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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Crunch Bars Recipe

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Crunch Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chocolate Peanut-Butter Crunch Bars

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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!!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

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

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

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

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!!"

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."

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."

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"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"Delicious and easy. I made a few changes:

I used the stove top for the marshmallow melting step, and the microwave for the rest. I made the bottom and middle layers as directed. But I changed the top chocolate layer a bit because the consistency of it as written wasn't to my liking. I omitted the karo syrup and instead used 6 Tablespoons butter and the 1 cup chocolate chips. It came out more like a ganache- yum! I also added extra chopped pretzels and peanuts to the top garnish because I felt like it needed a bit more."

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"The kids thought this was great. I made each part in a pan on the stove instead of in the microwave. I didn't have peanut butter chips so I just used 1/2 cup peanut butter. This recipe is a keeper for my family."

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