No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

Total Time:
1 hr 17 min
Prep:
16 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
1 min

Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 cups pretzel rods, crushed into crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
Directions

In a medium bowl, add the melted butter, pretzel crumbs, confectioners' sugar and 1 cup of the peanut butter and stir together until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish. Combine the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth; two intervals should be enough. Mix to blend, then spread over the peanut butter-pretzel layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.


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Simple and delightfully tasty. I will use more pretzels next time!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were amazing, well worth time and money. I used Natural Peanut Butter and Coconut Sugar.  Approved from my kids and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My peanut butter base was not as thick as what was shown on tv. Nevertheless, my 8 year declared that it "Taste like Heaven!" Next time I'll not crush the prezels so much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was not good. Waste of time and money. I threw 3/4ths away. 3 people at party said they would pass. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make them with natural PB (I don't mix the peanut oil back in) & Stevia in the raw...I also had to add more pretzel crumbs...perfect for my diabetic mom...easy & inexpensive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars are a wonderful alternative to pricey peanut butter cups. I used the recipe as it is written and it was big hit with big kids and little kids. Will make again very soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to go easy on my blood pressure and I used unsalted butter and unsalted peanut butter and they were great. I can't imagine the sodium content these if I didn't make the substitutions! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great and really easy. I read some of the other comments, this is a southern recipe there supposed to be sweet and have lots of butter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husbands potluck and everyone devoured them. Great for parties or a midnight snack! Easy to make and super tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe twice for work. Both times a BIG hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved these no bake bars ! I needed to add about 3 cups of pretzels to get the right consistency. Not sure why since I followed the recipe to the T. Also I accidentally bought semi-sweet morsels instead of the milk chocolate and I they came out perfect ! Not too sweet at all !!! Thanks Trisha for another HIT !! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
DO NOT MAKE THESE BARS. They taste exactly like a reese's peanut butter cup except way sweeter, which is a bit nauseating. Only a child would be able to stomach these bars. Save the time and money, buy a reese's. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really loved these and so did the grandkids. I'm a gluten free, peanut free gal and these were so easy to change up. I used SunButter, GF pretzels and a dark chocolate so no milk products in it either. I took leftovers individually wrapped in wax paper to a picnic and no one knew they were actually eating healthy and they sure devoured them. I saw one women even sneak one into her purse, the best compliment I guess, thanks Trica, love you and your show and rewind the in between takes!!!!! Too Funny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing! Tastes like crunchy Reese's peanut butter cups. I never thought I'd find a PB treat to love more than the Reese's eggs, pumpkins, hearts, the ones you can get around holidays, but these are out of this world. Definitely a huge hit at a party and at work as well. Not as rich or sickening sweet as other PB no-bake bars I've had. You could eat as much of these bars as you'd eat of Reese's cups. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best ever!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooooo goooood!!! I love ist item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great! The only thing I did was process the pretzels until they were just about dust. It creates a very smooth texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe and it was awesome. Like eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Everyone loved it. Love the no baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love chocolate and peanut butter together...but with the slight taste of salt it is awesome...and with it being no bake...couldn't ask for anything better!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A bit too sweet, and alot too greasy. Not for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very yummy, if not a little too sweet (so of course the kids love them!). I did spray the pan first because I was afraid of sticking, and they came out easily. This is a very simple recipe, and I love that in the heat of summer there is no need to use your oven. Tastes like a combination of a buckeye and a peanut butter cup, so you really can't go wrong with that! Do cut them small...they are so rich! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMGoodness! Was a BIG hit at 4th of July BBQ. Easy to make. Thank You Trisha. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These tasted great! However, to me, they were a pain in the butt to make. I could not get them out of the pan to save my life. Two words: Parchment Paper. You would have to be the hulk to cut these out of the pan. Mine was glass 9x13. Maybe I am doing something wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Grandchildren loved them but too much peanut butter in the topping so the chocolate never really firms up unless cold straight out of fridge. Youngest child was covered in melted chocolate. Next time I would use half of the peanut butter and use half semisweet chips instead of all milk chocolate chips. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watched Trisha make these on the show today...HAD to have them! Just made them and they are SO GOOOD!! YUMM!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Shut the front door this is amazing! My daughter and I made these tonight and need I say they are a hit around my house. I love this recipe because it is simple, kid friendly, and it makes enough to feed a group. Thank you Trisha for sharing this amazing creation! