No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

From by Sarah Grossett
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars Photo

I thought that I knew just about every peanut butter recipe out there. Like, simple and easy no-bake type of peanut butter recipes. In my family, we have no shortage of those. So many peanut butter recipes that are snack-like squares or bars, and are really quick and easy to make. Know what I mean?

I was proven wrong recently. I learned a simple and classic peanut butter recipe or two that I didn’t already know about. For this PB-fanatic, it was veeeery exciting.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars Picture

As a sweet-tooth and general food-lover, you might guess that I spend a fair amount of time watching the Food Network. I honestly don’t know a whole lot about Trisha Yearwood, except that she’s a country singer (even if pressed, I could not name one single song of hers, I’m embarrassed to say), but I was so surprised when I stumbled upon her cooking show on the Food Network. I had no idea she was a foodie. Of course, I hardly know anything about her in the first place, but still.

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I found myself watching an episode out of sheer curiosity. When famous people branch out and venture into other careers, I’m always kind of intrigued. Tiffani Thiessen is another good example that comes to mind. I know her only from her Saved by the Bell days, and consider her an actress by trade, but she also has a cooking show! It’s intriguing, no?

So I caught one single episode of Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show, and I probably ought to watch more, because I based these no bake chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars from one of her recipes, and it was an excellent recipe, indeed. Thank you to Trisha Yearwood for the recipe inspiration, and for the music! Though, again, I seriously don’t know any of her music….

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These are a new favorite peanut butter recipe of mine. With peanut butter and chocolate being one of the best power duos of all time, these bars are sure to be a quick favorite of yours too. And I do mean quick. These come together in minutes, and don’t require an oven. They are so simple and easy to make, and only contain 5 ingredients!

If it’s not enough that these bars contain the classic teaming of peanut butter and chocolate, they are even more delicious because they are made from crushed pretzels and melted butter as a base. The buttery pretzel base, and the saltiness of the pretzels provide such an amazing balance to the sweetness of these bars.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that these bars are addictive! And what’s scarier is that once they’re gone, you can make more of them in such a short amount of time!! A word of caution for you.




  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels, try butter snaps!
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 12 ounce package milk chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the butter, pretzel crumbs, powdered sugar, and 1 cup creamy peanut butter.
  2. Mix until well-combined, and press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch springform pan (a 9x13 pan will also work).
  3. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter.
  4. Microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth, and stir to combine.
  5. Spread the topping evenly over the pretzel mixture, and set aside to allow it to set. You can speed up the process by placing in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Once the topping is set, remove the springform and cut into 10 wedges.


Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

Le Creuset Revolution Spatula

Adapted from the Food Network.

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