Originally printed on the Rice Krispies box in the 1960s, Scotcheroos are Rice Krispies treats minus the marshmallow but with gobs of peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips. Use either natural, unsweetened peanut butter or the more conventional stuff. Either will work just fine, with the natural version tasting a tad less sweet. For a twist, you could also swap the corn syrup for honey, golden syrup or a mix of both. Bittersweet chocolate, as opposed to semisweet, helps to balance the sweetness. A sprinkling of flaky salt and crushed peanuts aren’t traditional, but they look as good as they taste.
- Serves: 24 persons
- Cooking spray
- 8cups (200 grams) puffed rice cereal
- 1 ½cups peanut butter, well-mixed natural or conventional (see Tip)
- 1cup (201 grams) granulated sugar
- 1cup light corn syrup
- 2tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- Kosher salt
- 1 ¼cups (215 grams) chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
- 1cup (166 grams) butterscotch chips
- Flaky salt and crushed peanuts, for sprinkling (optional)
Step 1Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Spray the parchment with cooking spray. Measure out the cereal and peanut butter. You want to have them ready before cooking the sugar.
Step 2In a large pot (large enough to hold the cereal) combine the sugar, corn syrup and butter. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring only for the first 30 seconds or so to combine the mixture.
Step 3Once the bubbles have reached about an inch from the edge of the pot (or 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), cook for 90 seconds more until it reaches about 235 degrees. Remove from the heat.
Step 4Immediately stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt until combined. Add the rice cereal, and stir until everything is evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared pan, and use an offset spatula to flatten the mixture into an even layer. Let cool completely.
Step 5In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips in 30-second bursts, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Spread over the top of the bars, and sprinkle with salt and peanuts, if using. Let the chocolate set at room temperature.
Step 6Lift out using the paper overhang and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars to serve.