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I get so irked when folks review a recipe when they didn't bother to prepare it as written! With that being said, I made these just after the show aired and OHMYLANTA!!!!! Delish! I wouldn't change a single thing!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved these. I only used about 2/3 of butter called out and very course broken small pretzel sticks and cut them in 1 inch pieces everyone in my family raved about them. I only had crunchy peanut butter and I think it made them better. This is a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these with natural crunchy peanut butter (no sugar added), whole grain pretzels and semi-sweet chocolate chips and they were excellent. Just the peanut butter chocolate fix I was craving, with a good crunch to it and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone at our church dinner loved these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Taste great, easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these yesterday and we love them. Very rich so I couldn't eat as big of a piece as I thought I could. Took a little time to get out of the pan. Next time I'll put down a layer of parchment paper first. I crushed the pretzels in a food processor.The crumbs were a little more dense than I thought they would be. This actually worked well for my daughter, who doesn't like pretzels, but she really loved this. Crush in a bag with a rolling pin if you want larger pieces of pretzel in the base. If you like peanut butter and chocolate together in a sweet dessert, try this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today and thought it was delicious! The only thing I would do differently is to crush the pretzels in a bag with a rolling pin or mallet to get coarser pieces and less "dust". I used 2 cups of crushed pretzels. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the worst things I have ever made. Yes, it's easy. Yes, it's no-bake. But it's greasy, disgustingly sweet and just nothing to recommend it. I'm a chocolate - peanut butter NUT, but could not eat these and neither could anyone else at my house. This is now about the 3rd or 4th recipe of Trisha's that I've made and I have not been impressed. Just another home cook and, at least for this west coast person's tastes, not a particularly impressive one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good and so easy to make. I crushed the pretzels in my food processor, did cut them after about 45 min in the fridge with a pizza cutter, used a glass dish, and let them sit on the counter for a while before eating, they turned out great with no issues. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these with my Girl Scouts. They each made their own in a cupcake liner, put them in cupcake tin in the fridge while we met and popped them out for a treat at the end. Let them decorate the chocolate top w/peanut butter M&Ms. Super cute and fun to do. They each went home with a card for their recipe books too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only thing that these need are some crushed butterfinger pressed into the top item not reviewed by moderator and published
it looks delicious. i am going to double the pretzel layer to be more filling for MY crowd.. and wanted to say.. Tricia i looking great.. keep up the good work gf.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I used butter cookies instead of pretzels and everyone loved it! Very easy to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these chocolate penut butter squares and they are AMAZING!!!!!very easy to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just tried this recipe but I made a few changes, first I used chunky peanut butter & instead of chocolate chips I used Nutella because I like nuts! Overall it turned out pretty good, the pretzels are harder to crush that I thought, when it put them in my mini chopper but I got a combination of pretzel powder & small bits of pretzel. But otherwise it all went well, it was easy, a bit rich but that was probably my changes, but it would make it again, it was easy, inexpensive & I liked the results. Try the Nutella & chunky peanut butter, it works & it tastes really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This looks qute easy, will try in a bit. I'm writing because NOW I know why people are annoyed about the endless LINKS which have been added. WHY did you change the better format? The links make it very difficult to read the original recipe; those of us with vision problems, do NOT appreciate all this extraneous and unnecessary information!!! PLEASE TAKE THOSE OUT!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these! Had no trouble at all- just followed directions. I keep them in the freezer after I cut them up - deelish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never reviewed any recipe before, but after reading some of the reviews, especially regarding how difficult it was to get these out of the pan, I felt compelled to review this recipe. These are super delish and super easy! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out of the pan completely clean after about 90 minutes in the fridge. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh so yummy! I used one&one half sticks butter and after crushed pretzels to equal about two cups. Also used parchment paper to line dish. Hope this is helpful for all those questions about measurments. I think you can't ruin this dish even if you are a bitt off. Love this and must stop eating them and give some away!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious and so addictive! Great treat to take to a potluck or get together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm with SFDOC124 on the print format. On two recipes I've left out ingredients because I loose my place in the text. Recipe itself is great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i just want to say I went to the store after it aired tried this omg can u say yummy to my tummy so easy it was great like mfo721 said I didn't use so main pretzels put it worked next I will double on them then it will be just right everyone need to try item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the pretzels in this recipe to get the right consistency. our boys were luke-warm about these; so they will definitely be going back to college with our oldest daughter who loves peanut butter and chocolate ~ these are definitely tasty, we just have fussy boys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great tasting and so easy. I reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup and it was plenty sweet. Will make again and again, and again, etc. