No bake cookie recipe: chocolate peanut butter pretzel haystacks

No Bake Cookies - Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters

December has been flying by! We recently returned from Iceland and realized that there are only a few more days until Christmas. Eeeek! We are basically doing holiday preparations in fast forward this year (thank goodness for Amazon Prime, right?!) and that is why we decided to come up with a quick, no bake cookie recipe for a holiday party we are attending tonight.

There are a number of reasons why this recipe rocks. First of all, it is the perfect combo of sweet and salty, which is delicious AND goes great with all drinks and cocktails. Second, since it is a no bake recipe, it literally takes about 10 minutes to make, not including the time it takes for them to chill in the refrigerator. Third, it uses one of our favorite local products, Homeplate Peanut Butter.

No Bake Cookies - Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters

Even though these haystack cookies look like a glob of chocolate, they actually contain lots of good stuff like pretzels, peanuts, and mini marshmallows. These peanut butter no bake cookies also contain both creamy peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate chips! Talk about a winning combo, right? This is such an easy recipe that anyone can pull this one off. Plus, it is so fast that it is a perfect last-minute dessert for Christmas or New Years. Since it reminds us of a chocolate candy bar, we might just make it all year long!

No Bake Cookies - Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Haystacks

Makes about 24 cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

  • ½ bag of peanut butter chips (1 cup)

  • ⅓ cup of Creamy Homeplate Peanut Butter

  • ½ cup of butter, cut into cubes

  • 1 cup Spanish roasted peanuts

  • 1 ½ cups of mini marshmallows

  • 2 cups of pretzel sticks, broken in half


  • ¼ cup of peanut butter chips

  • ¼ cup of Homeplate Creamy Peanut Butter

To make the no-bake cookies, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butter and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. Once melted and a smooth consistency, fold in the peanuts, pretzels, and marshmallows.

No Bake Cookies - Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters

On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, drop round tablespoons of the cookie mixture to make small mounds. In a small bowl, prepare to make the peanut butter drizzle by microwaving the peanut butter and peanut butter chips for about 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds. Using a tablespoon, drizzle the mixture on the cookies. Pop them into a refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Store in an airtight container.

What are your favorite holiday cookies? Hopefully, you’ll add this simple, no bake cookie recipe to your list!

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