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This scotcheroos peanut butter rice krispies treats recipe is seriously such an addicting treat and it only takes a couple of ingredients to make it!

homemade scotcheroos topped with chocolate

Classic Scotcheroos Recipe

I don’t know what it is about these peanut butter rice krispies bars with butterscotch and chocolate melted on top (aka Scotcheroos), but I cannot stop eating them if there is a pan in our house. I don’t remember having them growing up, or who taught me to make them as an adult, but I do know that I can’t resist them no matter how old I get.

Are scotcheroos messy? Yes. 

Does it matter? No.

And it shouldn’t, because sometimes a dessert is all about the whole experience — getting sticky, smearing chocolate across your upper lip, and licking your fingers clean. Kids are awesome at enjoying dessert. They can really get into it and enjoy every little bite, whereas we tend to be so clean and delicate that we are far to worried about avoiding the mess rather than enjoying the flavor.

It’s not just that though, adults want something they can pop in their mouth while finally enjoying a little quiet time without the kids!


Scotcheroos Ingredients

Just like regular rice krispies treats, this scotcheroos recipe uses minimal ingredients and requires no baking. To make these peanut butter rice krispies, you’ll need granulated sugar, light corn syrup, creamy peanut butter, Rice Krispies, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.  

Because Cade doesn’t love butterscotch I use milk chocolate chips or white and semi-sweet chocolate for the topping — and I like to really slather it on in case you couldn’t tell. You can play around with the chocolate topping, but definitely make the peanut butter rice krispies base as instructed in the recipe card because it’s just that good! 

How to Make Scotcheroos 

These homemade scotcheroos come together in under 10 minutes, and this recipe makes a big pan. Here’s how to make scotcheroos quickly: 

  1. Heat the sugar and corn syrup on the stove until the sugar dissolves. 
  2. Stir in the peanut butter and rice krispies. 
  3. Press the mixture into a greased 9×13-inch pan. 
  4. Melt the butterscotch and chocolate chips, then spread over the scotcheroos base. 
  5. Let the bars cool completely before slicing and serving. 



Can I Freeze Scotcheroos? 

Yes, these peanut butter rice krispies bars actually freeze quite well! Place your scotcheroos in a single layer inside a resealable freezer bag if you need to keep them fresh for longer than two days. Once the treats are inside the bag, squeeze out all excess air and place in the freezer for up to six weeks.

Are Scotcheroos Gluten-Free?

I’m baffled that a cereal made from rice contains gluten, but it does. Yep, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies contain malt flavoring, which is derived from a barley grain. Barley is not gluten-free and therefore Kellogg’s Rice Krispies are not gluten-free.

Do I Have to Use Rice Krispies?

No, not if you don’t want to! I’ve also seen scotcheroos made with Chex, cornflakes, and Special K cereal before. Any crunchy, neutral tasting rice- or corn-based cereal should work in these bars. 

Is There a Corn Syrup Substitute I Can Use? 

I’ve only ever made this scotcheroos recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure if there’s a corn syrup substitute you can use. However, a few UK readers have reported success using golden syrup and glucose syrup in place of the corn syrup. Hope that helps! 

scotcheroos stacked on a white serving platter

Tips for Making Scotcheroos 

I prefer making scotcheroos with Jif peanut butter, but if you’d rather use an all-natural creamy peanut butter that should work too. Just make sure to give the natural peanut butter a really good stir before adding it to the rice krispies mixture, as natural peanut butters tend to separate more easily. 

If you love sweet and salty treats, sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the melted chocolate layer before it hardens. The sweet peanut butter base combined with the rice chocolate butterscotch topping and the flaky sea salt is an unbeatable combo! 

Lastly, you’ll need to work fairly quickly once you’ve stirred the rice krispies cereal into the peanut butter and corn syrup mixture. Scotcheroos set up pretty quickly, so you should have your baking dish and ingredients all prepped and ready to go before you begin making this recipe. 

