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

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  • 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.


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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.


mmmm don’t worry, that pie would make up for any wrong doings 😛

sally @ sally

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. 🙂


OMG – this will put me one step closer to the “stretch pants for life” club!

Emily @ Life on Food

Haha, this story made me laugh. I don’t have kids and I am sure it is like 4 full time jobs at once…even with only one kid. The pie definitely is a winner. I just decided this is my next potluck dish.


I need this pie now.

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

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 : )


This is the perfect pie to make up for forgotten tooth fairy duties, it would win me over in an instant!

Amilia @justeverydayme

Once it took the tooth fairy 3 nights to FINALLY leave something. Craziness. This pie looks amazing by the way 🙂 I am in love with pretzel crusts.


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!


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.

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

Holy YUM. I love that pretzel crust (well, all of it, really)!


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.

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

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!!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

You absolutely crack me up, haha I am sure my parents did that on more than one occasion too 🙂

As for this pie, I can’t think of a more perfect combination. Anything with pretzel, pb, and chocolate is heavenly!

Heather (Heather
Guest pretzel crusts are only the best thing ever…next to reese’s, obviously. i’m dying here!


These. Look. RIDICULOUS!

In the best possible way.

I’m pretty sure my husband will want to marry me all over again if I make this for him!

Cookie Sleuth

I would not want to share this with my children! I think that’s worse than forgetting tooth fairy duties…

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

This looks like the best thing I’ve seen all year! WOW!

And don’t worry about the tooth fairy…it happens 🙂

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

This pie could fix ANY mistake you could possibly make!

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

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!

Katrina @ In Katrina

This is all kinds of right. You can be my tooth fairy. Except that if I were losing teeth at this age it would be kind of gross.

Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland

Oh my! This looks CRAZY good! Pretzel crust? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing your recipe – can’t wait to try it!!!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

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


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.


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!

Carrie - Carrie

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!

Kate H.

That pie looks incredibly delightful : )

Emilie @ Emilie

I find myself bookmarking everything you make these days-these are no exception! Cookies in pie form are the only kind of pie for me as well 🙂


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! 🙂


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!


ahahahahahahahahahaha, I cracked up this whole post! i would have done the same thing. This pie looks amazing.


I am in love!


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!

Cassandra Holdeman

This one is going on my “to make” list. That list is going to gain me a few, but I think it will be worth it. I can’t wait to make this…YUM!

Living The Sweet Life

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!!


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!

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

Haha! My Mom forgot her tooth fairy duties 3 nights in a row when I was younger. Yeah…that’s pretty much how I figured out that it was her. :/

Belle Russell

I’m assuming for the flour, it is 2 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour?


Don’t worry, things happen! You definitely made it up with this amazing Cookie Pie 🙂


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!!!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

I think that this pie is the true meaning of happiness. Can the tooth fairy leave this for me?!?!


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!


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!

Lisa @ Sweet2Eat Baking

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! 🙂


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.

Erika Beth

I have bookmarked this recipe seeing that I can’t stop looking at this pie! YUM!


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!

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie

Holy yum!


If I wanted to make this for a large group do you think I could double it and put it in a casserold dish? Would it be more like bars, then? Sounds fantastic.