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!


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


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 on August 21, 2012.