission of Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers.

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