No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

I highly recommend watching cooking shows on TV while working out.  I have found the best recipes that way - plus I feel justified eating the treats after a good workout :)

Recently I was exercising while watching Trisha's Southern Cooking and Trisha made No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares.

Chocolate, peanut butter and salty pretzels is a brilliant combination.  Add the fact that this recipe does not require baking and I had to try it.

So good!

This is a perfect recipe for kids to make.  Fast, easy and delicious.

The following recipe makes a smaller batch.  Trust me, if you are not entertaining, then make the smaller version because it is so delicious you will be tempted to eat the entire batch yourself!


No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

1 cup pretzel crumbs (coarsely grind in food processor)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth is best)
6 Tablespoons melted butter
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

3/4 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons peanut butter

In a bowl mix together the pretzel crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, melted butter and vanilla (if desired).  Press into a 9x9 pan.

Melt the chocolate chips and the 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave (about 20 seconds).  Stir.

Spread the topping over the crumb mixture.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cut into squares before serving.

*After I made this recipe I thought it would be delicious with a little bit of vanilla added to the recipe.   1/4 teaspoon works well.  I also used crunchy peanut butter because I did not have smooth.  It works, but I prefer smooth peanut butter in this recipe.

No-Bake Coconut-Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

After making the above recipe I thought it would be interesting to add shredded coconut.

After making the crumb mixture add 1/4 cup shredded coconut.  Spread the topping over the crumb mixture then sprinkle the top with about 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the original recipe see Trisha's Southern Cooking on Food Network