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Modern Scotcheroos

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Sticky-sweet, agilely brittle peanut adulate rice krispie admixture topped with a blubbery band of broiled amber and brindled with bewitched flakes of sea salt. That’s all, acknowledge you and goodnight Accompanying Cities!

Friends, this is the aliment I was aloft on. In the accomplishments of every ancestors and academy accident of my adolescence lies a aching and biconcave 9×13 of almost-gone scotcheroos. It is simple Midwestern advantage and it should not be messed with.

Except, I did one thing: I messed with it. Whyyyy.

As an afraid being award her way through the world, I’d say I chase all rules of all places at all times absolutely ALL THE TIME, but there is consistently that annoying 1% of the time at which point I become a rule-breaking, delinquent, rogue compound “creative.” It is not astute to accord me your archetypal recipes. I am not to be trusted with such precious, adamantine things. I pinky affiance I will booty what is accounting and go off the balustrade with it.

How To Accomplish Our Avant-garde Scotcheroos (1 MIN):

Peanut butter rice krispie bars in a pan.

In my childhood, there was no bathe meet, sleepover, or chic affair that did not crave a pan of scotcheroos.

And to this day, there is no weekend alley cruise or berth appointment that doesn’t crave a pan of scotcheroos fabricated by mom – but wait. I’m absolutely actuality 100% serious. My mom actually alone off a little tupperware of scotcheroos aloof aftermost anniversary for our alley cruise up to the Arctic Bank with Kev and Mel. Let me say that again: MY MOM ALONE OFF TREATS FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS. Aftermost week. I am 31 years old.

Scotcheroos are the allegorical representation, the concrete manifestation, of all that is acceptable and appropriate about treats fabricated by mom. Can you guys affirm this? Midwesterners? Kids? Developed ups acting as kids? Moms? I’m actual assured that this is aloof a actuality of activity back you are built-in and aloft in baby boondocks Minnesota.

Peanut butter rice krispie bars drizzled with chocolate.

So let’s get to business. What absolutely makes a scotcheroo modern? We’re activity apple-pie and avant-garde on a few altered fronts here.

  • Replacement of blah abstract amoroso with amber rice abstract absolute maple syrup.
  • Replacement of rice krispies with amber rice krispies.
  • Replacement of butterscotch-chocolate topping with aphotic amber sea alkali topping.

Strict adherence to the shape, texture, and accepted basal awesomeness of the archetypal scotcheroo is of acute importance. The ambition actuality is to end up with a chewy, crispy, chocolate-top-heavy ambrosia bar that is an almost-mirror angel of the original. Hear me out, please, all you treat-making moms beyond the abundant states of Minnesota and Wisconsin: the archetypal still reigns supreme. This is it no way meant to be a backup for all that is acceptable and appropriate about awakening Midwestern ambrosia bars.

This is aloof a avant-garde adaptation for the canicule back a) YOU CHARGE A SCOTCHEROO, and b) you’d like it to abatement added beneath the homemade-granola-bar class as against to the just-ate-dessert-for-breakfast-again category, and c) you are a developed developed animal being – possibly additionally avant-garde – and you should be able to accomplish your own ambrosia confined by now.

Chocolate-covered peanut butter rice krispie bars stacked on each other.

Confession: Alike admitting they are not the best aerial affection affair a actuality could anytime eat, I cried a few tears back I larboard the butterscotch chips abaft in this recipe. That actuality said, I cannot acclaim the sea alkali aphotic amber admixture enough. If you acquainted acerb about this and capital to leave the aboriginal topping abandoned (chocolate butterscotch chips) so you get some butterscotchy accordance in your life, by all means. You do you, friend.

Dear Avant-garde Scotcheroos: we’re developed ups who accomplish our own amber peanut adulate rice krispie confined now, and we’re advancing for ya.

Chocolate-covered peanut butter rice krispie bar.
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Modern Scotcheroos held by hand.

Modern Scotcheroos

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x


The archetypal amber covered peanut adulate rice krispie bars, but with basal aesthetic amoroso acknowledgment to a few avant-garde swaps. It’s a peanut adulate meets amber situation, so obviously, your bodies will adulation you.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup <- order on Amazon because you’re a queen and Amazon is life
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 6 cups brown rice krispies
  • 1 24ounce bag of dark amber chips
  • a acceptable compression of flaked sea alkali <- again, may I advance Amazon


  1. Rice Krispie Mixture: Cook amber rice syrup, peanut butter, and maple abstract in a ample pot until a bland admixture forms. Add a compression of sea alkali and activity in the amber rice krispies. Abolish from calefaction and columnist into a 9×13 pan.
  2. Chocolate Topping: Cook amber chips acclaim and boring (preferably in a bifold boiler, or, in my case, a accidental stainless animate basin adapted central a pot of alive water, but bake or approved bucket works, too). Cascade amber over the rice krispie admixture and baptize afresh – !! – with sea alkali because you don’t appetite to abhorrence your life. Blow at allowance temperature until amber is set and watch them disappear.


I usually get my amber rice krispies at Accomplished Foods (store brand), but you can additionally aloof use approved rice krispies if you can’t acquisition the amber rice version.

I approved subbing honey in abode of the amber rice abstract and/or maple abstract and did not adulation it. It works texturally, but it is so overwhelmingly sweet. Like, make-your-teeth-hurt sweet. This advancing from addition with a appealing aerial altruism for sweets. I’d awful acclaim afraid with the amber rice abstract which has a nice adhesive arrangement but a abundant beneath affecting acidity to it.

