Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars


I feel like a bit of a one-trick pony these days.

I mean, are you sick of cookie bars yet?



What was I thinking?  You guys are my peeps.

No way are you sick of cookie bars.

They’re totally delicious, totally easy and completely versatile.


Like, would a cake let you put chocolate chip cookies and pretzel nuggets in it?

Hmmm, don’t answer that.  Idea logged.


Anyway, cookie bars are pretty chill.

Ooh, yuck.  I can’t believe I just said that.

What I MEAN is, they are all easy-breezy-I-don’t-care-what-you-add-to-me-because-I-will-work-and-be-delicious-no-matter-what.



So yeah.  I make a lot of bar desserts.

They make me happy.

And since you ARE my peeps, I’m thinking they make you happy too.


Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars…


So I started with a log of cookie dough.

Log.  Snort.

Photobucket And I pressed it in a pan.


Annnd I baked the bajeezus out of it.

OK, not really.  I barely baked it.


Then I put a bunch of marshmallows all over it.

If you don’t follow me on instagram look at THIS box of marshmallows I got from Jet-Puffed.

I decided I had better start using them!

Photobucket Then I baked that up for a quick minute…just until the marshmallows puff up a little.

Then immediately press your peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets into the gooey-ness. I used THESE pretzel nuggets.


If you want to make it pretty melt some peanut butter chips with a bit of shortening….


And go ahead and drizzle that shizzle…


For real now.



4.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
makes 30 bars
  • 1 (16.5 oz) roll chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups Peanut Butter filled Pretzel Nuggets
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 tsp vegetable shortening
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray
  3. Press your chocolate chip cookie dough into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden.
  5. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly on top of crust and bake for 1-2 more minutes until marshmallows puff up but don't brown.
  6. Remove from oven and immediately press your pretzel nuggets into the warm marshmallow.
  7. Let cool and cut into squares.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
You can cut these with a sharp spatula or a wet knife to prevent from the marshmallow sticking.


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October 14, 2012 6:55 pm

:) This just made sunday so much sweeter!! This bar has a touch of everything I could love in one place. Next stop for this little wonder is in my tummy 😉

October 14, 2012 7:00 pm

No such thing as getting sick of cookie bars!!!


Cookie bars are always welcome, in my opinion! Can’t get enough. So many great combinations! This is yet another one :)

October 14, 2012 7:15 pm

Sick of… cookie bars? What have you done with Shelly? Shelly certainly would never say or think such pishposh. Um, these bars need to happen.

October 14, 2012 7:25 pm

I am in love with this flavor combo. The end.

October 14, 2012 7:27 pm

I love PB filled prezels (and the chocolate covored ones are the best). What a creative way to use them!

October 14, 2012 7:49 pm

These look yummy, but more importantly I NEED like desperately NEED that polish. Can you give the brand & color?

October 14, 2012 7:49 pm

“easy-breezy-I-don’t-care-what-you-add-to-me-because-I-will-work-and-be-delicious-no-matter-what” <— that is so true! Bars are easier than cookies; one pan vs. 24-36 individual things and dont even get me started on muffins/cupcakes and then piping them all. Bar cookies rule!

And so does choc, pb, pretzels and marshmallows!

October 14, 2012 8:02 pm

those pretzel nuggets from trader joes are addicting!
did you try the kale chips? oh my gosh so good, but really pricey.
that filling they have on them are whats gets me to eat the whole bag!

October 14, 2012 8:40 pm

OH. MY. GAWD. This is like everything I dream of, in a bite. Making these THIS WEEK!

October 14, 2012 9:27 pm

Pretzels and peanut butter are amazing together!

October 14, 2012 9:39 pm

Your food photography is stunning. So crisp and sharp. May I ask what camera and lens you use? I strive for my pics to look like yours. I’m havin fun going through your blog and my son can’t wait for me to make these bars. Thank u Kelly

October 14, 2012 11:45 pm

I choose cookie bars over cookies any day! They have a way better texture throughout. And are just more fun. Love this sweet and salty!

