Our mother made these for us as kids, and they continue to be a family favorite. A wonderful combination of peanut butter, and chocolate, and butterscotch with a crispy texture.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 bars
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Generously butter a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside.

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  • In a large pot, mix together corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring until peanut butter melts. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in crisp rice cereal.

  • Transfer mixture into a well buttered 9x13 inch pan. With your hands well buttered, pat it down into pan.

  • In a medium saucepan, over medium low heat, melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips until smooth. Spread over top of bars and let bars cool. Cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

240 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 33.8g 11% DV; fat 10.6g 16% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 139.7mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2011
i have been making these for seems like forever. if you want chewy bars using the 1 c. method for sugar, syrup and peanut butter but also use 1/4 c. margarine, bring sugar & syrup and margarine to a rolling boil stirring constantly and only for one minute, remove from heat add peanut butter, plus, i double everything so i use 1/2 c. margarine 2 cups everything else and a 15 oz. box of rice krispies. So making the frosting is a whole bag of semi sweet choc chips and one of butterscotch chips, i have found if you mix these together and micro for 2 minutes exactly, NO MORE, they will stir up just nicely. my double batch makes a 17x12 pan size of perfect bars. NEVER have my bars come out hard when you use the margarine and this method!!! Just chewy goodness!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2004
My mom really loved these but i found them too hard. I'm wondering if I had done something wrong. Instead of leaving them out to cool i put them in the fridge. Could this have caused the hardness? Read More
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  • 4 star values: 77
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2011
i have been making these for seems like forever. if you want chewy bars using the 1 c. method for sugar, syrup and peanut butter but also use 1/4 c. margarine, bring sugar & syrup and margarine to a rolling boil stirring constantly and only for one minute, remove from heat add peanut butter, plus, i double everything so i use 1/2 c. margarine 2 cups everything else and a 15 oz. box of rice krispies. So making the frosting is a whole bag of semi sweet choc chips and one of butterscotch chips, i have found if you mix these together and micro for 2 minutes exactly, NO MORE, they will stir up just nicely. my double batch makes a 17x12 pan size of perfect bars. NEVER have my bars come out hard when you use the margarine and this method!!! Just chewy goodness!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2011
One of my favorite treats ever since I learned how to make it at church daycare as a very small child. It really is wonderful to make with small children and you can make a sweet treat with ingredients that cost next to nothing and are usually found in your pantry. NOTE: Instead of butterscotch chips in the "frosting" I like to use Reese's peanut butter chips. My family can't keep their hands off of them! Try it for yourself you'll see. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2006
This has been a family 'staple' for holidays, birthdays, any special occaision. My suggestion, do NOT allow the syrup/sugar mixture to boil, that will cause hard as rock bars. Heat the syrup/sugar mixture, stirring constantly, just until bubbles come to the surface, then remove from heat! Awesome treat!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
Great recepie! I also doubled the chocolate and butterscotch chips for the top. I melted everything in the microwave too - I used 50% heat and stirred frequently and everything turned out great. I tried other cereals too when we were out of crispies. Chex and cornflakes were good. wheaties were too tough. Everyone seems to love these!!!!! Oh and if you use light peanut butter they dont turn out so good.. they're really hard. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2004
My mom really loved these but i found them too hard. I'm wondering if I had done something wrong. Instead of leaving them out to cool i put them in the fridge. Could this have caused the hardness? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2007
I doubled the topping as others had mentioned (in fact, I think I doubled the butterscotch and maybe even tripled the chocolate... I love chocolate). Instead of using the sugar and corn syrup, I melted the peanut butter with a bag of marshmallows for a chewier bar. I think that solves the problem some people were having with the hard bars. Really yum!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
Mouth-watering chewy sweet and sinful. Once you've tried these they will always be a temptation. They are the BEST!!! I've been a fan for years now. If you like Rice Krispy Treats these are far far better. We make it with 1 cup of both the choclate & butterscotch chips. YOU MUST TRY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2008
Very good recipe but bring sugar and corn syrup to just a boil remove from heat then add peanut butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
This is an AWESOMELY EVIL recipe. Just try and have some self-control when they're around. Three important changes. First, I never bring the peanut butter mixture to a boil (just heat until sugar dissolves), to keep the bars from getting too hard. Second, I double the topping. And third (and most important change), spread the topping on the bars and sprinkle with sea salt. Gotta go make another pan! Read More
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