Scotcheroos Are Even Better Than Rice Krispie Treats

September  6, 2015

Regular Rice Krispies treats are good, but add peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and a chocolate topping and you'll have something even better

The people who market breakfast cereal are smart people. They must have realized that confining your product to one meal a day wouldn't do the trick, so they got us hooked on Rice Krispie treats and Chex Mix. They are probably responsible, in some nefarious way, for cereal milk ice cream. Amanda Sims is even putting Rice Krispies on her chickpeas! I think there's a boardroom room of people somewhere masterminding it all: the Ministry of Cereal.

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Instead of fighting it, I'm just giving in. And with these rich and—dare I say—wanton, extravagant bars, surrender never tasted so good.

Scotcheroos are another invention of the Ministry of Cereal (or, in this case, just the Kellogg's recipe testers). The base is a pseudo-Rice Krispie treat. Instead of marshmallows, you heat corn syrup, sugar, and creamy peanut butter into a smooth sauce. Once the cereal is coated in this mixture, it gets topped with a melted mix of semisweet chocolate and butterscotch chips.

Sophisticated it is not, but this dessert is a serious crowdpleaser. It's just the thing to bring out at your Labor Day party. Put it on a plate next to the pool to feed a horde of hungry kids. Eat it with your fingers, a beer in the other hand, as you sit around a fire pit with your friends. 


Adapted from Kellogg's

Makes one 9- by 13-inch pan

 cup sugar

cup light corn syrup

cup creamy peanut butter

cups Rice Krispies cereal

cup semisweet chocolate chips

cup butterscotch chips

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Do you have a favorite back of the box recipe, or have you heard about a great one? Leave any suggestions in the comments, and I'll try them out and share them here!

Photos by Posie Harwood 

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Ktmhusker September 8, 2018
A midwestern favorite! My mom used to make these and they were our favorite treat. For bake sakes I make big batches, pack it hard into a deep baking pan, cut in big squares (use knife to make all sides smooth) Shove in a popsicle stick, dip in the whole thing in melted chocolate/butterscotch chip mix (spread thinly on all sides) then dip the end in colorful sprinkles. Wrap in cellophane bags, and tie with a little ribbon or raffia. They sell out really quickly and people love them.
vaughan September 22, 2015
Do you think that maple syrup would work instead of corn syrup? I too hate corn syrup, GMOs.
Or honey, would change the flavor but...
Laurie September 15, 2015
Hi … just wondering if anyone has an idea for subbing out the corn syrup in this recipe? they look so yummy, but corn syrup is just so very bad …. thanks!
ZOBX September 13, 2015
Please include sugar and carbs in recipes in the future...I have a diabetic husband whose numbers are improving and is losing weight since cancer last year, I must pay extra attention to " treats. ". Thnx,zz
julia September 7, 2015
scotcheroos are still my favorite - and i can't believe they are still a midwestern secret, or so i've found as i've moved about the country. and i like them best as they are, with rice krispies, white sugar and all! thought this sounds crazy, i feel like they'd be too sweet with special K. though now i guess i have something to try! anyway, so thrilled to see them here.
Peggio September 7, 2015
Omygosh, these ARE the rice krispie treats my mom used to make, scotcheroos! So YUM! Thanks for reminding me and giving us a better version than I remember. ;)
Robin September 7, 2015
These are and were the classic go to dessert in my family from the day they debuted on the Rice Krispies box. We never ate the "other" recipe. Every potluck, picnic, holiday, kid cooking,family trip opportunity. Thousands of 9 by 13 pans. My kids are the 4th generation to grow up with these.
Scott B. September 7, 2015
This takes me back - My mom used to make these all the time.
Lori D. September 7, 2015
I agree about the Special K instead of Rice Krispies. And use brown sugar instead of white for a richer flavor. Been enjoying 'Special K Bars' ever since I was a kid!
joan September 6, 2015
Five cups of Special K cereal instead of the Rice Krispies cereal is even better!
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Posie (. September 6, 2015
Ooh now you're speaking my language!
katie September 6, 2015
I grew up having these and not the marshmallow version. these are simply the best!!!
Bella B. September 6, 2015
These look delicious! I have made them with a chocolate top but never tried butterscotch chips before. Yum!

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