Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

First of all, I just wanna say thanks for all your awesome comments on my last post, after my rant about writing and pinterest, hahaha! It’s so easy to let negative feedback cancel out all the happiness I get from all the lovely comments in like 0.001 seconds.

Anywho, today, I’ve got a post full to the BRIM with goodness.

PB & Ps from No Bake Makery, by Cristina Suarez Krumsick.

Guys, that’s peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate!? AND its no bake!? AND a giveaway!? whaaaaa??

AND LOOKIT the styled photos are back!

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

(many, many photos..)

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

I was kinda scared to get back into the whole styled set up, seeming as I’ve been used to photographing things this way pretty much once a week, for almost 2 years (“whattttt??” mate I know, it’s almost been two years now. Totally weird.), and then just having this month long break from it. But I think it was good for me to have a break; editing photos in lightroom was actually more enjoyable again, rather than being a mega task and a half.

I just got to chill, edit the photos and watch some Breaking Bad (which is SUCH a good show. WOAH.).

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

What made everything even better was how stress free and ridoncs fast it was to make these. They’re basically like peanut butter cups, but WITH pretzels thrown in.

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

They’re actually even easier to make than peanut butter cups because there’s none of that annoying chocolate coating of multiple paper liners going on; you just put it all into the pan and BAM! Crunchy, salty-sweet candy bars.


Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

Cos, seriously, when those hot days (which, sadly, have been pretty rare here recently..) arrive, and you’re all “no ovens. no. no ovens. please. don’t turn that oven on. No seriously. What are you doing, turn the oven off, TURN IT OFF!!” (I’m hoping you know what I mean here, haha), but you want sugar, and that jar of raisins is not the sugar fix you need, I have to say that no-bake desserts are simply going to happen.

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

So when the lovely people over at Grand Central Publishing offered to send me a copy of No Bake Makery, and another copy for a giveaway, I was pretty physched.


The 80 recipes (all of which have a photo, WOOH! I love it when there are photos for each recipe) are divided into categories of Truffles, Clusters & Bark, Fudge & Bars, Mini Pies & Cakes, Cold Cravings & Pudding, Candy & Cookies and Breakfast for Dessert.

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

Some of the recipes which caught my eye are Cinnalmond Bites (there’s oreos and cinnamon cereal in them..come onnnn), maple pecan bites (If you know me well ,you know maple + pecan is my no.1 flavour combo that I will never get over), S’mores bark, Pecamel fudgy bars (pecan caramel and chocolate fudge. WOAH) and Cornflake fudge pie. There are SO many more buuut I’m not going to spoil it for you hahah 😉

You can get up to 5 entries in the giveaway for your own copy of No Bake Makery!

Just answer the question (seen in the Rafflecopter box below) for one entry. For the additional entries, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below (which I think, if you’re viewing this via e-mail or RSS, you will have to click through to this site to see.)

The giveaway is now over! Thanks everyone that entered, I’ll be announcing and contacting the winner soon! :)

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Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars


– When I can’t be bothered to temper chocolate properly, but I don’t want to get that ugly cacao butter bloom from untempered chocolate I use a cheat method (you get kinda shiny, non-bloom-y smooth chocolate):I chop up the chocolate as finely as I can be bothered, then it into a heat proof bowl. I then pour a small amount of boiling water into another, slightly larger bowl, let it cool a bit, then put the smaller bowl of chocolate into the larger bowl. Let it sit for a bit, and stir it around gently until it has all melted. If you find that the water has cooled too much in order to melt the chocolate fully, just pour out the cold water and replace with more boiling water.

– In the book, these are known as PB & Ps, I’ve just called them Peanut Butter and Pretzel bars for the sake of ease of recognition in my recipe index, and SEO (which is totally boring blogger stuff that would make you roll your eyes.. :/ )

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Bars (known as PB & Ps in the book)

Yield: 20 bars

3 cups salted mini pretzels
1 cup salted creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed, light brown sugar
10 tbsp (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate

Line an 8 x 8" baking pan with foil, coat with non stick spray. Set aside.