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Huge hit at my house! I used crunchy PB which made them extra crunchy. Also added Nutella instead of PB to the chocolate because we love Nutella. Will definitely make these again and again! Very easy recipe. Would be great for kids to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love your recipes but we don't like the new format op printing them. why do you insert all the links in the recipes? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! It is like a rese cup, only 13x9.......Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why no picture???? item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM! Quick and easy to make and so very yummy! Highly recommend this recipe 5Stars for sure!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A Winner! Both easy and delicious...I made them for a New Year's party, and they vanished! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! These are fabulous and so easy. I made them 3 times and gave them as gifts along with the other stuff I made. A real keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMg !! it was great to eat. great to make and Easy.. Trisha reciped rocked!! I added about another cup of pretzel..great Christmas recipe.. will be a yearly candy/bar.. Merry Christmas to Trisha & family. and to the Food Network ..Happy Holidays!! Mary R. from Iowa! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been weary of Trisha's recipes but these looked to die for so I tried them. I did add two cups of crushed pretzels (after crushing) and used semi-sweet chocolate as it was all I had on hand. They turned out delicious. They were mildly crumbly but that's what made them good with the rest of the creamy! My guests requested to take them home. A winner of a recipe. Thanks Trisha! item not reviewed by moderator and published
smell so good, have them in the frig, planning on cutting them tomorrow, do you have to keep them refrigerated after you cut them? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great, everyone loved it. I made it three times already. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best and easiest receipe ever !!!!!! So delicious, the kids were talking about them at the party. My grandchildren were like "My Nana made these, aren't they the greatest ??!!!" Thanks Trisha !!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
no fuss..no muss...delicious!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a food processor on the pretzels. Worked great it made a little pretzel powder helped bind it. Also put pecan in the topping. After refrigerating let sit on the counter for 15 to 20 min. Came out of my glass baking dish perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anyone used almond bark instead of chocolate chips? All I have on hand.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hard to get out f the glass pan. They came out much thinner than I remember seeing on the show. I didn't like them & will probably throw them out along with the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is soooo good we cant eat peanut butter I used sunbutter and it is sooo good item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY!!!!! My son loves peanut butter cups. I made these for him and he is hooked!!!! We make them together and it's an easy, wonderful time for us!! Thank you, Trisha. I love your recipes!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious & so easy to make! I didn't have milk chocolate chips so I used white chocolate chips. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wish i could pin!! need a image please!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this dish - really easy and delicious. Made with semi-sweet chocolate pieces and crunchy peanut butter. Am making again today, but this time will line the pan with plastic wrap to make it easier to cut after chilled. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, no bake - excellent recipe! Simply delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and yet so good! I'm making it for a bake-off at work (even though you don't really bake it) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! First batch was hard to cut and crumbly but good. The second batch I put the pretzels in the food processor and pulsed them about 15 times. Then after being in the refrigerator for 45 min I cut them with a pizza cutter and placed then back in the fridge. This time they were perfect!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these! So easy and tasty! Great for a quick snack! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the best recipe-my family loves them. Thank you Trisha item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even made a batch that was gluten free and dairy free. Easy peasy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight as a trial run for holiday desserts to take to parties. It turned out great, kids and hubby loved them. I had no problems with separation or crumbling, but I think that my blunder may have been a happy accident. I misread the recipe and put them in the freezer for more than an hour instead of the fridge!! Boy, were those suckers hard to cut out! Woops! Major tired mommy moment. That said, I think that might help people with the separation/crumbly issue. Next time, I am going to freeze for only 30 minutes to "set" the bars, then switch to fridge. I'm also going to try to do half pretzels half graham crackers, my 10 year olds idea. Top with some holiday sprinkles and have a great holiday dessert! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely loved this stuff. I see where someone mentioned the bottom layer crumbled. Mine did not, but I was writing the recipe while watching the show and actually wrote 2 cups of sugar rather than 1 1/2. That may be why mine did not crumble. Also, I refrigerated mine bottom layer before I added the top layer. The top did separate from the bottom, but I actually thought it was because of chilling the bottom layer before adding the top layer. Regardless, they are great. Maybe next time, I will just take a spatula and spread just a dab of pnb under the chocolate and kinda glue top to the bottom. Can't get too much pnb....thanks Trisha. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was like eating a reeses candy... everyone I gave it to , had one thing to say.... AWESOME!! thanks Trisha item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love any kind of peanut butter square.....yummmm!