Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars


We're back... and better than ever. Well, at least for this dessert.




These bars are super yummy. The pretzels give a nice bit of saltiness and crunch against the super smoothness of the chocolate ganache. 



Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Recipe by Craving Chronicles, Vegan adaptations noted within recipe ingredients.

Makes 9 medium or 16 small bars
Peanut Butter Base Ingredients
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or earth balance)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups pretzels crushed in a food processor but not too fine, you want some chunks
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

1 heaping cup semisweet chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)

Directions

Line 8×8 pan with foil. Spray with baking spray.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt peanut butter and butter together in microwave (about 1 minute on HIGH). Stir in pretzel crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and salt. Spread evenly into prepared pan and refrigerate at least 10 minutes.
In a small saucepan or microwave-safe container, heat heavy cream to near boiling (1-2 minutes on HIGH, depending on your microwave). Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. (If needed, microwave on DEFROST 10 seconds at a time to finish melting.) Pour chocolate over chilled peanut butter base. Chill.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. Lift foil to remove from pan, then slice into bars with a pizza cutter. Store in refrigerator.



12 comments:

  1. These look absolutely decadent. Might need to make them for 4th of July.

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  2. Oh, you most definitely should! They're worthy of their own celebration ;)

    Enjoy,
    Caitlin

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  3. Just made these - delicious and easy!!

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  4. OMG!! Those look absolutely fabulous. I've made something similar with Special K, but loving the pretzel charm. Glad I came across your blog via Serious Eats.

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  5. Those look AMAZING!!! Going on my must-make list for sure!

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  6. Do it! Make them, for sure. You will not be disappointed and they are really quite easy :)

    Enjoy everyone!

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  7. These were FABULOUS! My kids loved them!

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  8. Yum! I make a similar one with graham crackers which is too, but I will try these.

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  9. Hey Melissa,
    I am sure you will love this variation. The pretzels are so crunchy and salty - it's addictive!!

    The Kitchen Grrrls

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  10. OMG. Wow. I love everything about this!

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  11. I think we need to make these again!

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  12. Your pretzel recipe has been featured on the Limefish Studio National Pretzel Day guide! http://limefishstudio.blogspot.com/2012/04/national-pretzel-day.html

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