Roughly crush 2 cups of the mini pretzels, either by pulsing in a food processor, or buy putting them into a sandwich bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.

Combine the peanut butter, butter and sugars in a small bowl, then stir in the crushed pretzels. Press this mixture evenly into the lined pan, and chill for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, temper the milk chocolate (see notes) and pour over the chilled peanut butter mixture, using a rubber spatula to spread it evenly and smooth it out.

Tap the pan against a hard surface to even out the chocolate a bit more.

Place 20 mini pretzels evenly in a grid pattern on top of the chocolate (they'll be your guide for cutting the bars). Leave at room temperature until the chocolate has set.

Lift the foil out of the pan with the bars, peel the foil off, then using a sharp knife, cut into squares.


  1. says

    Peanut butter and chocolate is BY FAR one of my favorite flavor combinations! The sweet and salty is just undeniably tasty. And, seriously, Breaking Bad is AMAZING. One of those series you just can’t stop watching.

  2. says

    These LOOK amazing. I was actually just gathering the ingredients for something similar that should be on my blog SOON! However… no bake is winning my heart.


  3. says

    I would like to say that peanut butter and chocolate isn’t my favorite, but it is. I’ll add that butterscotch and peanut butter is awesome, as is peanut butter and…wait for it…pretzel. Haha.

  4. dana says

    peanut butter and strawberry preserves! ultimate combo. But I don’t say no to peanut butter anything, basically. These look delicious!

  5. says

    Peanut butter and chocolate hands down.. peanut butter and apples.. peanut butter and graham crackers. I love me some peanut butter. Gorgeous photos, as per usual. Breaking Bad is probably one of the only hit TV shows that I’ve never been able to get into.. probably the follow-the-rules pharmacist within me prevents that, haha. 😉

  6. Jenny says

    Oh peanut butter… I love it in everything , but with some chocolate, and maybe in ice cream , now we’re talking !

  7. Irene says

    I am able to resist chocolate; but once pretzels get involved, I can’t resist. I am gonna hafta make these.

  8. Leah says

    Oh geez! I just love peanut butter. Scooping it out of the jar with pretzels, with chocolate, eating it with Nutella, putting it on a banana… I could go on and on!

  9. says

    Ermagaaad these are amazing! I love your styles photos its like my very own subscription to a glossy good magazine without the price tag!!


    Katie <3

  10. says

    DELICIOUS!! I’m loving that your styled photos are back, such a great source of inspiration and you have a talent of making them look realistic (is that possible?)
    These would go down a treat in my house as all my fan are total PB addicts!!
    x x x

  11. Nat. says

    WOW! I love it! I’m totally carzy about peanut butter so it’s my paradise! And this cookbook looks so lovely, I’d like to try all of the recipes :) <3

  12. Flora says

    I eat peanut butter and granny smith apples. And peanut butter on rice cakes or any sort of cracker. And on chocolate digestives. My favourite though is an English muffin with crunchy peanut butter on one side and really runny raspberry jam on the other. When they sandwich together some crazy melty magic happens! What I am really trying to say is I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!

  13. says

    these are so adorable! i would try to put some nutella in there, too. nutella + peanut butter. is a win. every single time.

  14. Jessica says

    Peanut butter and oreos are my favorite peanut butter flavor combo (soooo good but you wouldn’t expect it!)

    btw these photos are beautiful and I am going to make these the minute I am done with classes.

  15. says

    ahw I wish I could use any peanut butter before my daddy eats it all :(
    btw Izy I wrote you a message on facebook, I wonder have you got it or not :)

  16. Kelly says

    Are you kidding? Peanut butter goes with everything! I love it with chocolate, honey, marshmallow fluff, and on all sorts of fruits and veggies (especially apples!).

  17. Allie H says

    This book and these pretzel noms look AMAZING…omg
    and you’re right about the oven in the summer…we are not besties in the heat, the oven and I

  18. says

    Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely my number one combo, but I am very partial to peanut butter and bananas, esp in banana cream pie.

  19. Nathalie says

    Hey, whaddaya mean US residents only???

    “Made with lovin’, not the oven” totally cracked me up and I thought woah I NEED this book.

