No Bake Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Bars

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I haven’t made a dessert like this in a while and it was DELICIOUS!!!  I’m guessing David liked it, too, since he ate three bars at one sitting.  No, it’s not gluten free.  But it was worth every bite.  You’re going to want to make this – as soon as possible.

By the way, I just call it the Chocolate Pretzel Dessert.  It’s easier.


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 cups broken, small pretzel twists
  • 2 cups (12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chips


Line 13×9 pan with foil leaving overhang on two sides. (1)  Lightly spray with pam.

Beat 1-1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in a large mixer bowl until creamy.  Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar.  Stir in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 cups pretzel pieces and ½ cup morsels.  Press evenly in prepared baking pan.  Smooth top with spatula.

Microwave remaining 1-1/2 cup morsels and ¾ cup peanut butter in medium, uncovered bowl on medium high (70%) for 45 seconds.  Stir.  If necessary, microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

Spread chocolate layer evenly over powdered sugar mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining pretzel pieces, pressing down lightly.  (2) Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.


(1)     I did not do this.  I put them directly in the pan.

(2)     After about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, I cut the dessert into bars.  I’ve discovered that when desserts have a chocolate top, sometimes when you cut them after they’ve hardened, the top breaks.  So I like to cut them before the topping gets too hard.  When you re-cut later, it’s a LOT easier.

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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7 thoughts on “No Bake Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

  1. Hi. I don’t eat peanut butter, but would love to adapt this. What can I replace the peanut butter with or can I just omit it? Thanks!

    1. You can definitely omit the peanut butter from the frosting. But as far as the body of the dessert – I’m just not sure. There’s a LOT of peanut butter in there. I think that if you omitted it completely, the dough wouldn’t be stiff enough.

      Are you allergic or do you just not like peanut butter? You could try almond butter or cashew butter. How about Nutella? That might work.

      1. Thank you for the reply! I just don’t care for it. I’ve never had almond butter or cashew butter…. I’m thinking that it’d be a great investment for experimental purposes. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  2. Rachel brought these to our staff dinner and then our small groups served at church together. They were awesome! She said it was your recipe and I knew I would find it on here 🙂

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