Hello Friends! Here is a classic with a holiday twist; Halloween Rice Krispie Treats. This recipe would be perfect to add to a party dessert table if you are entertaining this season.
Halloween Scotcheroos Bars
Today, I am giving the traditional Scotcheroo a spooky upgrade by weaving an iced spider web through its chocolate topping.
What Is A Scotcheroo?
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars are also called Scotcheroos. They are a dessert bar with a Rice Krispie, peanut butter bottom, and a creamy chocolate butterscotch topping.
They’re called a variety of names, such as K-bars, Rice Krispie Treats, and Scotcheroos, but one thing is consistent; they are seriously delicious. Try to just have one!
In this recipe, the bars are slightly thicker than my Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars Recipe but otherwise very similar.
These have only 7 ingredients and take less than an hour including decorating time, with my shortcut icing method.
I used white Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, (affiliate link) for the piping, but a homemade frosting would work the same.
Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need. Affiliate link in blue.
Karo Light Corn Syrup
Kelloggs Rice Krispies Cereal
Betty Crocker Icing Tube HERE
How do you make a Spider Web out of Icing?
Below is my process for frosting a spider web on your dessert. This method works equally well on cake, cupcakes, or cookies!
If you have never done this before, it’s probably a good idea to practice first on a sheet of parchment or wax paper. It’s easy. You will quickly get the hang of it!
To test, First, smooth out a small coat of melted chocolate on your parchment surface. Next, knead the tube of piping according to directions on the package. Do not skip this!
After playing around a bit, I found the easiest method with the best results was to first draw a spiral with the white piping.
Start in the center and move outward in a circular motion. Now, with a decorating tool, toothpick, or chopstick; pull your “spokes” out from the center.
Create a few webs to test. It’s fun!
Tips to Pipe a Spider Web
If you are using a decorating tube, it is very important to knead the package as it suggests. This makes the blending so much better!
Also for this particular product, I chose to make the piping line a little wider to give the spider web more definition. This created a better web effect. I chose the middle line width, by cutting the tip at the halfway mark. (You will know what I mean when you see it.)😁
Be sure that your chocolate base is still soft enough to “move”. You’ve got a little window of time before it hardens, so don’t panic. LOL. But it improves the look of your web to get both frosting colors to flow together.
I found that the web stays cleaner and more precise when you wipe off the end of your decorating tool after you “pull” out each spoke.
The same method can be used with frosting or ganache. You will get a much smoother glossier finish with ganache.
How do you Make Desserts look Better?
Here are a few ideas that may help your dessert bars look more professional and tidy.
Use a sheet of parchment underneath the bars themselves, so it is simple and quick to remove them from the pan when it’s time to decorate. You could also use wax paper or aluminum foil. Because they do not require baking, you have a lot more options with liner products.
When ready to slice, use a large sharp knife and cut across a large section at a time to create even-sized pieces.
Cut the 13 x 9-inch rectangle in half and ice a web on both pieces. You could also do just one huge web on the whole pan.
And here is the recipe…
Once you perfect your spider web design, there’s no stopping you, Halloween Queen! 😃
Have fun and let me know how it goes!
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