If you’re looking for a bar that’s rich in flavor and easy to whip up, this is it! Best of all, this is a no-bake recipe, perfect for the holidays and every day in-between.
What is a Scotcheroo Cereal Bar?
A traditional Scotcheroo bar is made with Rice Krispies, not Chex cereal. Basically, you coat crunchy cereal with a sweet peanut butter coating and then form them into bars. You top them off with a chocolate and butterscotch topping. Delicious!
What sets these Scotcheroos apart is the choice of Chex cereal in place of Rice Krispies. These larger, crunchier cereal pieces offer a different texture than the original recipe.
Scotcheroos first made their appearance in the 60s. The recipe showed up on boxes of Rice Krispies. The name Scotcheroos comes from the addition of butterscotch to the recipe.
Easy No Bake Desserts
Easy no bake desserts are perfect year-round but they’re particularly fun when it’s hot outside. You don’t have to turn on the oven at all! And, unlike the original recommendations from Chex, my version doesn’t even require a saucepan or a stovetop. All you need is a microwave.
Chex Scotcheroos Recipe
You will find a full printable recipe card for these easy Scotcheroos bar at the bottom of this post, but here’s a quick peek at the ingredients you’ll need. These are simple ingredients you will find at your local grocery store.
- light Karo syrup
- granulated sugar
- creamy peanut butter
- Chex cereal (corn or rice)
- butterscotch chips
- chocolate chips
- peanut butter
- vanilla extract
Note: I used corn Chex, but you can easily use rice Chex if you prefer.
How to Make Chex Scotcheroos
These were simple to make but packed with flavor! I couldn’t believe how easily they came together. (Where have these been all my life?)
Start by prepping a 9 x 13-inch baking dish by spreading it with butter. If you prefer you can add a piece of wax paper to the bottom of the pan and butter it, as well.
Butter a large mixing bowl and place your cereal inside of it. Set it aside.
Combine corn syrup and sugar and place in a microwave-safe bowl. I chose a medium bowl but you might go for a large bowl.
Place in the microwave on high for two minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
Place in the microwave for an additional two minutes and stir well.
Add 1 1/2 cups peanut butter to the hot sugar mixture and stir well.
Pour peanut butter mixture over the Chex cereal and use your spoon or spatula to combine well.
Immediately pour mixture into your buttered 9 x 13-inch dish. Using buttered hands, press down evenly.
In a microwave safe bowl combine butterscotch morsels, chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup peanut butter.
Place in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. Stir well. Your mixture might need another minute or two to melt and come together.
Remove from microwave and add vanilla extract to your chocolate butterscotch topping. Stir well.
Spoon over the top of the cereal mixture. Smooth with the back of a spoon.
Allow topping to firm up before cutting into squares.
Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for up to 5 days. Do no refrigerate. You can freeze the bars 2 – 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
What to Expect from this Easy Recipe
This is a tasty no bake treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Similar to a Rice Krispie Treat, this version has a luscious peanut butter flavor and chocolate topping.
What delicious flavors you’ll find in these bar cookies! This will be one of your favorite desserts in no time. And best of all, you don’t have to be a Master Baker to pull it off!
I loved the creamy, crunch combination of the peanut butter filling with the squares of crisp cereal. These were a real taste treat! The star of the show was that rich, creamy topping. The mergence of peanut butter, butterscotch, and milk chocolate was divine!
Variations on this Scotcheroos Recipe:
Chopped peanuts: I would love to make this recipe and add chopped peanuts to the cereal mixture and also sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the chocolate.
Rice Krispies: It’s always fun to go back to where things started. Next time I’ll make these with Rice Krispies. I’m guessing they’re yummy!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch: I’d love to try these with Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I would choose a different topping: one made of peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter. (Sounds delicious!)
Peanut-free version: Choose almond butter or pecan butter if you’ve got peanut allergy sufferers in your midst.
Questions People are Asking about Scotcheroos
Where did Scotcheroos originate?
If you’re thinking they’re from Scotland, think again! The “scotch” in scotcheroos comes from the word butterscotch. The recipe for these sweet treats was first printed on the back of the Rice Krispies book in the 1960s.
Are there different names for Scotcheroos?
Yep! In some places they are called Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats. No matter what you call them, they’re delicious!
Other Peanut Butter Offerings from Out of the Box Baking
Here at Out of the Box Baking we’ve got a host of peanut butter treats! Here are some fan favorites:
- Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms: These are so easy to make and, like the Scotcheroos, give you the same combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
- Peanut Butter Ranger Cookies: I also call these my “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” cookies because they’re loaded with yummy goodness! Lots of ingredients go into this one.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins: These are packed full of the two flavors you’ve grown to love–peanut butter and chocolate!
- Peanut Butter Nutella Sandwich Cookies: Y’all, you can’t even believe how good these are! Rich hazelnut filling and soft cookies. . .perfection!
- Easy Peanut Brittle: The only thing that would make this recipe better might be the addition of a chocolate topping!
- Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies: These are my favorite peanut butter cookies ever!
Other No Bake Treats from Out of the Box Baking
There are so many no bake treats to recommend. I hope you enjoy the following:
- Easy Peanut Brittle: This is my Mama’s recipe and it’s perfect!
- Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies: Easy and delicious!
- Easy Candied Pecans: Perfect for the holidays or any time of year!
That’s it for this post. Please let me know your thoughts on this and other great recipes from Out of the Box Baking!
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- 1 cup light Karo syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 6 cups Chex cereal (corn or rice)
- 1 bag (2 cups) butterscotch chips
- 1 bag (2 cups) chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Start by prepping a 9 x 13-inch baking dish by spreading it with butter.
- Butter a large mixing bowl and place your cereal inside of it. Set it aside.
- Add your sugar and corn syrup to a microwave safe bowl. I chose a medium bowl but you might go for a large bowl.
- Place in the microwave on high for two minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
- Place in the microwave for an additional two minutes and stir well.
- Add 1 1/2 cups peanut butter to the hot sugar mixture and stir well.
- Pour liquid over the Chex cereal and use your spoon or spatula to combine well.
- Immediately pour mixture into your buttered 9 x 13-inch dish. Using buttered hands, press down evenly.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup peanut butter.
- Place in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. Stir well. Your mixture might need another minute or two to melt and come together.
- Remove from microwave and add vanilla extract. Stir well.
- Spoon over the top of the cereal mixture. Smooth with the back of a spoon.
Allow topping to firm up before cutting into squares.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Do no refrigerate. You can freeze the bars 2 - 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.