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Sweet & Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars go together in minutes and will be a crowd-pleaser for sure!

Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

I am always on the look out for new ways to incorporate peanut butter into my daily diet.

Because I’m mildly addicted. Ok, not mildly…pretty major.

I am the person who eats peanut butter right out of the jar.  And once I start, I can’t stop.

And unfortunately it’s not the all-natural peanut butter.  Nope.

It’s the regular creamy peanut butter that I can buy with coupons and doesn’t get the weird oil layer.

And yes, I am sure that weird oil layer is the tell-tale sign that it’s made from real ingredients….but it’s not my thing.  Sorry.

I do have to say that I actually made my own peanut butter with honey roasted peanuts in my Blendtec a few weeks ago and it might have been a life changing experience.  But that’s neither here nor there.

Please note that I did this in desperation because I had consumed all the other peanut butter in the house with a spoon and my finger.

Anyhow, new ways to consume peanut butter is kinda my life’s mission.

So here we go…

Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars | Cookies and Cups

Let’s talk about the salty in these.

Pretzels. Not only do they offer the salty, but they bring the crunch.

A bowl of mini pretzels

Just coarsely chop, or break the pretzels.  You want pieces, not crumbs.
Then grab your peanut butter…

A measuring cup of peanut butter

Beat that up with some butter…

Smooth peanut butter and butter mixture in a stand mixer bowl

Then add in powdered sugar.

Thick peanut butter mixture in a stand mixer bowl

And stir in the pretzels.

Press that into a prepared pan.

Thick peanut butter dough with pretzel pieces in a baking dish

Then melt some chocolate and peanut butter together.

Peanut butter and chocolate chips in a glass bowl

This just keeps getting better.And pour that over your peanut butter/pretzel layer.

Melted chocolate peanut butter mixture being poured over peanut butter pretzel dough in a pan

Sprinkle some more pretzels on top, so it looks purty.

Mini pretzel pieces being spread over chocolate peanut butter bars in a pan
A pan of no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars topped with pretzel pieces

And yep, there it is…Totally delicious you guys!

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Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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Makes 30 bars


  • 2 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 cups broken pretzel pieces, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer beat together 2 cups of peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  3. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in powdered sugar until incorporated. Stir in 3 cups of the pretzel pieces.
  4. Press the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 cup of peanut butter together in 30 second increments.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate over top of the peanut butter layer and smooth.
  7. Top with remaining pretzel pieces.
  8. Chill for at least 3 hours.
  9. Cut into squares when ready to serve


Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Best if served chilled.

recipe adapted from Nestle

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59 comments on “Sweet & Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. Made this yesterday morning for a BBQ. They went over very well! Plus my 3 year old son had a great time helping me make them.

  2. Kimberley Scott

    Hi Shelley,
    I love your recipes! I just have one question. For your sweet-and-salty bars can u use something other then powdered sugar?

  3. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    YUM! The only thing more delicious than peanut butter and chocolate is peanut butter and chocolate with pretzels! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. I SOOOO agree about the jar peanutbutter….. i.can’t.stop. was wondering if I could substitute rice crispies instead of pretzels…I have a sister who has celiacs disease and cant eat the pretzels, but I believe rice crispies are glueten free.

  5. Forget the good ol’-fashioned finger and spoon pb-eating method–you know that desperate moment when you try to dirty up as many dishes as possible with just pure peanut butter so you can lick up every last gooey bit afterwards instead of washing the dishes like a normal person? I swear, I go through literally 10 dishes every time I bake with peanut butter because I will. Not. Stop. Putting PB in new dishes. So I can eat it all afterwards. Yeah. So I bet you’ve deduced by now that I LOVE these bars–sounds like the buckeye PB layers I just made for a fudgy brownie cake. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I see you’re trying to win me over with peanut butter and pretzels? Well, sold. Even before the chocolate, I’m all in.

  7. Carolyn Servais

    I have made the plain peanut butter bars without the pretzels. This version will be a wonderful change of pace.

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