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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars

I don’t usually crave salty snacks, but I do love pretzels. Twists, rods, sticks, chocolate or yogurt dipped, I love them. We’ve made homemade soft pretzels and those are super scrumptious too. Pretzels are just a fun snack, in any shape or form!

I recently saw a cookie bar recipe from Food and Wine that included pretzel pieces. I knew I had to try these. Pretzels mixed into a sweet treat, what a divine idea!

The cookie bars were delightful. The pretzels added a nice little crunch and the sweet/salty combination was very satisfying. Josh said these are his favorite bar treats that I have made. This recipe is a keeper!

Penny Pinching Pantry Raid Update

The challenge is still going well. Over the weekend our friends from CA stayed with us and we were able to feed them well with what we had. We also had friends over for dinner on Sunday. The challenge is working even with extra mouths to feed! :)

I bought another gallon of milk for 80 cents this week. Josh goes through milk like mad! I am grateful for coupons this month. I am going shopping for produce today. I hope to find some bargains at Sunflower Market. It is double ad day, so there should be some good sales. Our total is now at:$11.07.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars

Source: Food and Wine

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

One 12-ounce bag bittersweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups mini pretzels, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles (I didn’t use these)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Using a mixer, beat the butter with both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. On low, beat in the dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Press the batter down with a spatula. If you want to use the sprinkles, sprinkle them on top of the batter. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. The middle might be a little gooey but that is ok, the bars will set up. Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool completely.

Use a knife to go around the side of the pan to loosen the bars. Cut the bars in squares and serve.

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86 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars”

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  1. Amanda — July 22, 2009 @ 5:09 am

    Oh man this looks look absolutely delicious! I am definitely saving this recipe!

  2. bigredkitchen — July 22, 2009 @ 5:10 am

    Maria these look awesome. I love salty sweet foods. Will have to try these for my family.

  3. Donna-FFW — July 22, 2009 @ 5:27 am

    I am so going to try these Maria! I love the combination of sweet salty and in a cookie, oh yes!

  4. VeggieGirl — July 22, 2009 @ 5:33 am

    Sweet & salty = SUCH a divine flavor combination.

  5. Meghan — July 22, 2009 @ 5:39 am

    These look delicious! I love sweet and salty combinations!

  6. Foodie with Little Thyme! — July 22, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    This looks great! One to add to my collection.

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums — July 22, 2009 @ 5:46 am

    Surely extremely scrumptious! I'll soon have to try those bars!



  8. Erica — July 22, 2009 @ 6:04 am

    LOVE adding pretzels to baked goods- perfect combo of salty and sweet! I bet these are fantastic. Thank you again for all the dessert ideas- you are just so the best

  9. Tracy — July 22, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    Mmm, salty and sweet! Sounds delicious!

  10. Clumbsy Cookie — July 22, 2009 @ 6:10 am

    That's a cool bar! I also love salty pretzels in my sweets! I've made an ice cream last week with them and it was goooooooooood!

  11. Stephanie — July 22, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    Sounds wonderful! I am loving that you fed your friends with what you had in your pantry! That is super hard to do. Great job!

  12. kat — July 22, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    I love salty & sweet, now throw some caramel in there & it would be perfect

  13. Finsmom — July 22, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    What a creative and tasty combination!

  14. Marye — July 22, 2009 @ 7:03 am

    DEEEE-licious! these look amazing.


  15. Manggy — July 22, 2009 @ 7:09 am

    I always love the salty-sweet combination– it really helps to curb those nasty cyclical cravings, heh heh :) But hmm, did this stick to the pantry challenge? 😉 Ha ha ha!

  16. Tracey — July 22, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    These sound so good! I always crave the sweet and salty combination.

  17. Sara — July 22, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    Oh wow, these sound amazing! I love the saltiness of pretzels mixed with sweet. I can't wait to try theses.

  18. Pam — July 22, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    You can't beat salty and sweet – they look tasty.

  19. Maria — July 22, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    Thanks everyone. If you love sweet/salty you will love these!

    Manggy-And yes we already had pretzels, chocolate chips, etc. in our pantry:)

  20. RecipeGirl — July 22, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    Great idea… that recipe would have caught my eye too! I did a pretzel brownie recipe once & same thing… nice mix of the sweet & salty!

  21. Krista.S — July 22, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    hooray!! **doing a little chocolate-covered-pretzel dance** THANKS for posting this! I cannot wait to try it! :)

  22. Laura — July 22, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    Oooooh. I love pretzel's and chocolate so I'm sure this is a winner.

  23. Karen — July 22, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    This sounds really good and I like the idea of bars instead of cookies, which are not my favorite thing to make!

  24. Frieda — July 22, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    Thanks for the recipe….I love chocolate dipped pretzels and a ton of mini-pretzels laying around….

  25. Engineer Baker — July 22, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    You can't beat sweet and salty, especially chocolate and pretzels – yum!

  26. Esi — July 22, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    I am obsessed with salty and sweet. These sound so delicious!

  27. Jeff — July 22, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    Awesome job on keeping the costs low and using what you got.

    I am so making soft pretzels now. One of my favorites especially with cheese dip. Well pretzels in general get nothing but love from me.

    Love the idea and looks awesome!

  28. Elle — July 22, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Love the sweet and salty combo! Can't beat that. And good for you on the budget eating!

    hmmm, can't comment with my name and url. But it's me, Elle!

  29. Katie — July 22, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    These look great! I will have to try to make them!

  30. Kara — July 22, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    We love pretzels, I can't wait to try these!!

  31. Teanna DiMicco — July 22, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Cookie pretzel chocolate chip goodness? I'd gobble this up in a HEARTBEAT!

  32. Michelle — July 22, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    I absolutely love the sweet/salty combination and can't wait to make these!

  33. Flourchild — July 22, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    Yum those look great. I love pretzels in baked goods. Your pantry raid experience seems fun but Im so to lazy to do something like that. I will spend the extra money if that means I don't have to drive to another store:)

  34. Gaby — July 22, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    love these Maria! Chocolate and the saltiness from pretzels is a fab combo

  35. stephchows — July 22, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    These look so good!! I can't believe how little you've spent… with extra mouths!! insane.

  36. Live.Love.Eat — July 22, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    If I ever do sweet, I like sweet & salty. I would enjoy these.

  37. Danielle — July 22, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    those look very good! my husband is more of a pretzel fan than I am…maybe I've found a dessert for him :) Thank you

  38. Megan — July 22, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    Yum! These make me think of Take 5 bars and chocolate chip cookies. Definitely can't go wrong there!

  39. Grace — July 22, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    chocolate-covered pretzels are my go-to movie treat, and i think these bars would be outstanding! i'm ashamed that it hasn't occurred to me before–nicely done!

  40. pinkstripes — July 22, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Ooh…I saw these in F&W and have been wanting to make them. Glad to know you liked them.

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