A Guide to the Best Peanut Butter Pretzel Dessert of 2024

If you're a fan of that perfect marriage between sweet and salty, you're in for a treat. Have you tried any desserts that include the sweetness of your favorite cake along with some salty pretzel goodness?

In 2024, you don't want to miss out. Let's go through the top ideas for a peanut butter pretzel dessert you'll want to try out.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

You'll need 2 cups of crushed pretzel sticks, 1 cup of melted butter, 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter, around 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups of somewhat sweet chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening.

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line your chosen dish with some parchment paper. Crush the pretzel sticks in a plastic bag until they resemble coarse crumbs.

Mix your crushed pretzels with the melted butter. Press the mix into your prepared baking dish. Bake the pretzel crust for a few minutes, then remove from the oven and let it cool.

Beat together the peanut butter and your sugar until smooth and creamy. Spread out the peanut mixture over the cooled pretzel crust. You can use a spatula or the back of a convenient spoon.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine your chocolate chips and vegetable shortening. Microwave until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. You could also melt your chocolate of choice using a double boiler. Wait for your bars to set, and they'll be ready to serve.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

For this recipe, gather up 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of whatever sugar you prefer, 1 big egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels. You can also switch out your peanut butter for something more decadent, like Chipwrecked Peanut Butter.

Cream together the peanut butter and granulated sugar until smooth and well combined. Beat in your egg and vanilla extract until incorporated into the mixture. Fold in the crushed pretzels.

Roll your cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and sit them on the baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. If desired, gently press a pretzel half onto the top of each cookie dough ball.

Bake until your cookies are brownish around the edges. Let your peanut butter cookies cool, then move them to cool completely.

If desired, sprinkle a little sea salt over the tops of the cookies while they're still warm for a sweet and salty flavor contrast.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pretzel Bites

Are you looking for some bite-sized treats? Collect 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 4 ounces of properly softened cream cheese, around 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, your preferred amount of vanilla extract, 1 cup of crushed pretzels, 1 package of refrigerated biscuit dough, 1/4 cup of melted butter, and coarse sea salt for sprinkling.

Beat together the creamy peanut butter, softened cheese, sugar, and vanilla until combined. Stir in the crushed pretzels until evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Roll out the refrigerated biscuit dough into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Spread the peanut butter cream cheese filling evenly over the dough.

Starting from one long side, roll your dough into a log. Cut the log into slices to create individual pretzel bites.

Dip each pretzel bite into the melted butter, ensuring it's coated on all sides. Place the coated pretzel bites on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them apart.

Bake your bites until they're nice and brown and cooked through. Remove them, and sprinkle them with sea salt while they're still warm.

Let your bites cool down a bit before serving. These peanut butter cream cheese pretzel bites are best enjoyed warm, and they make a delightful snack or party appetizer.

Wizard Wands

Do you want to put some magic in your next dessert? Wizard wands are a top choice when it comes to easy desserts.

Collect 1 cup creamy of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 cups of crushed pretzels, 1 cup of chocolate chips, and sprinkles or edible glitter.

Mix up the creamy peanut butter and honey. Microwave in short spurts, stirring between each, until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

Stir the crushed pretzels into the peanut butter mixture until evenly coated. The pretzel mixture should be very thick and hold together when pressed.

Take about 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter pretzel mixture and roll it into a wand shape, about 4-5 inches long and slightly tapered at the ends. Repeat with the remaining mixture, placing the wands on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Insert a pretzel stick into one end of each wand, leaving about 2 inches of the pretzel stick exposed. Gently press the mixture around the pretzel stick to secure it in place.

Dip each peanut butter pretzel wand into the melted chocolate, coating it halfway. Let the extra chocolate drip off, then place the wand back on the parchment-lined baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle the chocolate-coated end with sprinkles or edible glitter for decoration.

Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate has set. Once set, your wizard wands are ready to enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Pie

Are you more of a pie person? Gather up 1 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels, 1/2 cup (or more) of butter, 1/4 cup of regular sugar, 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, however much vanilla you want, around two cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips, some extra crushed pretzels for topping, and whipped cream for serving.

Combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and granulated sugar until well mixed. Squish the mixture into your dish to form the pretzel crust. Put your crust in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.

Beat up peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Spread your filling over the chilled pretzel crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.

Heat your cream until it's beginning to simmer. Then, pour it over semisweet chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

Pour the chocolate ganache over the filling, spreading it evenly with a spatula. If desired, sprinkle additional crushed pretzels on top for added crunch and decoration.

