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Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

by on July 13, 2009 · 27 comments

Just when I thought I was done throwing pretzels into baked goods, along comes the August issue of Food & Wine to tempt me with another sweet & salty bar cookie– Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars. There was no way I could skip this one, especially since I had leftover pretzel potato chip mixture. Sure, regular pretzels would have been great, but the buttery pretzels mixed with chips were even better. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. I also added M&Ms and left out the sprinkles.

Original 13×9 inch recipe is from Food & Wine. Below is the half batch version.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

1 cup all purpose unbleached flour (135 grams)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2 ml)
1/4 teaspoon salt (1 ml)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (85 grams)
1/2 cup light brown sugar (110 grams)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (48 grams)
1 teaspoon vanilla (5 ml)
1 large egg
3/4 cups pretzels, broken or roasted pretzel/potato chip mixture from a few days ago
1 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup M&Ms (plain) – more if you want

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch metal pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (or use parchment).

Mix together the flour, soda and salt; set aside.

Beat the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl. When light, beat in the vanilla. Add the egg and beat until it’s mixed, then gradually stir in the flour mixture, followed by the pretzel pieces, chocolate and M&Ms.

Spread mixture evenly in pan and bake on center rack for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Lift from pan and cut into bars.

Makes 12

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Published on July 13, 2009

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Amanda A. July 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

This sounds like the ULTIMATE PMS food! Salty! Sweet!

Patti July 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Sounds like a good one! I have some pretzels just hanging around too. Looks like I just found a good use for them.

bakingblonde July 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I love the idea of these, a little different from the usual bar recipe!

Sue July 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Great way to use up your pretzel potato chip mixture! I’m sure the bars were better for your bit of ingenuity!

jenjen July 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Sounds so good. I love the combination of sweet and salty. One of my favorite desserts is the pretzel and strawberry dessert. I am excited to try this one!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!


VeggieGirl July 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Oooh, those look like blondies!

Anna July 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Now there’s an idea — The PMS Cookbook.

bakingmomma July 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

These look so good! A great mix of my favorites lol

Lucyinaz July 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I just tore out that page yesterday so I’m glad that you made them first! So were they good? They look great!

Anna July 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Lucy, I thought they were great. They weren’t fancy or anything, but they were a good bar cookie with lots of flavors. I’m glad I added the M&Ms.

LilSis July 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Hi Anna,
I received that issue of F&W, but haven’t even had time to open it yet! The past few issues have had so many great recipes that I want to try.

These Pretzel Bars look awesome! I love your colored M&M’s.

Katrina July 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Mmm. So many yums with pretzels. Read my TWD for tomorrow–it’ll have pretzels, too. And I SWEAR I had this in mind before you got on this pretzel/compost kick! ;)

Angela July 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Haha, I second what Amanda A said. Sweet and salty is the way to go!

I’m definitely putting this on…I just had a bake sale [check my blog and flickr for details!], but made too many time-intensive things. These are look fantastic and don’t seem extraordinarily difficult!

Rosie July 14, 2009 at 4:04 am

Those pretzels look awesome! Those M & M’s are beautiful colours.

HeartofGlass July 14, 2009 at 4:39 am

Now, this is the Anna compost cookie! It looks as well as sounds scrumptious!

Next time try Fritos, cornflakes and and Reeces Pieces ;)

And I don’t even have a PMS excuse for that suggestion!

Veronica July 14, 2009 at 8:02 am

Anna I made these yesterday and they came out great!! Thanks!

Katy July 14, 2009 at 8:02 am

Pretzels are the “it” ingredient. Went to Bouchon yesterday and Thomas Keller is doing a homemade pretzel stick dipped in chocolate w/sea salt.

Jennifer July 14, 2009 at 9:33 am

These look quite tasty. I’ll have to make a batch for my book club this weekend. I love any pretzel/chocolate combo.

beth July 14, 2009 at 11:32 am

Speaking of sweet and salty… has anyone ever heard of or tried a snack mix called, pardon the expression, Texas Trash? I came upon it in an old Womens Club cookbook belonging to my mother-in-law. Among other things it contains Alpha-Bits cereal and believe it or not, bacon drippings. I’ve always been curious about it.


AJ July 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm

PMS Cookbook sounds AWESOME.

CookiePie July 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Oh YUM — those look great! Love the M&Ms on them!

Krikri July 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

You present a different shape of pretzel cookies. It doesn’t always have to be a knot.At least, this is a new way to chocolate cookies.

Ashley July 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I love salty/sweet dishes. These look great :)

Linda July 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

Made these yesterday, and we were not impressed…can’t imagine what made mine substandard, as it looks like others really liked them. The pretzels I used may not have been salty enough, but I have to say we didn’t care for the texture of the pretzels baked into the bar – seemed like it was just biting into something vaguely chewy but tasteless…Oh well…

Anna July 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

Sorry you didn’t like them, Linda. I think pretzels in baked goods take some getting used to. When I first tried them in a cookie, I thought the texture was strange, but it grew on me. But maybe this recipe just wasn’t for you. I hope you made the small batch version and not the large batch ;).

Linda July 30, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thanks, Anna. I did make the small batch, and we did eat the entire thing – there are no (well, hardly no) bad cookies! I just got back from NYC last night, and wanted to head down to Momofuku Milk Bar and give them a try there, but never made it. I did have a nice “macaron” at Bouchon Bakery, though…

Ashley August 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

I just made these and they are AWESOME. I’m sort of regretting the fact that I only made the small batch. Thanks for the recipe!

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