Salty Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pretzel Treats

Say hello to my new favorite midnight snack!

I can't help but feel that these bars should have been in my salty-sweet baking book. But that's how it goes - some recipes are simply a result of a strong craving and that's exactly how this recipe came to be. A few nights ago I was craving salty-sweet, crunchy and chewy.

I printed my favorite Rice Krispie Treats recipe and began scribbling changes in red ink, school-teacher style. I replaced the cereal with a bag of broken pretzels and added half a cup of peanut butter to the marshmallow coating. The second layer  is a mixture of chocolate chips and smooth peanut butter with marshmallows folded in. The end result is so completely delicious, every description I try to muster sounds trite.

I made these from start to finish in a big bowl the microwave, but a large saucepan on the stove top will work just as well. If you're a salty-sweet-snacky fiend like I am then I insist you try these! They will satisfy every craving.

Salty Peanut Butter-
Marshmallow Pretzel Treats
Yields about 24 pieces

The best way to achieve the perfect broken pretzel texture is to repeatedly karate chop the 16 ounce bag with the side of your hand. It’s also a fun stress release that can make your head feel better.

Pretzel treat layer
1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cubed
16 ounce bag marshmallows
1/2 cup (135g) smooth peanut butter
16 ounce bag large pretzel twists, roughly broken

Chocolate-marshmallow layer
12 ounces (1 package) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (270g) smooth peanut butter
4 cups (6 ounces) mini marshmallows
Mini pretzel twists, optional

Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with baking spray.

Place the broken pretzels in a large bowl.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the marshmallows and cubed butter. Heat at 100% power at 30 second intervals until the marshmallows and butter can be stirred smooth. Stir well after each heating (alternatively, heat the marshmallows and butter in a large non-stick saucepan on the stove top). Add the smooth peanut butter and stir well until the peanut butter is melted and well incorporated into the marshmallow mixture. Pour the mixture over the pretzels and turn them over with a large wooden spoon until most all of the pretzel pieces are coated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and pack down with buttered hands.

Make the chocolate-marshmallow layer: Combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a large microwave safe bowl Heat at 30 second intervals at 100% power, stirring between heating, until the mixture is smooth and combined (you may also heat the chocolate and peanut butter in a saucepan on the stove top over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until smooth).
Fold in the marshmallows using a large rubber spatula. Pour on top of the pretzel mixture in the pan and smooth evenly.

Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into squares. Top each square with a mini pretzel twist, if using.

Store between sheets of waxed paper or parchment (the bottoms of the bars are sticky).

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  1. I find it hard sometimes to reinvent the rice krispie treat, but a full DNA switch like makes me inspired to veer way off track, bravo! (they look dangerously good, btw)

  2. Yum! Those look delicious!

  3. Oh wow, these look completely amazing and I bet they taste even better than that. I'm such a peanut butter freak AND a glutton for anything salty-sweet that these would not last long in my presence!

  4. Did you use regular peanut butter or the all-natural type?

  5. Talk about DELIXE! These look SO stinking good. Seriously, everything I want in a dessert is right here. Obsessed.

  6. They look more than amazing! Delicous little sin :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe! Greetings from Seiser Alm :-)

  7. Made these last night! Were AMAZING!!!!

  8. Do you have a favorite peanut butter? The kind we normally use is healthy and kind of grainy. Not great for a treat!


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