Special K Bars (The kind that make you fat)

I don't really post too many bad-for-your waistline (and everything else) recipes here, because I don't make them very often. However, this bar recipe has been a family favorite for at least 15 years. When I make them, the guys just eat one after another. My sister-in-law originally gave me the recipe when Rich and I first married, and now I know why. This kind of recipe keeps a marriage together :)

I like to make this recipe when Sam has a group of friends over, or for an event where I have to bring something, because it makes quite a few bars.  I think some people call them Scotcheroos.

The combination of flavors of peanut butter, butterscotch, and semi-sweet chocolate hits it just right.

Special K Bars
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
4 T. butter
1 c. creamy peanut butter
6 c. Special K cereal
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz. butterscotch chips
1 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate

1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the the sugar, syrup and butter. Heat until the mixture comes to a soft rolling boil. Turn the heat down just a bit and continue a soft boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the peanut butter until smooth, thick, and creamy. Pour the mixture over the cereal in a large bowl. Press into a sprayed cakepan and smooth evenly with the back of a spoon.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chips and chocolate. Heat on high for 1 minute. Stir well. Heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again. This usually is enough heat to melt all of the chips, but you may need to stir for a minute or so to melt them all. If needed, heat for another 15-30 seconds. Do not overheat or it will thicken too much.

3. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal mixture and spread evenly. Cover tight and refrigerate for a couple of hours, or until the chocolate hardens.

*note* These bars are pretty hard to cut into. I usually use a small, metal spatula to cut them. Store in room temp in an airtight container.

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Anonymous said...

Pizza cutters work nice for cutting; you just have to trim the edges.

Anonymous said...

Yes, my family and I call them Scotcheroos, but we make them with Rice Krispies and just chocolate chips, no baking chocolate.

Anna said...

Hi Tanya,
These look very good, I mean bad, I mean good....you know what I mean:) Nice photos, also - like the focus/depth of field that you got in them.
Speaking of fattening, yummy sweets, lately I've made a couple batches of rhubarb bars w/ a recipe that K brought home from work. They taste great, but I need to find a healthier version. These gems have way tooooooo much brown sugar and butter in them. Any recommendations?