Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars (Choc Scotcheroo Treats)

These peanut butter rice krispie bars are the most amazing version of the classic rice krispie treat. Trust me; everyone will love them!

Peanut butter Rice Krispie bars on a marble slab.

What truly sets them apart is the thick luscious chocolate butterscotch layer on top of the chewy peanut butter base. A match made in heaven!

Why I Love This Recipe

If you love a blend of anything chocolate and peanut butter like I do, just a fair warning: these mouthwatering squares, also called “Scotcheroos,” are incredibly delicious and hard to stop eating.

We make this family favorite often in honor of my husband’s Aunt Marsha, it was her signature dessert.

I was never a fan of the original Rice Krispie cereal treats, made with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal and held together by a marshmallow coating, but when you add peanut butter butterscotch melted chocolate topping (without mini marshmallows), you have my undivided attention.

This dessert is easy and quick to make in under 30 minutes. It is always a huge hit, perfect for a variety of occasions, for example, a bake sale, halloween party, or the family cabin.

Additionally, take a pan of bars to a picnic, block party potluck, or serve them at a kid’s camping party or backyard carnival menu. Everyone will gobble them up.

For a thicker version, try theseย Halloween Rice Krispies Treats or check out these adorable bear rice krispie treats. And don’t miss this mini cheesecake recipe.

Ingredients for Rice Krispie Bars

Chocolate Rice Krispies squares (or Crispy) have only six ingredients and take less than 30 minutes.

Granulated Sugar
Karo Light Corn Syrup
Creamy Peanut Butter
Kelloggs Rice Cereal
Chocolate Chips
Butterscotch Chips

Step by Step Instructions

Here’s how to make the best no bake treat you’ve ever had, with only your stovetop and microwave.

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Step 1 and 2 – Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In a 3.5 quart saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Stir frequently using a rubber spatula.

Step 3 – Remove the pan from the heat when the mixture begins to boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Stir in smooth peanut butter immediately. When blended, mix in the cereal. Fold together the cereal mixture until well coated.

The top of a pan of Peanut butter Rice Krispie bars before the chocolate topping.
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Melting chips to make Peanut butter Rice Krispie bars.
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Step 4 – While the mixture is still warm, press into the bottom of the prepared pan. It will harden as it cools to room temperature.

Step 5 – Melt the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips using a microwave in a microwave-safe bowl or use a double boiler on your stove. Stir frequently.

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Fresh chocolate on top of a pan of Peanut butter Rice Krispie bars.
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Step 6 – When melted, pour over the cereal mixture.

Step 7 – Spread evenly with a spatula. Cool before cutting into cute little squares. Enjoy!


What is a Scotcheroo?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are also called Scotcheroos, a dessert bar with a Rice Krispie and peanut butter base with a creamy chocolate butterscotch topping. The recipe was originally printed on the Rice Krispies box in the mid-1960s. These bars are quite famous in the Midwestern United States, but there are a few variations with slightly different names and ingredients.

What is the difference between Scotcheroos, Special K Bars, and Oh Henry

You may have heard them called Scotcheroos, Peanut Butter Krispies, Special K Bars, K-bars, or Oh-Henry Bars. You may have seen them at potlucks and gatherings across Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin. They are all very similarly delicious! The main distinction seems to lie in the type of cereal or grain you choose. Scotcheroos use Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, K-Bars use Kellogg’s Special K cereal, while Oh-Henry Bars contain rolled oats.

Can you freeze chocolate covered rice krispie treats?

You can freeze chocolate-covered Rice Krispie treats. First, ensure they are thoroughly cooled, then cut into individual servings. Place parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking, and either wrap each treat individually or store them in an airtight container. To thaw, leave the treats in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Other Easy Dessert Recipes

Below are more delicious, sweet recipes to try.

Fast and Easy Blueberry Crumble
Chocolate Nut Butter
Easy Chocolate Cake
Halloween Scotcheroo Bars
Failproof Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Cream Puffs
Easy Chocolate Pudding Brownies
Fun Red White and Blue Desserts
Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate
Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate

All Desserts

Without further ado, here are the best chocolate peanut butter rice krispies treats!

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4 peanut butter Rice Krispie bars.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x


In my opinion, these delicious, gooey, chewy bars are the next step in your Kellogg’s Rice Krispie treat journey. Waaaay better than the plain variety. If you are ready to move up to the next level of flavor, make this no bake recipe STAT! You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‰



1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

3 cups Kelloggโ€™s Rice Krispies cereal

8 ounces chocolate chips (1 cup)

8 ounces butterscotch chips (1 cup)


  1. Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a 3.5 quart saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Stir frequently. When the mixture begins to boil (approximately 1-2 minutes), remove it from the heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter immediately. When blended, mix in the cereal. Fold together until well coated.
  4. While the mixture is still warm, press into the bottom of the pan. It will get harden as it cools.
  5. Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips using a microwave or a double boiler. Stir frequently. When melted, pour over the cereal mixture. Spread evenly with a spatula.
  6. Cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!


Timing. 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.

Storage. Cover with aluminum foil or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

  • 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

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19 comments on “Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars (Choc Scotcheroo Treats)

    1. Jennifer, I am sorry you had problems. Refrigerate if necessary. When the chocolate is cooled, it hardens. It could be that your room temperature was too high. If the temperature is over 68 F, this can cause problems. The ideal setting temperature is between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. If you want to make these even better, add a half stick of butter to the corn syrup/sugar mixture. Makes them gooey and softer. Obviously doesn’t make them any healthier, but they’re not exactly health food to begin with.

    1. Gus, OMG butter is my middle name! This WOULD be decadent, I may need to try it! Thank you for sharing your healthy tips.๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Very yummy, added a little vanilla. made without the chocolate to try to look like hay bales

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