Special K Dessert Bars

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Yummy, crunchy yet chewy, easy, quick, no bake cereal bars packed with peanut butter and chocolate.

These peanut butter Special K bars are essentially pimped out Rick Krispie Treats (except they’re made with Special K).  Yes, Rice Krispie Treats blinged out and bedazzled with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Just wait till these gems hit your taste buds.

The Best Special K Bars

Tools Used In Special K Dessert Bars

Peanut Butter Cereal Treat Ingredients

Easy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Scotcheroos With Special K

I found this Special K cereal bar recipe in a Catholic church cookbook and they were called Baby Ruth Bars. After researching this recipe I learned that this easy cereal bar recipe goes by two different names.

Half the peanut butter Special K cereal bar recipes I saw had “Special K Bar” in the title. The other half were called “Scotcheroos”.

According to Wikipedia, the Scotcheroos recipe was originally printed on the Rice Krispies Cereal box in 1965. It was and is still made with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and Rice Krispies Cereal.

So, is this easy cereal dessert bar a Special K Bar or a Scotcheroo? I have no clue.

What I do know is they are a scrumptious, chewy yet crunchy treat that is just packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavor.

These aren’t exactly for those of you on the Whole 30.   But, for those enjoying the Unholy 30…CHEERS!!!!!!!

Easy Scotcheroos With Special K

Easy Special K Bars Or Easy Scotcheroos

As well as being delicious, this easy dessert bar recipe is NO BAKE, so preparation is fast and simple.  You’re literally mixing, cooling and eating.

These are what you pray for when you’re searching for a quick dessert recipe that will satisfy everyone.

Scotcheroos With Special K

How To Melt Chocolate Chips In The Microwave

You might be thinking duh, melting chocolate chips in the microwave is a no brainer, but I have burned chocolate chips while melting them in the microwave.

This article by All Recipes gives these steps on how to successfully melt chips in the microwave.

  • Put chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  • Remove and stir with a spatula.
  • Repeat with 10 to 15 second blasts until most of the chocolate is melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir until all of the chips are melted.

Chocolate chips retain their shape until you stir them, so don’t rely on how the chips look.

The Best Special K Peanut Butter Bars

Can You Freeze Scotcheroos & Special K Bars

Yes, yes, yes, I just froze a batch this week. I pulled them out of the freezer and took them to the office yesterday and they were devoured.

To freeze peanut butter Special K bars or Scotcheroos:

Why Make Special K Peanut Butter Bars

Quite simply, because these peanut butter Special K bars are easy, quick and oh so delicious. Seriously you just mix, cool and eat. Yes, you prayed for a quick, scrumptious treat and here it is.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Special K Bars

A super tasty, chewy yet crunchy chocolate peanut butter sweet treat. It's a simple, quick and easy to make no bake dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Kids, homemade, no bake dessert, chocolate, peanut butter, easy, simple, quick, tasty, sweet treats
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 45 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 24 people
Calories 365kcal
Cost $10.50


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Light corn syrup
  • cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 7 cups Special K Cereal
  • 12 oz Chocolate chips
  • 12 oz Butterscotch chips an 11 oz bag will also work.


  • Butter or spray a 13×9 baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Set aside
  • Put Special K cereal in a large mixing bowl to the side.
  • Bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Mixture should be clear. Remove from heat.
  • Add peanut butter and mix together well. Peanut butter should be fully melted.
  • Immediately pour peanut butter mixture over Special K cereal and mix well with long spatula..
  • Place into 9×13 inch pan.  Spread and press mixture down. Mixture is hot.
  • Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in microwave or on stove and mix well (directions for melting in notes below).
  • Immediately pour melted chips over bars and spread evenly with spatula.
  • Let chocolate/butterscotch cool and harden
  • Cut and devour


To melt chips in the microwave, microwave chips for 30 seconds (Use high heat setting.) and remove.  Give them a stir and put back in for 10 to 15 seconds.  Repeat this process of microwaving and stirring until chips are melted.
To melt chips in a double broiler, add about 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom pan of a double broiler.  Then turn stove to medium heat and heat until water starts to steam.  Next, place the chips in the top pan and place it on the bottom pan.  Make sure top pan is not touching water in bottom pan.  With a spoon or rubber spatula stir constantly until it melts. Do not stop stirring for long.  If you think it’s melting to fast or afraid it will burn turn heat down.  
If you don’t have a double broiler, you can place a glass, ceramic, or metal bowl over a sauce pan of steaming water and follow the steps above.


Calories: 365kcal


    1. Thanks for your kind comment. They are yummy. Who thought of putting chocolate chips and peanut butter with Special K cereal??????

  1. I pinned this the other day, My wife would love these but I unfortunatly am not a fan of peanut butter although do love chicken satay which is a bit weird but then that just about sums up my food tastes. Great post.

    1. Sorry you don’t like peanut butter. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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