No-Bake Butterscotch Bars


Instant butterscotch pudding and Butterfinger candy bars are the key ingredients in this low-stress dessert bar recipe.

No-Bake Butterscotch Bars
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup light-color corn syrup

  • 2 cup peanut butter

  • 3 cup crisp rice cereal

  • 3 cup cornflakes

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 4-serving-size packages butterscotch instant pudding and pie filling mix

  • 1 3.7 ounce package (2 bars) chocolate-covered crisp peanut butter candy (such as Butterfingers, finely chopped (3/4 cup)

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 12 ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces

  • ½ cup butter


  1. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with heavy foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan; set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan combine granulated sugar and corn syrup; heat and stir over medium heat just until mixture boils around edges. Heat and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Stir in rice cereal and cornflakes until coated. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Place a piece of waxed paper over the mixture and press firmly with your hands; set aside.

  3. For pudding layer, in a medium saucepan melt the 3/4 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in powdered sugar, pudding mixes, 1/2 cup of the chopped candy, and the milk. Spread pudding mixture over cereal layer; set aside.

  4. For frosting, in a small saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces and the 1/2 cup butter over low heat until melted and smooth. Spread frosting over pudding layer. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped candy. Chill, uncovered, about 1 hour or until set. Cover for longer storage. To serve, use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Place on a cutting board; cut into bars.

To Make Ahead:

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
10g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.8mg 4%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 81mg 2%
Folate, total 19.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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