Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cup Blondie Pie

This week I dropped the ball as a parent.

It happens.

But in this instance, it was a pivotal ball drop.

I forgot about my tooth fairy duties.


My 6 year old lost a tooth this week.  Days of anticipation led up to the moment it finally fell out.  Twisting, wiggling, pushing, pulling…

Days of effort were put in to getting that tooth out.


And in a rare organized Mommy moment I had successfully purchased the tooth fairy’s gift days in advance.  That doesn’t usually happen.  We are normally scrounging around the night of the tooth fairy’s visit looking for anything we can stick under the pillow.  Those are the nights when neither my husband or I have any cash, no regiftable trinket on-hand and completely empty pillow cushions.  I once stuck a scratch-off lotto ticket under my kid’s pillow because we were in such a bind.

So, yeah…I saw the potential for tooth loss in our near future and decided to be prepared.


Finally the day came and the tooth made the grand voyage from mouth to tooth pillow.

I said to my husband, I have the tooth fairy covered already.  I PLANNED.  Mom of the week goes to me.


I got cocky.

Bedtime finally came and kiddo went to sleep with his sweet little tooth pillow tucked under his head.


My husband and I went on with our night, which consisted of super important things like watching Happy Endings and Jersey Shore.

When we decided to turn in for the evening I was too distracted by Pauly D’s blowout I completely forgot about my sweet, innocent child’s pre-planned tooth fairy prize.


The next morning I woke up to my child running into my bedroom crying because the tooth fairy didn’t come.  DIDN’T COME!

I silently cursed Pauly D’s blow out.  Then I cursed my husband!  How could he LET ME FORGET!

Instantly I get the brilliant idea to sneak the prize under his pillow without him looking.

I stealthy grabbed the prize, shoved it under my shirt and made my way into his room.  Quickly, like a spy, I pulled a  Raiders of the Lost Ark and switched the tooth with the prize, dodged a few boulders and made my way out of the room with my child being none the wiser.

Then I delved deep into parenting manipulation.

I blamed my child for not looking well enough.

I said something to the effect of…The prize was there all along, your room is just so messy you couldn’t see the prize.  Maybe if you cleaned once in a while you wouldn’t lose so many things.  I am surprised the tooth fairy was even able to find your pillow with all this mess!


Ever need to know what not to do as a parent, just come here.   My poor children.


Now, before you feel too sorry for them, to make up for the tooth fairy guilt trip I layed on them earlier in the day I made them this pie.

It’s what I do.  I parent in sugar.


I am not normally a pie person, but this is basically a cookie in a crust.  That’s pie I can get behind.

First you make your salty pretzel crust.

Just crush some pretzels up with butter and sugar.

So good.

Bake it til it’s golden.

Then make your yummy blondie filling.  You might need to sample it.  Just in case…

Then press it on top of your baked crust.

Bake it up til it’s just set.

That’s it.

Here’s a before and after…

The pie didn’t last too long.  I mean it’s a Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cup Blondie Pie.  Didn’t stand a chance.

Let’s check out the butt of a slice.  All the pretzely goodness…

And then its front view.

I love you pie.



Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cup Blondie Pie

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 4 cups small twists)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 flour
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 oz) bag Reese’s minis


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine crushed pretzels, 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Press mixture firmly into the bottom and up sides of a 10″ pie or tart pan.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  4. While crust is baking make the blondie filling.
  5. Cream butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar with your mixer.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined and smooth.
  7. On low speed add in your baking soda, salt and flour until incorporated evenly.
  8. Still on low, add in your chocolate chips and Reese’s Minis until evenly distributed.
  9. Press mixture on top of baked crust.
  10. Place pie back in oven for 30-35 minutes until just set.
  11. Let cool on wire rack before serving.


77 Responses

  1. This pie looks absolutely delish!

    The tooth fairy thing can be tricky. My 6 year old lost two teeth in two days. We ended up having to get some silver coins out of my husbands “collection” to give as the special money. It was pitiful. I totally blame the advent of the debt card for my lack of cash.

