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.

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77 Responses
  1. 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!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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 : )

  15. 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. 🙂

  16. 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.

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