Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chocolate Scotcheroos

These are Chocolate Scotcheroos.  My aunt made them for my sons and me, and delivered them last week when we all met at my dad's for lunch.  Now, you are probably saying to yourself, what is so special about Scotcheroos? It's an old recipe that has been around for ages.  Well, in addition to their chewy deliciousness, I'll tell you why they are so special. To all of us, these represent love, stability, family, hope, and caring. A tall order for a simple bar cookie made out of cereal, but it's true.

In 2000 I had some scary health issues. My boys were young, and I tried to keep things as normal as possible to avoid worrying them. But sometimes, when in an exhausted and fearful state, it's hard to be normal. My boys grew up with homemade cookies once a week. I wanted them to know what a homemade cookie was, how they were created, and where they came from. But during this time I was too tired to make cookies. I also wasn't the type to ask for or accept help. Ever. My aunt wanted to help, and the only way she saw that she could, was to step into the role of cookie maker, so every week she would come by the house for a visit and cookie drop.  These were one of the boys' favorites.

When she came across the old recipe last week, she decided to make them again, and bring us a pan full. I may not see either of my sons for weeks at a time, but say the word, cookie and they'll be by within the hour. I portioned them out so that we all got some. I'm sure each of us had different memories of this cookie, but for me these will always represent love and caring during a hard time. But they're tasty during good times, too!

Chocolate Scotcheroos

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars when cool.
Note: Before measuring the corn syrup, coat your measuring cup with cooking spray--the syrup will pour easily out of the cup.

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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They sound really yummy - will have to make some for my granddaughter.
Thanks for the recipe.

Linda said...

Awwwww! I love your story!