  2. wow. this pie looks TO DIE FOR! i cannot get enough of the peanut butter, chocolate, pretzel combo. i LOVE salty sweets! i posted a recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel bites earlier last week. can’t go wrong with all those delicious flavors! your pictures are beautiful too. 🙂

  3. I have totally done that…. forgotten to leave something from the tooth fairy…. numerous times. We just tell the kids, “The tooth fairy must have been REALLY busy, so she’ll come tonight.” Luckily, they’ve always been okay with that explanation. Bad mom, I know…

    P.S. Yummy pie : )

  4. Sharmaine

    My mom always had us leave our tooth in a small glass of water on the windowsill so the tooth fairy wouldn’t wake us. I carried on the tradition with my son. It made remembering easier and finding those tiny teeth easier too!

  5. I’m pretty sure my parents definitely “forgot” a few times once I was older. And did NOT make up for it with pie. In fact…I should take matters into my own hands and just make myself this pie…to make up for lost tooth fairy money.

  6. You are so funny! It seems we had a similar experience this week. My little girl lost her first tooth (swallowed it actually) and I, like you, had to do the ol’ switcheroo in the morning. I blame American Idol though. She slipped her an extra buck to give to her therapist later.
    Sometimes it’s ok to parent in sugar. There’s a lot of love in those special treats.

  7. When I was little, I would get a dollar or two when I lost teeth. I used to think it was the coolest thing to wake up with money magically under my pillow. If only that happened now, sans the tooth loss-age, lol. Great recipe!!

  8. Ugh. Don’t you feel AWFUL when something like that happens? I’ve done that before too – and snuck it under the pillow when they weren’t looking – or blamed the Tooth Fairy for being forgetful – darn Tooth Fairy. Nice cover though! I’m sure the Tooth Fairy fully endorsed this sweet treat!

  9. LOL that would so be us, one time hubby said he had it covered was going to put a dollar under the kids pillow, and low and behold the smallest bill he had was ten dollars, and the kid didn’t even know how much that was. I had asked him how much he thought the tooth fairy would bring him, he said 8….cents. Sigh. But this pie totally looks like it would make up for it all

  10. My 7 year old is still waiting to get her first loose tooth. She was sitting on my lap as we were reading this post and I quickly scrolled down as fast as I could! She said, “But Mom, the pie looks so good.” I told her to just look at the photos.

  11. Mona

    LOL I’ve done the same sort of thing ….. “Well, I’ll just take a look myself to see if I can find it …. oh look, there it is, the tooth fairy WAS here” : )
    The blondie pie looks amazing!!! Love the pretzel crust!

  12. Tooth fairy forgot me two nights in a row! On the third night, while in my parents’ bedroom saying good night to them and worrying she’d forget again, I spotted a post-it note on their mirror that said ‘tooth fairy.’ obv stopped believing after that. You are lucky you could be sneaky and make them feel guilty!

  13. Don’t worry Mom. The kids won’t remember the missing tooth fairy, but the next time they want another sweet, that pie will be on their minds! Nice recovery! I’m ready for my slice now! 🙂

  14. I’ve been in your shoes more than once! We’ve blamed it on the weather and her busy schedule before. I think I’d forgive you too if you made up for it with this pie. It looks fabulous!

  15. Oh, man, this sounds like something I would do, complete with the blame on the messy room! 🙂 I need this pie- that looks like straight-up cookie dough in the middle!
    PS- Happy Endings is my fave show!

  16. LOL I love your tooth-fairy story, sounds like pretty good parenting to me. And you taught a very important life lesson – – it’s important to be neat 😉 lol I think when it’s my turn, I’ll have many of these stories to tell.

    And this pie – – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! I’m in love – – serve this and the tooth fairy woes will be quickly forgotten. I need to make this SOON!!

  17. I am not sure if I have ever commented on your blog before, but I just have to say you bring a smile to my face every time! I also parent in sugar and have no guilt about it. Usually. I love that you implied to your 6 year old that his room was too messy for the tooth fairy – brilliant in my opinion. Cookie pie is right up my alley – so excited to try it!

  18. SWeetsugarbelle

    Ha! You’re so funny!!! So…the first time I forgot Evan we blamed it on him forgetting to crack the fireplace door a little…(duh, Ev, doesn’t EVERYONE know that?!) The SECOND time we forgot I had to get creative because now he makes a big production out of the door cracking now…we left a note, covered in disco dust that said, sorry, the tooth bag was full, be back tomorrow. Then we gave him $20 because we felt bad :-). I love the texture of this pie! It looks like its right up my alley!!!