Chill your pie for at least 4 hours, or until the filling is set. Once chilled, slice the peanut butter chocolate pretzel pie, and serve it up with whipped cream, if desired.

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

If you're trying to keep it simple, try this recipe. Grab 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 2 cups of crushed pretzels, 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, around a tablespoon of vegetable shortening, and some extra sea salt for sprinkling.

Blend the creamy peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth and well combined. Stir in the crushed pretzels until evenly distributed throughout the peanut butter mixture. If you'd prefer, you can also look at other options for nut butter.

Roll the peanut butter pretzel mixture into small balls, and stick them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in your fridge to firm up the balls.

Combine your chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave in short intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Using a fork or your tool of choice, dip each peanut butter pretzel ball into the melted chocolate, coating it completely. Drip off any extra chocolate, then place the coated pretzel ball back on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Pretzel Crust Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

Want to craft a delicious pie? For the crust, collect 2 cups of crushed pretzels, a quarter cup of sugar, and around half a cup of unsalted butter. For the filling, you'll need 1 quart of softened ice cream, 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter, half a cup of powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. 

Finally, for the topping, you'll want 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, 2 tablespoons of your fave peanut butter, and more crushed pretzels.

Combine the crushed pretzels, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well mixed. Squish the mixture into a 9-inch pie dish. Bake it for up to 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Mix the softened vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour the peanut butter ice cream filling into the cooled pretzel crust, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Then, you'll need to freeze it for at least four hours.

Separately, combine the semisweet chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter. Microwave until melted and smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly.

Once the pie has frozen solid, remove it from the freezer and pour your melted chocolate peanut butter mixture over the top, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle crushed pretzels over the top for garnish.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake

Want something more drinkable when it comes to peanut butter desserts? You'll need 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, around 1/2 cup of your choice of milk, 1/4 cup of your fave peanut butter, 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. 

Consider choosing Butter My Cup Peanut Butter for this one. Add the vanilla ice cream, milk, and creamy peanut butter to a blender.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If the peanut butter milkshake is too thick, you can add more milk until you reach your choice of thickness.

Add the crushed pretzels to the blender and pulse a few times to incorporate them into the milkshake. You want the pretzels to be evenly distributed but still maintain some small pieces for texture.

Pour the peanut butter pretzel milkshake into glasses. Top it up with whipped cream and garnish with additional crushed pretzels. You can also drizzle over some chocolate syrup over the top for extra sweetness.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats

For fun for the whole family, consider creating some Rice Krispie treats. You'll need 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels, 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, and some vegetable shortening.

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Combine the Rice Krispies cereal and crushed pretzels. Set aside.

Separately, combine the creamy peanut butter, light corn syrup, and granulated sugar over medium heat. Keep stirring until the mixture is smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved. Be careful not to let it boil.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over your Rice Krispies and pretzels. Stir until everything is properly coated.

Melt together your chocolate chips and vegetable shortening, stirring between each, until smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the Rice Krispie mixture.

Place the pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the treats are set. Once set, cut your treats into squares.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bread Pudding

A classier option available is bread pudding, with a mix of peanut butter and pretzels. You'll want 8 cups of cubed bread, 1 cup of peanut butter, 4 cups of milk, 4 bigger eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of crushed pretzels.

Spread out your bread in a single layer on a sheet and let it sit out overnight to slightly dry out, or toast it until lightly toasted. Once toasted, put the bread on a greased 9x13-inch baking dish.

Heat your peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds until softened and easier to mix. Spread the softened peanut butter evenly over the bread cubes in the baking dish. 

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined.

Pour the custard over your bread cubes and peanut butter into the baking dish, making sure all the bread is evenly soaked. Press down on the cubes to ensure they are submerged. Let the mixture sit to allow the bread to absorb the custard.

Sprinkle the crushed pretzels over the top of the bread pudding mixture, gently pressing them into the surface.

Bake the bread pudding for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set. Once slightly cooled, it'll be ready to serve.

Create a Delicious Peanut Butter Pretzel Dessert Today

Now that you know the best options for a peanut butter pretzel dessert, you'll have tasty treats ready for every night of the week.

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2 comments

  • Voting that a spoon and jar of White Chocolate Pretzel PB is the best dessert of 2024!

    Jana Finkbiner on

  • The Pot of Gold with the pretzels in it is good with some cream cheese spread on a zero carb tortilla rolled up for a low carb, high protein snack! Tasty!!

    Lisa Rawleigh on

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