No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars


No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars recipe is every peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream!  This sweet and salty treat doesn’t even require turning on your oven!

No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars recipe is every peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream!  This sweet and salty treat doesn't even require turning on your oven!

Chocolate and peanut butter….peanut butter and chocolate.  No matter how you put it, I don’t anticipate any point in my future where I will be able to pass up that combination…ever.  My candy of choice has always been either peanut butter cups or butterfingers, and one of my favorite holiday desserts has always been buckeyes.  Buckeyes are those awesome peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate that always seem to make it on to every dessert table at Christmas time.  In case you didn’t know, the buckeye is named for the nut of the Aesculus tree; it’s also known as a horse chestnut. If you’re from Ohio, you might refer to yourself as a Buckeye (it is the Buckeye State, after all), even if you’re not necessarily an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The sweet and salty combination of these No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars is incredible.  The fact that it also has the beloved chocolate and peanut butter combination makes it even better!  I LOVE the combination of all three together – SO dangerous.  I can’t even decide what I like better, these No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars or my Buckeye brownies.  I also have a recipe for Buckeye Bark that is out of this world!

These bars don’t take very long to mix together and are ready in no time.  The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the bars to chill before enjoying the chocolate and peanut butter deliciousness.

No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: one 9x13 pan
No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars recipe is every peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream! This sweet and salty treat doesn't even require turning on your oven!
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks, crushed (I measured before crushing, but you can do whatever you like!)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Crushed pretzels (about 2 cups or as much as you prefer)
  1. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, softened butter, powdered sugar and crushed pretzel sticks. Press evenly into prepared pan.
  3. In the microwave (can also use a double broiler), melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  4. Spread this over the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle on crushed pretzels.
  5. Refrigerate for AT LEAST one hour before cutting into squares and cut them while they are cold so they don't get too messy. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

46 Responses to “No-Bake Buckeye Pretzel Bars”

  1. September 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM #

    You’re making me crave these at 6am!! Looks SO good, Ashley!

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM #

      Nothing wrong with some peanut butter bars for breakfast hehe

  2. September 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM #

    I love buckeyes or peanut butter balls as I call them but have never had them in a bar form. These look great!

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM #

      They are good in ALL forms, I am convinced of this 😉

  3. September 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM #

    OMG. YUM!!!! I love that these are no bake and full of peanut butter and chocolate. My kinda treats 🙂

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Thanks, Becky!!

  4. September 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    My husband is from Ohio so I know all about Buckeye everything! Peanut Butter, Pretzels, Powdered Sugar – sign me up!

    Also just a side note, I’ve been wanting to tell you that I love your countdown to Christmas! It makes me so happy!

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Oh why thank you!! Christmas makes me happy so naturally, I had to have a countdown 🙂

  5. September 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM #

    Being a die hard Penn State fan, I don’t consume anything with the word buckeye in it. But, these do look quite delicious 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

      Haha Eric!! That’s hilarious! I don’t blame you one bit 🙂

  6. September 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM #

    My sister’s girlfriend is a HUGE OSU fan! I’m going to make these for her.

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

      Awesome! Hope she likes them!

  7. September 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM #

    These bars are awesome, they sound so simple to make but yet so delicious. I love the combination of sweet and salty – great combination!

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      I am completely obsessed with the sweet/salty combo…glad you feel the same! 🙂

  8. September 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

    Happy hump day! These bars look amazing! They’re easy, no bake and look tasty…which makes these a winner in my book. 🙂

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

      Yes, they are good for the rest of these “summer” days when you don’t want to turn on the oven. Happy hump day!

  9. September 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

    Ashley, these pretzel bars look right up my alley! Salty, sweet and soft with a crunch! Perfect recipe.

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

      Thanks, Georgia!

  10. September 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

    I welcome no-bake bars anytime, especially now since it’s so hot in the house. I love peanut butter bars so I know I’ll love this. Pinning! 🙂 Have a great Wednesday Ashley!

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

      Yeah I made these on a day where it was about 85 in my house 🙂 Thanks, Anne!

  11. September 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

    My peanut-butter loving husband and daughter would adore these! And bonus points that they are no bake!

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

      No bake was a must the other day when my house was around 85 degrees!

  12. September 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    These look delicious, especially with those pretzels on top!

    • September 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

      Thanks, Marcie! I loved the pretzels on top 🙂

  13. September 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

    Totally agree, Chocolate and peanut butter are made for each other. 🙂 These No-Bake “Buckeye” Pretzel Bars sound awesome and I love no-bake treats in the summer! Don’t nee any more heat from the oven! 😉

    • September 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

      Exactly! My kitchen was soooo hot this past week!

  14. September 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM #

    These sound amazing and SO easy to make! I am a huge fan of the salty/sweet combo :).

    • September 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM #

      Thank you, Hannah!

  15. September 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

    Native Ohio-an that I am, I am very familiar with Buckeyes and I am VERY in love with these bars!! Love the sweet & salty combo!

    • September 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM #

      Oh yeah…Cleveland, right?! Awesome 🙂

  16. September 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

    I have never heard of buckeyes before. These look very good – dense and packed with flavour. I guess highly addictive too xx

  17. September 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

    These look incredible! I love the sweet/salty combo, makes sweet things much less sickly – which unfortunately means I’ll end up eating a lot more of them!!

    • September 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      Thanks, Sarah!

  18. September 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

    Oh gosh these sound sooooo delicious Ashley! I just adore the sweet and salty combination!

  19. September 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM #

    Peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels?! That’s a sure winner and sounds so easy to do. And there’s something about bars that I love – they just seem special. Great recipe.

    • September 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

      I feel the same way about bars! I prefer them 🙂

  20. September 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM #

    I will absolutely never be able to pass on choc and PB!! Unless I’m on a diet…who am I kidding!! Not even then!! Especially these!! Love!

    • September 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

      Chocolate and PB are always allowed…even on diets 🙂

  21. September 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

    I love adding pretzels to desserts…that salty/sweet combination is to die for!

    • September 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

      Can’t beat the sweet/salty combo! Thanks, Kelly 🙂

  22. September 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

    I can never ever pass up the peanut butter/chocolate combo either. These look absolutely delicious and adding the pretzels for a little salty bit is the perfect addition. Great job!

    • September 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

      Thank you so much, Maggie!


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