The perfect sweet and salty no-bake treat: peanut butter rice krispie treats loaded with pretzels, topped with a chocolate butterscotch mixture, more pretzels, and a handful of mini M&Ms.
Let’s talk about these scotcheroos. You’ve probably had a regular scotcheroo before (which are just like these, except no pretzels or M&Ms). The best thing about a scotcheroo is the peanut butter/butterscotch combo. Hello. I could eat creamy peanut butter and butterscotch chips off of a spoon every. day. of. my. life. But then again, these bars are even more delicious and they only take minutes to make. The hard part is waiting for the chocolate to set, which is optional if you don’t mind melted chocolate schmeared all over your lips.The inspiration for adding pretzels and M&Ms to the mix came mostly from my insane love for sweet and salty treats. Oh, and also a very vague memory of making a peanut butter cheerio bar with a friend and her mom when I was younger, probably nine or ten. I have lots of cooking memories from my childhood years (post easy bake oven tantrum). The aforementioned cheerio bars were one of the times where my childhood cooking experiment actually ended up tasty. Unlike when I thought yeast and wheat germ were the same thing, or when I completely forgot flour in a batch or cookies, or another time when I added a 1/4 cup of salt to cookie dough instead of a 1/4 teaspoon. Yep, that happened. I really haven’t had a major mishaps like that in a while though, just as a disclaimer. After years of practice and mostly figuring things out on my own I’m pretty confident in the kitchen. This recipe does require a small pyrex pan, which in my opinion is totally worth purchasing if you plan on doing a good amount of small batch baking. However, using a bread pan (8×4″) would probably work just as well. I haven’t done this, so the thickness/thinness of the bars might be different if you use a bread pan.Oh, and hey, if you try these I’d love it if you’d leave a comment on this post so that other readers can hear about your experience with them!
- 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 20 mini pretzel twists, broken into pieces + 6 whole pretzels
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butterscotch flavored chips
- 2 tbsp mini M&Ms
- Lightly spray a [b]glass 7x5x1.5″ pan[/b] (see the glass pyrex pan [url href=”http://www.smallbatchtreats.com/small-batch-essentials/”%5Don my baking essentials page[/url]) with non-stick cooking spray. Optionally, line the pan with a parchment paper sling. Having a parchment sling allows for lifting the bars out of the pan for easier and more even cutting.
- Combine crispy rice cereal and broken pretzels in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup.Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter.
- Pour hot mixture over crispy rice cereal mixture. Quickly stir to coat. Press into an even layer in prepared pan. Melt semi-sweet and butterscotch chips in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds until melted and smooth. Spread over bars. Press whole pretzels into the top of the bars, and sprinkle with M&Ms.
- Let chocolate set, then cut into six bars.