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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter pretzel bars, pretzel bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 373kcal
This easy recipe is sweet and salty and crunchy, and simply delicious!
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  • 2 cups crushed pretzels crush, then measure
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/2 half sticks, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter I used Spouts brand
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter additional
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips I used Sprouts brand
  • Pretzels roughly chopped, for topping
  • Mini peanut butter cups roughly chopped (I used Spouts brand)


  • Place pretzels in a large plastic bag and crush (with a rolling pin) until well crushed (mostly crumbs and some small pretzel pieces).
  • In a large bowl, combine crushed pretzels, melted butter, powdered sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter.
  • Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Spread mixture into a 9"x 9" casserole dish (or square cake pan) and press into an even layer.
  • In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and melt in the microwave (at 50% power) in 30 second intervals until mostly melted. ┬áStir until fully melted, then add remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  • Pour, then spread chocolate topping in an even layer, then place dessert in the fridge 2-3 minutes, until the chocolate has cooled slightly, but is not firm.
  • Roughly chop some additional pretzels and mini peanut butter cups, remove dessert from fridge and add toppings, pressing in to the chocolate layer slightly, as needed.
  • Return entire dessert to the fridge and chill at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.


Store the bars in the fridge. Once set, the bars can be cut and then stored in a tuperware type container, or individually wrapped in saran wrap for at least 3 days.
The finished bars will be slightly crumbly, so it's near impossible to get super perfect bars. Make sure the bars are well chilled and firm before cutting, and wipe off the knife between cuts, as needed.
These bars are super sweet and rich, so you can cut them into quite small pieces.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg