No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

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No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzels – the easiest and BEST no bake cookies you will ever make! The sweet and salty combo is to die for! 

No Bake Chocolate Cookies with pretzels and sea salt

Raise your hand if you are a fan of the famous no bake cookies? You know, the chocolate peanut butter oat cookies that are made on the stovetop and don’t even require an oven! I am a HUGE fan. I’ve been making no bake cookies since I was a little girl. They have always been one of my favorite cookies. I remember making them all of the time during the holidays or during the hot summer months. If it was too hot to turn on the oven, we would make no bake cookies! The only problem, they never last long because they are SO good!

No Bake Cookies set out on wax paper to cool

Best No Bake Cookies

Well, I just made the traditional no bake cookies better by adding pretzels and sea salt. Yep, these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies are almost too good to be true. The sweet and salty combo is amazing and you’ve gotta love the no-bake part, especially since it is sweltering outside. These cookies are the perfect summer cookie!

And these no-bake cookies are almost too easy to make. Not only do you not have to turn on the oven, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzels and Sea salt

Bit of Salt with Lots of Sweet

I especially love these no bake cookies because the pretzels go so well with the chocolate, peanut butter, and oats. I also add sea salt to the recipe and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. I am telling you, all of these ingredients combined make one delicious cookie.

If you are craving something sweet, make these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies. If you are craving something salty, make these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. These cookies are perfect for whatever craving you are having! I can make them in no time and they always hit the spot!

Best No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzels on wax paper

No Bake Cookies Worth every Bite

These chocolate no bake cookies only take about 15 minutes to make, plus some time for the cookies to set up. But who waits for no bake cookies to set up? Not me! The best part is licking the pan clean and grabbing big blobs of cookies from the wax paper….even if they aren’t set up. I can never stop myself.

You can make the cookies gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and gluten-free pretzels.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

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How to make No Bake Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzels

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

These sweet and salty no-bake cookies are one of my very favorite cookies! They are easy to make and too easy to eat!
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  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add milk, sugar, and cocoa and stir to combine while bringing to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Add in peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Stir in oats, chopped pretzels, and sea salt.
  • Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let cool completely. Cookies will set up and harden when they cool. Store in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
  • Note-you can make these gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and pretzels!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Salty and sweet, PB, with oats, and no-bake, this is 100% tailor-made for me!! Pinned 🙂

  2. Yum! What a great idea! You can not beat the combo of pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter. One of my favorites!

  3. mmmmm…no bake cookies are SO good. The pretzel is a fantastic addition! nom nom! Hope you’re feeling well

  4. I’m looking forward to eating the best cookies that I’ll ever make! What guy doesn’t like peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels? It’s a hot day here in Buffalo and we don’t even have to light the oven. I’m printing this recipe!

  5. Oh, I’m sending this recipe to my gluten-free granddaughter! They buy some wonderful GF pretzels and boy, does she love chocolate!
    Thinking of you and my son and daughter-in-law, due the same time you are with #1 boy.

  6. No bake means no shame eating them right away! I don’t normally have the patience to bake the cookies I make so these are perfect. Delicious. Thanks, Maria.

  7. No bake cookies have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl, too. I adore sweet and salty combinations, so I’m sure this version is incredible. Seriously these wouldn’t last a day in this house!

  8. Three of the best ingredients in the world. What’s not to love?! So simple too.
    Have an awesome week Josh and Maria!

  9. No-bake cookies are perfect for summer when you don’t want your oven to heat up the whole house but you’re craving cookies!

  10. Ok, I am making these.. also, can I just mention that you are the first person in all the land to make no bake cookies look beautiful!! I have tried, let me tell you with horrible results 🙂

  11. I don’t really love pretzels on their own, but when they’re in cookies and combined with peanut butter, I am so in!! Love that these are no bake, too!

  12. No-bake is the best in the summer time. I love the ingredients in these cookies!

  13. Maria, sweet and salty is the best! Love this version of no-bakes!

    You are such an adorable prego mama, and I’m looking forward to seeing pics of the new baby. I’m an L&D nurse, turned mama, turned mama food blogger, and one thing that sometimes is forgotten in the hospital bag is your favorite lip balm, and some kind of candy or mint to suck on (if Dr. allows). Sometimes labor/epidural can make your mouth really dry, and these things are so nice to have! Good luck, you’ve got this!

  14. oh Maria! these make me so excited! I can’t wait to make these for my family- I can just modify them a little bit to be GF and vegan.

  15. These remind me of a no bake I used to make all the time back in high school…except this is like the monster version of them. Peanut butter and pretzels sound like an amazing addition to a standard favorite in my house. I can’t wait to get my hands on these!!

  16. I’ll look forward to giving these a try! We’ve been making no-bake cookies in our family for many years too, but we don’t usually add peanut butter.

    We add 1 Cup of sweetened shredded coconut. They were called Coconut Fudge Drop Cookies in our house 🙂

  17. Oh wow! I actually just said that out loud when I saw these. Do the pretzels stay crunchy at all after sitting on the counter for a couple of days?

    1. I haven’t tried them with coconut oil yet, but I want to! Let me know if you try it!

  18. Not only do I love no-bakes, but I also love pretzels in cookies and granola bars. I usually add coconut to my no-bakes, but I never thought to add pretzels. Thanks so much for the recipe – pinning now!