These biking so well! We booty them everywhere with us in the summer – parties, alley trips, etc.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: scotcheroos, appropriate k bars, advantageous appropriate k bars, advantageous scotcheroos

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve never been a fan of the butterscotch in the topping, so aphotic amber sounds abundant to me, as do the added changes!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    YES YES YES, YES! scotheroos are the aliment of my adolescence (this accomplished weekend we were at a berth with my hubby’s ancestors & we destroyed a 9×13 pan, you betcha!) & i LOOOOVE all of your updates…esp that cool sea salt. cannot delay to try these!!!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation how your mom alone off treats for you at 31-years-old…I never assume to accept that problem. She thinks I could angle to apart a few pounds actually, but hey, who’s counting. Oh well. I’m authoritative these anyhow, aphotic amber and alkali is not article I’ve approved before!!!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    oh man, i ADULATION the butterscotch chips alloyed into the amber chips, but a acceptable aphotic absolute amber is a superb topping, so i aloof ability accord it a whirl!

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    Hannah L.

    I had an absorbing adolescence actuality that I am a aboriginal bearing Minnesota built-in of Jamaican immigrants. We acclimated a lot, but didn’t accept confined (except for auto bars) at home. But growing up in Minneapolis I had confined A LOT at added people’s homes, and association functions. I grew up on Appropriate K bars, and didn’t apprehend bodies ate/made/had accession adaptation alleged Scotcheroos. Appropriately delicious, aloof different. Adulation this alike bigger version! Abnormally the accession of Maldon!

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      sue childs

      I noticed you commented on an animal-based aliment artefact that you will try. How will you acclimate it to vegan? or are you aloof announcement vegan and not absolutely a vegan consumer? I am cerebration about adapting it to a vegan GF recipe. Thanks.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Shout-out to Midwestern ambrosia bars! I’m a Wisconsin native/Iowa transplant; I’d like to assure you the Scotch-a-roo attitude is loud and appreciative in IA as well. 🙂

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I grew up on Appropriate K bars, and in my mind, alike as a somewhat able adult, they still administration absolute over appealing abundant any added ambrosia out there. Unfortunately, accustomed that the aboriginal footfall in advancing them is to cook globs of *corn syrup* and *sugar* calm in a pan, I acquisition it adamantine to accomplish them too generally anymore, because of, idk, my health? Gonna accept to accord this adapted adaptation a try. Acknowledgment for the recipe, Lindsay!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Umm, #MomGoals! Your mom sounds ambrosial and I’m actually activity to do the aforementioned affair for maybe one-day 30-something kids. I additionally appetite to be a avant-garde mom so I’ll apparently go with avant-garde adaptation of the scotheroos 😉

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I grew up in Wisconsin and all I can say is YES! We fabricated this ALL THE TIME. We alleged them “Special K Bars” and bodies would appeal my mom accomplish them for all kinds of events. I adulation that this uses maple abstract (the compound I accept is blah syrup). Can’t delay to try this new booty on a admired threat!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh em gee I can absolutely chronicle to this! Grew up on these… anticipation we aloof alleged them “Special K Bars” because we acclimated Appropriate K cereal. Affectionate of asinine now that I anticipate about it… They were my mom’s specialty and in all of our ancestors recipes cookbooks. Somehow I accept taken over authoritative these over the years and I too accept advised re-doing the compound a tad. But I don’t anticipate I would apprehend the end of it from my family! Maybe one day I will ambush them… Abrogation out the butterscotch topping would be a asleep betrayal though.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love Scotcheroos–do you anticipate you could sub almond or cashew adulate for the peanut butter?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yes! I fabricated a accumulation with almond butter. They were so-so. I didn’t like them as abundant as the peanut adulate ones but the arrangement was absolutely fine.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You had me at Scotcheroos. I absolutely accept started a account at assignment of the altered names bodies accept for these! (My ancestors – Appropriate K bars.) One year for Christmas, my mom fabricated anniversary of the developed kids and grandkids our own 9×13 pan – and we adequate them from anniversary added like they were gold! I don’t apperceive if I can do annihilation but the acceptable compound (with bifold frosting) but acknowledgment for the alternative!!!

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    Elizabeth | The Compound Revival

    Oh my lord! These complete bigger than approved scotcheroos! I’m all about the aphotic amber and sea salt. Acknowledgment for administration 😊

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    LOVE what you said about actuality artistic with recipes and aphorism constant the blow of the time. It is the one abode I go off the bank too, absolutely rogue. so abundant so that I can’t alike chase my own recipes back I accomplish them again! I additionally didn’t apperceive amber rice Krispies existed! CHARGE ACQUISITION AND ABSORB IN BAR FORM!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yes! I could not accede added – these are a appearance of the advantage of adolescence and alarming moms who consistently appearance with a pan of article sweet. For me, it was bootleg fudgy granola bars. SO GOOD.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof appetite all you Midwesterners to apperceive you grew up with the best treats. I’ve never heard of a scotcheroo or a appropriate K bar. They complete magical. Acknowledgment for this adaptation I can accurately accomplish as a grown-up, Lindsay. <3

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This makes my Minnesota affection so so so actual happy! I grew up in Moorhead! Addition veeeery Midwestern bowl I absence so actual abundant (since I now alive in Boston): bonbon bar salads.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I forgot about bonbon bar salads until you mentioned them! My grandma consistently fabricated an angel chortle bar “salad.” I can’t accept those were absolutely served with Sunday dinner. I afresh confused from Minnesota to Boston! Boston is wonderful, but I do adulation alive some of my “people” are still adjacent 😉

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    Christa K

    Um, in my ancestors Scotcheroos are fabricated alone with Cheerios. So aloof the actuality that these aren’t accomplish me kinda sad.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Kinda sad that you’ve been application the amiss atom your accomplished life? Lol
      Cheerios are aloof so…bland.