These pretzel peanut butter chocolate bars have the perfect balance of textures and flavors that you’d want your sweet treat to have.
Craving something that’s crunchy, creamy, and chocolatey at the same time? These no-bake pretzel peanut butter chocolate bars tick all the boxes and are sinfully delicious. What’s best is the fact that you need just 5 simple ingredients to put them together- it just doesn’t get better than that.
Ready to give it a shot? Here’s all you need to know about making them the right way.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make the pretzel peanut butter chocolate bars.
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter, separated
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 cups broken pretzel twists, separated
- 2 cups chocolate
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Pretzel Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s the step-by-step process that you need to follow to make them.
Line a baking sheet in aluminum foil and cover in the foil in a generous layer of butter. Set aside.
Melt the butter and combine with 1 cup of peanut butter.
Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing.
Add 2 cups of the pretzels and mix until they are evenly coated.
Pour the mixture into the mold and put it in the fridge.
Melt the chocolate together with the rest of the peanut butter in a microwave or on a stovetop.
Pour the chocolate over the first layer.
Add the rest of the broken pretzels over the chocolate.
Place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours before you serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe is flexible when it comes to the kind of chocolate you’re using. Milk chocolate is great, obviously, but if you’d like your peanut butter chocolate bars to have a richer, more luxurious taste, you could use dark chocolate instead.
If you’re not too keen on using only dark chocolate, you could also use a mixture of both. If you don’t have compound chocolate, you could also melt some chocolate chips instead and you should be able to work with it too.
Yes, you can. It all depends on your personal preference. Using creamy peanut butter will give you that nice, uniform, and creamy texture when you bite into the bars, but if you have chunky peanut butter at home, you could use it instead.
You don’t need to go through any extra effort to make these fantastic tasting bars, but if you really want to, you can add in an additional layer of equal parts of peanut butter and cookie butter spread.
This will lend the bars an extra fudgy layer of deliciousness that is worth a try. And if you don’t have cookie butter, you can always make do with some caramel spread instead.
Pretzels are the best topping for these bars. They’re crunchy and have that nice salty taste that complements the taste of the chocolate and peanut butter well. Instead of using crushed pretzels, you could also use mini pretzels. If you don’t want to use pretzels, you could use crushed nuts as an alternative. Bonus points if you are able to use salted or roasted nuts.
Storing your leftover peanut butter chocolate bars is actually easy. You’ll need to move them to an airtight container and then refrigerate them- they can stay fresh in there for up to 7 days.
If you want to store them beyond that, freezing them is also an option- just remember to use a freezer-safe container to keep the freezer burn away. If you’re stacking the bars on top of each other while freezing, make sure you use a sheet of parchment paper in between each stack to keep them from sticking to each other.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
Think you’re all ready to get started with the recipe? Wait up! Keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to nail the recipe.
- Be careful while melting the chocolate and combining it with the peanut butter. The best way to do it is to use a double boiler, but if you’re microwaving the chocolate, remember to stop it and stir the mixture after every 30-second interval to keep the chocolate from burning.
- You can use unsalted or salted butter for this recipe- it all depends on your personal preference. If you like your chocolate bars to have a more balanced taste and flavor and don’t like your desserts to be overly sweet, using salted butter is your best bet.
- While you can use your regular powdered sugar for this recipe too, try to use confectioner’s sugar, if you can get your hands on it. This is because it has an additional layer of starch, which helps stabilize the mixture and gets the sugar to dissolve easily as opposed to regular sugar.
- To cut out the bars in the perfect shape, allow them to refrigerate for at least 2 hours until they are nice and solid, and then cut them using a sharp, preferably hot knife.
- Make sure you always cover the inside of the baking dish or tray with an aluminum sheet or some parchment paper to make it easy for you to remove the peanut butter chocolate bars.
- You can also drizzle some chocolate sauce or melted chocolate or some cookie butter on the top of the bars while they are still in the mold, and then allow the entire thing to set well before you cut it into bars.
Enjoyed making these peanut butter chocolate bars? On the hunt for some more similar interesting sweet treats, you can make in minutes? Here are a few good ideas to get started on.
- Chocolate Fudge Without Condensed Milk
- Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Candy
- 3-Ingredient No-Bake Rocky Road Bars
- 2 cups (500g) creamy peanut butter
- ¾ cup (185g) butter, softened
- 2 cups (240g) powdered sugar
- 3 cups (135g) broken pretzel twists
- 2 cups (320g) chocolate
- Line a baking sheet in aluminum foil and cover in the foil in a generous layer of butter. Set aside.
- Melt the butter and combine with 1 cup of peanut butter.
- Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing.
- Add 2 cups of the pretzels and mix until they are evenly coated.
- Pour the mixture into the mold and put it in the fridge.
- Melt the chocolate together with the rest of the peanut butter in a microwave or on a stovetop.
- Pour the chocolate over the first layer.
- Add the rest of the broken pretzels over the chocolate.
- Place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours before you serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g