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)


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.


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

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


  3. Just made these - delicious and easy!!

  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.

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

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

    Enjoy everyone!

  7. These were FABULOUS! My kids loved them!

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

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

    The Kitchen Grrrls

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

  11. I think we need to make these again!

  12. Your pretzel recipe has been featured on the Limefish Studio National Pretzel Day guide!


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