  19. I absolutely love no-bake cookies! Putting pretzels in them never crossed my mind, but I’m going to have to try your version now.

  20. Yum!! I love no-bake cookies, especially during the summer! The salty and sweet combo sounds amazing. Pinned!

  21. You had me at “No-Bake”. This weather is making it impossible to use any heat. So, I’m all over this 🙂

  22. My two favorite things in the world, chocolate and peanut butter, in a cookie. And I don’t have to bake. Awesome!

  23. Oh my, I just made butterscotch no bakes a few weeks ago. Everyone loved them, but they were a little sweeter than I prefer. I am definitely adding pretzels next time. I am sure it would make them perfect!

  24. These are amazing! Made a batch last night and my husband and I cannot stop eating them. So bad yet SO good! Love the sweet and salty combo with the pretzels and think I will add more pretzels next time. A must-try and highly recommended!

  25. Could crunchy peanut butter be used or would it take away from the cookie? It’s all I have right now and want to try these..

  26. Man, did I read this recipe at the right time. I’m 7 months pregnant and it’s way too hot to bake. But I’m still craving baked goods! This recipe is delicious. I’ve already shared it with a neighbor, who made it for a potluck to rave reviews. Thanks!

  27. Just made these!! They are delicious sweet, salty, crunchy and chocolatey. I will post and tag you on insta! Thank you Maria!

  28. It is Dec 12 and 80º in here. I’m wearing shorts & a tshirt and trying to get holiday boxes ready. Just made these and then licked the bowl clean. Ermahgerd, these are sooooooooo good.

  29. It looks Yummy I will give it a try for this Christmas… But can you tell me about the milk and cocoa did you mean powder or liquid? waiting your reply to try it. Thanks dear

  30. Hi I made these and they were awesome. I would however do at least 1/2 cup less oats and perhaps 1/2 cup more pretzels. They were very oat-y.

  31. The dish is delicious.I tried it and my kids love it.I want to thank you for this Informative and interesting blog.

  32. These are so adorable! I have a Walking Dead premier party to go to… now I know what I’m making!

  33. 5 stars
    These disappeared so quickly! I love the fact that these were so easy to make and such a crowd-pleaser. Thank you for the recipe!

  34. These look delicious and I’m excited to try them!

    When I click on the “Print Recipe” button and it brings up the print page, it includes the youtube video above the recipe header, which makes the recipe take 2 pages instead of just one. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but a little bit of a hassle to copy and paste so I can print just the recipe.

    Sorry for the complaint – I really do love your blog! 🙂

    1. I am so sorry. I will make sure we get this fixed ASAP! That is annoying:) Thanks for your patience.

  35. This reminds me of chocolate covered pretzels! And with peanut butter added too? HEAVEN 🙂

  36. Hello! Thank you this easy recipe! Mine did not turn out like your’s did. My cookies are a lot more “runny.” They spread out . They did not stay mounded, like the ones in your picture. Can you help me figure out what caused this? 

  37. These are the  rest and Easiest cookies to make❣️I’ve never made them with the pretzel pieces, but, I know they will be Great. I plan to share this recipe with my girls & grandchildren. 
    Thanks from  Marshville, NC

    1. Do you think you coukd make these with all pretzels and no oats? My granddaughter I’d allergic tho oatmeal and I’d like to find a substitute for the oatmeal. Pretzels sounded awesome until i saw you still used oats.

  38. 5 stars
    I love the fact that these were so easy to make and such a crowd-pleaser. Thank you for the recipe!

  39. 5 stars
    We have a few diabetics in our family. What can I substitute for the 2 cups of sugar. We use stevia but sugar adds some of the bulk to the recipe that stevia wouldn’t. Thank you so much for sharing all your fabulous recipes.

  40. 5 stars
    My 8-year-old made these today with only a little assistance. We halved the recipe, as to not have so many sitting around the house….ha. Her mixture was too crumbly at first and the cookies fell apart when she put them on the wax paper. She worked pretty slowly though, so that may have been the reason. I added an extra splash of milk and then they formed just fine. I think the sugar amount could be lowered. I’ll maybe give that a try next time. That is just a personal preference though – recipe is tasty!

  41. 4 stars
    Just made these. They are absolutely wonderful, thank you for sharing the recipe. My question is, mine seem dry not at all loose like you show in the video. Are they suppose to be that way? The flavor is sooooo good, the pretzels are perfect, like I say mine are dryer. Any suggestions?

  42. Do you think you coukd make these with all pretzels and no oats? My granddaughter I’d allergic tho oatmeal and I’d like to find a substitute for the oatmeal. Pretzels sounded awesome until i saw you still used oats.

  43. 5 stars
    These are SO good! They set up well, while maintaining moisture. The pretzels and sea salt take them above and beyond! Thank you!

  44. 5 stars
    These are great. I made a 1/4 recipe to experiment. Instead of heating the mixture. I rolled into small balls , 20 grams, and microwaved 1 ball for 45 seconds. Let cool 4 minutes. Still slightly warm. .Very good. The rest of the dough I will chill and make as needed.