No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

You know when you make something and then the next day you realize you ate the entire pan? (Or is that just me?)

Yeah, that was what happened when I made these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars. They’re easy, fast, and they’re no-bake!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars - better than a peanut butter cup!

Normally I don’t get my recipes from other bloggers or cookbooks or TV shows. I might draw inspiration from all those things, but 99% of what you see on this blog is mine (unless I’m doing a cookbook review, that is). But I had to make an exception for these peanut butter bars. Let me explain.

Jordan has taken to watching The Food Network on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She’s usually up before the sun and she sneaks downstairs and watches TV until I wake up. (She takes after her dad – he goes and exercises at 5am…no matter what day it is.)

Last weekend she was watching Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show. All of a sudden she’s running for a piece of paper and copying down a recipe that Trisha is making. It was these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars.

Now, you all know that I let Jordan bake with me whenever she wants. Pretty much I drop everything and run to the kitchen when her mood strikes because it doesn’t happen very often. She’s come up with some pretty good ideas, like Oreo Peppermint Bark, Reese’s Explosion Peanut Butter Cookies, and Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are so easy a kid can make them!

That afternoon we settled in to make these bars. Or, rather, she made them. They’re that easy. I ground up the pretzels in the food processor, but she did the rest. (And if you want, you could put the pretzels in a bag and let your kids whack them with a rolling pin…as long as you’re confident they won’t whack you or each other…)

With only 5 ingredients and a few simple steps, these came together in minutes. They chilled for 30 before we couldn’t stand it anymore and cut into them.

While we were cutting I told Jordan she should set up her “camera studio” so she could post the recipe on her blog. I wasn’t even going to post them – after all, that’s not usually what I do.

Then I took a bite. And another. And before I knew it, I’d eaten 3 bars without even breathing in between.

These No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares are so easy to make and they taste better than a peanut butter cup!

That moment, I knew I had to post them. I mean…how could I not? They’re the best things in the entire world.

(Plus, I’ve seen about 10,000 versions of this recipe on Pinterest. So I think I’m good.)

Really, all you need is one bowl and about 15 minutes. These are get-them-out-of-this-house-this-instant bars. Or you’ll eat the entire pan, I’m not joking. You’d think they’d be heavy from all the peanut butter and butter and chocolate, but they’re not. They go down way too easy, like a fruity cocktail. And they don’t even get you in the end like the cocktail does.

Whatever you’re doing today, put it on hold.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

You have to make these instead!!

Did you make this recipe?

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

These no-bake bars come together in minutes and are so easy a kid can make them. And they taste better than a peanut butter cup!

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (rods or twists)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place melted butter, pretzels, powdered sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter in a large bowl. Mix by hand until combined. Press firmly into prepared pan.
  3. Place chocolate chips and remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Pour over bars and spread with a spatula to evenly coat. Chill for at least 1 hour to set, slice into bars.
  4. These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator, depending on how warm your house is. The chocolate will get melty if it’s too hot, so use your judgement on where you should store them.

Recipe from Trisha Yearwood/Food Network.

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78 comments

  1. Love how easy these bars are! You can never go wrong with PB and pretzels! Pinned!

  2. It’s so great the Jordan shares your interest in baking! It must be good having those mother-daughter moments.
    This recipe does look pretty amazing! And I think a session with a rolling pin and a bag of pretzels is very therapeutic.

  3. These no bake peanut butter pretzel bars sound amazing Dorothy (plus anything no bake is a win in my books!)! And I love that Jordan takes after you and lovees baking 🙂 

  4. Those look soooooo good! Few months ago I made penaut butter bars… I didn’t think about adding preztels!! I guess I need to try this recipe soon 😉 

  5. These look super addicting…. you can never go wrong with pb/pretzel combos! 

  6. My huberoni and I seriously JUST had the BEST PB Pretzel cake of our lives. I’m still dreaming of face planting into it
    I had planned to recreate it at home, but you did the hard work for me, so now I will happily stuff my face! Pinned!

  7. Is it 2 cups of pretzels before or after they are crushed?  I remember wanting to make these when I saw the episode…making them this week.

  8. Now you’re making me wish even harder that we still had Food Network! I love that Jordan was so inspired by this recipe that she had to make it right away; how cool that she has her own blog. Thanks for sharing because I just know my family’s going to love these!

  9. That’s awesome that Jordan has been making more recipes with you. She totally knocked it out of the park with these bars. Chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzel…I am in love!!!

  10. These no-bake bars look amazing, Dorothy! Peanut butter and pretzels are the best combination ever! I love the chocolate chip topping on these cuties, too. Pinned!

  11. Jordan did a great job! I can see why you ate so many. All the best flavors packed into a deliciously easy bar. Yum!

  12. I love that your daughter made these!  Isn’t it wonderful when our children take an interest in the things that are dear to us!  My own daughter just made some bars yesterday too and it kinda almost made me cry that she really doesn’t even need my help anymore!  Love these pb pretzel bars!!   🙂

  13. I love when my daughter wants to bake. {As long as she wants to clean up too. 🙂 }
    She’s taken on a new interest in baking and I’m so happy for her (and me! )

    This look so yummy!

    Pinned.
    Happy  Monday. Hope it’s a good one!

  14. Jordan did such a great job on these! They look perfect and we all know this is the best combo!

  15. I think Jordan did an amazing job on these peanut butter bars!  I love no-bake desserts <3

  16. Oh my heck, Dorothy! Jordan is a rockstar! I seriously need to try more no-bake desserts, and this one just jumped to the top of my list! Thank you! 