  19. Denise

    The pie looks good, but as far as the tooth fairy went in our house…Get a roll of gold coins from the bank…each coin is $1…so if its a bigger tooth the more coins you get…you will have tooth fairy coins on hand at all times!

  20. Cookie pies are the BOMB.
    I mean, sweet cookie filling? Salty crust?
    What more could a girl want?

    I have 2 more pounds *grits teeth* to get to my after-christmas weight-loss goal. If it’ll EVER happen, this is what I’m making in reward!

  21. Oh dear, Shelly. I’ve done the same thing before too. I quickly grabbed some change, hid it in my hand and pretended to look under my daughters pillow then “look, there it is, the tooth fairy DID come”. I felt so guilty.

    Definitely make up in sugar! We all like hyper children, lol! 🙂

  22. Victoria

    Your not in the horrible parent club yet. My sister went to go play toothfairy to her 7 year old after his lost his last tooth, only to find her 9 year old boy sticking money from his piggy bank under his pillow. He said ” Well, the toothfairy hasn’t shown up the past couple times and I didn’t want him to be dissapointed so I thought I’d just do it” Needless to say my sister felt like crap.

  23. I’m just wondering if you will adopt me? I no longer have any teeth to fall out, but if I promise to clean my room, will you make me Blondie Pies??

    Looks scrummy!

  24. I have SO missed the Tooth Fairy boat, on SEVERAL occasions. I think I win the Bad Mom award. And I only have one child!!! 😉 I haven’t forgotten Santa, though, so I’m just barely hanging on.

    Um, cookie pie? Yeah, that is my kind of pie!

  25. Michelle

    I made this pie this weekend, and cheated, I had three other b-day cakes to make. I used regular 9 inch pie crust and made a dozen and a half cookies to compensate for the pan difference. It was the hit of the party — thank you!

    As for the tooth fairy — ours delivers gift cards, and if they are generic enough, they get reused for when that crummy fairy forgets to get new ones!!

  26. Kristina

    This pie is BEYOND yummy!!!! I made it and the gooey pie goes perfect with the crunchy pretzel crust. I served it still relatively warm with some vanilla ice cream and it is heaven. 🙂

  27. I found this recipe/your blog yesterday and I’ve come back to look at this post an embarrassingly high number of times. Every time I see that picture I seriously want to die and go to heaven where I do nothing but eat this pie all day. Seriously.

  28. I think you are one honkin’ marvelous mom! So what? Every parent ‘stumbles’ and ‘stubs their toe’ now and then…but to make up for your ‘blunder’ by fixing this amazing dessert for your family??? I think you deserve the MOTHER OF THE YEAR award! =) OHMYSOUL!

    1. shelly

      Thanks for the link. She did put at the bottom that the post was “inspired by cookies and cups” but didn’t give a link, so it defeats the whole purpose. Hate that!

  29. sarah

    This recipe looks really good!!! Do you think it could be made a day ahead and then served at room temperature??

  30. Blair

    I have this in the oven right now, and it looks HUGE…. I hoe this was only supposed to make ONE of these and not two…

  31. Lindsey

    Okay – I made this pie tonight – definitely need to put some foil over the pie and back for another 20 minutes after the initial 30 min. You might want to add that to the recipe. Otherwise, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  32. Lisa

    Just made this & it’s out of this world delicious….but in no way looks like your beautiful pictures. We really couldn’t wait long enough for it to cool, so it was quite gooey in the middle. Super fantabulous!!!

  33. Barb

    I made this over the weekend and it turned out hard. What was my mistake? Baking it too long? I had it in the oven for 35 minutes. If I take a piece and heat it in the microwave it is delicious!

    1. Shelly

      I would think that yes, you baked it too long. I would try it again and bake it until it is JUST done, maybe even a little underdone! Once it cools it will be perfect!

    2. Shelly

      I would imagine that you baked it too long. Next time you try it give it a little less time…until it is JUST set up or even a little underdone in the middle. Once it cools it will be perfect!

  34. Susie

    I just made this, but for me it made 2 pies (in 9″ standard size pie tins). I’ll cut the recipe in half if I make it again. They look yummy, though!

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