No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Salty & sweet, I had to share my no-bake peanut butter pretzel bars. After posting a picture of these treats on Instagram, I heard from lots of people that they would like to try the recipe. The bars are very easy to make, and as we inch toward summer, what could be better than not pre-heating the oven!? To give them a more fancy look, I used a rectangular tart pan instead of the usual square baking dish.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Adapted from Ghirardelli

Makes about 12 bars

Non-stick cooking spray
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces pretzel sticks, crushed (about 1 cup of crumbs)
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Pretzels, any shape, for decorating

Grease a non-stick rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom with non-stick cooking spray. (You also can use an 8-inch-square pan. I recommend lining it with parchment).

In a large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla extract, pretzel crumbs, peanut butter and sugar. Press the dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.

Place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Melt them in 30-second blasts in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Pour the chocolate in the pan. Use an offset spatula or knife to spread. Sprinkle with pretzels.

Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour, before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.