Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Peanut Butter Overload Pretzel Bars

My sweet and salty kick is still going on.  And I’m not apologizing.  This time in a sweet, gooey, chewy cookie bar. Peanut butter pretzel bars came to life after going to the grocery store with no list and an empty stomach.  And a ravenous sweet tooth.  A ravenous sweet tooth that happened to make its way into the baking aisle of Target and happened to stumble upon peanut butter chips.  Hello, where have these been all my life?

They are big trouble folks.  You know what else is trouble?  Candy in the checkout line.  Specifically Reece’s Pieces candy in the checkout line.  I have a hard time resisting this particular candy.  Especially after I have already concocted a peanut butter chip cookies in my mind.  Reece’s Pieces only add to the mix with their crunchy perfection.

So I caved, decided on bars instead of cookies, and then got home and saw a brand new jar of peanut butter.  So, naturally, into the bars it went.  And the idea was near perfect when my Pretzel Crisps caught my eye.  So why not dump a few in?

A sweet and salty cookie bar could never be wrong.  And friends, these peanut butter pretzel bars are definitely not wrong.  Not wrong in the least.

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Peanut Butter Overload Pretzel Bars

Yield: 20 bars

Total Time: 40 minutes

Soft & chewy cookie bars overflowing with peanut butter flavor and topped off with a salty, crunchy pretzel-y twist!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1 /2 cups crushed Pretzel Crisps
3/4 cup Reece’s PB chips
3/4 cup Reece’s Pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

Melt the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Gradually add to the butter and peanut butter and mix well. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in the pretzels, peanut butter chips and Reece's Pieces and stir until combined. Pour into the prepared dish.

Bake in the preheated oven for 28-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and begin to pull away. Cool completely before cutting.

Cassie's Notes:
Peanut Butter chips should be available in the baking section near the chocolate chips. If you can't find them, just double the amount of Reece's Pieces candy that you add.

This post was originally published on Momitforward.com on August 21, 2012.

 

52 Responses to “Peanut Butter Overload Pretzel Bars”

  1. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 22, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    You certainly don’t need to apologize to me! The best desserts are sweet and salty. I could eat chocolate covered pretzels all day so YAY.

  2. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — August 22, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    This is nothing but right, right, right all the way.

  3. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 22, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    How could anyone think that this was wrong? These are so right! So many good things on one place. Looks perfect. 🙂

  4. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 22, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Oh my goodness, yes please!!

  5. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 22, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I freakin’ love the baking aisle in Target. My wallet doesn’t, but my tummy definitely appreciates all the creations that have been born because of it. 😉

  6. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 22, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Sweet & salty never requires apologies. These look delish.

  7. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 22, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    A sweet and salty bar this good is absolutely NEVER wrong!!! This is amazing looking!! I can never resist buying Reeses too;-)

  8. #
    Jenn (eating bender) — August 22, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Oh my goodness. The peanut butter combined with the pretzel crisps sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try this recipe…annnnnd I am officially drooling as I type. Yum! Reese’s pieces over M&Ms any day. 🙂

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Omg they look delish! My next post happens to be bars with pb & pretzels (but they’re nobake). I cannot get enough of that salty ‘n sweet combo!

  10. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 22, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    You know what I call peanut butter overload? Just the right amount of peanut butter!! <3

  11. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — August 22, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    pb pretzels are one of my favorites so the thought of combining Reese’s with pretzels in a blondie sounds incredible!

  12. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 22, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Oh man, these bars look out of this world!! I LOVE the combination of peanut butter and pretzels. I must make this and now!!

  13. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 22, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Wanna go ahead and bring those with you this weekend? That’d be great.

  14. #
    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — August 22, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    There is never too many sweet salty recipes out there! These look fabulous!

  15. #
    Anna — August 22, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Sweet and salty can never be overdone…these look delicious!

  16. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 22, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I looove the sweet + salty combo + these look just wonderful. Love the addition of peanut butter!

  17. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 22, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    While reading your post today I was eating Reese’s pieces. It must be a sign!

  18. #
    JulieD — August 22, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    OMG this looks amazing!!! sweet & salty is my favorite combo!

