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Crispy Pretzel Bars Recipe

Crispy Pretzel Bars Recipe

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. YIELD:60 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

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yumyum02 User ID: 2107360 222546
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

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

Ann Weaver User ID: 4762657 222539
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4959883 92206
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"awe I expected it to be better."

barb230 User ID: 6395117 87757
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Awesome recipe! Reminds me of Take 5 Candy bars."

albobier User ID: 4305674 204157
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4390151 35379
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

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

bluebirdjohnson7 User ID: 1296798 29988
Reviewed 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."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 46000
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"These were okay. The kids liked these but the adults did not. I think if I were to make these again, I would use 3/4 c. peanut butter to add more flavor and maybe use Cheerios instead of Rice Krispies. I liked the idea of using pretzels since I like the sweet and salty combo but was not thrilled with this recipe."

r6pack User ID: 4468860 84680
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"These were a huge hit with my family. The only thing I did differently was drop the mixture onto waxed paper to make individual no bake cookies!! We love to take these camping!! Yummy!!!"

koala7girl User ID: 2172928 92202
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"These are so easy to make & taste great!! Our church youth group love these, there is never any left! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!"

bethar User ID: 3343351 92003
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"One day last week I ran across this recipe in a Collector's Edition "quick Cooking." I made them for some Valentine's Day gift boxes. They were wonderful--yummy and easy to make!!! This is a "keeper" recipe. :) Thank you for sharing the recipe!"

drandys102 User ID: 3711517 115127
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"This has been a big hit for the last couple of years at our family Christmas gatherings. It's very easy to make, and very tasty!"

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