Oh my gosh. These are so good. I mean, I can’t even tell you how good they are. And they are easy. Good and easy. That’s a winner in my book. My family LOVED these.
This batch makes a lot of little squares so I planned on bringing them over to a friend’s house for an after dinner treat, but after I tasted one I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t let them leave my kitchen. These things are — wait for it — better than a Reeses peanut butter cup. There I said it. #truth
It’s the secret ingredient that makes them special: pretzels.
This is a Trisha Yearwood recipe and I have to say she is an amazing cook. Have you seen her Food TV show? Yeah, good. I know. So, when I heard she had a new cookbook I had to get a copy. This lovely recipe is on page 211. Skip everything else and go straight to the no-bake peanut butter squares.
But seriously, there is more greatness in her cookbook: Trisha’s Table. Make note of page 57: Power balls. Trisha says she makes these and “will pack a few in a plastic bag to keep in my purse, so if I get stuck out running errands, I don’t have the temptation to head for the drive-through.”
Made with peanut butter, oats, honey, and a few other ingredients, these are winners. My husband made this recipe and we quickly had to turn around and make another batch because our little family devoured these things. And, she’s right, they are the perfect little snack. I took several to work as a mid afternoon pick me up. And we sent them to school for the kid’s daily snack.
She’s got non-peanut butter recipes too. OK, there’s a recipe called Tofu Ricotta Lasagna” that is calling my name. Normally I would pass on a recipe like this, but I saw an episode of her show where her husband (you, know, Garth Brooks) said this is his favorite lasagna. Sold! So, I have to make this one.
There is one more peanut butter recipe – peanut butter pasta. Angel hair pasta with warm peanut butter and sweet chili sauce. Sounds divine.
- 2 cups thin pretzel sticks (the small ones)
- 1-1/2 sticks butter, melted
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1-1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
- 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
- In food processor pulse pretzel sticks until they are fine crumbs (or place in bag and smash them with a utensil)
- In medium bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cups of the peanut butter
- Press peanut butter mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9x9 pan
- Melt remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
- When the chocolate mixture is smooth, pour over top of the peanut mixture in the pan
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into squares and devour!
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