Do you ever buy one ingredient for a recipe and it only calls for a small amount? What do you do with what's left? I hate wasting it, but don't know what to do with it. To get the most bang for my buck, I usually end up scouring the recipe sites around and try to find out how many other things I can make with that particular ingredient. Well this time, it was a box of cornflakes. I bought it to make this for Easter:
They are Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. They were fabulous. I actually made them a second time for our own dinner (to use up more cornflakes!) because we liked it so much. To keep this post from getting too long, just click on the link for the recipe.
But that still left me with half a box of cornflakes (maybe even more!). Well, this led to the discovery of these Butterscotch Clusters:
They are very easy to make and don't require a lot of ingredients. Two good reasons in my book! All you do is take a bag of butterscotch chips (I used the Nestle brand, 11 0unces) and 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can use either chunky or smooth; I used the latter.) and put them in a large microwave-safe bowl. Melt the chips. I started with 2 minutes, then added another couple of minutes (one at a time, stirring as I went). I found that it was very "thick" so I drizzled a little bit of cooking oil (no more than a teaspoon) to make it a little more smooth. As it melts more, I added time in 30 second increments. All together, I think it was about 4-1/2 minutes. Just make sure to keep stirring.
Then add 4 cups of cornflakes. Stir gently to coat the flakes with the candy mixture. Using a spoon or two drop them onto waxed paper lined sheets. I ran out of waxed paper, so I used foil. It works just as well. These are pretty sweet, so if you are not a candy person, then make them small. My family likes sweets, so I made them just a bit bigger. I got about 24 out of this batch.
I believe you're supposed to be able to just let them set on your counter, but I speeded things up by sticking the whole sheet in my refrigerator. Ten minutes should be plenty of time for the candy to set. It may even be done before then. You can tell because the cluster should stick together and feel firm.
Ta-da! When they're cool, put them on a plate and serve. I made these to go with a simple lunch with a friend. We've actually made these twice with the same box of cornflakes, using butterscotch chips that I stocked up on in the past when they were on sale at Christmas.
If you want the no-frills recipe, you can find it here: Butterscotch Clusters
Of course, you can always crush cornflakes up as a coating for your chicken (I think I'm going to try this one but there are tons out there) or a topping for a vegetable casserole in place of bread crumbs or crackers (just add a little melted butter and mix, then sprinkle on top of your casserole). I have even crushed cornflakes and put them in baggies in the freezer, then taken them out when I have needed them. Hopefully that will keep them from going stale. I just need to remember I have them in there!
Have a great weekend!