Peanut Butter Rice Krispies With Karo Syrup


HG, I’ve got another great recipe for you to try. This Peanut Butter Rice Krispies With Karo Syrup recipe is also known as a Magic Krispie Treat and it is so ridiculously easy that you will be shocked. All you need for this PBK with Karo Syrup treat are: Make snack time a lot simpler and healthier with this recipe that uses ingredients you probably have in the kitchen right now. From the first

spoonful of this Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Chocolate treat, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it. It’s amazingly good. The karo syrup and peanut butter flavors melt into each other as they mingle with the flakes. The combination is so reminiscent of the beloved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that it’s almost criminal—but it may be even better. The only thing that could get

better than a nice, delicious PB&J sandwich is one with the Rice Krispies. Yum! Every food blogger has tried to recreate the magic of a classic recipe. Most fail. The key here is to make sure that you are using quality ingredients and not cutting corners on anything. Everything matters. I’m here to tell you that there are some health benefits of peanut butter. No longer do you have to spread it on a slice of bread, and wait for the alarm clock to go off. If you’ve been putting off getting something done in bed, wait no longer.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies With Karo Syrup

Wondering how to make Peanut Butter Rice Krispies With Karo Syrup? This recipe is so simple and so very delicious. We’ll start with basic rice krispies in the bottom of our bowl and add a few squirts of creamy peanut butter over top. On the stove we’ll put about 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup to warm through, adding a bit of vanilla when we begin to stir in! Stick that sucker in the microwave for about 50 seconds, stirring index once half way through. When it’s good, it’s set!

Have you ever had a scotcheroo? Where I grew up in Minnesota, no backyard cookout, birthday party, or post-Little League pizza dinner was complete without a plate piled high with these squares. Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then got doused in a melted medley of chocolate and butterscotch chips. An improbable combination? Perhaps. Insanely good? You betcha.

If you didn’t grow up with these, you must — I repeat, must — try them. Making a batch big enough to feed the whole neighborhood takes just a few pantry ingredients and about 15 minutes, so no excuses. Here’s what to do.

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You Can’t Beat a Classic

This back-of-the-box recipe from Kellogg’s is darn near perfection. I’m sure you could find ways to tweak and adapt this recipe if you truly wanted to, but the original is so good, why bother? These bars are made by mixing puffed rice cereal with a warm peanut butter mixture, and then topping it with melted chocolate and butterscotch chips.

The result is something more than the sum of its parts. Despite the healthy dose of peanut butter, the bars don’t really taste peanut butter-y. Nor do they taste exactly like butterscotch. They’re somewhere in the middle. Add to that a nice dose of chocolate just to make sure all bases are covered. Scotcheroos are also fantastically chewy, and after that plate has been sitting out on the picnic table for an hour or two, they’re even better (trust me).

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Buying Ingredients for Scotcheroos

You can go as fancy-pants or as generic-store-brand as you like with scotcheroos. When I was a kid, it was Skippy peanut butter, Rice Krispies cereal, and Nestle chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.

Upgrading the ingredients makes a more grown-up scotcheroo, but it’s not so big of an improvement that I bother seeking out special ingredients when I make these. Use what you have in your cupboard, and that should be just fine. (One note: You can make these with natural peanut butter, but use a very creamy variety, and if the oil has separated, mix it in very well before making the bars.)

One thing you can’t skip, and which I think just needs to be accepted in this recipe, is the corn syrup. This is a necessary ingredient for that chewiness; without it, the bars tend to be hard and brittle — very sad. You can use rice syrup or other corn syrup substitutes, but I find the flavor just isn’t the same.

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Get everything ready: These bars certainly aren’t difficult, but once you start, it’s best to keep going. If you have stop in the middle, the sauce could overcook or harden too much to stir into the cereal.

How To Make Peanut Butter Scotcheroos

Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then doused with a melted medley of chocolate and butterscotch chips.

