Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos

Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos are a chewy, peanut butter crispy cereal based dessert topped with decadent, melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips. This scotcheroo recipe includes a light, flaky salt topping to kick the flavor up a notch.

If you grew up in the Midwest, these scotcheroo bars will bring back childhood memories. While scotcheroos are great any time of the year, these treats really shine in the summer. 

They’re no-bake and easy to transport to all of your summer activities—a morning at the park, a potluck, or a BBQ at a friend’s house. They can feed a crowd…or you can keep your own stash at home (the perfect afternoon sugar pick-me-up). Dare you to eat just one. 

These chewy scotcheroos are made without corn syrup, using low-cost ingredients you likely already have on hand. They’re also gluten-free!

Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos stacked on top of each other to create a tower of dessert bars.

Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos are a chewy, peanut butter crispy cereal based dessert topped with decadent, melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips. This scotcheroo recipe includes a light, flaky salt topping to kick the flavor up a notch.

If you grew up in the Midwest, these scotcheroo bars will bring back childhood memories. While scotcheroos are great any time of the year, these treats really shine in the summer. 

They’re no-bake and easy to transport to all of your summer activities—a morning at the park, a potluck, or a BBQ at a friend’s house. They can feed a crowd…or you can keep your own stash at home (the perfect afternoon sugar pick-me-up). Dare you to eat just one. 

These chewy scotcheroos are made without corn syrup, using low-cost ingredients you likely already have on hand. They’re also gluten-free!

Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos stacked on top of each other to create a tower of dessert bars.

What KJ Loves about Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos:

Scotcheroos are a dessert staple around here, and I love how this is a fun twist on a classic! Give me any excuse to add a bit of flaky sea salt to my chocolate desserts and I’m in. Loaded full of peanut butter flavor and nostalgia. Plus, they are easily transportable and storable! It’s a win-win for everyone involved. The perfect dessert for any time of the year!

A close-up photo of the Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos stacked on top of each other.
An over-head photo of the ingredients needed to make Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos: marshmallows, puffed rice cereal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and salt.

What are Scotcheroo Bars?

Scotcheroo bars are a chewy Rice Krispie treat made with peanut butter, topped with chocolate and a hint of butterscotch (the “scotch” in the “scotcheroo”). The recipe was originally featured on the back of a Rice Krispies box in the 1960s. Traditionally, corn syrup is used for the base of this treat, but we’re making scotcheroos with marshmallows.

The first step in making Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos is melting together the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows in a large pot.

How to make Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos

01) Melt the sauce.

You’ll start by melting the butter, peanut butter, and marshmallows together. You can do this in a large pot or in the microwave. Don’t overcook the sauce—you should only heat it until the mixture is smooth. This is the most important step to make sure you have moist, chewy scotcheroo bars—not hard. Sugar caramelizes at high heat, so it will begin to harden and make a break-your-teeth dessert. Not what we’re going for (especially since the tooth fairy doesn’t come around anymore). 

02) Add the Rice Krispies.

Gently fold in the puffed rice cereal. You can use name-brand or off-brand—either will work great! Spread in a greased 9×13 pan and flatten. You can use wax paper over the top to flatten the mix to keep it from sticking to your hands (although this is a great excuse to lick your fingers and “test” out the treat). 

03) Melt the topping.

Microwave the dark chocolate, butterscotch chips, and coconut oil. If you’d like, you can also heat these ingredients on the stove. The key is to make sure you routinely stir the mixture! Pour the topping over the scotcheroo base and spread it out evenly. The coconut oil makes the topping extra shiny but can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand. 

04) Sprinkle with flaky salt.

Salt it up! The light topping of flaky salt brings out the other flavors. Then, let the dessert set for 2 hours (if you can handle waiting that long). 

05) Serve!

The secret to a clean cut: Run a knife under hot water, and you’ll have super smooth lines. Voila.

Puffed rice cereal gets stirred into the melted peanut butter and marshmallow mixture in a large pot.
The prepared Scotheroo base is pressed into a greased 9x13 pan.

Scotcheroo Ingredients

Chocolate

Most scotcheroo recipes use semi-sweet chocolate…but we’re not about run-of-the-mill around here. Try using dark chocolate chips (at least 66% cacao) for intense, deep flavor. 

Sea salt

We like Maldon sea salt flakes, which are perfect for finishing dishes. They look and taste great. You can usually find these at your local supermarket, but they’re also available at Walmart and Amazon. 

Peanut butter

Creamy is our favorite. You can use natural peanut butter, but it may cause the bars to be runnier. Regular peanut butter helps the recipe set better. 

Marshmallows

While normal scotcheroos use corn syrup, we find most people are more likely to have marshmallows on hand. 

Butter

Never not into butter

Puffed rice cereal

Any type will work, whether you prefer Snap™, Crackle™, and Pop™ or a “value” brand. 

Butterscotch chips

The “scotch” in the scotcheroo!

Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut oil get melted and stirred together in a microwave-safe bowl until glossy.
The melted chocolate and butterscotch chips get poured over the peanut butter Scotcheroo base in the 9x13 pan. The glossy chocolate is then sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

FAQ

How do you store scotcheroos?

Store scotcheroos in an airtight container or bag at room temperature. They keep for around a week (if you haven’t polished them off by then!).

Why are my scotcheroos so hard?

It’s all about the sauce! The sugar will caramelize and harden if you heat the sauce for too long. Heat the base mixture just until smooth for soft, chewy scotcharoo bars. 

How do you soften scotcheroos?

If your scotcheroos have started to harden after a few days, you can microwave them for a few seconds before eating. Careful, they’ll be hot! 

An overhead photo of the Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroo Bars cut into individual squares for easy serving.

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Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos stacked on top of each other to create a tower of dessert bars.

Salted Peanut Butter Scotcharoos


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 20 minutes prep + 2 hours rest time
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

A chewy, peanut butter crispy cereal base is topped with decadent, melted dark chocolate and butterscotch chips. This scotcheroo recipe includes a light, flaky salt topping to kick the flavor up a notch.These chewy scotcheroos are made without corn syrup, using low-cost ingredients you likely already have on hand. They’re also gluten-free!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 16 oz bag marshmallows
  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 11 oz butterscotch chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon flaky salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter, peanut butter and marshmallows together over medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until completely melted and smooth. Be careful to not over-cook at this point or you will have hard Scotcheroos at the end.
  2. Turn the heat off and use a rubber spatula to fold the puffed rice cereal into the melted marshmallow mixture until combined. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and use the rubber spatula to evenly spread the puffed rice mixture into the pan.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the dark chocolate, butterscotch chips and coconut oil. Melt for 30 seconds, stir and then melt for another 30 seconds and stir. Add on an additional 15 seconds if the chips haven’t melted completely yet. Pour the melted chocolate over the scotcheroo base and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with the flaky salt.
  4. Let the scotcheroos set, uncovered, at room temperature for 2  hours before cutting and serving.

Notes

  • Dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used for this recipe.
  • Store scotcheroos in an airtight container or bag at room temperature. They keep for around a week (if you haven’t polished them off by then!).
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours set time
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: No-Bake

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 677
  • Sugar: 86.5g
  • Sodium: 486mg
  • Fat: 21.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 120.4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 7.5g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

Keywords: Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos

A stack of Salted Peanut Butter Scotcheroos with a bite taked out of the top one to show texture.

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Recipe originally posted on October 1, 2018 – it has since been updated with new photos and additional words. 

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2 Comments

  1. Karen Krebsbach

    OMG!!! They look awesome!!!

    Reply
    • KJ

      Thank you so much!

      Reply

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