Creamy peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch make this Scotcheroos recipe unforgettable. With only 6 ingredients, this classic recipe is super easy.

Scotcheroos cut into bars.
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This Classic Scotcheroo recipe is an easy no bake treat with simple step by step instructions. I am a busy mom and have time to make these and they turn out perfectly every time! The chewiness of these dessert bars taste delicious.

No bake desserts are so easy and our family also loves No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars Recipe and No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

Why are they called Scotcheroos?

The name originates from the butterscotch in the recipe and references all of the yummy butterscotch flavor. The recipe has been around a long time and originally was found on a box of Rice Krispies cereal.


Ingredients for Scotcheroos - cereral, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, corn syrup, peanut butter, sugar.
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • peanut butter
  • granulated sugar
  • light corn syrup
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • butterscotch chips


  • Sea Salt. Sprinkle sea salt on top of the chocolate before it sets.
  • Cereal. You can substitute special k cereal for the rice krispie treats. I prefer the original recipe but have used special k when we were out of rice krispies and it was still yummy.

How to make Scotcheroos:

Bowl of rice krispy cereal.

Step 1. Prepare the baking dish with cooking spray or line with aluminum foil. Then pour crispy rice cereal into a large bowl.

Pan with peanut butter ready to melt.

Step 2. Next, put the peanut butter, sugar, & corn syrup in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Make sure to stir the corn syrup mixture constantly.

Bowl with cereal and peanut butter mixture.

Step 3. Now, pour the hot mixture over the rice krispies and mix it really well. 

Pan of mixture beside a sauce pan with chocoalte chips.

Step 4. Finally, pour the mixture into the 9×13 pan you prepared earlier. The last step is to melt the milk chocolate chips & butterscotch chips together in a small pot over medium heat. Melt this on low heat and stir the chocolate constantly.

Pan with melted chocolate coating on cereal mixture.

Step 5. Spread the melted chocolate over the mixture.

Platter with bars ready to serve.

Step 6. Allow to the chocolate topping to set before cutting the bars.

Tips for chocolate peanut butter Scotcheroos:

  • Make sure to let them come to room temperature before serving if storing in the fridge. Otherwise, they will be hard.
  • In a hurry? You can place the bars in the fridge or freezer to help hurry along the process of the chocolate setting.
  • Creamy peanut butter works best. Just regular any brand creamy peanut butter!
  • Feeling festive? Add sprinkles to the top of the bars to match party theme, holidays and more.


Why are the bars hard?

Follow the cooking time precisely. Overcooking the mixture can result in very hard scotcheroos.

Remove the sugar mixture from the heat right away. This is really important. Don’t leave it sitting on the stove.

Also. pressing the cereal mixture into the baking dish too firmly, can result in hard scotcheroos. Just gently press the mixture into the pan.

How to store?

After cutting into bars, place inside an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature and normally last about a week. However, my family eats them pretty much so they never last that long around here.

If it is warm and the chocolate starts to melt, you can store in the fridge. However, make sure to let them come to room temperature before you serve them or they will be hard.

How to freeze?

Cut them into squares and allow them to cool completely. Place them in a freezer container with parchment paper in between each layer.

They will keep up to 3 to 4 months.


Go ahead and try these delicious bars. Then please come back and leave a comment.

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4.75 from 4 votes
Creamy peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch make this Scotcheroos recipe unforgettable. With only 6 ingredients, this classic recipe is super easy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 455


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cups butterscotch chips


  • Grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
  • Pour Rice Krispies into a large bowl
  • Bring peanut butter, sugar, & corn syrup to a boil in a medium pot. Be sure to stir constantly.
  • Pour hot mixture over rice krispies & mix well.
  • Pour into greased 9×13 pan and gently press down with a spatula.
  • Melt chocolate chips & butterscotch chips together in a small pot, stirring constantly on low heat.
  • Pour the melted chocolate and butterscotch chips over the pressed Rice Krispies and let them set before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 455kcal, Carbohydrates 78g, Protein 7g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 4mg, Sodium 256mg, Potassium 158mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 63g, Vitamin A 979IU, Vitamin C 9mg, Calcium 32mg, Iron 5mg

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