Sweet & Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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

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

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 CupsLet’s talk about the salty in these.

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

Just coarsely chop, or break the pretzels.  You want pieces, not crumbs.
A bowl of mini pretzelsThen grab your peanut butter…

A measuring cup of peanut butterBeat that up with some butter…

Smooth peanut butter and butter mixture in a stand mixer bowlThen add in powdered sugar.

Thick peanut butter mixture in a stand mixer bowlAnd 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 bowlThis 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 panSprinkle 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 piecesAnd yep, there it is…Totally delicious you guys!


Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars


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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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June 7, 2015 9:28 pm

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.

March 31, 2015 12:29 pm

wow! Have to try this!!!

Kimberley Scott
March 24, 2015 11:41 pm

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?

July 10, 2014 6:52 pm

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

November 2, 2013 11:06 am

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.

October 31, 2013 12:44 am

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… Read more »

October 30, 2013 9:16 pm

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

Carolyn Servais
July 22, 2013 9:44 pm

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

July 22, 2013 7:21 pm

I love this! Yummmmm 🙂

July 22, 2013 2:00 pm

I made these bars over the weekend. While they were delicious, they were super messy. It seems like the crust didn’t really stick together properly. I followed your recipe but it almost seemed dry. Any idea as to why this would happen?

July 20, 2013 11:14 pm

I’m a long time believer in the power of peanut butter and pretzels. Bless you for bringing this recipe into my life. Bless you.

July 20, 2013 1:48 pm

I eat about a fourth cup of peanut butter every day straight from the jar. A tablespoon every time I open the pantry. Maybe if I’d move it so it weren’t in my FACE every time I open the door… things would be different. But probably not. I use natural peanut butter for recipes for my blog but personally? Lol. I don’t want that stuff! Give me the stuff with added fat and sugar! And these bars. I can’t. They look amazing! I suppose it’d be easy to make a fourth batch. That way I could make them and not… Read more »

July 20, 2013 12:53 pm

So pretty! And so simple and tasty looking! It’s too hot to bake anyway!

July 19, 2013 5:29 pm

OMG, I cannot stand the oil layer on top of natural PB! By the time you get to the bottom of the jar (which happens quickly in this house), it’s all dried up. But I digress. These bars are amaaaazing, Shelly!

July 19, 2013 3:08 pm

These do look delish! Also, I love your nails! Why hasn’t anyone commented on that yet? So cute! Do you happen to know what color it is? I am in need of a good nude/white!

July 19, 2013 5:32 pm
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Awesome, thanks! Might have to buy that! 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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