Hello pigeons! You are probably out and about getting all the things you need to get done, done and if you are anything like me, are feeling the squeeze of having SIX fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
I was just getting over the injustice of daylight savings time.
SO, the extravagant amounts of baking I had hoped to do and the festive but casual gift wrapping while sipping cocoa and cooing at my babies is not exactly going to plan.
I am going with plan B. It's going to be a very merry no-bake Christmas around here and I am not sorry.
These no-bake bars are just like I like things. Sweet, dark and salty and er, easy as it were.
I like to use JIF Natural (all the goodness, not the sugar) and Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate chips. I think the dark chocolate is a little less sweet making the balance of these just right.
Peanut butter Pretzel No-Bakes
You Will Need:
1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature
2 1/2 Cups plus 1/2 Cup of salted pretzels, crushed into crumbs
1 Cup confectioner's sugar
1 Cup plus 1/4 Cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 Cups dark chocolate chips
Line a 9×13″ baking dish with tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
In a mixer, mix together 1 cup of peanut butter and butter, mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar and pretzel bits and mix until well combined. Spread mixture into bottom of pan and smooth out evenly.
Combine remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until combined and smooth. Once well mixed, spread the chocolate layer over the peanut butter in the dish and smooth out evenly.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup of pretzel pieces.
Refrigerate for at least an hour, before cutting into bars and serving. Can be made ahead and frozen (cut them into bars first then freeze)
Careful, these are addictive!