Salty & sweet, these no-bake peanut butter pretzel bars are a crunchy nutty dessert topped with chocolate and more crumbled pretzels.
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.