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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

My secret to these rich, no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut butter and chocolate pairing. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature pretzels
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  • Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides. Set aside 1-1/2 cups pretzels for topping. Pulse remaining pretzels in a food processor until fine crumbs form. In a large bowl, mix butter, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar and pretzel crumbs.
  • Press into prepared pan. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer. Break reserved pretzels and sprinkle over top; press down gently. Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 1 hour. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into 48 bars.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Because shortening melts at a higher temperature than butter, it’s useful for baking cookies that you want to have a nice uniform shape.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
  • Try all of our salty and sweet pretzel desserts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 201 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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    • tp90jws
      Dec 16, 2019

      I love chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels, but these were just ok for me. Although not difficult to make, these were more time consuming than I thought. No way is it only 15 min of prep time. The peanut butter batter was very stiff and very crumbly. It did not hold together well when I cut the bars. There is always the possibility I made an error in measuring, but I don't think I did. I would not make them again.

    • Maureen
      Dec 6, 2019

      Very easy but the chocolate blended somewhat into the peanut butter batter...should.the first lauer get slightly chilled to avoid tjis from happening

    • Denise
      Jul 1, 2019

      No comment left

    • Christine
      Jun 29, 2019

      SO easy and SO delicious !!!!!!

    • rllewis7
      Mar 12, 2019

      Perfect sweet and salty combo! These were a big hit with my family.

    • Ann
      Nov 19, 2018

      WOW. HOPE NOBODY FINDS THIS - I did find pretzels vary and the salty the best. THANK YOU!!!!

    • Pamela
      Nov 17, 2018

      Delicious and so easy to make. Awesome recipe.

    • Valerie
      Nov 4, 2018

      I know this will be good as I have a similar recipe using graham crackers crumbs for the crust. Added surprise is its NO BAKE..nice not to heat up the oven all the time. And who dosent like chocolate and PB -its a hit from the start!

    • kbbradford
      May 28, 2018

      I made these the night (1000 pm) before Memorial Day for a holiday cookout. Before I could get the pan in the fridge to harden both daughters and my grandson had eaten four large pieces. I had a bit of trouble melting the chips to a smooth consistency but this was corrected by adding a bit more shortening. This dessert was a big hit even before it was ready to serve.