This Easy Scotcharoos Recipe is a classic rice krispie treat that’s made with peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips!

These are not your average rice krispie treats… these delicious chocolate covered bars are made without marshmallows.

rice krispie treat covered with chocolatepinterestMy grandmother has made these yummy treats since before I can remember. It’s been a family favorite for decades.

I have fond memories of these chewy, chocolate covered bars during the holidays, however, they’re great any time of the year!

Easy Scotcharoos Recipe

What’s a Scotch-a-roo? Scotcharoos are a chewy, puffed rice dessert bar that’s topped with a combination of melted chocolate and butterscotch.

The flavors of butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate give it a “Butterfinger” like flavor that’s simply irresistible.

This easy rice krispie-like treat only contains 6 basic ingredients and comes together quickly.

Ingredients for Scotcharoos –

Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to make this recipe. As always, you can find a printable version of the recipe with measurements listed in the recipe box below.

  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • Butterscotch Morsels

easy scotcharoos ingredients on a white table

How To Make Scotch-A-Roos

My grandmother taught me how to make these and I’m excited to share her simple and easy to remember recipe with you. This recipe is perfect for a 9×13″ casserole dish.

  • Start by combining the sugar and corn syrup in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a small boil for just 1 minute.
  • Then, stir in the peanut butter until smooth, then pour this mixture over the puffed rice cereal and stir to coat.

pouring peanut butter mixture over cereal

  • Next, pour this mixture into a parchment lined dish and gently press to an even thickness.
  • Finally, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth then spread over bars. (I like to use this offset spatula for spreading the chocolate)

spreading chocolate over bars in pan

The combination of chocolate and butterscotch gives these bars something special. After all, it’s where the name comes from!

Tips For Making Scotcharoos

These bars are meant to be more dense than a classic rice krispie treat, but not rock hard. If you’re finding that your bars are too hard it’s likely because you overcooked the sugar mixture.

  • Cook the sugar and corn syrup for just 1 minute after it reaches a soft boil.
  • Gently press the mixture into the casserole dish. If you press too hard it’ll compact and be tough to bite.
  • Lining the pan with parchment paper makes it easy to remove the bars after they’ve cooled.
  • Store bars in an air tight container on the countertop so they stay soft to chew.

More Rice Krispie Treat Recipes To Try

Craving more of that puffed cereal goodness? Here are a few more delicious recipes to try…

cut up chocolate covered bars on cutting board

You’re going to love this quick and easy treat!

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Easy Scotcharoos Recipe

This Easy Scotcharoos Recipe is a classic rice krispie treat that's made with peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips!
Prep Time15 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • ¾ cup butterscotch morsels


  • Line a 9x13" baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine sugar and corn syrup in a pot over medium-high heat. Stir and bring mixture to a small boil for just 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  • Pour peanut butter mixture over puffed rice cereal in a large bowl and stir to coat. Transfer coated cereal to the prepared baking dish and gently press to an even layer.
  • Meanwhile combine milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwaveable safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal and spread evenly.
  • Let bars cool completely and let chocolate set before lifting the edges of parchment up and out of baking dish and slicing. Keep stored in an airtight container on counter top for up to 7 days. Enjoy!


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: butterscotch, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, rice krispies
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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