Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars


Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, chocolate, christmas, cookie, holiday, peanut butter
Servings: 24 bars
Prep Time 20 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
If you're looking for a delicious no-bake Christmas treat, check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars. "Kids" of all ages are sure to enjoy them.

Ingredients

Base:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
Topping:
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups whole mini pretzels
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Begin by lining a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla extract. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted and smooth.
  • Add the crushed pretzels and confectioners' sugar. Beat with an electric mixer to blend. When mixed, press into the prepared baking pan to form an even layer.
  • Then, in a microwave-safe bowl, add 2 cups of chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted and smooth. Pour over the prepared cookie base.
  • Immediately top with pretzels, pressing them into the chocolate. Then decorate with sprinkles.
  • Set aside for 1-2 hours to make sure it's completely set.* With a sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Pack and store in an airtight container.

Notes

Updated 12/13/19
* Based on a few comments, it may be best to try cutting the bars before they completely set to ensure the bars stay together. I have not tried this method myself, but I did want to note it here. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 188IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
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