YIELD Makes 20 squares


  • 6 cups puffed rice cereal, like Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (see Recipe Note)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • 9×13-inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick baking spray
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan (at least 3 quarts)
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Sharp knife


  1. Get everything ready: These bars certainly aren’t difficult, but once you start, it’s best to keep going. If you have stop in the middle, the sauce could overcook or harden too much to stir into the cereal. First, line the baking pan with parchment and coat it evenly with nonstick spray. Then, measure the puffed rice into a large mixing bowl. Measure the sugar and corn syrup into a medium saucepan and have the peanut butter ready close by. Combine the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a heatproof bowl and set aside.
  2. Bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil: Set the pan with sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir to form a sandy paste, then stop stirring. Let the mixture come to a boil — as it warms, the sugar will dissolve and the mixture will become clear. Once the mixture is at a full boil with bubbles covering the whole surface, remove the pan from heat.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter: While the syrup is still very hot, stir in the peanut butter to form a thick, glossy sauce.
  4. Pour the peanut butter sauce over the puffed rice: Pour a little sauce over the puffed rice, stir it in, then pour a little more. Continue until all the sauce has been added. Continue to gently stir the puffed rice another few seconds until the cereal is evenly coated and no pockets of sauce remain.
  5. Transfer the cereal mixture to the baking dish: Butter your hands or spray with a little oil, and press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips: Melt the chips in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat until just a few tiny lumps remain. Stir until the last lumps are dissolved. (In my microwave, this took three 30-second intervals, or 1 1/2 minutes total.)
  7. Pour the chocolate over the cereal bars: Use a spatula to scrape every last bit of melted chocolate onto the bars. Smooth into an even layer with the back of the spatula.
  8. Cool until the chocolate becomes firm: Let the bars firm up for a few hours. Once the chocolate has firmed, cover the bars until ready to serve. On a hot day, you may need to put the bars in the fridge for the chocolate topping to set.
  9. Cut into individual bars: If your bars have been refrigerated, let them come to room temperature for a half hour or so before cutting or serving. Lift the bars out of the pan by lifting on the parchment. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into 20 squares.
  10. Storing the bars: Scotcheroos will keep for at least a week or longer, and are fine served at any time. Keep the bars in an airtight container at room temperature. If it’s warm and the chocolate is softening too much, you can store the bars in the fridge; just let them come to room temperature before serving or they will be brittle.
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Scotcheroos with natural peanut butter: You can make these with natural and organic peanut butters, but use a very creamy variety. If the oil has separated, mix it in very well before making the bars.

Special K Bars and Scotcheroos with Other Cereals: We also made these bars with Special K Cornflakes as kids — they’re great! I’ve also seen versions made with Chex and other cereals.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Chocolate

Ever since the recipe for Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Chocolate was created, people have been going crazy trying to get their hands on a copy of it. All they want is to make this tantalizing dessert that melts in your mouth, and you have the opportunity to try it out yourself! This Asian dessert has a creamy peanut butter sauce which perfectly compliments the crispy rice krispies and smooth chocolate. The added flavor of banana makes the dessert so much more appealing and offers another dimension of flavor.

Looking for a tasty rice krispie treat variation? No marshmallows needed for these delicious peanut butter rice krispies are made with karo syrup instead.

There is something about a rice krispie treat that almost everyone loves. Even adults love the simple gooeyness of those marshmallow cereal bars. While I enjoy a rice krispie treat now and then, there is a chocolate rice krispie treat variation that I like even more!

It is these peanut butter rice krispies with karo syrup. Yes, I know it may sound a bit odd but trust me when I say that it totally works! I keep karo syrup on hand to make these peanut butter bars and my homemade caramel corn. There’s just no other substitute for these yummy treats.

These peanut butter rice krispie treats are made with peanut butter in the cereal layer, and topped with a combination of chocolate and butterscotch. There is something about the peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate combination that works so well together! More recipes should feature that combination.

With only 6 ingredients needed, you can make this rice krispie treat almost as quickly as the original. Plus, it’s a fun twist on a classic!

This easy recipe is perfect for when you need to make a quick treat for a bake sale or cook out. If you want to surprise your kids with a sweet treat for dessert, this kid approved recipe definitely works too!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients:

The ingredients are simple. It might seem odd that you are making rice krispie treats without marshmallows, but trust me on this! These peanut butter rice krispies with karo syrup don’t need marshmallows. You still get a chewy texture, that is slightly different, but equally delicious.

