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.
Click here for a thinner classic version, Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars.
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…
Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 24 bars 1x
Halloween Rice Krispie Treats are delicious and very easy to create; perfect for a Halloween party dessert menu.
1 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Peanut Butter
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
6 ounces Chocolate Chips
6 ounces Butterscotch Chips
1 tube Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, White
Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a 4-quart saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Stir frequently. When the mixture begins to boil, remove it from the heat. Stir in peanut butter. When blended, mix in the cereal. Fold together until well coated.
While the mixture is still warm, press into the bottom of the pan. It will get harden as it cools.
Lift the bars out of the pan by holding on to the parchment paper ends on each side.
Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips, using a microwave or a double boiler. Stir frequently. When melted, pour over the bars. Spread evenly with a spatula.
Next, prepare the icing tube. Knead it, according to the directions on the package to soften the icing.
To create a spider web design, use the icing tube to pipe a spiral on top of the chocolate. Start in the center and move outward in a circular motion. Now, with a decorating tool; pull your “spokes” out from the center.
Let harden before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
Add the peanut butter to the sugar mixture shortly after the sugar melts into the corn syrup. Do NOT overcook, or the bars will be stiff and chewy.
Important: Knead the tube of icing to get the proper consistency for the spider web design.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Boiling
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Kellogg's, Rice Krispies, bars, peanut butter, chocolate, butterscotch, chocolate desserts, game day, game day dessert, game day treats, holiday bars, midwest recipes, MN game day, no-bake
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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7 comments on “Halloween Rice Krispie Treats”
These are family favorites! You’ve got to try. 😃
We loved these. Will be making again!
Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
Thanks, they sure are yummy! Glad you agree.😁
👻 Spooky scotcheroos…what could be better? Thanks for inspiring me to make these delicious treats and share them with friends for a fall festival. They were a hit and I only got one! Now I need to make a pan for myself! LOL! 🍁🎃👻
Awww thanks, Kim!🎃👻