    And now I find – living in Germany – that I can’t.

    Oh bugger.

    Anyways, love your recipe and the new old photostyle.

  20. Zoë says

    I’m a combo lover: chocolate + peanut butter; banana + honey; cinnamon + chili; and then chocolate + anything.
    I love these bars and I love no bake treats. Thank you, more please.

  21. Sherri says

    Peanut Butter and a dark salted caramel chocolate are great. Could add banana or any fruit to go with it.
    Yummy. Thanks

  22. Elisa says

    Any combo of peanut butter and chocolate is fantastic! I love the salty sweet combo….. for better or worse!

  23. Andrea J says

    I always love your posts, but this one hits a very special place. Peanut butter and chocolate are great and all, but OH MY GOD PRETZELS TOO? Genius! Love it!

  24. Lisa Perry says

    Ive been having whole wheat toast with natural pb & wondering why I dont have it more often :) I also have banana & pb ice cream quite often!! I pretty much love pb!

  25. Charlie says

    That’s so funny. I was just looking around the house for a no bake recipe for something sweet. This’ll be perfect. (The ovens are not allowed to go on; 90 degree heat, it’s HOT)

  26. says

    Oh yes, with hot Texas summer approaching, a book like this is exactly what I need to survive! “Oven” becomes a four letter word (which, yes, I know, it is anyway) in our household once the temperatures sore.

  27. keshakeke says

    My favorite flavors with peanut butter is to get a big ol’ spoon of PB and dip it in a bag of white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips! Maybe more than one time!

  28. says

    YUM – we are having nice warm temps here and I hated having to turn on my oven, these look so absolutely delicious. Peanut Butter and Chocolate are some of my favorite combinations – throw in those pretzels and we are in heaven!

  29. Cady says

    My favorite peanut butter combo would have to be peanut butter and bananas. That combo just can never get better, especially on some white bread and then warmed.

  30. Lynette says

    Let’s see…pb & chocolate, pb & apples, pb & bacon! Ooh, pb rice krispy treats, another no-bake sweet :)

  31. says

    Not sure that I could pick just one favorite for pairing with my peanut butter, but I’ll go with strawberry jelly. I also LOVE PB cookies and how well it works for Thai-inspired dishes!

  32. Karen says

    Um, chocolate is the best match for peanut butter, obviously! Always and forever. When I was little I loved peanut butter and honey sandwiches, though. Also peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.

  33. Fran says

    peanutbutter and chocolate and peanutbutter and honey and the old favorite peanutbutter and jelly. hmm. or peanutbutter right out of the jar.

  34. Maddy says

    Peanut butter and chocolate is one of those unbeatable flavour combinations. Lately, I have been making treats with peanut butter and chocolate-hazelnut. Yum!

  35. says

    Oh my god, these bars are SO deliciously cute. And no-bake anything — yes please, right now. We went from super cold and rainy to 90 GD degrees yesterday, and soooo humid. Give me a break!

    Also, bouncing back to the last post, someone actually left me a comment on Wednesday that said “I’d like to see the recipe first and your comments afterward!”…..WHAT. It’s a plague sweeping the world! I still haven’t approved it because I’m trying to figure out how to respond to it. 😛

    And cornflake fudge pie……………..OMFG.

    • says

      A propos to what? Who puts their recipes first anyway? Seriously.

      Anyway, Izy, about your last post, take it as a compliment! The bigger you get, the harder it is to please everyone. Also, haters gonna hate. Also, you should just do what makes you happy. Okay, enough wisdom from me today. I need to start collecting no-bake desserts like this one. I’m sold on anything that’s like a peanut butter cup!!! And like Carey mentioned, we got hit with some summer weather yesterday and it was gross, smelly, and sticky. Not fun.

  36. says

    It’s so weird, I feel like it was yesterday I was complaining about turning on the oven and all you Northern Hemisphere types were cooking soups and pies and hot chocolate! It’s basically my life’s goal to move hemisphere and be seasonally in-sync with the blogging world haha 😛

    For me, Peanut butter and honey on mountain bread is like the best thing. Ever. Though I made some pretty awesome choc-chip peanut butter cookies the other day, and PB on a banana is like my breakfast default, Peanut Butter and Honey ALWAYS wins!

