If you grew up in the Midwest, you know exactly what I am writing about. This classic sweet adorned every wooden picnic table and church supper social. It's impossible to ignore a good scotcheroo. You can smell the peanut butter by just thinking about them.
Yes, they are sample. But everything that kicks up memories always is. Like corn on the cob and Chex waiting to get turned into ..."Puppy Chow" (you know what that is), sometimes we want food that means something.
Why wait for summer barbecues to break out these squares. Well, they aren't going to be square this time. It's Valentines Day. And this dessert makes an amazing "thank you" gift that's easy to box up.
You will need to stop at your local dollar store to pick up a heart-shaped cookie cutter, unless you're crafty with a butter knife. And if you are - that would work, too.
It's scotchie time!
1 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (leave at room temperature)
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
5 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mini marshmallows
Coat a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. You know the drill.
Pour the sugar and corn syrup into a heavy sauce pan. Slowly bring these ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Immediately remove from the stove.
Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Be careful as the sugar mixture is dangerously hot. Mix in the rice cereal, nuts and marshmallows.
Spread this mixture into the greased pan.
Using low heat or a double boiler, melt the butterscotch and chocolate chips. Stir continuously and watch that the chips don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Pull the chips from the heat once half of them begin to melt. Simply stirring will melt the rest (you can also place the chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt them that way. Heat them on medium/high for 1 minute. Stir and continue to heat for 20 second intervals until the chips are smooth). Spread the melted chips over the bar cookie. Let cool.
Using your heart-shaped cookie cutter, press out each individual scotcheroo.
Tips: For a classic and festive look drizzle melted white chocolate over the bars before or after cutting them. You can also sprinkle finely chopped nuts, shaved coconut or decorative candies over the chocolate topping before the chips harden.
Photo Credits: Erin, Flickr