Scotcheroos

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Scotcheroos” are easy-to-make dessert bars with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies. These addicting bars can be made in 15 minutes or less and are the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or party. Scotcheroos are loved by adults and kids alike!

After you’ve gotten hooked on this scotcheroos recipe, make sure to try some other crazy popular dessert bars: rice krispie treats, carmelitas, 7 layer bars, or lemon bars.

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Scotcheroos

The first time I had a scotcheroo was my freshman year in college. We couldn’t have peanut butter in our home because my brother is severely allergic to peanuts, so I’d never tried them before then.

The minute I tried scotcheroos, my fate of gaining the “freshman 15” was sealed. My roommates and I made them just about every time we needed to procrastinate studying…which was, well, often.

Luckily, I have 2 boys, a hubby, and plenty of neighbors to help me eat them nowadays when I make a batch. And every time I bring these scotcheroos to an event, people beg for the recipe. While these bars are absolutely delicious, one of the best things about them? They’re also quick and easy to make!

Today I’m sharing how to make these bars and giving my top tips for success. But first of, in case you’re wondering where the crazy name comes from:

Origins of Scotcheroos

These dessert bars became famous in the 60s when it was printed on the box of Rice Krispies cereal. This recipe is slightly tweaked from that original recipe!

How to make Scotcheroos

  • Combine ingredients in pot: in a small pot add the white sugar, unsalted butter, and light corn syrup. Heat over medium heat until all the ingredients are dissolved. It’s important to keep the heat at medium so you don’t overcook this mixture which will result in hard bars.
  • Make the scotcheroo base: add peanut butter, vanilla, and sea salt to that syrupy base. The salt helps bring out the flavors and balance the sweetness. Once the mixture is combined, pour it over Rice Krispies. Make sure to mix gently to keep the integrity of the krispies.
  • Make the topping: melt the butterscotch chips and milk chocolate chips to create the creamy chocolate topping. Use your favorite type of chocolate for the topping! We like milk chocolate best, but dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate work great too.

Rice Krispie Scotcheroos tips

  • Don’t overcook the sugar mixture: The scotcheroos will come out hard if you overcook or boil the sugar/corn syrup mixture. It’s important to keep the heat low and patiently melt down the butter and sugar. Make sure you pull it off the heat as soon as all the ingredients are melted and combined. 
  • Don’t compress the Rice Krispy layer: Once you’ve spread the Rice Krispy layer in the pan avoid compressing the mixture too much. Over-compressing the bars will yield brick hard bars.
  • Microwaving your chocolate/butterscotch just right: While there’s lots of ways to melt chocolate, I like using the microwave. The secret? Microwave in short bursts and stir in between each burst for 10-15 seconds. Remember melting is still happening after being removed from the microwave.

Scotcheroos FAQS

Can you freeze scotcheroos?

Yes! These chocolate scotcheroos freeze great.

Freezing: the same day the bars are made (once the chocolate topping has fully set), you can freeze these bars. Cut into even sized bars and wrap each individual treat in a square of wax paper and then plastic wrap. Place the wrapped treats in a resealable freezer bag. Store in that freezer bag for up to 6 months.

Thawing: Thaw by removing an individual bar from the freezer and setting out on the counter for 30-45 minutes or until at room temperature.

How many calories are in a scotcheroo?

Depending on how you cut the bars, this batch of scotcheroos makes about 20 servings. Each serving is approximately 228 calories.

How many cups of Rice Krispies are in a box?

A 12-ounce box of Rice Krispies has approximately 10 cups of the Rice Krispies in it. You’ll use 6 cups for this recipe.

How to store scotcheroos:

Scotcheroos will stay good for up 5 days, but honestly these are best (texture and taste wise) within the first 1-2 days. Keep the bars in an airtight container at room temperature while storing.

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Scotcheroos

5 from 1 vote
"Scotcheroos" are easy-to-make dessert bars with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies. These addicting bars can be made in 15 minutes or less and are the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or party. 
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Scotcheroos

5 from 1 vote
"Scotcheroos" are easy-to-make dessert bars with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies. These addicting bars can be made in 15 minutes or less and are the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or party. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword scotcheroos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 bars
Calories 228kcal

Equipment

  • 9 x 13-inch pan
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (182g) Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup (230g) white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (210g) light corn syrup
  • 1 cup (251g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (264g) butterscotch chips
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (263g) milk chocolate chips (semi-sweet can be used if preferred)

Instructions

  • PREP: Measure the rice krispies into a large bowl. Set aside. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
  • SYRUP MIXTURE: In a heavy sauce pan over low heat, add the white sugar, unsalted butter, and light corn syrup. Stir until the sugar is dissolved; be patient here, don't heat the mixture too quickly or at too high of a heat or the bars will harden.
  • POUR OVER CEREAL: Remove pan from heat and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and sea salt. Pour the mixture into the bowl of prepared rice krispies and stir gently until the krispies are well coated. Once coated, transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Gently press the bars into an even layer in the pan being careful to not over compress the bars (it will make the bars overly hard!)
  • TOPPING: In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butterscotch and chocolate chips until soft and creamy. (I microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds for a total of about 1 minute). Pour the mixture and spread it evenly over the uncut bars in the pan.
  • SET: Allow the bars to cool and chocolate to harden at room temperature. Cut into bars. Best served within 1-2 days of making!

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Recipe Notes

Rice Krispie Scotcheroos tips

  • Don't overcook the sugar mixture: Your scotcheroos will come out hard if you overcook or boil the sugar/corn syrup mixture. It's important to keep the heat low and patiently melt down the butter and sugar. Make sure you pull it off the heat as soon as all the ingredients are melted and combined. 
  • Don't compress the Rice Krispy layer: Once you've spread the Rice Krispy layer in the pan avoid compressing the mixture too much. Over-compressing the bars will yield brick hard bars.
  • Microwaving your chocolate/butterscotch just right: While there's lots of ways to melt chocolate, I like using the microwave. The secret? Microwave in short bursts and stir in between each burst for 10-15 seconds. Remember melting is still happening after being removed from the microwave.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 20bars | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.8g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 3.3mg | Sodium: 118.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 26.1g

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5 Comments

    1. There are no marshmallows in this recipe… Perhaps you overcooked the sugar, butter, or cornstarch mixture as that would make these hard.

    1. I haven’t personally tried cheerios in this recipe, so I don’t want to give a recommendation for something that potentially wouldn’t work. That said, I don’t see why they wouldn’t. Wish I could be of more help!

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