Saturday, January 28, 2012

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Bars


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. You eat with your eyes first. That was totally the case when I first saw the recipe that accompanied the original recipe, to these sinfully delicious bars. Has that ever happened to you? You see a picture of food and know immediately that you have to get into that kitchen and make it? It doesn't happen too often here. Usually it's "hmmm, that looks good, I'll mark it for later", but the photo accompanying this recipe made my tummy rumble so loudly. I just HAD to make it!


This recipe couldn't be easier too. Think chocolate chip cookies, mixed with pretzels, sprinkled with more pretzels and drizzled with a peanut butter chocolate. Crazy right??!!?? We totally flip over peanut butter filled pretzels and the thought of adding chocolate chip cookies into the mix, blew my mind. I could just taste the sweet, salty, chocolate combo and it made my mouth water thinking about it. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. I added peanut butter to the cookie batter and cut down on the sugar a bit. These are crazy good!! I seriously had to give most of them away to my neighbours, because I would have eaten these all night. The kids thought they were phenomenal too, and have been asking for some, since their first bite. These look awesome and taste even better!

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Bars

Adapted from Food &Wine and Brown Eyed Baker, via Dinner with Julie
printable version

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 C smooth peanut butter
 2/3cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1-2 cups chocolate chunks or chips
1 1/2 cups pretzel twists, coarsely broken (divided)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a 9×13″ pan.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter, with both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until almost combined; add the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the pretzel pieces and stir just until blended.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden. In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave or over low heat, stirring until smooth. Sprinkle the bars with the remaining crushed pretzel pieces and drizzle with the peanut butter-chocolate mixture. Let cool until set, then cut into squares or bars. Makes about 2 dozen bars.


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Brenda said...

Cindy, President's Choice makes peanut butter-filled pretzels that are deadly. I bought a jar a few weeks ago and swear I ate almost all of them, lol. I would have the same problem with this - all my favourite things. Yum!

Kim B. said...

These look DELICIOUS!!! Can't wait to try them:)

Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) said...

Pinning this and going to bed to dream about them. Wow.

Jill @ A Cook's Nook said...

This looks like crack for my pms-y self. I can't wait to try them (and the hubby is psyched too)!

Melynda said...

Be still my heart! I can't wait to make these. Thanks!

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

Yum, yum, yum! All my favorites in one spot!