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!) 🙂

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

Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars

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 (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!)

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!

*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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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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Kristen
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Kristen

Hi Hollie! I know your recipe says 24 snack-size Reese’s, but it looks like you might have tried 16 standard-size Reese’s. Does it matter which ones we use? Thanks!

lschultz
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Hi Kristen! Shouldn’t matter for the taste.

Chrischr
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Chrischr

i am going to do a Gluten Free version tonight for a gathering tomorrow. Half of my relatives are GF and I’m always experimenting.

Amanda
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Amanda

I love this recipe! I make it for a lot of work potlucks and family get togethers, and always get asked for the recipe. I also buy the bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups minis that are unwrapped and I fill in all of the gaps between the big peanut butter cups with those! You can never have enough Reese’s peanut butter cups right?

Grace
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Grace

Hi! I love this recipe, but every time I make them, the brownie burns on top and then doesn’t cook at all in the middle. And I like gooey brownies, but the brownie batter is just unbaked. What should I do?

Lindsey
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Lindsey

Baking now in 9×13 and they are taking a lot longer to bake in a 9×13 than putting them in 2 8×8

Barbara
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Barbara

Have been making these bars for the last year … and they are so yummy and have become my go-to bar recipe. I have always made the recipe using one 13×9 pan with one Brownie Mix box. Last year, Betty Crocker retired the 13×9 Family Box, and replaced with 8×8 Brownie Mix box. I made these again in a 13×9 pan with two 8×8 boxes, and got a gooey, undercooked mess….boo hoo! So, is my best bet to make this recipe now in two separate pans, as you did; or do you have a suggestion for readjusting the recipe for… Read more »

Tizz
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Tizz

I was not able to find the butter snyder pretzels anywhere, any idea where I might find them? Wonder if Ritz crackers would work like in several other recipes Ive seen?

Ahcma
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Ahcma

Try Amazon – they have almost anything.

atress
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atress

I was super excited to make these, but was disappointed with the ptetzel crust. I did not like the taste the butter pretzels gave it and the crust was soggy. The butter pretzels were just too much with everything else the recipe calls for. I would suggest using regular pretzels, less butter, and bake the ptetzel crust for a few minutes first.

AdventureGirl
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AdventureGirl

OMG! These are so easy to make … and they are delicious!

Holly
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Holly

So I tried making them today. Very rich n peanut buttery. The only thing in the pretzel crust isn’t crispy. I am going to try making it with reg pretzels n less butter next time.

Tara
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Tara

If I were to make this tonight for a party tomorrow would it hold up ok? Do I leave it sit out and cover it? Refrigerate until party tomorrow? Please let me know. Thank you!

Wils
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Wils

I made these and they’re every bit as delicious as I thought they’d be. Thank you so much for a fantastic recipe! I recommend making them when you have guests coming or a party to take them to– if you try to just eat them in a household of 2 they’ll probably kill you. 😉

Debbie Jors
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Debbie Jors

Just made tonight it is to die for .every guilty calorie worth it. But I did 45 minutes and I think 40 minutes would of been fine

Melissa
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Melissa

I just made these and I’m not a fan of the butter flavored pretzels. There is an overwheming fake butter smell/taste. If I make them again, I would like to try with regular pretzels, or maybe skip the pretzels all together?

Jason
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Jason

For those with the glass pan issues, yes – a glass pan tends to make the center of brownies stay “fudgier”, and if the pan is very thick, or has very high sides it will be even moreso. Also be careful how much you grease the pan and what you grease it with. For those with soggy crust issues or crust sticking to the pb cookie layer – again be sure the pan isn’t over-greased, and preferably do not use vegetable shortening or margerine (vegetable oil or butter is best). Make sure you are letting the crust rest before putting… Read more »