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How to Make Scotcharoos

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Step by step recipe instructions and photos for making Scotcharoos

Step by step recipe instructions and photos for making Scotcharoos

If you've ever seen any of my other recipes, you know that one of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. So I was really surprised when I heard about this recipe, especially since it has been around for a long time.

A friend suggested I give it a try, and I am glad she did. This is one of the best sweet treats I've made in a long time. The blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch is delicious. Add to that the crispy texture of puffed rice cereal, and you have a dessert that is pretty much perfect.

I think my family finished off an entire pan in about two days, not a fact that I am entirely proud of.

So if you need a sweet snack that is sure to please just about anyone, then this is the recipe you need to try. I know that I plan on making it a lot more. It will be perfect for the next time I need to bring a dessert to an event or an item donate to a bake sale.

Whether you've tried Scotcharoos before or are just discovering this recipe, I'd love to know what you think about it.

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Peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch goodness, Scotcharoos are delicious!

Peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch goodness, Scotcharoos are delicious!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

24 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Before starting to cook, assemble all of the supplies you'll need. This is one of those recipes that needs to be prepared quickly before everything cools completely.
  2. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place the cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Stir together corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the hot burner. Stir in the peanut butter until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour the warm sugar and peanut butter mixture over the cereal and stir. This takes a little time and muscle since the mixture gets thicker as it cools.
  5. Spoon the cereal mixture into the parchment-lined pan and spread evenly. I use my hands, but it is still warm at this point so use care.
  6. Set aside pan to cool. Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave bowl and stir until smooth. Spread evenly over the ingredients in the pan. Set aside until chocolate is firm.
  7. Once set, cut out bars. If they last in your house, then the bars can be stored in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. If you are planning on keeping them for a while and refrigerating them, bring them back to room temperature before serving. When they get cold, they get hard to eat.

Tips

  • You can use a non-stick spray to prepare the pan instead of parchment paper, but it's not my favorite thing. The paper makes clean up and removal easy. I used a large enough piece so I could lift the bars right out of the pan.
  • Use smooth peanut butter. These bars are crunchy enough without pieces of hard peanuts in it.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Scotcharoos

Ingredients for Scotcharoos

The ingredients are straight forward. With the exception of the puffed rice cereal, you need a cup of everything else. It's that easy to remember.

Prepare the Tray

Lining the tray with parchment paper.

Lining the tray with parchment paper.

Before you start cooking, prepare the pan and the ingredients so you can work fairly quickly.

Mix the Sugar and Syrup

Mixing sugar and syrup.

Mixing sugar and syrup.

Over medium heat, stir the corn syrup and sugar until dissolved. Bring just to a boil and remove from heat.

Stir in the Peanut Butter

Mixing in peanut butter.

Mixing in peanut butter.

The peanut butter mixes in easily.

Mix in the Cereal

Mixing in cereal.

Mixing in cereal.

Work quickly when mixing the sugar and peanut butter mixture since it gets thicker as it cools and gets harder to stir.

Cereal Mixture in the Pan

Fill the pan.

Fill the pan.

Press the cereal mixture into the lined pan, making sure to spread it evenly and fill in the corners of the tray. Set aside.

Melt the chips

Melt the chocolate and butterscotch.

Melt the chocolate and butterscotch.

Using care not to heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips too much, microwave them in a microwave-safe bowl. Check after about 30 seconds and stir. Check every 15—20 seconds, stirring until smooth.

Be careful with this step as the chocolate will seize up if overheated.

Spread the Melted Chips on Top of Cereal

Spread melted chips.

Spread melted chips.

The bars don't have to be completely cooled when spreading the melted butterscotch and chocolate chips on top. Set aside to cool completely and until the melted chocolate mix has hardened. Cut into 24 bars.

Yummy Scotcharoos.  They don't last long at our house!

Yummy Scotcharoos. They don't last long at our house!

Cut the bars before you have refrigerated them, otherwise they will be too hard to cut. If refrigerated, then allow them to come to room temperature before serving. They taste better at room temperature and get really hard to eat if they are refrigerated.

If you love chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch, you'll love Scotcharoos.

If you love chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch, you'll love Scotcharoos.

These Scotcharoos are so good they are almost addictive. You won't be able to eat just one!

Seriously delicious Scotcharoos!

Seriously delicious Scotcharoos!

© 2017 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 06, 2018:

Thank you Janisa - The butterscotch adds a really tasty touch to this treat. It kind of steps it up a notch.

Janisa from Earth on June 04, 2018:

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter! Never tried adding butterscotch into the mix as well. These look delicious. And thanks for the step by step photos

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 19, 2017:

Thanks everyone. I couldn't believe I had never tried them and they are super. Definitely something I'll be making lots more! Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorites together, but the butterscotch adds a real delicious twist!

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on October 16, 2017:

Yum, I feel like I need more butterscotch in my life. I have heard of these classic treats but often hand I don't think I have ever made them. Considering your article my motivation. Thank you for sharing!

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on October 10, 2017:

YOU GOTTA STOP you're making me so hungry for so many naughty things! This recipe looks awesome, another one to put on the list.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on October 10, 2017:

They look delicious and really quick and easy for someone needing to make something sweet in a hurry.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on October 09, 2017:

These look sooooo good!