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No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares

For years I have made my grandmother’s recipe for Peanut Butter Bars that taste like a Reese’s Cup.  This recipe is a family favorite!   Recently I tried a variation that uses pretzel crumbs in the crust instead of graham cracker crumbs and it is a winner.  No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares are destined to become a new favorite dessert at my house.

Peanut butter squares with chocolate frosting

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares

The crust of this no-bake dessert is made from pretzels ground into fine crumbs, butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.

Peanut butter squares made with pretzel crumbs and topped with melted chocolate

My grandmother’s recipe is topped with melted chocolate chips.  This version has peanut butter melted into the chocolate chips.  Yum!

Truth be told, Granny’s recipe actually came from Southern Living Magazine in the 1980s. I know because Granny noted it on her recipe card.

When I was a college student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, my grandmother lived just over the mountain in Giles County. Giles County is home of Mountain Lake where some of Dirty Dancing was filmed, but I digress.

When I visited Granny in college, she would send a large plate filled with this treat home with me to share with friends in my dorm. As you can imagine, my friends liked it when I visited Granny.

Chocolate frosted treats on a cut glass plate.

This recipe is quick to put together and after 30 minutes in the refrigerator is ready to slice and eat.

Every Christmas, this is a treat that I prepare to share with neighbors. We make plates of cookies and deliver them to all of our neighbors in the days leading up to Christmas. This is a treat that always gets rave reviews.

The recipe directions call for using a 9”x9” pan.  My pan was 8”x8” making my bars extra thick.

Yield: 16

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Pretzel Squares

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares - This recipe uses pretzel crumbs in the crust instead of the usual graham cracker crumbs. The combination of salty and sweet is irresistable! virginiasweetpea.com

This no-bake cookie bar's combination of pretzel crumbs, chocolate, and peanut butter is a salty and sweet winner!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups thin pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Instructions

In a food processor, pulse the pretzels into fine crumbs, about 2 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, powdered sugar, and 1 cup of the peanut butter until fully combined. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9 x 9-inch pan. (I used 8 x 8-inch and it worked fine.)

In a medium bowl, melt the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter and the chocolate chips together in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. When the mixture is smooth, spread it over the peanut butter-pretzel layer.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares

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My husband’s comment after trying this recipe was “Outstanding.”  You can bet that I’ll be making these again!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares - This recipe uses pretzel crumbs in the crust instead of the usual graham cracker crumbs. The combination of salty and sweet is irresistable! virginiasweetpea.com

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