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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are an easy no-bake treat to whip up this holiday season! These bars are the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Top them with seasonal sprinkles for a festive touch!

Plated peanut butter pretzel bars with corn syrup and a bowl of pretzels in the background

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It really shouldn’t surprise you that getting in the kitchen and baking up holiday treats is one of my favorite things to do once the holiday season rolls around. I mean, I run a site called “My Baking Addiction” for a reason!

But as much as I love whipping up baked goods like Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake this time of year, I also love having an arsenal of no-bake recipes to turn to.

After all, sometimes my oven is in use baking something else, and sometimes I just want something that’s quick to pull together! 

Not to mention that no-bake recipes are so much fun to make with Elle. 

That’s why recipes like Chocolate Peppermint Scotcheroos, Popcorn Balls, No-Bake Cheesecake Bars, and these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are some of my favorites to throw together these days.

Ingredients for peanut butter pretzel bars arranged on a marble countertop

WHAT ARE PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BARS?

These Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are a little bit of a cross between a Chocolate Scotcheroo and No-Bake Butterscotch Bars.

These no-bake bars use crispy rice cereal and crushed pretzels as a base with tons of peanut butter and some chocolate on top. 

Peanut butter syrup being poured over rice cereal and pretzels in a white mixing bowl

The bars have some sweetness to them, so the pretzels in the bars help add some saltiness to balance out the sweetness. If you’re someone who loves salty-sweet combos, these bars are definitely right up your alley.

I also love that these bars can be cut into big pieces for a decadent treat or into small pieces for small bites to serve at a holiday party. 

Peanut butter pretzel bar base being mixed together in a white mixing bowl

NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BAR INGREDIENTS

These easy bars only use a handful of ingredients. In fact, I bet you have most of what you need in your pantry right now!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups roughly chopped pretzels
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
Spatula spreading chocolate on top of peanut butter pretzel bars in a metal pan

The key to this recipe is using Karo® Light Corn Syrup. It helps hold these no-bake bars together and gives them the perfect texture without any crystallization. 

After all, we want these bars to be crunchy from the crispy rice cereal and the pretzels, not from crystalized sugar!

Overhead view of peanut butter pretzel bars topped with red and green sprinkles in a metal baking pan

HOW TO MAKE THESE NO-BAKE BARS

If you can make Rice Krispie Treats, then you can make these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars!

Add the Karo® Light Corn Syrup and sugar in a large saucepan and cook this mixture over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let this come to a boil, then remove it from the heat.

Immediately stir in the creamy peanut butter and mix well, then add the pretzels and rice cereal, stirring until everything is evenly coated.

Pour this mixture into a greased 13×9-inch pan and pat it into place with a silicone spatula. 

Three peanut butter pretzel bars on a white plate

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Once this is melted, spread it over the bars. If you like, this is the time to add some festive sprinkles!

Let the bars cool completely before cutting them and digging in.

Overhead view of two white plates, each containing three peanut butter pretzel bars

CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE THE PEANUT BUTTER?

If you can’t have peanut butter, you can still enjoy these bars. Swap the peanut butter for almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or even cashew butter. 

Swap the 1 cup of peanut butter chips for the topping with another cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or even dark chocolate chips.

Plates of peanut butter pretzel bars topped with red and green sprinkles

STORAGE TIPS

These bars are great to make ahead of time, so they’re perfect for holiday parties or giving to friends and neighbors.

To store, cut them into bars and pop them into airtight containers. They’ll keep for up to a week.

These would be adorable packaged in vintage tins for a holiday host gift, or nestled into kraft paper boxes. You can even change up the sprinkles on top to make them perfect for any holiday or occasion.

Plate of peanut butter pretzel bars decorated with festive sprinkles next to a bottle of Karo corn syrup
Three peanut butter pretzel bars on a white plate

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are an easy no-bake treat to whip up this holiday season! These bars are the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Top them with seasonal sprinkles for a festive touch!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups roughly chopped pretzels
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add pretzels and cereal; stir until evenly coated.
  2. Pour into greased 13x9-inch pan and pat into place.
  3. Melt chocolate and peanut butter chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over cereal. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Cool at least 45 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars.

Notes

Almond butter or sunflower seed butter may be substituted for the peanut butter.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 146mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 5g

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Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

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Jamie

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

So happy to hear you enjoy the recipes! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie

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