chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars

I have been dying to try this recipe from make happy ever since this summer when Marisa posted it. I finally had an excuse to make some this week for a friends birthday and WOW were they good. Chocolate and peanut butter are too of my favorite things. Throw in salted pretzels and you’ve got a pretty sweet {no pun intendend!}combination. I think next time {because there will most definitely be a next time} I might even take it up notch with dark chocolate chips. Yum!

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
1 ¾ cups brown sugar
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
½ cup melted butter
3 cups pretzels
1 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup butter

  • Combine peanut butter, sugars, and ½ cup melted butter, mixing well. Place pretzels in a re-sealable plastic bag and crush into tiny pieces. Add crushed pretzels to peanut butter mixture, incorporating thoroughly. Press peanut butter pretzel mixture into 9×13 dish, lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer to chill while you prepare the chocolate.
  • Place chocolate chips and ¼ cup butter into a microwavable bowl. Microwave one minute; stir. Microwave until chocolate is completely melted, 30 seconds at a time, stirring between.
  • Bring dish out of freezer and spread melted chocolate evenly on top of peanut butter layer.
  • Return to freezer for 1-2 hours until completely chilled and chocolate has hardened. Use parchment paper to lift chilled deliciousness out of the dish; use a strong, sharp knife to cut into small bars/squares.
* *Marisa suggested that If you use a thicker peanut butter, you may need an extra tablespoon or so of melted butter to hold the ingredients together. I used JIF creamy peanut butter and I ended up needing an extra TBSP of butter to get the peanut butter mixture smooth and cohesive.
ENJOY!!
original recipe via make happy
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