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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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. Danielle says

    I cooked it for the 45 mins. in a glass dish. I will try and cook it longer next time. My brother and husband ate it any way, they didn’t mind the brownie batter top! They looked awful, but ate good. I won’t give up, the more people I told about them the more requests I have to make more. Maybe I will try an hour next time.

  2. Danielle says

    I made these today for my PB & Chocolate addicted brother’s birthday. The problem….The brownie layer did not cook! It oozed out when I cut into it after it cooled. I ended up putting it back in the oven but it still came out raw. The only thing I can think of that may have been different was that I use a 13×9 glass dish? HELP, I want to make them again and don’t know what to do…HELP

    • hollieschultz says

      How long did you cook it? I always found that once you take brownies (or desserts) out of the oven and try to put them back in to bake more, it never works for whatever reason. Next time, cook the brownies longer and keep checking them towards the end. Open the over, pull out the brownies and check the brownie layer with a knife. If it’s still ooey-gooey, put ‘em back in. If that still doesn’t work, make the cupcake version. They take quicker to cook and they are just as yummy!! :)

  3. Lacie says

    Heard about these on 92.5 WBEE. It was Newmans birthday and he wanted T Bird to make these for him. So for two days thats all I heard them talk about so I ran out and got all the stuff. They are in the oven now and cant wait to try them!

  4. Emaline says

    these look delish! how do u think it would taste of u substituted regular cookie dough instead of the peanut butter? (what I have on hand) cant wait o try these…I have to admit when I saw this at first I thought it was some kind of tomato sauce being poured on top! lol! probably just the colors onu screen lol.

    • hollieschultz says

      You won’t be disappointed! They are really the best thing ever! If you like ‘em – make sure you share the recipe with friends! :)

  5. Richard says

    A friend at work was talking about these on Thursday and it sounded so amazing I had to check it out.

    I just made these this afternoon.
    Wow! I thank you, my daughters thank you, and my wife thanks you.
    I believe these are well worth the effort we must now put into burning a few extra calories.
    – Richard
    (oh, and my son will likely also be thankful if he stops by tomorrow)

    • hollieschultz says

      You are so welcome, Richard. They are super yummy! Since you like them so much, do us a favor and share the recipe with a friend! :)

    • hollieschultz says

      You can, you can, Ann! If you click the “Print Friendly” button, a screen will come up with the post. If you hover over the photos or whatever text you want, you can delete it from what you want to print. So, you can delete all the photos from your print page!! We just put this option up a couple days ago!!! – Hollie

  6. Dana says

    I just made these! They came out wonderfully! I can’t wait to give them to my friends and co-workers to enjoy them. Thank you for the recipe, Hollie! (And thank you whoever pinned it on Pinterest…;))

    • hollieschultz says

      You are totally welcome, Dana! They really are the best dessert ever. Your friends and co-workers are going to LOVE them!

  7. Lindsey says

    That is actually pretty bad – especially since you absolutely will not stop at eating just one of these! lol… definitely making these this weekend, regardless :D

    RE: 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

  8. Nicole says

    Does the pretzel layer crumble apart when you cut a piece? I was thinking of maybe making these with the peanut butter cookie layer under the pretzel layer….

    • hollieschultz says

      The pretzel layer crumbles a bit but the butter really holds it together. I don’t think it would be as good with the peanut butter cookie layer on the bottom because it will either burn or the cookies will dry out. I’ve never tried it though. The bottom pretzel layer totally works. A little messy but still stays together. – Hollie

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