  37. Lisa says

    My fave is chocolate and peanut butter with banana. Sometimes I make frozen banana bites: you chop up bananas, drench them in chocolate and peanut butter, and freeze ’em!

  38. says

    Chocolate and peanut butter is hands down the best combo (seriously, what doesn’t taste better with chocolate?) But in a close second is peanut butter and raspberry! I love adding a bunch of fresh raspberries and a spoonful of PB to my oatmeal in the morning.

  39. Andrea says

    Just looked at the picture before reading the blog and said to myself, “peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels! amazing mix!”
    So yes, peanut butter and chocolte (I like dark) is my choice.

  40. says

    I am making these currently and am having trouble fitting 20 pretzels into an 8″ x 8″ pan. Also, having the rows 4 pretzels by 5 pretzels would make the bars rectangular when you cut them (yours look square) Are you sure the pan size is correct? ( I definitely have mini pretzels). Thanks!

    • says

      I trimmed them into squares for the photos so they’d look better. I definitely was able to fit all the pretzels in, but it would probably vary depending on the size of them. In the UK food tends to be smaller than in the US in general, so I’m guessing that mini pretzels here are probably smaller than there. Just fit as many as you can in and cut them up, it doesn’t really affect the bars :)

  41. KimberlyH says

    Peanut Butter is pretty much good with anything and everything, but a favorite combination is definitely peanut butter & chocolate or peanut butter & fluff! Yum!

  42. Jessy says

    my favorite treat is to spread peanut butter & nutella on a graham cracker. oh man…i have no self control! 😉

  43. Shannon says

    OMG! I think I love anything with Peanut Butter. Can’t go wrong with PB + Chocolate. I also love PB + Apple.

  44. Michelle C. says

    My ultimate peanut butter combo is chocolate and peanut butter. I mean come on!!! :) My runner ups are peanut butter and banana and peanut butter with apple and cinnamon. Delish!!

  45. Kelli W. says

    I absolutely adore anything with peanut butter or chocolate, especially peanut butter AND chocolate! Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing? MMMMMMMM

  46. says

    Dude, just started watching breaking bad last night – SO good. I got through 4 episodes, and I’m thinking season 1 is going to be dominated today. If only I had some of these pb pretzel bars to nibble during the show, I’d be in heaven!

  47. Kathleen says

    Ooooo – always peanut butter and chocolate. But peanut butter and honey is a really close 2nd. Also, given that it’s 88 degrees today, I NEEDED a no bake recipe! Thank you!

  48. Jacqui says

    The classic peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite!! Although peanut butter and banana is a close second :-)

  49. Daniela says

    Peanut butter and chocolate is a given! But I’d love to try peanut butter and marshmallow fluff that everyone talks about :)

  50. Kim C. says

    Oh MY!! I’m definitely going to be buying pretzels on my next grocery store trip. The bars look delicious and are totally adorable as well. I think there’s just nothing better than peanut butter , dark chocolate and bananas together, it’s seriously one of the best flavor combinations.

  51. says

    They look absolutely cute as heck! Loving the pretzel heart kiss on each one. My fella would devour the entire stack of these, I’m sure! He’s a PB fiend :)

  52. Susan Galasso says

    These bars look delish! And since it hit 90 here at my home in the mountains of NE PA, I’m all for no-bake!

  53. Lindsay says

    Peanut Butter and banana with maybe a little bacon for that sweet and salty and decadent taste.

  54. Rachel says

    Lately for breakfast I’ve loved wheat toast, peanut butter, and bananas! Delicious and high in protein!

  55. Tine says

    By far my favorite is peanut butter, pancakes, a sunny side egg, and sausage or bacon sandwich smothered in warm maple syrup. But a close second is peanut butter and banana on a rice cake.

  56. Rebecca Murray says

    What an awesome combo! I also love peanut butter with bananas. I’ll often intentionally give myself too much peanut butter for the banana so that I have an excuse to eat the rest with pretzels! =P

  57. says

    I absolutely love these photos. The textures are amazing (and I’m sure they’re fantastic to eat as well!). Such a great combo, too. And the idea of a no-bake cookbook is excellent!