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Scotcheroos Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

4 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
This scotcheroos peanut butter rice krispies treats recipe is seriously such an addicting treat and it only takes a couple of ingredients to make it!


  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Karo Syrup
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter creamy, and I prefer Jif
  • 1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 5 1/2 Cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 3/4 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 3/4 Cup Butterscotch Chips


  • Heat sugar and Karo syrup over medium heat until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt.
  • Add Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
  • Press into a 9x13-inch, greased pan.
  • Heat chocolate and butterscotch chips over med-low heat until melted and spread over rice Krispies.
  • Let cool and eat!


Store scotcheroos peanut butter rice krispies treats in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Scotcheroos Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 182mg8%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • These are seriously the best! We’ve made these every year for Christmas for as long as I can remember. For people having trouble with them getting hard- you have to hear the sugar/karo syrup on low heat and keep stirring. Do not bring to a boil or rush the cooking or you’ll get “candied” Rice Krispies 😉

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    • Hi Megan!! I’m so glad you love this recipe and thank you for the tip on avoiding the sugar getting too hard.

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  • You can find GF Rice Crispies at Winco, store brand. Work/taste great. This recipe is awesome! Best recipe we have found.

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    • Awesome! Thanks for the heads up!

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  • Can I do half of the sugar a cup is just too much

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  • I would like to know why do you have to use a cup each corn syrup and sugar I think that just to much sugar and it going to be too sweet can you do half of cup sugar or just not use it at all

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    • Feel free to modify however you want! We just found this to be the best combination for flavor and texture. Enjoy!

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  • Every time I make these they are too hard to eat can I cut back on the syrup

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    • Hey Mary! You could cut back a little on the syrup but my guess is that you are overboiling the peanut butter.

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    • I made these for Christmas and they were so hard! Sad because I was really looking forward to them.

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      • Hi Nikki! It sounds like you might have overboiled the sugar mixture. If it boils too long, when it cools, it will be hard like candy.

  • I’m seriously going to try this. Like in half an hour.

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    • How were they??

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  • I have to eat gluten free so I made the Scotcheroos with smashed Rice Chex cereal instead of Rice Krispies. They were absolutely DIVINE!! This recipe truly is addictive!

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    • This is very good to know!! Thank you for the great tip!

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  • These are some of my favorite treats and transport me directly back to my childhood! You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

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  • Normally a person would melt marshmallows in with the butter but no marshmallows listed in the ingredients.

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    • Hi Colleen, that’s correct. This is a different version and there aren’t any marshmallows but they are really, really delicious.

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      • will be making these for sure when we have our barn raising gathering

      • I want a barn raising gathering! That sounds so fun!

  • hey girl- these look amazing!

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  • Is there something that we could substitute for Karo Syrup?

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    • Unfortunately I don’t know of a good sub in this recipe. 🙁

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    • Karo Syrup is golden syrup in the uk 🙂 hope that helps 🙂

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      • ohhh, I get that question so much! Thank you for helping!

      • No Probs! If it’s clear Karo Syrup then sub it for Liquid Glucose in the uk – if it’s not clear and a golden colour then it’s Golden syrup 🙂

  • Ooo these sound like our peanut butter crunch bars… Try the same recipe but use cornflakes instead of Rice Krispies ….. Crunchy yummy salty sweet goodies!!! 🙂

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    • Dude, that sounds awesome!

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      • Seriously unbelievably awesome! For extra crunch sprinkle in some peanuts and sub the smooth peanut butter for crunchy peanut butter! 🙂

      • DONE!

      • Hope u enjoy them! 🙂

  • I never had these but they look delish!

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    • you will love them!

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  • These are the best! We call them Scotcheroos. Try using a whole bag of butterscotch chips and a whole bag of semi sweets. You get a great layer on top. That’s how we’ve always had them. These are a Christmas MUST.

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  • Love these. We call them skotcheroos. They are also really good with special k cereal. yum!

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