Scotcharoos are a classic rice cereal treat coated with butterscotch and chocolate. If you don’t already have these in your cookie repertoire, give them a try. They are ridiculously easy to make. Scotcharoos are crunchy, sweet, and perfectly chocolatey. They are great for gifting, potlucks, family gatherings or just the perfect handheld sweet treat.  Need a last minute dessert or snack?  This is the recipe.

Scotcharoos - Peanut butter rice krispie treats with butterscotch and chocolate topping. Ridiculously easy to make!

First, measure out 6 cups of rice cereal in a large bowl. You want the cereal ready to go because once you pour sugar/peanut butter mixture over the cereal is cools quickly. Then in a sauce pan bring sugar and corn syrup just to a boil. Add in peanut butter and mix until combined.  Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir immediately to combine.  Spread in prepared pan.

Scotcharoos - Peanut butter rice krispie treats with butterscotch and chocolate topping. Ridiculously easy to make!

Now mix butterscotch and chocolate chips together in a microwave-safe bowl and melt.  Spread this mixture over the top evenly and allow the chocolate to set.


Cut into desired serving size squares and store in an air-tight container.

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 6 cups of rice cereal
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 C butterscotch chips
  • 1 C chocolate chips
  1. Grease a 9x13" pan liberally with butter, set aside.
  2. Measure and place the rice cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Place a small saucepan over medium heat, stir in corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once to boil, remove the pan from the heat and add the peanut butter, stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture over your rice cereal and mix to combine.
  5. Press cereal mixture into the prepared pan spreading it out evenly. You want the mixture in there good but don’t press too hard because you don’t want them too packed in.
  6. Mix the butterscotch chips and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir. Repeat this step (30-second intervals) until a few small lumps remain, stir until completely dissolved.
  7. Spread it evenly over the top of your rice cereal.
  8. Allow chocolate to set, about 2 hours.
Scotcharoos - Peanut butter rice krispie treats with butterscotch and chocolate topping. Ridiculously easy to make!




  1. Reply

    My oh my! I just want to dive right through the screen into that panfull of deliciousness. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a fabulous holiday weekend.

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      🙂 Unfortunately I did dive into the pan! Thank you!

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    I love these! I make them every year at Christmas, and cut them into smaller pieces, like fudge, to gift to friends. You’re right, they’re great any time! Found this on #FoodieFriDIY! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Reply

      I think I’m going to add them to my Christmas baking list as well. Thank you, Martie!

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    Your Scotcharoos look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  4. Reply

    One of my favorite treats! I’m not a big chocolate lover, but the butterscotch chips makes them so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

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    Ohh, these look great! Pinned to share and to save! Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It!

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      Thank you so much, Laurie!

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    So packed with flavors and delicious!

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    Delicious, my kids will love it, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

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    Scotcharoos are my FAVORITE during the holidays! I’ll be adding these to my “to bake” list and will be featuring them tomorrow on You Link It We Make It! Thanks for sharing with us! – Kim @

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      Thank you so much, Kim! 🙂

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