Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars

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We had family stay at our house this weekend and it’s the unspoken word on both sides of the family that I will have something yummy baked for them while they visit. Yes, my cookies, brownies and bars have a reputation and have since I was young. I even owned my own gourmet cookie company before I was the baby gear expert that you know today. Yep, you learn new things about me all the time! So, to keep up my reputation, I had to make something and it had to be good. Okay, not just good but fabulous! Chocolate chip cookies weren’t going to cut it this time.

After posting the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Oreo Brownie Bars last week, I knew I could make the bars even better by mixing it up a bit. I wanted to add peanut butter!  Nothing is better with chocolate than peanut butter so I started playing around with different combinations. If I could also work in my BFF, Pretzel Crust, I knew I would have a winner! This is how I came up with my own “Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars“. Let’s just call ‘em “My Ultimate BFF Bars“, shall we? These are to die for.

Let me just say there is absolutely nothing healthy about these bars. I felt very guilty even putting them together because I basically combined every indulgence that I love into one single bar. I don’t know the calorie count or Weight Watcher point count and I don’t want to know either. These are the ultimate indulgence and if you are dieting – well, just say no. (Or just take a tiny piece!) icon smile Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars

*You can also make these in cupcake form! Here’s the recipe: Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Cupcakes

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Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars

BFF bars Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie BarsIngredients:

  • 2 ½ cups crushed butter pretzels
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and all the ingredients the mix calls for
  • Brownie Mix (13×9 family size box + all the ingredients the mix calls for)
  • Snack Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (2 – 10.5oz bags)

1.  Crush the pretzels in a food processor or however you like to crush pretzels. Any kind of pretzels will do but I recommend using crushed butter pretzels (you find them next to the regular pretzels and they are literally called “Synder Butter Pretzels”) for the recipe. I also recommend not crushing the pretzels to dust but keep some small pieces to keep the crust crunchy. Mix the melted butter (melt in microwave), sugar and pretzel crumbs. Press into lightly greased 13×9 pan. Set aside pretzel crust and make the cookie dough. (*Note: I have a 8×8 pan in the photos because I split the recipe into two different pans. I recommend putting it all in one 13×9 pan!)

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2. Make the cookie dough according to the package. Lightly press the cookie dough evenly on top of the pretzel crust.

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3. Unwrap 24 snack-size Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and cover the cookie dough with the candy.

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4. Whip up your brownie mix and pour evenly over the Peanut Butter Cups.

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5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

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6. Cool for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

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*If you can’t do peanut butter (allergic, don’t like it or whatever!), here is a sugar cookie Heath Bar version of the recipe: Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Sugar Cookie Heath Brownie Bars

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Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups crushed butter pretzels
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and all the ingredients the mix calls for
  • Brownie Mix (13x9 family size box + all the ingredients the mix calls for)
  • Snack Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (2 – 10.5oz bags)
Instructions
  1. Crush the pretzels in a food processor or however you like to crush pretzels. Any kind of pretzels will do but I recommend using crushed butter pretzels (you find them next to the regular pretzels and they are literally called “Synder Butter Pretzels”) for the recipe. I also recommend not crushing the pretzels to dust but keep some small pieces to keep the crust crunchy. Mix the melted butter (melt in microwave), sugar and pretzel crumbs. Press into lightly greased 13x9 pan. Set aside pretzel crust and make the cookie dough. (*Note: I have a 8x8 pan in the photos because I split the recipe into two different pans. I recommend putting it all in one 13x9 pan!)
  2. Make the cookie dough according to the package. Lightly press the cookie dough evenly on top of the pretzel crust.
  3. Unwrap 24 snack-size Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and cover the cookie dough with the candy.
  4. Whip up your brownie mix and pour evenly over the Peanut Butter Cups.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Sarah says

    I am so making these today. Question–if I don’t have the pb cookie mix can I just make homemade batch and substitute for the cookie mix? Sounds silly now asking it, but I haven’t ever used the betty crocker mixes.

  2. Brittney says

    CORY….If you want to send them to her for her birthday, why dont you just send her the recipe? or send all the dry ingredients and the recipe and then she can put it all together and make it herself :)

    • hollieschultz says

      You could probably used graham crackers. It would give it more a pie crust taste and not the salty/buttery taste of the pretzels.

  3. Cory says

    I want to make these and send them 2 a friend does anyone know how they keep? They will have 2 to through the mail – she really wants them for her birthday!

  4. Ed says

    Looks way 2 good :) and has my favorite things peanut butter and reese ! can go wrong there, cant wait to whip these up for my kids.

  5. melissa says

    Wonder if these could be translated into individual servings, a la cupcake liners? I have a cupcake business and this would really shake things up! Love it! Thanks for sharing

  6. Kattie says

    They’re not as awful as you might think! I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal, and if you get 32 servings out of a pan (one for every peanut butter cup), here are the results (per bar):

    364 Calories
    20g Fat
    41g Carbs
    5g Protein
    2g Fiber
    217mg sodium

    • hollieschultz says

      Angela, it’s seriously so good and so worth it!! Plus, super easy to make but looks like heaven on earth! ;) – Hollie

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