Sweet ‘n Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars (no-bake!)

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Sometimes you have a need-something-sinful-but-you-don’t-have-anything-in-the-house-and-you’re-too-lazy-to-bake day.

Am I right?

Maybe you’re like me and your darn baby won’t sleep through the night, so you’re really, really tired.

I might know a little something about that.

And so, yesterday, in the midst of running kids to swimming lessons, cheer and soccer, I made these little sweet and salty delights for me. For ME.

And I loved every bite.

Now if you’ll excuse me while I go sleep with my eyes open play with my nocturnal child.

Sweet ‘n salty peanut butter pretzel bars (no-bake!)


Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar, divided

4 cups (roughly 1/2-inch pieces), broken small pretzel twists, divided

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semisweet chocolate chips, divided


Line 9 x 9-inch baking pan with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Beat 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Stir in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 cups pretzel pieces and 1/2 cup morsels. Press evenly into prepared baking pan. Smooth top with spatula.

Microwave remaining 1 1/2 cups morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on 70% power for 45 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread chocolate layer evenly over powdered sugar mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining pretzel pieces, pressing down lightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; peel off foil. Cut into small pieces. Store in covered container in refrigerator.


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