PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL MAGIC BARS


Abracadabra! I always thought it would be fun to be a magician. But, I will have to settle for being a magician in the kitchen and I've come up with all kinds of ways to customize the ever loved magic bar! 
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I don't ever remember having these as a child or my mom making them. I think the first time I had them was definitely as an adult but they had coconut in them and I'm not a huge fan of the coconut texture so I remembered making them one time without that. So, graham crackers are OK, but I really only like a graham cracker crust with my key lime pie so I decided to switch these up with a pretzel crust and of course with my peanut butter loving family, I had to throw some peanut butter in! My mind is starting to swirl however with all the additions you could do. You could use the mini Reesie's peanut butter cups, nuts, especially pecans or even some of my beloved toffee bits.


I hope you enjoy these, I haven't put any sweet treats on the blog lately, mainly because I'm really trying to cut out the sugar but since my family is not cutting sugar, I can make these for them and maybe only sneak one in! Plus, I gotta admit, dessert recipes are some of my favorites!

What you'll need

Peanut Butter Pretzel Magic Bars
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups pretzels
1 stick butter, melted
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or pieces.
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375° online a square 9 x 9" baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure you use a large piece that will cover the sides and cut slits in the corner to make it lay flat. Next, Crush the pretzels. I do this with a thick a Ziploc bag and crush by hand with a meat mallet, rolling pin or you can use the food processor. I melt the butter in a large Pyrex dish in the microwave and then add the pretzels. Use a flat metal spatula to press in the bottom of your dish. Next, put the peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla in a small pan. Cook on low until the mixture is completely melted and pour over the pretzel crust in the pan. Next, mix together all the remaining chips and the cans of Eagle Brand milk and pour evenly over the top. Bake these bars for about 20 minutes or until golden around the edges. Cool them completely for at least one hour and then lift the bars out of the pan with the parchment paper. Pull that off and cut into desired squares.

Patting down the pretzel crust

Chocolate and Peanut Butter melted with love

Decadent Mix of three chips and Sweetened Condensed Milk

 Golden and Bubbly! YUM!!





MAGICAL!!

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xoxo

48 comments:

  1. That looks like it could easily be my most favorite sweet treat ever! Have a good day :)

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  2. I think I may make this for my small group tomorrow night! If I want to use graham crackers for the crust, I just evenly sub it for the pretzels?
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. Oh yes! My mom never made magic bars either so I had them first as a grown up too. I loved everything about them and made them tons of times! But these look even better since we love peanut butter and the pretzels would add a little salt - yum!!! I'll have to make these and send half to Nolan! I am still struggling trying to drop a few pounds but I love good food. Thanks for sharing another great recipe, you have mad skills as a kitchen magician!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  4. OMG those look so good!!!

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  5. Yum yum and yum ! These look delicious ! Bryton and I would both devour these in one sitting ! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. I just gained 5lbs by looking at these!! YUM!! Combine pretzels, chocolate & peanut butter and I'm so in!

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  7. OH my word. These are a few of my favorite things. BTW I totally just sung that to you. These bars look AMAZING.

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  8. Omg these look amazing! Definitely need to try this recipe out on my cheat day :)

    -Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/

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  9. Ohhh what a yummy treat! These look SO good!

    xoxo
    Jessi
    https://www.thedarlingdetail.com/

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  10. Not even kidding that my mouth is currently watering (or maybe it's crying). These look soooooo good. Magic cookie bars were one of my favorites that my mom made growing up. She typically only made them at Christmas for some reason so I associate them with that. Thanks for sharing this version. I'm all about some peanut butter and pretzels with chocolate. YUMMMM! Why is sugar so bad for us???? Now I'm about to cry...LOL Have a great day you beautiful kitchen magician!

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  11. Oh my sweet tooth goodness!! I bet these things really are magical! Beautifully Candid

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  12. Darn it! I don't have the sweet and condensed milk to make these and I'm not braving the streets right now. Can't wait to make these another day! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Salty and sweet, what a treat! I wish I had everything to make these right now because my mouth is watering! I will be making these for the kiddos soon!

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  14. Seriously - my mouth is watering!!!! These really do look like magic!

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  15. I'm a total pretzel fiend, so I'm SO DOWN for these! Thanks for sharing, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  16. my jaw is on the ground just imaging the deliciousness.... mmmmmm.....

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  17. These would be perfect to make and carry to Alabama this weekend to visit our family! Thanks for making that an easy peady decision Sista!!

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  18. you had me at peanut butter....

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  19. I've been trying to cut sugar too, but these look amazing! They look like a great after school treat for my boy! Thanks for sharing Andrea!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  20. You seriously come up with the best foods, You should do a cookbook! I would totally buy one and then buy one for all of my friends too!

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  21. Oh my goodness these are amazing! I love chocolate and peanut butter anything! I need to pin these for later!

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  22. Brian and Olivia are HUGE PB fans. They would love these!

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  23. And I'm officially drooling! I definitely need to try and make these sometime soon because I'm always a huge fan of salty and sweet combinations!

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  24. We have been on the same wavelength a lot lately, Andrea! These look absolutely amazing. Peanut butter and pretzels are truly a magical combination!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  25. I love magic bars but my boys do not like coconut at all so I hardly ever make them (not wanting to eat an entire bar of cookies myself). These sound amazing and I bet the whole family would love them. Pinned.

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  26. Oh my goodness, I love sweet and salty together. These look delicious!

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  27. These look absolutely delicious!!!

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  28. Shut up these look amazing!! My mom always made the magic cookie bars. I would eat the entire pan right now if they were here. Been a little stress eating going on over here.

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  29. Pinned it! Will have to send it on to my daughter...you know how the gals in her office love sweets. xoxo

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  30. Oh yum! These look delicious! There's something so good about a sweet/salty combo!

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  31. How fun! With a pretzel crust and peanut butter in them they have to be good! I am sure your guys gobbled them up!

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  32. These look wonderful! I like the pretzel addition... that salty/sweet combination is a favorite here. :)

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  33. These look terrific, thanks for sharing. Found your blog on Thursday Favorite Things, I'm #14, hope you will stop by to say "hi".

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  34. Pretzels, chocolate, peanut butter --I'm in! Thanks for the recipe.

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  35. These sound delicious!!! I can't wait to get baking in the kitchen with Zoe and making this kind of stuff!

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  36. wow...these look amazing! Stopped by from the pin junkie party and pinned:)

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  37. I am totally going to bring these to our tailgate next weekend!

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  38. These look amazing. Gonna have to take these to the next party. Thanks for sharing! Yum!

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  39. I just pinned your awesome Magic Bars. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  40. Oh my goodness, they look like gooey good tasty treats! I love sweets too, but have to be strict with myself, like you. I bet they are extra good with a pretzel base...a nice blend of sweet & salty. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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  41. These sound SOOOO amazing!! I love your recipe, I think I have to make it myself.
    #brillblogposts

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  42. I'll bet I've made Magic Bars at least 100 times, but I've never made any changes to my original recipe. Thank you for the inspiration--I think my boys would love this!

    Thanks for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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  43. These sound delicious and would be great with a big glass of milk! I've made Magic Cookie Bars before but not with peanut butter. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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  44. YUM!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  45. thank you for sharing this yumminess at TFT. Pinned and you were featured too. xo

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  46. Andrea... these look positively delish. How do you stay so skinny? Please tell me your secret - that you eat 3 of these bars of deliciousness every day?!?! Have a good week.

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  47. My hubby might like these cause it doesn't have coconut

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