Thursday, July 24, 2014

sweet & salty · peanut butter pretzel bites

Sweet and salty... just saying those words makes my mouth water! Salted caramel is my favorite, but I'll take any sweet and salty combo! Especially when it's a no-bake dessert during the summer, no one wants to heat up their oven when it's 100° outside.

I know I've mentioned before - food days are mega popular at my office. And they typically have to have a theme. I had two students begging me to schedule a food day, so last week we had a sweet & salty food day. I made a crockpot full of teriyaki chicken and a batch of these peanut butter pretzel bars.

The chicken went fast, and everyone kept returning to the peanut butter pretzel bites throughout the afternoon. Food days are so dangerous. But we'll keep having them anyway!

peanut butter pretzel bars
8 tablespoons of softened butter
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups pretzel crumbs

chocolate peanut butter topping
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips

In a big bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and pretzel crumbs. I turned my pretzels into crumbs with my blender, but a food processor or gallon baggie and rolling pin would also work.

Line a 9x9 inch pan with wax paper, it makes it so much easier to pull the bars out for cutting, then pour in the peanut butter - pretzel mixture. Press it all down into a flat layer and stick it in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.

In a microwave safe glass measuring cup, pour in the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between,  until the chips are melted. Pour the chocolate over the bars and then sprinkle with pretzel pieces (I picked out the biggest one from my blender before I dumped the crumbs). Stick them back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

Mine were in the refrigerator overnight, then I pulled up on the wax paper and set them onto my cutting board to cut them into bite-sized pieces. I put them into a container with wax paper between the layers and kept them in the fridge when they weren't being consumed. There are still a couple in my fridge at home - we've been sneaking them throughout the evenings.

What is your favorite sweet and salty combo? I think I need to make something with salted caramel next!

xoxo, christa

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