These rice krispie scotcheroos are easy to make and delicious.  Peanut butter rice crispy treats with karo syrup, and chocolate frosting.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Two years ago, these Scotcheroos were responsible for a krispie treat death match for eternal fame and glory.

Sound exaggerated?  Yeah, it is.  The death match was actually a family krispie-treat bake-off (or, more acccurately, no-bake-off) with biased judges and not-so-anonymous entries at the bi-annual family reunion.  And while we may claim eternal fame and glory, what we actually won more closely resembled a spatula and wooden spoon.

The krispie treat contest spawned a new family tradition.  At this year’s reunion, the contest was all about brownies.

I’ll be posting about the brownie bake-off soon, but in the meantime, I want to revisit my all time favorite krispie treat, the one that started all the hubbub, the krispie treat that could (and at times has) double as a birthday cake… Scotcheroos.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

If you’re at all interested in reading about the trash talk, unfair judging, and Fruity Pebbles, mint and peanut butter krispie treats, you can read all about it here.

Can I just describe to you why this is arguably the best krispie treat ever?  {Arguably, because OMG, THESE! which knocked my socks off.}

The biggest reason, besides the obvious heavenly peanut butter and chocolate combination, is corn syrup.

Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.Scotcheroos from - Peanut butter krispie treats with chocolate butterscotch frosting.

Yes, corn syrup.  Because the presence of corn syrup means the absence of marshmallows.  Nothing against marshmallows, it’s hard to go wrong with cooked sugar, but I have just never really loved plain, old-fashioned, marshmallow krispie treats.  The corn syrup version gives a much softer, chewier, and in my humble opinion, far superior krispie treat texture.

As long as we are discussing ingredients, can I just say?  I think it’s a little weird that these are called Scotcheroos, because the only butterscotch in them is a half bag of butterscotch chips mixed with chocolate chips for frosting.  Mostly, they are peanut butter.

Then again, I don’t care what they are called, as long as they taste this heavenly and bring some eternal fame and glory!


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A peanut butter krispie treat with chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: No-bake desserts
Serves: 20
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 7 cups rice krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir until well combined.
  3. Press mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and combined.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over krispie treats, using a knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, until chocolate is set. Cut into 12 large or 20 small bars.


10 thoughts on “Scotcheroos

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  2. Liz

    This is the one treat I had massive cravings for when I went away to college! I’d always make a batch when I returned home. Now I need to make them ASAP!

  3. Carla

    “but I have just never really loved plain, old-fashioned, marshmallow krispie treats.” Based on that sentence alone, how are we friends?! It’s ok. I’ll forgive you if you send me some of these scotcheroos 😉

    1. Jen Post author

      You’ve already pushed the boundaries of this friendship by not loving avocado. I guess friendship will require forgiveness and understanding both ways! LOL 😉 Love ya, Carla!

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    1. Jen Post author

      They only become hard if I leave them out uncovered or put too much rice cereal in them. (I actually have one friend who likes them a little crunchy, so she adds extra cereal.) If this has been a problem for you, I suggest keeping them covered. You can even cut them into bars, and then store the bars in a lidded container or zipper bag.

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