Even before the first hints of fall appeared, I began craving all things butterscotch. Which is kind of strange, considering that butterscotch-y treats were never big in my family and I’m fairly certain I’ve never made anything with butterscotch…ever. But cravings are cravings, so I whipped up a batch of this peanut butter butterscotch puppy chow to satisfy my sweet tooth, and it certainly did the trick!
The saltiness of the roasted peanuts and the peanut butter balance out the sweetness of the butterscotch chips (which, to be honest, I find cloyingly sweet on their own), and just for fun, I tossed in some colored candies and sprinkles to add a bit of fall-time flair.
Things have been a little hectic around here lately, which is why puppy chow was at the top of my list of recipes to curb the butterscotch craving. As those of you who have made puppy chow before know, it’s incredibly easy…not to mention incredibly addictive! The recipe is also easy to scale up or down, so it’s great for parties, movie nights, or even just a quick after-dinner treat! And I’ll leave it at that for today, since I have to go report for jury duty (happy Monday, huh?). At least there’s peanut butter butterscotch puppy chow waiting at home for me when I return!
- 4 1/2 cups corn or rice squares cereal
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons nonpareils (optional)
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup peanut butter candies
- Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl.
- Place the butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring in between each interval. Once smooth, add the contents of the bowl to the cereal and stir until the cereal is coated.
- Transfer the cereal to a large, sturdy plastic bag (or if your mixing bowl has a lid, use the lid). Add the nonpareils, seal the bag, and shake until the nonpareils have stuck to the cereal. Add the powdered sugar and shake until the cereal is coated.
- Add the peanuts and peanut butter candies and shake to combine. Spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet to dry. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.