Baking with seasonal ingredients is always special because you know you can only use those ingredients during certain times of the year. But then there are the ingredients that know no season. Those aren’t any less special in my book, as they’re some of my favorite flavors.
These bars are certainly a year round treat. They’re made with plenty of irresistible peanut butter, rich caramel, and crunchy pretzels and peanuts. Sweet and salty fans, I trust I have your attention now.
And did I mention that they’re no-bake? You’ll just need a little bit of stovetop time to melt the caramel. Then just assemble, stick the pan in the refrigerator, and let them chill for a bit before serving.
There’s much to love about these bars. They’re sweet, salty, gooey, crunchy… and a bit messy. Be sure to press the toppings into the caramel when you’re assembling the bars. That will help them stay put and not make a big mess when you’re serving them. I used the back of a cookie spatula to press the pretzels and peanuts into the caramel. A large spoon or a measuring cup would work, too.
The subtle saltiness of these bars is really quite perfect. But if you want to emphasize the salty in sweet and salty, add a sprinkling of coarse salt on top.