Rice krispie treats will forever be a favorite dessert item of mine.  Throughout my entire childhood, I don’t think I ever experienced any flavor other than the traditional vanilla version.  The snazziest I encountered was a red- or green-colored version at the holidays through the magic of food coloring.  Believe me, I still love the classic flavor to this day, but I am very grateful that the blogosphere has introduced me to other wonderful varieties such as cookies and cream, black and white, and caramel cocoa crispy bars.  You can imagine my excitement as a butterscotch addict when I encountered this version.  Peanut butter and honey are mixed into the cereal layer, and the top layer is a mixture of chocolate and butterscotch.  As you might have guessed, this flavor combination makes them irresistible.  In fact, I had to call my girlfriend that lives about 30 seconds away and have her take some off our hands before we plowed through them all on our own.  Being the wonderful friend that she is, she was happy to help us out.  That is what friends are for!


6 cups puffed rice cereal
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
1 cup sugar
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 0z. butterscotch chips


  • 01

    Combine the puffed rice cereal and the peanut butter in a large mixing bowl (do not mix yet).  Set aside.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

  • 02

    Combine the honey and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, just until boiling.  Immediately remove from the heat and pour the hot mixture over the peanut butter and rice cereal.  Mix well with a spoon or spatula until the peanut butter is completely melted and all ingredients are evenly combined.

  • 03

    Press the mixture in an even layer in the prepared baking pan.  Combine the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a heatproof bowl set over a bowl of simmering water.  Heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth.  Pour over the cereal layer and smooth with a spatula.  Cover and chill until the top layer is set before slicing into bars.

  • This recipe sounds great but what I really love are your placemats! Soooo cute! Have a great weekend.

  • I really love chocolate covered rice crispy treats, so add peanut butter and I am in!

  • I love different twists on old favorites like rice crispy treats. These look great. I made crispy bars with Captain Crunch cereal, and they were so delightful!

  • Lori

    these look amazing. I have never tried any other versions but this looks like a good place to start :)

  • These are so simple, and yet so tasty! My mom used to make something similar to this when I was a kid!

  • My step-mom makes something like this and they are so insanely addictive!! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try :)

  • This is the recipe we used growing up as kids – except we used corn syrup in place of honey. You know…before it had such a bad rap.

  • This looks just like the ones I made way back but a bit healthier :-). They look good though, my kids sure would love to have a few right now :-)

  • So. EXCITED. I always loved Rice krispie treats. I’ve really missed them since becoming a vegetarian. This could be a great replacement!! :)

  • Jo

    LOVE these bars! My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid. As a vegetarian, they are one of the only rice crispie bars w/out gelatin, and I’m happy to see honey subbed in for the usual corn syrup! :)

  • I’m not a huge fan of Rice Krispy Treats (bad experience as a child scarred me for life I guess), but these do look amazing. Also, LOVE the placemats! So cute!

  • Katie

    Where I’m from, we call these scotcheroos.

  • I love this spiced up version of rice crispy treats!! Peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate?! Oh myyyy!

  • Looks fantastic! I´m sure the taste is great too!

  • Oh these look SO good!! I haven’t cooked much at all during my pregnancy but this is something easy I can definitely handle! Mmmm can’t wait! :)

  • Allison

    I have a scotcheroo recipe doesn’t have honey so this would be a nice change. I LOVE scotcheroos and they are always a hit. The version I make has a layer of butterscotch&pb, then the chocolate, and then followed by the remaining butterscotch&pb. If you like rice krispie treats you must make brown butter vanilla bean rice krispies from Joanne Chang’s Flour cookbook. They are AWESOME! I’m sure they are online somewhere…

  • Like a peanut butter cup in rice crispy bar form! I love it!

  • HB

    My neighbor brought these over for a block party last year! Majorly addictive!!!!!!!

  • I have been a reader of your blog for some time and enjoy all of the great dishes you share, particularly the variety.
    I felt compelled to comment on these chewy yummies. I have a similar recipe to this made with cornflakes and corn syrup. But my favorite part is the chocolate/butterscotch topping. :)
    I will have to try these as they seem a bit different, but I am sure every bit as good. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love to experiment and make all sorts of Rice Krispy treat combos! Chocolate and peanut butter, caramel and peanut butter, and now chocolate and butter scotch!

  • that chocolate layer is perfect! now I’m hungry :)

  • The wonder of Rice Krispy treats is so underrated. Love the idea of adding pb and butterscotch! Yum!

  • Oh! These are my favorite! But I’ve always made them with corn syrup. I love the idea of using honey!

  • Annie you must be psychic! I just re-discovered rice crispy treats last week — hadn’t had them since I was a kid. And now I can’t stop thinking about them. This is perfect because I can get in my chocolate fix too!

  • These look wonderful, Annie! Perfect for kids – and adults who still want to be kids sometimes. I love the chocolate topping and love the buttoned fabric you used for your background! All around, too cute.

  • Fabulous!!!! These look dangerous. :)

  • Eskai Foster

    My mom makes a recipe almost identical to this one Annie! We made up the name “Chocolate Scotcheroos” as kids because we never knew what to call them :-) She makes her’s with corn syrup instead of the honey but now I’m curious to try them with honey. They are a family favorite here!

  • Wow!! Looks super yummy. So beautifully made. Well done!

  • oh yes, now we’re talkin’! I have to try this!