To make these treats you will need:

  • Sugar
  • Karo Syrup
  • Rice Krispies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips

That’s it. 6 ingredients needed to make these amazingly delicious peanut butter rice krispie treats! The full printable recipe is below.

How to Make Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Karo Syrup:

It’s really very simple to make these easy peanut butter recipe krispie treats.

You are going to start by boiling the sugar and karo syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until they bubble consistently around the edges. I like to use a medium size saucepan so I can use the one pot to make my bars.

When the mixture is bubbling nicely, after just a couple minutes, remember the sugar mixture from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. You can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter. I tend to use smooth myself, but grew up with my mom and Grandma using crunchy in this recipe.

After the peanut butter is combined, stir in the rice krispies. It doesn’t have to be name brand. A cheaper generic rice crisp cereal works just fine. I should know because that is what I normally use!

Next, press the combined mixture into a 9×13 pan. I use the back of a spatula, or a greased butter wrapper to press the mixture into the pan.

Finally, you get to add the yummy chocolate topping! The recipe calls for equal parts of semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Feel free to play around with the ratios. If you have more chocolate chips on hand, than butterscotch chips, that will work!

Mix the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds and stir.

Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until the chocolate mixture is fully melted. Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the still warm rice krispie treats. Use a spoon to spread the chocolate over all of the rice krispie treats.

Allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature. Do NOT store these bars in the refrigerator. They harden up too much and become crunchy instead of chewy. Besides, once you taste these bars, I know they won’t last long anyway!

You can cut these bars into mini squares or larger ones, depending on your preference. This is an easy treat to when you need something yummy and quick.

What is a Scotcheroo?

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars are also called Scotcheroos; a dessert bar that has 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. In the Midwestern United States, these bars are quite famous but there are a few variations with slightly different names and ingredients.

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 Kelloggs Rice Krispies, K-Bars use Kelloggs Special K cereal, while Oh-Henry Bars contain rolled oats.

Ingredients for Rice Krispie Bars

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars or Scotheroos have only 6 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes.

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

marsha’s peanut butter rice krispie bars

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x

In my opinion, these delicious and addictive bars are the next step in your Kelloggs 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 recipe STAT! You’re welcome.


  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 6 ounces Chocolate Chips
  • 6 ounces Butterscotch Chips


  • Line a 13 x 9inch 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool 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.

Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter

You’ve probably already heard about the health benefits of peanut butter. This versatile spread is loaded with good nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and it’s one of my favorite sources of energy throughout the day. Peanut butter has been eaten for a long period of time. Many years ago, someone decided to take ground peanuts and soybeans that are available in China and mix it up together. This creates what we know as peanut butter today. But how exactly do you eat it?

Nutritional Properties of Peanut Butter

Nutritional Values

1 tbsp (16.5g) of peanut butter contains:

  • Calories- 95 kcal
  • Protein- 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates- 4 g
  • Fats- 8 g
  • Fibre- 1 g

Nutritional Facts

  • Peanut butter is calorie-dense. However, most of the calories are a part of unsaturated fats.
  • A single serving of peanut butter provides around 7% of the daily fibre needs.
  • Carbohydrates in peanut butter are complex that the body needs for metabolism.
  • Zinc in peanut butter reduces age-related diseases and boosts the immune system.
  • Fibre content in peanut butter maintains bowel health.
  • Peanut butter contains phosphorus, promotes healthy nerve conduction and manages energy storage and usage. It helps in muscle contraction and keeps bones healthy.

1. Aids Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance

Peanut butter plays a massive role in appetite suspension. It also enhances metabolism with greater meal satisfaction. About 20% of the calorie in peanut butter comes from its protein content, which in turn promotes a feeling of fullness. It also reduces the urge to eat between meals, helping weight loss. 

Peanuts are a high-calorie, high-fat superfood but should least be associated with weight gain, if taken in moderation. Although, researchers assert that more findings are required to understand the role of peanut butter. However, a recent study shows how it can aid in maintaining weight.

2. Peanut Butter Preserves Muscle Mass

During weight loss efforts, what becomes essential is strength in muscles. Losing muscles can instantly reduce the rate of metabolism. Consumption of protein-rich peanut butter aids in weight loss and preserves muscle mass to ensure metabolism is not affected.