  17. Yum!! This recipe, sounds totally worthy of bending your rules — sound amazing!

  18. well Jordan has GREAT taste in  dessert – these look So good!

  19. Your daughter definitely has a good taste, peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate! No-bake bars are so handy; you can whip them up before you go to bed and in the morning, you slice ’em up for a great mid-morning snack for the kids (or the adults!) Pinned! x

  20. She nailed it with these, love the flavors and the texture looks perfect!

  21. You’ve pretty much put all my favorite things into one bar!  Chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels!  Yes, please!

  22. Ive made baked bars with pretzels in them and have made more than my fair share of no-bake PB treats but I don’t think I’ve ever done Pretzels with NoBake/PB. What have I been thinking??! Lol

    It’s so funny, Skylar has seen Trisha’s show and proclaims it the best show on Food Network, granted she doesnt watch that much Food Network but funny our girls both watch and like Trisha. And she does have some great recipes!

    Pinned!

  23. “It was these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars.”  <— that link in your post is broken just as a heads up  🙂

  24. What a fun story! I am dreaming of the day when I can bake with my future children! 

  25. Eating an entire pan is evidence that it is a really good recipe!!

  26. I saw that episode and yours look even better! As far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many version of these bars – especially with pretzels! Pinned!

  27. Yay, Jordan did a great job – these bars look like the best thing ever!  Peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate together?  Sounds like big party of awesomeness! Love them!

  28. Yeah – those moments happen to me way more often than I care to admit.  After reading this & your post the other day about your introverted self (which I really enjoyed) I realized I have so much more in common with other bloggers than many of my in person friends.

    These look divine! Can’t wait to give them a try. I’m sure they won’t last very long.

  29. How sweet that your daughter helps you bake! Hopefully one day that will be the case with me 😉

    I can totally relate with eating several pieces and not even taking a breathe. Sometimes recipes are just that good, and these definitely look that good! Pinning these!

  30. Food Network and HGTV are favorites in our household!  Trisha Yearwood has a fun show, but don’t try the banana pudding (texture wasn’t right; I think it was because she added all the ingredients at the beginning, rather than tempering the eggs before adding).  Jordan will turn out to be an awesome cook and baker before she is a teenager!

  31. Wow Dorothy, these look amazing. And how sweet that you have a helper in the kitchen. 

  32. These are my absolute favorite kind of snack bars, but I’ve never had any with pretzels which I bet makes these even better! Take 5 is one of my favorite candy bars – so combining chocolate, pb, and pretzels – I’m sure this is the best! Can’t wait to try these 🙂 Pinned!!

  33. These look fantastic, and I think the reason why you are YOU and so special is because you develop all of your amazing recipes my dear!

  34. WHAT. Sweet and salty and peanut butter too? This is my dream. 

  35. YUM! Look delicious!!

  36. I am so in love with these bars. Sweet, salty deliciousness. Your new site is stunning. It’s so fun and cheery! 

  37. I love everything about these bars! 

  38. Awwww, you and Jordan are the cutest.  Also, before I had kids I was an early riser (#kickingmyselfnow) and I always watched Food Network on the weekend 🙂

  39. Dorothy, you have got it going ON! These look a-mazing. 

  40. Delicious bars Dorothy! Can’t lose with a chocolate, peanut butter and pretzel combo 🙂 These look wonderful! 

  41. I am obsessed with anything peanut butter related so this recipe is definitely one that I need to recreate! These bars look super delicious.. pinned!

  42. Jordan did a great job! So pretty and scrumptious looking! I have got to make these — pretzels, PB and chocolate, now that’s a combination that can’t be beat!

  43. Dorothy
    I made these this morning before I left for work so I dive into them when I got home….  they are AMAZING !

    And EASY, and no bake !?  I do believe this are going to be
    DANGEROUS for sure !  :  ) 

  44. I love peanut butter bars and even more I love that these are no bake AND they are made with pretzels! If I didn’t just eat ice cream I would totally have made these right now! YUM! Gotta try em.

  45. HOLY MOLY!!!! Jordan is a smart girl! I would totally eat a million of these myself-crazy addictive!

  46. Haha, Jordan watches the Food Network? She is so your child.
    Putting pretzels in PB bars is GENIUS!! Must try.

  47. I had just enough of all the ingredients to make an 8×8 pan and it was perfect. I used chunky peanut butter and loved that slight change. I had to hide it in the fridge so I wouldn’t take a bite every single time I opened the door! I’ve found the crisper is a good hiding place for lots of things! Will, obviously, made again … and again! Thank you.

  48. I tried to pin this page, but Pinterest said that there are no images on this page to pin!

    • Sometimes that happens to me when I use the bookmarklet lately. I usually wait a few seconds, scroll down the page, and/or use the pin button on the share bar or the photo. Hopefully that will work! I think pinterest has been buggy lately!

  49. The dough was very soft. I certainly couldn’t press it into the pan. I will cool it in the fridge and see if then I can flatten it better. It tastes good though. Wondering if I shouldn’t of melted the butter.

    • My butter was melted when I made these, so that’s not it. Are you using real butter? Your peanut butter – is it the regular kind (like Skippy) or was it natural? I always use regular peanut butters (not anything that needs stirring) in my recipes, so that could be a culprit too. If the batter is too loose to press traditionally you can spray your hands with cooking spray to help. They should firm up in the refrigerator!

  50. These were fantastic!  

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