  • micaela

    mmmmmmmm!! These look delish..I have everything on hand but the butterscotch chips..I must make these asap!!

  • This is my favorite bar of all time. I NEVER make them, because I would eat the whole pan by myself. My loving aunt makes them for family gatherings, so I indulge (pig out) several times a year.

  • Mellybrown

    Hmmmmm! We had these all the time growing up and we call them Scotcheroos. YUM! Our recipe calls for corn syrup, but I think I’ll try honey next time ….. like later this afternoon!

  • my husband loves rice cereals treats and I love butterscotch – these bars will be a winner in our house. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend

  • When I posted these as “Governor Bars” I had so many Midwesterners comment that they call them Scotcheroos. Equally strange titles. I like what you decided to name them, despite your Indiana residency. :)

    More importantly, your photos of these make me want to do two things: 1) lick my screen, and 2) travel to your home for a photography lesson!

  • Annie

    Haha, yeah, I had a tough time with the name. I have recipes for “scotcheroos” bookmarked but those seem different to me. I’ll have to double check. Though I doubt I’d have anything to teach you, you can come visit anytime! That would be SO fun! :)

  • How do you get your chocolate to be so silky smooth? These look so, so good!

  • Annie

    No special trick, I just melted it till it was totally smooth and then spread with an offset spatula :)

  • YUM! Peanut Butter, Butter Scotch, and Chocolate all in a single bar?!?!?! Cound me in! :D

  • Hi!

    I’m quite new to your blog but I love, love, LOVE it! You’re like Wonderwoman! I always wanted to attempt making fridge set bars. However, I am allergic to peanuts. Do you suggest omitting peanut butter altogether?

  • HB

    Made these last night for a party today. Starting a strict food regimen today and these (I cut down the edge of the pan :)) were my last hurrah! :)
    YUM! & Easy! Glad to be able to duplicate what I had last year!

  • I just printed this, I think I’m going to make it this afternoon! Thanks!

  • Lisa

    Just wondering . . . are these soft and chewy or more crunchy?? I never liked a crunchy rice krispie treat, I’m a more gooey, chewy sort of person:0)

  • Peanut butter and rice crispy treats…..wonderful mix. I fear I would eat the whole batch. :)

  • Annie

    I don’t think this recipe would work without the peanut butter. I suppose you could substitute something like almond butter if you are not allergic to that, but it is a full cup and is definitely crucial to the recipe.

  • Annie


  • this is the same recipe as my indianapolis-born friend makes and calls scotcheroos :) they are delicious, no matter the name!

  • ooh yum that frosting looks so awesome, I love the texture

  • Sarah

    I made these last night, and they were a hit! Nice, quick and easy recipe! They also commented that they thought they were Scotcheroos – had never heard of those, though? Super yummy – thanks!!

  • Oh my, those look gorgeous! Can you believe I’ve neved tried a RKT? I know, seeing these, it’s finally time to change that!

  • Mary Ruth

    Another winner! Thanks Annie.

  • Ugh-I’m giving up sweets for Lent in 2 weeks. I MUST make these beforehand. My mouth is watering as we speak…Thanks!!

  • Loralee

    This treat has been in our family for as long as I can remember, and without fail, I can eat the whole batch by myself. If I was given a choice of these or the Adam’s PB Cup cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory, it’s these. There’s something magical about them!!!!

  • Meghan

    My aunt used to make these all the time! She hasn’t made it in a while but I always loved them! So glad I finally have a recipe for them now! :D

  • Kristin

    These bars are so, so good. I made them a couple of months ago and haven’t stopped thinking about them. Yum!

  • Amibeth

    I’ve been baking non-stop for a dessert bar and I thought I was done, but I came across these and now I have to make them. But, my son is allergic to peanuts and I’m trying to keep the table peanut free – I am going to try Sun butter (made from sunflower seeds) as it has a similar consistency to the PB I normally use… our almond butter is just almonds and I think the consistency wouldn’t be the same, plus the taste doesn’t seem like it would go as well and Sun butter is a little bit closer (a little sweeter). I’ll let you know how it turns out – maybe it will help other peanut-freeers drooling over this one. :)

  • Michelle

    I just made these and they are chillin in the fridge.

  • SeriousSweettooth

    When I saw saw this recipe- I thought how easy and how delicious it will taste- I didn’t copy the site or the ingredients as I knew I had everything at home. My memory is not what it used to be and could only think of peanutbutter, choc chip, and butterscotch chips along with the cereal; so that’s what I went with. It was OUTSTANDING even without the honey or sugar. I wound up melting the dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanutbutter together and then added in cornflakes since I didn’t have puffed cereal. Oh, and I decided to add in some coconut oil as the chocolate was looking a bit on the dry side. Put it in a greased dish and in the fridge it went. Seriously, delicious- looking forward to trying the real recipe! Thanks Annie

  • Meghan

    I’ve made these bars countless times since finding this recipe on your blog, and I get raves everytime I make them. My husband has asked for me to just make these continuously so they’re in the house all the time! We love them!

  • Ann

    These treats are so easy to make and very tasty. I brought a batch to work and they were gone before I knew it.

  • Vickiswanson

    Hi there – i will try your version but have another – melt caramels and add condensed milk – great !!

  • I love these, my family always calls them Scotcharoos, but I think the recipe I’ve used doesn’t call for honey. However they’re made, I love them!