Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares


1 package (16 ounces) miniature pretzels
1-1/2 cups butter, melted
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening


1Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides. Set aside 1-1/2 cups pretzels for topping. Pulse remaining pretzels in a food processor until fine crumbs form. In a large bowl, mix butter, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar and pretzel crumbs.
2Press into prepared pan. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer. Break reserved pretzels and sprinkle over top; press down gently. Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 1 hour. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into bars.

Helpful Hints:

My secret to these rich, no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut butter-chocolate pairing. These irresistible treats were the first to sell out at our PTA bake sale last year!
Total Time
Prep:15 min. + chilling
Makes about 4 dozen
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 201 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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