  58. Sydney says

    I love peanut butter with banana….chocolate….apples…oatmeal….yogurt……I just love peanut butter :)

  59. Heather says

    Those look so decadent. I love peanut butter with chocolate, but honey is probably even dearer to my palate.

  60. Melissa H says

    Clearly pb & chocolate is the bomb. It’s 90+ degrees today in Massachusetts, so this no bake recipe book sounds amazing!

  61. Sarah says

    Peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels are the jackpot of my favorite combo! If I don’t win a copy of the book, I have clipped it to purchase! I know exactly what you mean about not turning on the oven.

  62. stscey says

    I am in the PB and chocolate camp although a good PB and honey or jam sandwich is always appreciated.

  63. mary k says

    PB and anything. chocolate is yummy. granola is great. my fav snack is apple slices smothered in peanut butter.

  64. says

    Peanut butter is literally my favorite food. My most recent discovery is the joy of peanut butter and dolce de leche- you wouldn’t think to combine the two, but they are outrageous together!

  65. says

    I’m a fan of anything with chocolate and peanut butter. But I have become quite addicted to PB and pretzels. Also kitchen sink/cowboy cookies are a delight because it mixes PB and oatmeal and chocolate chips into a deliciously flavor-packed cookie!

  66. Janelle says

    There are flavors you can put with peanut butter other than just chocolate? Who knew? Just kidding. I love to dip apples in peanut butter, but my favorite PB combo flavor is simply chocolate.

  67. says

    As if peanut butter cups aren’t addictive enough on their own, you have to go and throw delicious, salty, crunchy pretzels into the mix. Now I’m really in trouble. I’ll have to hide them from myself! P.s., I’m loving the return of the styled photos. They’re so beautiful!

  68. says

    And she’s baaaaack! Tell me about it–NO ovens, please. It’s a good 90 degrees F here nowadays, but it’ll be epic chill time with PB&P. :)

  69. E Z says

    Yum!!! Peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate are 3 of my favorite things… I’m constantly bookmarking recipes that have those ingredients in the title!

  70. says

    what DOESN’T peanut butter go with? peanut butter and strawberry preserves might be the classic winning combo for me, though. smooth and mellow peanut butter with bright and sweet strawberries? nothing quite like it.

    love the blog! your photos are bomb!

  71. Catherine says

    Peanut butter and chocolate (of course), and peanut butter with salted caramel. Cheers for American excess! Yum.

  72. Shannon says

    I made these today and followed your recipe EXACTLY. The problem that I had is that the pb layer did not harden like you show in your pictures. It stayed quite soft. The flavors were great though. Did you crush two cups of pretzels (as your recipe says) or did you use 2 cups of crushed pretzels?

  73. Bethany says

    I’m sorry to report that I made these a few days ago and while the flavor was good, mine also did not harden very well at all. I had to put them in the fridge to make them not somewhat melty and soft from the peanut butter. Once they were in the fridge I tried taking them back out but once they were at room temperature they became soft again so this was not a good treat for transporting. But they look pretty!

  74. Lauren Windham says

    Hey Izy, I made these as well. While the flavor was good, the bottom never hardened, even after freezing it. And then, since they were frozen, the chocolate on top was way too hard and I had to bite them with my back teeth– not very enjoyable! But keep on keepin’ on, I love your blog/ your instagram page/ etc. You are great at what you do!

  75. Jessica says

    Has anyone tried making these yet? I did today and only used a about 1/4 cup powedered sugar since I thought they would be sweet enough and didn’t need much more. Turned out delicious, however as soon as they hit room temp the bottoms are completely soft. Do not keep shape and really messy. Does the powdered sugar really make that difference or is something else going wrong?

    • says

      Think about it kind of like frosting – if you added half the amount of powdered sugar than usual the frosting would be mainly butter and so would be softer. Add more powdered sugar and the frosting gets firmer and thicker! If you keep them in the fridge they should be absolutely fine with the 1/4 cup of sugar :)


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