Chewy, peanut butter Rice Krispie bars topped with a rich, chocolate and butterscotch frosting. It’s hard to say no to these delicious chocolate Scotcheroos!

We are fan of easy treats like today’s recipe!! If you also love Scotcheroos, be sure to check out our famous Rice Krispie Treats, Cookie Bars and Millionaire Bars.

Scotcheroos stacked on plate

An All-Time Favorite!

Today’s recipe is one that we have been making FOR YEARS!! In fact, I can’t remember when Scotcheroos weren’t a dessert staple in our home.

Not only are they simple, but they’re chewy, full of flavor and made pretty quickly. They’re also a treat that everyone loves because they include delicious flavors like: Rice Krispies, peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch. Definitely can’t go wrong with that combo!

We have also always loved treats with cereal like Rice Krispie treats, and because of that we always keep the ingredients on hand for them and for Rice Krispie Scotcheroos. And again – they’re so easy that even the kids can make them which is even better!

Scotcheroos ingredients

How to Make Scotcheroos

Making these treats are a cinch!! And we love that they are quick too. Just remember that you do need to leave time for them to set up in the end, but you can always speed that up by sticking them in the fridge or freezer for a bit. 😉

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.

CEREAL. Pour Rice Krispies into a large bowl and set aside.

BOIL. Bring peanut butter, sugar, & corn syrup to a boil in a medium pot. Be sure to stir constantly.

MIX. Pour hot mixture over Rice Krispies in large bowl & mix well. Pour into greased 9×13 pan and gently press down with a spatula.

TOPPING. Melt chocolate chips & butterscotch chips together in a small pot, stirring constantly on low heat. Pour over pressed Rice Krispies and let set before cutting and serving.

How to make Scotcheroos process pic

Recipe Tips

Just a few things to keep in mind when making these delicious chocolate Scotcheroos!

  • Don’t over heat the sugar/corn syrup mixture. Remove the mixture just as it is beginning to boil otherwise overheating will end up creating a dry and crumbly treat.
  • To speed up the set time you can stick the treat in the fridge. However, allow them to come back to room temperature before biting into them.
  • Regular creamy peanut butter works best, but you can use natural organic peanut butter. Just be sure to stir so the oil is incorporated before adding the sugar.

Add a pretty butterscotch swirl: After you have melted the chocolate/butterscotch chips together you will want to melt a separate bowl of butterscotch chips. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over the treat. Then drizzle the plain butterscotch over the chocolate. Finally, use a toothpick to drag the butterscotch drizzle through the chocolate creating a pretty pattern. 

You can also add sprinkles or crushed candies to the top of the chocolaty layer. 

Rice Krispie scotcheroos in baking pan

How to Store

STORE in an airtight container for up to 3 days (although we are afraid you may not have leftovers!) 😉

TO FREEZE: Store the entire block or as individual treats. Wrap in plastic wrap then wrap again with foil or place in a Ziploc. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before eating.  

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Scotcheroos Recipe

4.50 from 58 votes
Chewy, peanut butter Rice Krispie bars topped with a rich, chocolate and butterscotch frosting. It's hard to say no to these delicious chocolate Scotcheroos!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 312 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips


  • Grease a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
  • Pour Rice Krispies into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Bring peanut butter, sugar, & corn syrup to a boil in a medium pot. Be sure to stir constantly.
  • Pour hot mixture over rice krispies in large bowl & mix well. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and gently press down with a spatula.
  • Melt chocolate chips & butterscotch chips together in a small pot, stirring constantly on low heat. Pour over pressed Rice Krispies and let set before cutting and serving.


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  1. 5 stars
    one of our favorite treats! It’s the perfect balance oF sweet, salt, and crunch! Perfect treat to take to potlucks, they Are easy to make and always DISAPPEAR, first.

  2. 4 stars
    These defiNitely cure a sweet tooth! I would increase the topping even more and would use more chocoy, less butterscotch. The butterscotch was a bit Strong for my taste. They were a big hit with all who Tried Them! Will make again for sure.

