From the Recipe Box: No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

by kitchenarian on June 21, 2011

Happy Summer Solstice! Welcome to the first official day of summer. I have to admit I feel a bit like summer has been going on for quite a while in our household, but I know that many of my friends’ children are just finishing up the school year and that is certainly reason to celebrate.

What exactly is the summer solstice? On this day, the Earth’s and the moon’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun, and therefore we have the longest period of daylight today. So how are you going to make the most of it? I recommend making something delicious. In fact, I recommend making these no bake peanut butter bars. I made them for the first time this week to take with us on vacation. And the vote was unanimous, from four adults and seven children, that they are thumbs up delicious. Recipe adapted from


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups smooth peanut butter
2- 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
11.5 ounce bag milk chocolate (or semi-sweet) chips
Pretzel sticks

Put butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until butter and peanut butter are melted, one to two minutes (time will vary by microwave).  Remove from microwave and add vanilla and confectioner’s sugar. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a ball of dough that leaves the side of the bowl. Put in a 9×13 pan and press down.

Pour chocolate chips in a small microwave bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. Pour over top of peanut butter mixture and spread evenly. Break pretzel sticks up into smaller pieces and sprinkle on top. Push gently into chocolate.  Allow to cool completely at room temperature or place in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Slice into squares. Makes about 24 squares.

Kitchenarian notes:  I used Ghirardelli chocolate to make this dessert.  Since I was just melting the chocolate and pouring it on top, I wanted a nicer quality chocolate.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love these bars, and I love that you put pretzels on top!! I want to sit at that beach RIGHT NOW!!!!!


foodie June 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

loved the recipe. love the blog.


Patty June 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Wowzers, these are knocking my socks off..they look so good and I’m loving no oven and the pretzels on top;-)


Danielle@Runs With Spatulas June 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

What a great looking dessert to satisfy my peanut butter and chocolate cravings. Bonus points for no oven!


Culinarian June 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Wow! These look beyond good. And no baking in time for summer…perfect!


briarrose June 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Perfection. I love the pretzels sprinkled across the top for that jot of salty/crunchy goodness.


Foodies on the Fly June 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

These look fantastic! Salty & sweet perfection.


Tiffany June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I HEART Trader Joe’s peanut butter-chocolate pretzels … your bars look EVER better! 😀


Mike@ The Culinary Lens June 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I cannot wait to try these.. Look fanastic


Happy When Not Hungry June 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

These bars look amazing! They are so creative and look so amazing. Love peanut butter anything!


yummychunklet June 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

How fun! No-bake anything is tops in my book. No need to get any hotter with an oven on!


Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs June 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

At this time of year you have to love a recipe that doesn’t need the oven. Those pretzels on top have sold this for me.


Annie Oakley's Kitchen June 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

With how short I am on time lately I have really been diggin on the no bake desserts. This one looks like it’s right up my alley!


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom June 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

There’s a candy bar with PB, choc and pretzels…I think it’s Take 5? Anyway my daughter and I love ’em and we’ll surely love your no bake PB bars too. These sound like the perfect vacation from baking to me.

Reply June 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

mmmm! I love the pretzels on top… yum!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day June 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

These sound so perfect and easy, thanks for sharing! I love no-bake desserts, especially in the summer!


Tina@flourtrader June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Nothing like sinfully delicious and easy to make-always gets my vote. Great salty topper to. Yum.


jess white June 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

Love this, great idea with pretzels on top, but they had a lovely salty taste!


Shaili June 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

Awesome stuff!! thanks for sharing……will be making them for sure this weekend and let you know how they turn out!!!


Becky June 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

No oven? , Chocolate and peanut butter, and pretzels in one bar? I’m making then soon. Very soon. Thanks for sharing!


Alida @ Alida's Kitchen June 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

YUM! I love anything chocolate and peanut butter, and pretzels are a welcome bonus. I can’t wait to make this easy treat!


Evan @swEEts June 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

I make something like this every Christmas.. makes me long for the cooler months! I like the addition of the salty pretzels on top though!


Chef Dennis June 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate, it’s a match made in heaven!
the pretzels are such a nice touch. I love the beach shot too, it will be nice to make to the beach this summer!


mjskit June 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

WOW! A cookie that doesn’t require an oven AND it’s peanut butter and chocolate! How can you go wrong with that? Thanks for the recipe!


Lisa (LaWeez) June 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

OMJebus! Those look like they dropped right from the heavens. I hope you don’t mind… I’m plan to abscond with your recipe and assist in the gaining of several pounds over the summer with these bad boys!


Jill Colonna June 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

Woohoo to summer! Love the photo of these waves: just too inviting to jump in…
I’m definitely jumping in with these peanut butter bars. No cook? Fantastic – and wonderful with the salty preztels. Chocolate and salt and peanuts = the best holiday!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

These are right up my alley!!!

Reply June 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

Congratulations on Top 9 again! :))


Sandra's Easy Cooking June 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

I loveeeee Ghirardelli did fantastic job on these bars..they look so good and delicious…
Congrats on top 9!!!


Chelsea, The Food Buff June 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

argh. you’re the devil, these look ammmaazzzinnng!! looking forward to trying the recipe. These would be easy to make vegan as well. thanks for sharing!


RavieNomNoms June 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Love no bake! These kinds of recipes are always good to have in your back pocket for those super hot days of summer when you don’t wanna turn your oven on


Sarah June 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

It’s def the season for no-bake desserts! and no bake everything


torviewtoronto June 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

looks wonderful lovely picture of the ocean


Maureen June 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

Yum!! I made something similar to this but yours is easier. I added rice krispies and flattened it on some cling film and then put chocolate on the top.. chilled it and then flipped it over so it had chocolate on both sides, then cut into squares.

I can’t make it again because I couldn’t leave it alone ! Chocolate and peanut butter together isn’t a thing in Australia and it’s one of the things I miss most from home.

I’ll have to make it your way just to be kind. (any excuse will do for chocolate and peanut butter!)


Emily @ Life on Food June 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

These look delicious! They remind me of a Take 5 Candy bar. I am definitely going to try these when it is 100 degrees out and I cannot possibly bake something in the oven. Yummy!


Emily @ June 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

wow those look incredible! the pretzels must add such a nice crunch and saltiness!


Elyse @The Cultural Dish June 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Wow! I love the addition of the pretzel sticks for a little salty/crunchy flavor. They look so beautiful!


Michelle Benoit (ChocolateCentral) June 25, 2011 at 12:22 am

What could be easier? These No Bake Peanut-Butter Bars look really yummy. Congrats on making Top 9 on Foodbuzz.


Kita July 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

Man this looks super tasty right now! I love a no bake recipe – keeping things simple and delicious!


Joanna from Chic & Gorgeous Treats July 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Wow, these are fantastic and they are non bake recipe. Woo hoo.. does this mean less cleaning up?Lols.. A friend of mine would love these. Oh wait, we both love peanut butter and chocolate. Anything of that two combine is an absolute treat. Love your photos.. Do stop by too [] as I love to hear from other foodies. I just signed up with FoodBuzz Featured Publisher, and am terribly excited to excel further.. Havea great week! Cheers, Jo


stacy September 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I made these this morning and wow they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe


Sasha August 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh gosh. These are so indulgent.
I love the pretzels on top. Nothing better than a touch of salt on a dessert.


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