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Friday, April 10, 2015

Peanut Butter Pie Bars With Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust - For a Crowd

    This is rich.  And salty. And sweet. And chocolate. And peanut butter. And yum!

   The original idea was to size it to fit in a half sheet pan, but everything else I made for the Easter open house was in serving dishes... so I decided to put it in a big serving dish instead.  I had a little left over, which was perfect for taste testing before the party!

   The process was easy and the results were worth every step.  First you make the pretzel crust.  I wanted the pretzels to be recognizable and have some crunch, but I would advise you to crunch yours a little smaller.  These tasted really good, but were hard to eat daintily!

Drizzle your crust with a fudge frosting.

Then spread out your peanut butter layer and top with whipped topping.  Oh. Em. Geeeeeee!


    This recipe makes dessert for a crowd.  I have not tried it, but I would imagine you could cut it in half and make it in a pie dish.  If you try it, let me know!

     If you are looking at the recipe thinking it will be way too sweet, it really isn't.  Rich? Yes.  But not as sweet as it may look.  It has a nice balance of salty pretzel, darker fudge and sweet but not crazy sweet filling.  Just try it, you'll see!

Peanut Butter Pie Bars with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Crust

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 bag pretzels, crushed
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter

Fudge Layer:

1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter

Peanut Butter Filling:

16 oz jar of creamy peanut butter
16 oz cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
16 oz whipped topping, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Melt butter, and toss pretzels in butter and sugar.  Press onto the bottom of a half sheet pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, start the fudge.  In a saucepan, stir together sugar and cocoa to make sure there are no lumps.  Then add milk and butter.  Heat over medium-low heat until it begins to boil.  Boil for three minutes stirring frequently.  (Be sure to scrape sides and bottom as you are stirring to make sure nothing sticks and burns.)
  5. Let fudge cool slightly then drizzle evenly over crust.  
  6. For the filling, but peanut butter and cream cheese in your mixer bowl.  Beat until well combined and creamy.  Add vanilla and powdered sugar, mixing until combined.
  7. Fold in 8 oz whipped topping and spread over crust.
  8. Top with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until ready to serve.





18 comments:

  1. That looks good... and salty and sweet is a favorite combination at our house. :)

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    1. Here too! Especially salty and chocolate!

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  2. Anything made with peanut butter has to be good! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope you can make it again this week.

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    1. I think so too! Sweet or savory (or just on a spoon), if it has peanut butter I am going to like it.

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  3. Hi Carlee!! Love this recipe!! I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party....It's still open and I would love to have you!!

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    1. I will have to do that! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! I love having you!! Pinned!

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  4. I think my family would totally love this. Stopping by from cookinandcraftin.com.

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  5. I just love salty and sweet together! De-lish! Thank you for sharing at the Home Matters Party. Join us again Friday!!

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    1. Me too. This is two of my favorite combinations in one... sweet and salty, peanut butter and chocolate!! Thanks for hosting!

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  6. Your recipes are the best ever!! I love PB and chocolate together- a sinful combo!

    Thanks for linking up with us at Talented Tuesday, hope to see you again this week!!

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  7. Oh gosh, this looks delicious!! Love the idea of the pretzel crust to balance out the sweet. Yum!

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    1. Thanks! We like sweet and salty together, so we really enjoyed this combination.

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  8. This looks so sinful, and I'll take a huge slice, thank you! :-) I will have to add this to my recipes to make pile because this looks too yummy not to make. I love the peanut butter and chocolate combo, and to throw salty in with the pretzels, pure genius!
    Joanna
    www.everydaymadefresh.com

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    1. I hope you love it! Salty and sweet is my favorite combo... except for maybe peanut butter and chocolate!

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