Sweet Recipe: Pretzel & Peanut Butter Overload Bars

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Sweet-and-salty treats have been my weakness lately. When sharing this fact with friends, I have learned that this is a weakness shared by many. I have been snacking on way too many caramel pecan pretzels lately!

I recently set out to create peanut butter cookie bars. I happened to glance into the pantry and eyed some pretzels. My wheels started turning and I was nearly immediately set on the idea of a peanut butter and pretzel bar. Creamy peanut butter spread onto a crispy, salty pretzel is a snack that I have enjoyed since I was a kid. It’s simple, filling, and I nearly always have these staples on-hand.

The melted butter in these bars makes for a creamy, chewy texture. The added crunch from the pretzels and Reese’s Pieces is the perfect contrast. And the sweet-and-salty combo has never tasted so nostalgic.

Pretzel peanut butter overload bar on white plate with pan in background

Pretzel & Peanut Butter Overload Bars Recipe


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 pretzels
3/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces Candy


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 peanut butter chips until combined. Pour into the prepared dish, on top of the pretzel crust.

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.

Note: Reese's Peanut Butter chips can be found in the baking aisle, near other baking chips. If you cannot find them, substitute the same amount with more Reese's Pieces candy.

Are you craving sweet-and-salty treats lately? What is your favorite combination?

Cassie Laemmli is the blogger, recipe developer, and photographer behind the blog Bake Your Day. She lives in the heart of Kansas City with her husband Paul. By day she manages corporate wellness programs for a local insurance broker. But by night, she is a kitchen-dweller, creating quick and healthy meals, and fun and unique desserts. Connect with Bake Your Day on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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