    1. They sure do!! That’s why I love this can easily add more or less of what you like 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I have loved this recipe for years but now I am really excited to try it with the added sugar and corn syrup. It makes perfect sense to me. I use instead of chocolate chips the bakers baking bar, about 6 squares. I feel it gives it a deeper chocolate taste When combined with the butterscotch chips.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness these are so easy to make! thIs is our Top deSsert for family gather due to Gluten SensitiVitIes.

  5. 5 stars
    Currently pregnant and saw this Recipe and had to make them the same day. Boy they didn’t disappoint. Perfect combination of crispy and gooey, sweet and salty. Will be making again!

    1. Yay!! Glad they didn’t disappoint that pregnancy craving! Thank you for letting me know!

  6. 5 stars
    I was never of fun of butterscotch but these are my go to bars at the holidays. So easy to make and they are always gone. Love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter.

    1. Glad you like them! I love the chocolate & peanut butter combo, too! They are a must at the holidays!

  7. 5 stars
    Ah-mazing!!! These are so good, could hardly keep them on the plate! Thanks again for all your work perfecting recipes – great job!!

  8. 5 stars
    I live in Ca and whenever we are asked to bring a treat theSe are it! Sooo soo good and addicting!

  9. 5 stars
    My family loves these! They are so easy to whip together with things that you can keep on hand! It is our new go too recipe for an Yummy easy sweet! My neighbors love them too!

    1. They are the perfect treat to take to neighbors! So happy your family likes them! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I always wanted to make them but was a bit intimidated. This recipe is super easy.

  11. 5 stars
    These are delish!!! A crowd favorite, and pretty simple to make. Im not even a huge but fan, but these are great!

  12. 5 stars
    I made These for a family Get together and they were loved by all! This recipe is easy and delicious! Love it!

  13. 5 stars
    Super tasty and easy to make. I especially love the think layer of chocolate aNd butterscotch on top. So good!

      1. Help! What did I do wrong? My treats are hard as a rock, needed to be thrown away.
        Made recipe before and they were perfect.. Any insight so I know what to avoid next time?

        1. Hmmm, I am so sorry, I wish I knew?? Maybe not fresh ingredients or the heat was too high when you were melting. I’m just guessing, though.

        2. Hi Karen! I grew up making this recipe with my mom, and the reason yours turned out hard is because you boiled the sugar/corn syrup mixture too long. It’s very finicky, and the moment it comes to a boil, take it off the heat. We also add the peanut butter after we take the sugars off the heat, mix well, and then add rice krispies. I’m not sure if this makes a difference. Working quickly is the key!

  14. 5 stars
    These Are seriouslY soooo good. I get torn when i see them being served because i always want to EaT way too many.

  15. 5 stars
    These are sooooo good and sooooo easy! My family loves scotchEroos and this is an aMazing recipe! I made it just as it is written. ThAnks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. Not sure if it’s because of an allergy or preference, but you can try honey, light molasses, a syrup, etc. I haven’t personally used anything else, but those would work…probably change the flavor a little.

  16. 5 stars
    Family Favorite!! We love these decadent, chewy treats. What’s great is they can be an easy gluten free treat for those visiting with allergies.

  17. 5 stars
    I crave these all the time but especially when I’m pregnant, like right now 🤤 I love the butterscotch with the chocolate and the peanut butter with the chewy rice crispiest…. Excuse me while I go make another pan.

    1. Hi Ms. Brooks! We do have measurements listed in the recipe at the bottom of the post. 🙂 Here they are for a quick reference:
      6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
      1 cup peanut butter
      1 cup sugar
      1 cup light corn syrup
      1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
      1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

  18. First, thank you so much for sharing the recipes. The desserts looks interesting and delicious ❤❤❤

    1. I would double the recipe. Depending on how much chocolate/butterscotch you like, as easy option would be to just use a full bag of each (each bags hold about 2 cups of chips) rather than 3 cups of each, but we love the chocolate so it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do the full amount. 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      You can just spread these out a little thinner – my family actually likes them better that way. I have been making these for 40 years and my grandma 40 years before that! Best recipe.

