Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars Recipe
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars Recipe

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My twist on rice crispy bars includes crunchy crushed pretzels. Then I top them with a creamy peanut butter coating and rich chocolate topping. Garnished with peanuts and even more pretzels, I don’t think I'd ever go back to plain old bars again. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3 cups miniature pretzels, coarsely chopped
  • 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 136 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Reserve 1/3 cup chopped pretzels. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave 6 tablespoons butter on high for 45-60 seconds or until melted. Stir in marshmallows; cook 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in Rice Krispies and remaining chopped pretzels. Immediately press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In another microwave-safe bowl, combine 2 tablespoons butter and 1/4 cup corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45-60 seconds or until butter is melted, stirring once. Add peanut butter chips; cook 30-40 seconds or until chips are melted, stirring once. Spread over cereal layer.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the remaining corn syrup and remaining butter. Cook on high for 45-60 seconds or until butter is melted, stirring once. Add chocolate chips; cook 30-40 seconds longer or until chips are melted, stirring once. Spread over top.
  4. Sprinkle with peanuts and reserved pretzels; press down gently. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars in Taste of Home September/October 2013

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dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 261201
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2017

"Great variation of rice crispy treats! We loved them!"

redcow User ID: 47124 232952
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"So simple to make. My husband tasted a few. Really enjoyed. Giving most of them to my nephew for his birthday. I put some in the freezer. It will be interesting to see how the bars stand freezing. Will make again!!"

Stimis User ID: 6825110 232210
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Easy to make and all my co-workers loved it. I believe that you need to double the Peanut Butter and chocolate sauces to make sure that all the bars are covered."

AUgirl2 User ID: 1858844 125100
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Warning! These things are addictive. I made a batch for Halloween on Thursday and today (Sunday) my husband is begging me to make a batch for him to take to work with him this week. Needless to say they're in the fridge right now. I managed to get half of one from the first batch. YUM! Guess I know what I'll be giving for take-homes at T-Day. Thanks for sharing."

janeenj User ID: 7132464 139043
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Great twist on the usual ho-hum Rice Krispie bars. Love the salty-sweet combination of flavors."

rdwags62 User ID: 6077205 183513
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I took these to work for a birthday and they were a hit!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 189087
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"These are so good. I followed the recipe exactly this time but it would be easy to customize it to your favorite flavors. But how can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!!"

crumej User ID: 3845302 183511
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"This recipe was a hit for football night! My husband doesn't care for pretzels so I substituted kettle cooked potato chips to get the salty crunch."

mhickieaz User ID: 7398958 187299
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"Made this for a work potluck and all of it was eaten and everyone wanted the recipe. This caused many diets to be abandoned."

keely27 User ID: 4249986 197981
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Not as flavorful as I expected, but still well-liked at the party I brougt them to. The salty-sweet combo is hard to beat"

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