Blueberry Pecan Cornflake Squares Recipe

Many things can instantly transform me to my much-forgotten ill-worn teenagerhood: a few passing bars of The Backstreet Boys, Club Monaco sweaters and cornflake squares.

My first job ever was at a bakery where I’d squirrel away peanut butter cornflake squares to nibble on the bus ride home. The cornflake squares I make now are sans-peanuts, but so much better.

These cornflake squares are my interpretation of what the illicit lovechild of a Momofuku Milk Bar cornflake cookie and a blueberries and cream cookie could look like. Basically a rice crispy square with cornflakes standing in for the puffed rice, cornflake squares are infinite in their variations; add in anything that strikes your fancy. My current favourites: pecans and dried blueberries.

The nutty earthiness of pecans, sunshiny sweetness of dried blueberries and the crunch of cornflakes combine perfectly into a somewhat healthy dessert (breakfast?) square that will disappear immediately.

Case in point: a couple of friends were over for dinner the other day and one of them consumed two squares before we sat down to dinner and had four more after for dessert. Cornflake squares are so good I think I should start book-ending all my meals with them.

Blueberry Pecan Cornflake Squares Recipe

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups cornflakes
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup toasted pecans

Directions

1. Lightly butter a 8 inch square pan.
2. Combine cornflakes, blueberries and toasted pecans in a large bowl.
3. Melt butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
4. Pour melted marshmallows over cornflake mixture and mix well.
5. Press cornflake mixture evenly in buttered pan.
6. Cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

22 Comments add yours

  1. Yum! Isn’t everything better with marshmallows?

    Jennifer,
    I love marshmallows, especially homemade ones!

    steph on March 11th, 2010 at 11:21 am
  2. OMG, these look fantastic!… On a more somber note, the last time i saw my Club Monaco t-shirt, my mom was using it as a rag to wipe the kitchen floor… sadness.

    Dan,
    No worries! Club Monaco is selling those classic sweatshirts and t-shirts again! :P

    steph on March 11th, 2010 at 11:22 am
  3. … my childhood was neither misspent nor rich in cornflake squares. But early adulthood was squandered and spent a little while in Beijing–and involved many compressed noodle sweets, which these remind me of. Now the fire’s lit, I think I’m going to go buy some fried chow-mein bits and some marshmallows…

    …these look absolutely delicious.

    Mmm, I think chow-mein bits and marshmallows would be crunch-a-licious!

    steph on March 11th, 2010 at 11:23 am
  4. It looks like you have 6 ingredients (from the photo), but only 5 listed in the recipe. What’s the secret ingredient?

    LNapoli,
    Good catch! It was white chocolate that I was going to melt and drizzle on top, but I changed my mind. Feel free to add a white chocolate drizzle to yours!

    steph on March 12th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  5. Marshmallows! These squares look great, thanks for posting!

    Patty,
    No problem, glad you like them!

    steph on March 13th, 2010 at 10:14 am
  6. Yum,toss in some chocolate chips…heaven.

    Mmm…the best thing about cornflake squares is that the possibilities are endless!

    steph on March 29th, 2010 at 12:53 am
  7. I think i’m the “friend” who ate two before dinner and gulped down another 4 after dinner for desert :P…lol they are awesome! I’m gonna try and make some tonight :)

    Hahaha. Yours will turn out great Tash!

    steph on June 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am
  8. THIS LOOKS REALLY GOOD! i will try to make some to please my girlfriend. hahah. anyway. is there like a missing ingredient? cause i was looking closely at the ingredient list and the picture beside it. Is there white chocolate in it too? =)

    Hahaha, I did want to melt some white chocolate to drizzle on top, but in the end, they didn’t need it!

    steph on October 15th, 2010 at 7:33 am
  9. along time ago i had a blueberry cornflake cake recipe and i cant find it and it was so good and i would love to find it again it had cream cheese and pecans and i think pineapples but dont remember

  10. it came on the back of a cornflakes box

  11. Do you need more than one bag of mini marshmallows to reach 4 cups?

    One bag will have more than 4 cups!

    steph on December 20th, 2010 at 6:36 pm
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