October 14, 2012 11:53 pm

Looks delish but i have to tweak the pb! Do you think regular pretzel nuggets would work, or should i break some pretzel sticks instead? This definitely will satisfy the salty sweet cravings!

October 15, 2012 7:57 am

I will never be sick of the bar cookies…NEVER! Especially bars with so much goodness on top of the cookie layer…you are an evil dessert genius:-)

October 15, 2012 8:04 am

Cookie bars will never get old, definitely love these!

October 15, 2012 9:00 am

Shelly, I can feel my hips expanding just looking at these photos! Oh well, bring them on!!

October 15, 2012 9:01 am

LOL you said shizzle, so funny, but they look good, so that totally makes the language okay;p

October 15, 2012 9:33 am

I could never be sick of cookie bars. Evaaaar.

October 15, 2012 10:16 am

I will never get tired of cookie bars, nor will I ever get tired of salty + sweet desserts. These look so yummy!

October 15, 2012 10:33 am

You know I’m a rebel. I’m thinking peanut butter cookie dough and a chocolate glaze. Mmmm

October 15, 2012 10:36 am

I could never be sick of cookie bars!

October 15, 2012 12:10 pm

These bars look so sinfully delish! LOVE that they’re so easy, too!

October 15, 2012 12:12 pm

Never sick of cookie bars! These look awesome Shelley!

October 15, 2012 12:21 pm

A thing of beauty!

October 15, 2012 12:36 pm

Love love love. I cannot say anything else.

October 15, 2012 2:11 pm

Wow, this flavor combination sounds so wicked! And your photos are amazing…

October 15, 2012 2:37 pm

Looks easy-peezy and oh, so yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

October 15, 2012 2:38 pm

any thing with pretzels and chips is a must …….eat

October 15, 2012 2:44 pm

Now these are just PRETTY!

October 15, 2012 3:00 pm

I love bar cookies! Gonna make these real soon! I add all your recipes to my Ziplist. You are awesome!

October 15, 2012 3:06 pm

You know us peeps all too well. We live off cookie bars. Mmmmm, a good life – short but sweet!

October 15, 2012 3:25 pm

The day I’m sick of cookie bars is the day hell freezes over

October 15, 2012 3:49 pm

Wow, those are phenomenal. I remember discovering PB filled pretzels and being in heaven. Now you’ve taken it to a whole new level!

October 15, 2012 3:59 pm

My goodness…this looks like an incredible dessert!

October 15, 2012 4:56 pm

Look at those gooey marshmallows – perfect dessert bar!

October 15, 2012 5:24 pm

I was an Intern in the Tcookie dough factory for a summer. Fun Fact: the log is actually called a “chub.” Which is pretty much the worst name in the world for anything, but it doesn’t stop it from being delicious so I’ll go with it!

October 15, 2012 6:17 pm

Heaven – that is all – these look like pure heaven :)

October 15, 2012 8:24 pm

If that isn’t happiness in a pan, I don’t know what is!

October 15, 2012 9:00 pm

i think you took the perfect combination and… made it even more perfect.

October 15, 2012 9:09 pm

Wow, just wow. You’re a cookie bar guru. Love these!

October 15, 2012 9:43 pm

yes pretty please!

October 15, 2012 9:51 pm

omg, i can’t stop drooling or looking at these. you’re so creative!

October 16, 2012 7:52 am

Oh YUM! These contain everything good in the world.

October 16, 2012 9:42 am

Um, when are you moving back to Texas? I feel like you need a neighbor to take these off of your hands.


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October 16, 2012 11:09 am

Mercy girl! These are absolute perfection! I made a peanut butter pretzel thingy the other day, but I want a do-over with these babies! Totally happening. :)


Amazing! These look soooooo good. And I’m totally jealous of your box o’marshmallows. Two Targets and 5 grocery stores later, I still can’t find a container of marshmallow bits to make 1 stinkin’ recipe.

October 16, 2012 1:52 pm

Wow. Thats all I have to say. Just wow.

October 17, 2012 11:52 am

YUM! I think I’m going to have to bake today! :)