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Two Peas and Their Pod: Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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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Blogger Amanda said...

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

5:09 AM  
Blogger bigredkitchen said...

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

5:10 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

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

5:27 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Sweet & salty = SUCH a divine flavor combination.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

These look delicious! I love sweet and salty combinations!

5:39 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

This looks great! One to add to my collection.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

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



5:46 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

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

6:04 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Mmm, salty and sweet! Sounds delicious!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

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!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

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!

6:13 AM  
Blogger kat said...

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

6:38 AM  
Blogger Finsmom said...

What a creative and tasty combination!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Marye said...

DEEEE-licious! these look amazing.


7:03 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

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!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

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

7:11 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

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

7:16 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

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

7:21 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

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

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

7:29 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

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!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Krista.S said...

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

9:01 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

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

9:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

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

9:04 AM  
Blogger Frieda said...

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

9:19 AM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

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

9:24 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

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

9:35 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

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!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

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!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

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

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

10:13 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

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

10:23 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

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

10:34 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

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:)

10:54 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

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

11:02 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

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

11:04 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

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

11:12 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

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

12:05 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

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

12:21 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

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!

12:38 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

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

1:33 PM  
Blogger Amy I. said...

Whoa. YES please! I love sweet and salty together. These look great, Maria!

2:11 PM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

these sound absolutely amazing :) the only thing that might make them better? peanut butter :)

3:35 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

wow, i'm really curious about how these taste

3:47 PM  
Blogger Elly said...

These look really fabulous. I absolutely love salty/sweet combos and especially love chocolate and pretzels!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Libby Murphy said...

The salty sweet combination is great! This recipe has to be wonderful.
Happy Twirls

5:47 PM  
Blogger Selba said...

It sounds wonderful yummy...

7:16 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

These are very pretty cookie bars. My favorite pretzels are from Gardetto's- their mustard kind. Delish!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

This looks and sounds so yummy! I love pretzels and cookies and chocolate. What a great combo of them all!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

You are doing so well with the challenge!

These cookie bars sound fantastic - I love pretzels and chocolate. Delish!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Love the combination of sweet and salty! Sounds delicious, I'm definitely bookmarking this one.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

I've never had the sweet and salty combo yet but these look amazing!


8:57 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I love sweet and salty combo in snacks. This looks wonderful!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Maria you know how I love me some bar cookies (much too lazy for the regular cookies :))! I've printed the recipe and added it to my list of desserts for the week.

Btw, I'm not into salty but do enjoy pretzels. (I'd like to try pretzels as a crust, too.)

11:10 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Oh my goodness...that's all I have to say! I am making these this weekend!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

These do look good. Pretzels and chocolate are a great combination!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

These are right up my alley - I love the salty sweet combo and chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite treats!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

Chocolate chips and pretzels - what a yummy combo! These look divine!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

These look like perfect snacks. I love chocolate and salt together, so these are definitely must-makes!

6:36 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

These look wonderful. I love sweet and salty combo.

And what a great price on milk! :)

6:46 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

These sound awesome! It's a weird fact of my life that I hate pretzels on their own, but I love them when combined with sweet stuff. I'll have to try these!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Great idea these look fabulous yummy.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I love sweet and salty. These are perfect!

4:52 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I LOVE pretzels in desserts. I'm a sweet/salty fiend. This is a great recipe.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Showpony said...

these look amazing, I have to try them.

3:02 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

these look so salty and sweet, yummy!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

80 cents for a GALLON of milk? Fantastic! These look so good, Maria!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

I love that you mix pretzels with chocolate chips. I should make this recipe :)

8:40 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

oo sweet and salty desserts! Sounds wonderful!

1:31 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

A gallon of milk for 80 cents? I want to shop where you shop. If you need someone to take the leftover bars off your hands, I'm your girl! ;)

7:09 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Omg! Salty pretzels + chocolate chip cookies?? This was SO made for me! Lol ;D

5:48 PM  
Blogger Mermaid Sweets said...

Man, I could learn a lesson or two from you - we just spent $140 on groceries, and it doesn't even seem like we got a lot. These look awesome, I have to make these for sheezy - maybe even tonight =) Hope all is well and sorry I have been MIA on the commenting, busy summer.

9:22 PM  
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