Enjoy everyone’s favorite no-bake dessert bar in the form of these bite-sized Scotcheroo Truffles! These chocolate and powdered sugar covered treats are packed with crunchy cereal, peanut butter, and butterscotch.
What is a Scotcheroo?
Scotcheroos are a classic no-bake dessert made popular in the Midwest. Usually, this dessert is made in bar form, with a layer of peanut butter and butterscotch coated cereal topped with a layer of rich chocolate.
A scotcheroo is like a mashup of a Rice Krispie treat and a peanut butter bar.
Today we’re switching things up and turning the mixture into poppable little scotcheroo truffles!
Add these truffles to your holiday cookie trays or make them and share with your family. I know that these scotcheroos will be a hit!
For a similar and even easier no-bake cookie with cornflakes, try my recipe for Cornflake Peanut Butter Cookies!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- No-Bake Treat: It’s always good to have a few dessert recipes up your sleeve that you can make without turning on the oven. This recipe is great for hot days or times when you’re short on time or patience!
- Kids Love This Recipe: Not only are these Scotcheroo Truffles fun to eat, but they are also fun to make as well. Kids can help shape the cereal balls and dip them in melted chocolate and powdered sugar. It might get a bit messy, but that’s part of the fun!
- Extra Crispy: Instead of rice cereal, I’m using corn flakes to make Scotcheroos. This makes them extra crispy and amazing.
- Powdered Sugar Coating: You can dip your truffles in chocolate and call it a day if you like, but I decided to also coat the truffles in fluffy, sweet confectioners sugar. These treats are so amazing!
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Corn Flakes – This crisp and crunchy cereal gives the inside of our truffles the best texture! You can use other types of cereal instead, like Rice Krispies or Chex if you like.
- Butterscotch Chips – This is why we call them Scotcheroos!
- Creamy Peanut Butter – Choose creamy peanut butter rather than crunchy to make a smooth filling with lots of rich flavor.
- Corn Syrup – Just a bit of this sweet syrup keeps the truffles chewy rather than hard inside.
- Chocolate Chips – Melted semisweet chocolate chips create the chocolate coating layer for these truffles.
- Powdered Sugar – As a sweet final touch, we’ll roll the scotcheroo truffles in light and fluffy powdered sugar.
How to Make Scotcheroo Truffles
- Crush the Cornflakes: You want the cereal to be crushed into pieces that are about the size of a pea or smaller. You can crush them inside of a ziploc bag to make it easy and less messy.
- Microwave the Filling: Use your microwave to heat the peanut butter, corn syrup, and butterscotch chips. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring in between until all the chips have melted.
- Stir in the Cereal: Add the crushed cornflakes to the peanut butter mixture and stir until fully combined. The mixture should be thick and easily formed into balls.
- Make Scotcheroo Truffles: Use a cookie scoop to portion the cornflake mixture and press the mixture into round balls with your hands that are about 1 – 1.5 inches in size. Place the cornflake balls onto a pan lined with wax paper. Once you’ve made all of the truffles, place the tray into the freezer for one hour.
- Coat with Chocolate: Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals until smooth. Then remove the truffles from the freezer and dip each into the chocolate and return to the tray. Allow the chocolate to harden.
- Coat with Powdered Sugar: Once the chocolate has set, roll each truffle into a bowl of powdered sugar to create the outside coating.
Scotcheroo Truffle Recipe Tips
- If the chocolate is too thick add a teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable oil to thin it out. This will make it easier to dip the truffles and let the chocolate coating stay a bit softer when set.
- If your truffles don’t want to stick together you may need to add more crushed cornflakes to firm up the mixture.
- If the mixture seems dry, drizzle in a small amount of corn syrup or peanut butter to make it stickier.
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Enjoy your scotcheroos immediately, or store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. These can stay at room temperature or in the refrigerator if you prefer.
These actually freeze very well! I suggest freezing them without the powdered sugar and adding that layer after you’ve thawed them so that the condensation doesn’t melt the sugar. Store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Yes! Some of the powdered sugar may fall off if you move these around too much, but a little bit of powdered sugar on your face is part of the fun! Feel free to leave this part out if you want a neater, chocolate-covered scotcheroo truffle instead.
Yes! Any crunchy, lightly sweetened or unsweetened cereal can be used in this recipe. Try Rice Krispies, Special K. To make gluten-free scotcheroos, try gluten-free corn flakes or Rice Chex.
Traditionally, scotcheroos have a nice layer of chocolate on top, so it’s a must for keeping this recipe true to the original. However, you don’t always have to follow the rules! Instead of the chocolate layer, simply roll the hardened cornflake truffles into powdered sugar to finish them.
Have fun making these crispy butterscotch truffles! You might want to make two batches – these go quickly at parties! Pin this unique recipe so that more people can try it too.
Comments & Reviews
LOVE your site & this recipe. I’m in AUST & our measures are completely different – do you have weight measures please? OR what am I converting from – US? Also, is it natural peanut butter or normal (Jiffy? Skippy style). Thanks
Thank you! I just measured out all of the ingredients for you using a digital scale and added that to the recipe card. I use Skippy peanut butter in most of my recipes. Let me know if you have more questions!