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 22, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    I love sweet & salty combos, these bars are perfection!

  20. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 22, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    These look amazing!!

  21. #
    Parsley Sage — August 22, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Oh my! You need to buy MORE checkout candy if its gonna inspire you to blow my mind with recipes like this. DEEEEE-lish 🙂

  22. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — August 22, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    You and I would get ourselves into all sorts of trouble together. I looooove peanut butter and chocolate and salty/sweet/crunchy all together is how every treat should be in my opinion. Looks great and addicting

  23. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 22, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Reece’s seem to jump in my cart everytime I am in the checkout line too. 😉 Love this sweet and salty combo!

  24. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 22, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I really just couldn’t click on the link to this post fast enough – Amazing! Salty! Sweet! I’m just dying inside… (and I love that you used cake flour)

  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 22, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Ohhh yes Puh-lease! Cassie the whole salty pretzel meets pb is killer! I’m dying over here!

  26. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 22, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Sweet & salty combo is my absolute favorite. I need these now!

  27. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — August 22, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    It’s like you made these jut for ME!!! I feel special just looking at them. 🙂

  28. #
    Emily — August 22, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    These look SERIOUSLY divine. I need more salty & sweet in my life. As in, now.

  29. #
    Chrissy — August 22, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I would do anything for that right now. I love love love Reese’s Pieces!! ahhhh.

  30. #
    Erin — August 22, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Anything with peanut butter is good with me! These look wonderful!

  31. #
    jen @ one curly fry — August 22, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Reese’s Pieces are like crack. I need to try these.

  32. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 22, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Mmm, one of my favorite things ever is to get those long pretzel rods and dunk them in peanut butter so I know I’d love these. In fact, I would probably eat the entire pan!

  33. #
    Cookie and Kate — August 22, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    I couldn’t make these without eating the entire pan by myself. Chocolate and crispy salty things will be my downfall! Can I bribe you for just one piece (and no more)? 🙂

  34. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — August 22, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I didn’t have Reeces Pieces until I was an adult and now I totally love them.

  35. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — August 22, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Sweet and salty is one of my favorite combos of all time, so you definitely dont need to apologize to me 😉 These look seriously goooooood!

  36. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 22, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    GAH! Reece’s Pieces are my fav! I want shove these bars into my right meow!

  37. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — August 22, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Pretzels and peanut butter are a match made in heaven and I love the addition of Reese’s Pieces!

  38. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 22, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    I’m drooling! These are amazing.

  39. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 22, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    best combination ever!! i love everything you shoved into this!!

  40. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 23, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    Wow these are absolutely sinful! I absolutely love the peanut butter pretzel combo!

  41. #
    Sally @ Sallys baking addiction — August 23, 2012 @ 4:32 am

    Hey Cassie! Wow. You know I’m a peanut butter gal. AND a sweet salty fiend! The combination in these bars is amazing- lol I feel I could eat the entire pan!

  42. #
    Aggie — August 23, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Seriously, did you have to say peanut butter and pretzels in the same name. Holy moly, these were made for me.

  43. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 23, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh Cassie, you have got me dreaming of these over here!! Salty and sweet has been my jam lately.

  44. #
    katie — August 23, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Oh man I’m all for the salty-sweet combo! Love this!

  45. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — August 24, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    These may not be breakfast appropriate, but OH, I wish I had one of these for breakfast right now. I love sweet and salty together!

  46. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 25, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    I’m going to need a batch or two of these right away!

  47. #
    luv what you do — August 25, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    Yum!
    I have some leftover pretzal thins and I’m not sure what to do with them. Baked bars it is!

  48. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — August 27, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    My kids are crazy for pb and would absolutely love these!

  49. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 27, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    there is so much naughtiness in these bars! it’s amazing!! I’m totally going to save this recipe for halloween!

  50. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 3, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Reece’s Pieces and pretzels in one dessert?! Count me in! 🙂

  51. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 6, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    These are right up my alley…unfortunately. 🙂 Peanut butter chips are the devil’s work. I put them in the freezer until it was time to bake something but those little suckers kept sneaking out of the freezer and into my mouth. 🙂

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