chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart on plates

Good news, friends! It is impossible to eat too much chocolate and peanut butter. I know this because I’ve eaten obscene amounts of it in my day and I’m still here to tell you about this chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart — which is basically a giant, no-bake peanut butter cup with a pretzel/graham cracker/secret ingredient (oooooh, suspense!) crust.

And so, last week I decided enough was enough. I needed that tart in my life again and I could not wait one more day. And in just a few hours, it was so. Except I amped up the crust a bit to make it all salty/savory/SECRET INGREDIENT-y because… well, is there any reason to justify this? I think not.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart -- A giant, no-bake peanut butter cup with a pretzel-graham cracker crust. @girlversusdough
preparing tart in pan

If you follow along on my baking/life adventures on the Snapchat (follow me! ? stephmwise), the suspense is lost on you because you already know what goes into this dessert. But if you don’t, I’ll tell you: It’s brown butter, y’all. I mixed it into the crust along with some pretzel and graham cracker crumbs and I think I will never make a graham cracker crust any other way again. In fact, I have started to put brown butter in almost anything that calls for melted butter. It’s an addiction (much like that one I have for chocolate and peanut butter. Maybe I need to seek help? Or maybe just another slice of this tart). But how can it not be, when it turns everything it goes in to something nutty, caramely, buttery and incredibly flavorful? Again, no justification necessary.

pouring chocolate on top of the peanut butter tart
chocolate peanut butter tart

Another pro to this recipe is that it’s entirely no-bake, which makes it perfect for just about any occasion — dinner parties when you need the oven to make dinner, summertime gatherings when the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven, random weeknights when your husband is working late and you need a dessert to eat in bed while you watch Scandal (ahem) — anything at all.

If you do want to bake when that salty-sweet craving hits, try these kitchen sink cookies!

slices of chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart on plates

You can slice it up and serve it cold or at room temperature, or don’t even bother with the slicing and just go at it with a fork. Heck, maybe we don’t even need the fork — we can just eat it like the giant peanut butter cup it is. I fully endorse any and all methods of getting this tart from plate to mouth.

close up chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart slice

Sooooooo this counts as breakfast, right?  These Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies are great too!

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chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart

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  • Author: Girl Versus Dough
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 9-inch tart 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American



For the crust:

  • 8 double graham crackers (the ones that measure 5 by 2 1/2 inches)
  • 25 small pretzel twists (I used Rold Gold Tiny Twists)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter

For the peanut butter filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream

For the ganache topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • Spanish peanuts, for topping (optional)


  1. Pulse graham crackers and pretzels in a food processor to a very fine crumb. You should end up with about 1 1/4 cups crumbs.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until butter foams and then begins to turn brown. Keep stirring until butter is a deep golden brown.
  3. In a small bowl, stir crumbs with butter until well combined. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press mixture firmly and evenly into bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  4. Transfer pan to freezer while you prepare filling.
  5. In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend cream cheese, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. In a separate medium bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture until well combined.
  7. Spread peanut butter mixture evenly on top of crust in tart pan. Transfer to fridge while you prepare ganache topping.
  8. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips in a small bowl. Stir vigorously until smooth and glossy. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  9. Use a spatula to gently spread ganache over top of tart. Sprinkle Spanish peanuts around edges of tart, if desired. Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.