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Crispy Pretzel Bars

I often make a big batch of these peanut butter-flavored cereal bars on days that I don't want to heat up the kitchen. Kids especially love them, so they're great for picnics, potlucks and school bake sales. —Jane Thompson, Eureka, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup plain M&M's


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Add the cereal, pretzels and M&M's; stir until coated. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. pan. Cut into bars.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,000-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 74 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Kris
    Dec 10, 2019

    These were tasty but got hard too quickly. I'm wondering if adding melted butter to the corn syrup and peanut butter mixture would help keep them softer for longer. I liked the idea that someone suggested about substituting rice krispies for cheerios.

  • yumyum02
    Mar 11, 2015

    I would would make these for sure. But definitely not for school, too many kids with peanut allergies

  • Ann Weaver
    Mar 11, 2015

    Try with half the sugar and corn syrup, doubling the peanut butter. We are the guardians of sweet snacks for our children and grandchildren., so it's up tp us to lower the chances of obesity and diabetes, not to mention the many other health problems years doen the road. I've used a similar variation for many years and know your famlily won't even notice athe taste of a slightly healthier variation.

  • gingerriss
    Jun 12, 2013

    awe I expected it to be better.

  • 3595
    Jan 24, 2012

    No comment left

  • barb230
    Dec 12, 2011

    Awesome recipe! Reminds me of Take 5 Candy bars.

  • lurky27
    Jan 13, 2011

    No comment left

  • albobier
    Aug 18, 2010

    Quick, easy, and versatile! Easy to change/tailor the recipe to suit your tastes- reese's peices instead of m & ms, cheerios instead of rice krispies, so many options! Love the "cheating" with the microwave and not having to use the stove- genius!

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 28, 2010

    easy and fun to make with young children. Everyone loved them including the adults

  • bluebirdjohnson7
    Jan 20, 2010

    these are excellent! i made them for a family reunion, and i didn't want to share them. i will be making these again. they are very easy to make.