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


  • 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


59 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Jen

    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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. Larissa

    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

    1. Shelly

      Aww, thank you! Yes, it’s OPI Funny Bunny..I have 3 coats on.. it’s a nice white.. not too opaque but not too sheer!

  12. 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 weigh 4.7 pounds heavier the next day (because I can’t not eat the entire batch of stuff like that).

  13. Sarah

    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?

  14. Carolyn Servais

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

  15. 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!

  16. jean

    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.

  17. 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?

  18. Shannon

    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.

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