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.
 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

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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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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.


wow! Have to try this!!!

Kimberley Scott
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?

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.


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.


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 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
Carolyn Servais

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


I love this! Yummmmm 🙂


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?

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.

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 »

Tracy | Pale Yellow

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

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!

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!

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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