  19. 2 stars
    Do not add the peanut butter with the sugar and corn syrup. Mix and warm the sugar and corn syrup first to help melt the peanut butter in the pan next. Otherwise it burns to the bottom of the pan and ruins the recipe.

  20. btw the scotcheroos were a awful- a disappointment beyond belief! they tasted good i mean how can you go wrong with rice krispies peanut butter & chocolate the karo syrup was worst than gorilla glue
    it was harder than a rock! a dentists worst nightmare
    i just threw it all away what a waste!! ugh

    1. I’m sorry to hear your experience making the scotcheroos wasn’t a positive one. Thanks for giving the recipe a try though.

  21. 4 stars
    The flavor is there, I might just suggest warming them up for about 12 seconds before eating because they are a bit stiff for chewing.

  22. 3 stars
    The reason everyone is struggling with this recipe is the method used with the corn syrup in the beginning. It should be tempered because you are essentially making candy. Just corn syrup and sugar first. Heat on medium heat just up until it STARTS boiling. Remove from heat then add peanut butter. If you bring it to a boil and boil too long you get rock hard candy. The corn syrup crystalizes I think. And it’s personal preference but the semi sweet chocolate is a whole bag and the butterscotch chips are only 1 cup per the original recipe but I also just do 2 bags because why have left over butterscotch chips. Lol. Hope that helps.

    1. THANK YOU FOR THIS! Everything was starting to burn so I quickly removed from stove….Hoping for the best…

  23. 5 stars
    My kids love to help me with this recipe, it’s easy for us to do it together and these are always a hit at family get together!

  24. 5 stars
    We made this for our first annual holiday baking day and they were AMAZING! Recipe was easy to follow and spot on. We will be making these again for Christmas and every year after!

  25. 2 stars
    I made these and they turned out very very dry. Next time I would only do 4 cupes of rice krispies. Maybe that is just me because I prefer a chewier bar.

    1. Butterscotch can be a love it or not flavor, for sure. You can always omit the butterscotch chips and just have the peanut butter Rice Krispies with plain chocolate on the top if you aren’t a huge fan of butterscotch. Thanks for the feedback and for giving the recipe a try!

  26. 1 star
    Horrible directions- please specify that you boil the corn syrup and sugar BEFORE adding the peanut butter like all other recipes do there’s aren’t a mess.

  27. 2 stars
    Sorry I didn’t follow a different recipe for these. I now know better! Melt the sugar first. THEN add the pb. 🙁

    It was hard to tell with everything in the pan when ‘boil’ occurred b/c I was stirring pretty constantly to keep the mix from scorching. Also (more a personal preference) SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE not milk chocolate for these. The sugar in the recipe can handle the darker chocolate for balance.

    Mine aren’t ruined by any stretch and CERTAINLY still edible. Just way to sweet due to the milk chocolate (no balance; cancels the pb flavor out) and the texture isn’t quite as soft as I would like it to be. Very chewy. All easily fixed if there’s a next time for this recipe. We’ll see!

  28. 1 star
    Could not get the video to play, said there was one….only a ton of adds videos. Off to another site to watch. I realize it’s a simple recipe but I’m old and like a video

    1. Hi John! Totally get liking to watch videos… I do too. If the video doesn’t pop up for you when you click on “Jump to Video”, you can scroll down just a bit into the post and under the heading “An All Time Favorite”, the video will be there. There may be a 30 second add first, but the video will soon be playing. 🙂

  29. I have a recipe like this . The only difference is you use special k cereal instead . Glad you reminded of them , think I’ll make some for my niece they’re her favorite.

  30. 5 stars
    Made these today with my 5 year and he loved them. So easy and so good. Definitely will be making again.

      1. You know, I haven’t made it with anything other than peanut butter before. You could probably experiment with other nut butters… maybe cashew butter or almond butter. You could try cookie butter perhaps? Another option is to try another kind of Rice Krispie treat. You can’t go wrong with the classic! We also have a chocolate and caramel version. You’ll have to let us know what you end up using and how it turns out.