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.



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

Just coarsely chop, or break the pretzels.  You want pieces, not crumbs.
 photo IMG_1880_zpsecd0ded1.jpgThen grab your peanut butter…

 photo IMG_1882_zps94acf530.jpgBeat that up with some butter…

 photo IMG_1883_zpscf3b787f.jpgThen add in powdered sugar.

 photo IMG_1885_zps75f43564.jpgAnd stir in the pretzels.


Press that into a prepared pan.

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Then melt some chocolate and peanut butter together.

This just keeps getting better. photo IMG_1889_zpsd3dd6886.jpgAnd pour that over your peanut butter/pretzel layer.

 photo IMG_1890_zpsc873b59f.jpgSprinkle some more pretzels on top, so it looks purty.

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And yep, there it is… photo IMG_1901_zpse89169a4.jpgTotally delicious you guys!


Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Makes 30 bars
  • 2½ cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 cups broken pretzel pieces, divided
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  1. Line a 9x13 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 ½ 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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Averie @ Averie Cooks

Shelly they look insanely good and wonderful! The layers of flavors, the texture, the PEANUT BUTTER! The salty/sweet, the pretzels, chocolate….mmm, I would love one of these right now. Pinned.


Hallelujah for “real” old-school peanut butter! 🙂

Belinda @themoonblushbaker

Arghh!!! DROOL….. That peanut butter and salty chocolate goodness I am in love. Oh the pictures, food p*rn at its best

bridget {bake at 350}

Those look so deliciously dangerous!!! I know my boys would go crazy for them, too!

I normally but the “natural” peanut butter for sandwiches and the regular ol’ peanut butter for baking. So, we had some extra Jif leftover and I made PB&J’s. Oh MY gosh! Who knew all of those additives could make something delicious?!? Kiddo was like,…man, this sandwich is GOOD! 😉 Haha!


Oh man, yum. These look delicious!!


These are incredible! I kinda wish I had them for my breakfast!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I’m all over this no-bake business! These look awesome!


These look so tempting. And by tempting I actually mean I am making them!! I love the peanut butter, the chocolate and the pretzels!! So sticking good looking!

Diane Lynn

I made these and they are yummy. For peanut butter lovers they are to die for.


The sweet and salty thing always gets me!! This is my kind of dessert!

Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Love sweet & salty…these look SO good! Pinning!:)


I could eat the whole pan! These look insanely good!

Mary Sadowski

I will be making these right away!I’ve been making these bars with graham cracker crumbs instead of pretzels for years.One of my absolute favorites and I’m sure this will be too 🙂

natalie @ wee eats

PRAISE PEANUT BUTTER! These looks dangerously-good. Have you tried the “Jif Natural” peanut butter? It’s the only “natural” peanut butter that I can eat, and it has very a very minimal “magical oil layer of mystery”… if you haven’t tried it yet, you should. It’s pretty delicious. I still keep a huge jar of regular pb in the pantry for baking, but that Jif Natural is what goes into my PBJs 🙂

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Oooh I’m in love! I like to make no bake peanut butter chocolate bars, but I love the “salty” ingredients you added in!!! So yummy!


You need to knock it off with these fabulous bar treats. Just stop. My thighs can’t take it.

Cookin Canuck

So let’s just say, theoretically, that there’s a mum out there who is trying to cut back on her sugar intake. I’m thinking that she shouldn’t make these for her kids because she would likely just steal the pan for herself and eat the whole lot of them while hidden in a closet somewhere. In theory.


You’re like a magician pulling one great recipe after another out of your hat! These look incredible. I’m going to have a real hard time trying to decide which one of your recipes to make for your recipe contest!

Jamie @lifelovelemons

obsessed with all things pretzel and peanut butter lately! These are no exception!

Cookbook Queen

We are not huge natural peanut butter people around here, but Peanut Butter and Company White Chocolate Wonderful is super amazing and doesn’t have the weird oil.

Anyways. I need five dozen of these like yesterday.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

First of all, Kristen is right, the White Chocolate Wonderful will change your WORLD (run to walmart/target NOW).
Second, dear Lordy I need these!!! Did I ever tell you how much I love Take 5 bars because peanut butter and pretzels and chocolate BELONG together?! True fact


Looks delish! Nothing better than the combo of pb & chocolate, with an added bonus of pretzels.

In other funny stuff, the coupon link was not for peanut butter, but for Depends Adult Diapers. A not-so subliminal message?

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.


Coco in the Kitchen

These are cah-RA-zzzzzzzzy!

Renee @ Awesome on $20

I’m a Jif only kind of girl. I have also been known to sit on the couch with a bag of pretzels and a jar of peanut butter, just dipping away. I think this might be the perfect dessert bar.

Aya B.

Wow… Thats one heavy dessert…
Though looks very delicious

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

Everything I love in one bar. Oh hell yea.


I could eat THAT peanut butter filling in 3 seconds flat! Especially with the added pretzels!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

Oh man, I could use like five of these right now! Love sweet ‘n’ salty anything – definitely bookmarking this recipe!!


Nope…the oil layer stuff if for the birds!!!!
love these.


The oil layer always confuses me because when I make my own peanut butter it doesn’t exist! And yet when I buy it, there it is, mocking me. Weird.
Anyway. These are pure true unadulterated love. End of story.

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

I’m with you on the regular peanut butter that does not have the oily layer being eaten by the spoonfuls each and every night. Now these bars with the pretzel goodness in it…holy moley! I must make these and then hide in the closet with the entire pan!


I have these chilling in the fridge right now. I got all the way through making them, when I realized the house I’m taking them to has no a/c. I guess I’ll just have them hidden away so no one else eats them

Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion

I love it when I don’t have to turn on my oven in the summer… thanks!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

These look absolutely amazing!! Love the sweet/salty combo!

Adrianne @ Bake Not Burn

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!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

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!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

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

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
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 »
Jen @ Jen

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.


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?


I love this! Yummmmm 🙂

Carolyn Servais

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


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

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 »

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.

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.

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?


wow! Have to try this!!!


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.