Protein increases muscle mass and fat burning. It boosts metabolism and remains beneficial for bones. It also helps to maintain weight and keeps kidneys healthy.

3. Peanut Butter Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases

According to research, Resveratrol, an antioxidant in peanuts, reduces cardiovascular inflammation, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and relaxes blood vessels. It also reduces LDL oxidation responsible for the hardening of arteries and coronary artery diseases. 

Peanut Butter further improves heart health. It is because of monounsaturated fatty acids, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, peanut butter consumption also becomes a cost-effective way to improve heart health. 

4. Peanut Butter Best for Fitness Enthusiasts

Fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders include peanut butter in their diet to increase calorie and unsaturated fat intake. Many nutritionists recommend consuming 1.2-1.7 grams of protein per kg of body weight to increase muscle mass. Hence, peanut butter also becomes a source of protein, containing essential amino acids.

As per studies, amino acids enhance the muscle repair system in the body. So, peanut butter helps fulfil your daily protein requirement and helps increase muscle mass. 

5. Peanut Butter Manages Blood Sugar Levels

Peanut butter carries low amounts of carbohydrates but essential protein and fats. Also, it does not have any added sugar component. It has a GI value of 13 which makes it a low GI food. Low magnesium levels have always been linked to type 2 diabetes.

As per research, Peanut butter has high levels of magnesium in it, which is an essential nutrient for a person with diabetes. Eating peanut butter in the morning may help control your blood sugar throughout the day.

6. Peanut Butter Contains Anti-cancer Properties

Peanut butter is an excellent source of many essential antioxidants like magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin E. These nutrients prevent and repair cell damage. In addition, peanut butter reduces the risk of chronic diseases like cancer.

Furthermore, as per studies, coumaric acid, a powerful antioxidant in peanut butter, also has anti-cancer properties. Again, the antioxidant Resveratrol cuts the blood supply to growing cancers and inhibits cancer cell growth.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Is eating peanut butter good for you?

A. Yes. It is nutrient-dense and has numerous benefits, such as better heart health, muscular mass preservation, weight management, and anti-cancer qualities.

Q. Does peanut butter lead to weight gain?

A. Overconsumption may lead to weight gain. But if you eat in moderation, it may help you lose weight.

Q. Is peanut butter good for weight loss?

A. Yes, peanut butter helps with weight loss. It boosts metabolism and increases meal satisfaction. Furthermore, the reduced hunger caused by peanut butter consumption may result in weight loss.

Q. Which peanut butter is best?

A. Peanut butter with no added sugar, oil or salt and additives is the best form. 

Q. What are the disadvantages of peanuts?

A. Peanuts, being calorie-dense, may lead to weight gain when you take them in excessive amounts. In addition, it can also cause inflammation and severe allergic reactions in the body.

Q. Is peanut butter good for cholesterol?

A. Yes, peanut butter is good for cholesterol maintenance as it contains healthy fats, essential for the human body.

Q. Can I eat peanut butter at night?

A. Yes. Eating peanut butter before bedtime promotes muscle growth and enhances sleep quality. However, eating too much peanut butter before going to bed can immediately increase weight due to the slower metabolism at night.

Q. Is peanut butter a Keto?

A. Yes. Peanut butter has a low carbohydrate content, with 4.3 grams in 1 tablespoon. So you can eat it on the keto diet as long as you limit your intake and plan out your other food options.

Q. How much peanut butter can I eat a day?

A. You should consult your doctor or nutritionist if you’re unsure how much peanut butter to consume every day, but a good general rule of thumb is between one and two tablespoons.

Q. Is peanut butter better than Nutella?

A. Yes. Peanut butter is a healthier option because it has less sugar, harmful fats and is high in protein. Furthermore, it tastes delicious.

Q. Does peanut butter make you fat?

A. Excessive consumption of peanut butter or eating more than the recommended amount can lead to weight gain. On the other hand, eating in moderation may result in weight loss.

Q. Does peanut butter cause belly fat?

A. There is no scientific evidence to prove the same. However, overconsumption may lead to weight gain. And weight gain may lead to fat accumulation in the body.

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