Tuesday, February 11, 2014

T.V. Recipe Review...Trisha Yearwood's No-Bake Pretzle Peanut Butter Bars

I have a confession to make, I am a total Food Network Junkie!  I watch that channel more that I care to admit.  I get so much inspiration and I try many of the recipes I see.  That being the case, I thought I would do some reviews of recipes I have tried and let you know if they are all that they claim to be! 
Today, it is Trisha Yearwood's No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars.  I thought I would begin with a dessert since I have yet to post one on here.  Here is how it went down!
Last night my husband was watching Trisha's Southern Kitchen with me.  It was the Episode with Kelly Clarkson, and they were making something that made my beloved Studhubs heart skip a beat!  No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars.  All of his favorite things!  *lol*  I told him that if he would make the bed up,(I had laundered the bedding), I would make those for him after supper.  He was all over that like hot butter on an ear of corn!  It looked relatively easy, and I had all the ingredients, so I thought I would give it a try. 
Here is the Food Network Link with the recipe:
The first thing you have to do is put your pretzel rods in the food processor...
And buzz them up to make crumbs.  You can do this in a Ziploc bag and a rolling pin if you don't have a food processor. 
Then, in a bowl, combine your crumbs, confectioner's sugar, all, but a 1/4 of your butter, and peanut butter. 
I quickly realized my bowl was not going to be big enough so I got a bigger bowl.  Hahahahaha...We're going to need a bigger bowl!  Oh, sorry...Back to the blog. 
You mix it together till it is all combined.  It should look something like this.
 **This was a little dry and brittle.  I really felt like there was not enough butter.**
Then, you are going to add the mixture to a 9x13x2 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with baking spray.  Pat it out in the pan.
**I recommend keeping a glass of water to dip your fingers in.  This batter is really sticky and it was difficult to spread without it.**
After that, you are going to add your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and remaining butter in a microwave safe bowl, and melt it down, using 30 second intervals.
**Again, I think it needed more butter.  See following picture to see why**
Dollop your chocolate over the crust and spread it out. 
**This is why I think there needs to be more butter.  This mixture was not easy to spread and it kept pulling up the crust.  Possibly a glass of HOT water to dip your spatula in would help with this.  In the end I added crushed peanuts to the top to help it look prettier.**
Now you put it in the fridge for one hour to set. 
After and hour you can cut and serve. 
These were DELICIOUS, BUT I feel you need to have 2 1/2 stick of butter for this to all work right  If you look at the pic above, the crust was so brittle that it fell away from the chocolate.  The chocolate itself set up great, but as I mentioned, it was difficult to spread. 
I would definitely try this again, making the adjustment on the butter.  It was very good, quick, easy, and would be great at a potluck! 
Have a great day everyone, and as always...
Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. I was wondering how this recipe would work out, I found it a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had the time to make it nor have I had all of the igredients.

    1. They were delicious, but like I said, for everything to combine right, it needed a little more butter. Would love to hear how it worked for you when you try it! :)

  2. Looks yummy, but you didn't add all of the butter & the 1 cup of peanut butter + powdered sugar to your crust, maybe that is why it was crumbly. I'm so going to make these this weekend! :)

    1. Oh, I did. I followed the recipe exactly. My bowl was too small to see it all. That is why I had to get a bigger bowl. The reason I think it needed a little more butter is because it is what causes the crumbs and the sugar to really combine with the peanut butter.

  3. Hi Mandee!
    I just ran across your site and will be reading more. It looks really interesting. Did you perhaps read the original recipe for the pretzel bars wrong or is this just a typo in your instructions? Your instructions say to add all but 1/4 of the butter, but Trisha's says to add all but 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Maybe it's just a typo

    1. Hi Brenda! Honestly, it has been so long ago now that I made this, that I don't remember, but most likely I followed the recipe and it was a typo.

  4. Funny. I had NO problem when I made it the way Trisha did. My chocolate was so creamy and drizzled on top. I think you used too little peanut butter in the drizzle. Also, I think you used too little PB in the base as well since it was so clumpy. Smh.

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