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make! I used parchment on the bottom of my pan and they lifted right out with no problem. They didn't last long in the house - everyone gobbled them up quickly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sweet....so says my husband. I love the bit of salt variation with the sweet. It was Very easy to make. Trisha did mention to cut before totally set. Which is what I did. I turned the spatula upside down to remove the pieces. Totally Awesome!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was yummy and super easy. Mine was not crumbly at all when I took it out of the fridge. After leaving it on the counter overnight it became a little crumbly. So I put it back it the fridge and they were fine. Did not stick to the pan at all, but we used a glass pan (not sure if that matters or not). Definitely something we will make again (and again). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine stuck to pan, bottom layer crumbled when i tried to get a piece, also way to sweet for me. Although i usually love all her recipes and make them all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Insanely delicious. Nuff said!! ***Incredibly easy and YES 2 cups crushed pretzels crumbs. OMG Trisha...FANTASTIC!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
sounded great, but disappointing. As many others have noted there seems to be something off in the base as is does not come together well. Fell apart when cutting, I got about 2/3 of it to look presentable (not great) and just threw out the rest. Don't think I will try it again as even some 20-ish year old guys who like pretty much anything rated the taste with a "eh". item not reviewed by moderator and published
These do taste very good, but after refrigeration for hours, when I cut them the frosting separated from the bars and the bar crumbled. What did I do wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Help! My crumb base is just that crumbs. Taste is great, but need it eat it with a spoon. What went wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
For everyone that is asking if its 2 cups of pretzels before or after you grinded them up, I used a whole 8oz bag of pretzels and it worked perfect. By looking at the amount, Im assuming its 2 cups after being grinded. Came out awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a keeper for sure! Easy to make and fun. I didn't have a 9x13 inch pan so I spread the mixture on a parchment covered cookie sheet. One last dish to wash!!! Thinking about other ways to make this like maybe a graham cracker base and maybe Nutella instead of peanut butter. Thank you Trish. Can't wait to see what you make on the next show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Tastes like you slaved to make this...but NO. Made up quick and was a big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use Sunbutter since I'm completely allergic to peanuts. Tastes very good. I do know what peanut butter tastes like, but I became allergic to it later. Sunbutter has gave me the joy of the same taste of peanut butter back. It's also gluten free. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made the mixture for the bottom of these peanut butter squares. Help??? She said press it in the pan, mine is like a cake batter. I used 2 cups of the pretzels, and then crushed them. Do I need 2 cups of them crushed? I am lost. I can't even think they would set up to be a bar. Any answers? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Are the pretzels measured before or after they are crushed??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste is good - nice mix of salty and sweet - but the texture needs a little work. There didn't seem to be enough pretzel crumbs for the amount of butter and peanut butter. I'm wondering if the recipe should have said two cups of pretzels crumbs, rather than two cups of pretzels crumbled. When you crush the 2 cups of pretzels, you only come up with about a cup of crumbs. Just not enough for 1 1/2 sticks of butter and a cup of peanut butter. The base is so soft that after about 10 minutes out of the frig, it all starts to fall apart. Also, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips on top, rather than milk chocolate, as we are fans of the flavor of the darker chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy & versatile! I used what I had on hand; wheat thins, whipped jif for the base part, & semisweet chocolate chunks & simply jif for the topping they look fantastic! I cut the recipe in half for an 8x8 pan item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this is very good! Next time, I'm going to try using the same recipe but with an 8x8 pan or double the bottom layer! item not reviewed by moderator and published
sounds great but please tell me if it's salted or unsalted butter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I may have to add another cup of pretzels next time because the consistency was looser than expected. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try them with stevia. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i mean it ^^ item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree about the links...I reprinted several times bc I thought that my printer squished things up...write-overs very annoying to the point that I just hand-wrote the whole thing...please take these out of the text area! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does the Nutella firm up like it should ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm with you, HATE this new format. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree, hate the new format....don't know why they include all of these links when the recipe is printed....irritating! Sad part is, I don't the Food Network pays any attention to all of the complaints about it! :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
did you add the melted butter? Thats what bonds the base together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hope; I used less butter,and kept the pretzels with a some pieces in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hope, the pretzels should be measured after crushing.. its 2 cups crushed pretzel rods/sticks.. hope this helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
2cups after they are crushed. I used a food processor and I will make some of them powder like will help it bind make sure you press out good on the bottom leave no cracks. After refrigerating let sit on the counter for 15 to 20 min. It will help loosing the bottom. Mine came out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
did you use salted or unsalted butter? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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