These sweet-and-salty chocolate-peanut butter pretzel bars come together in no time and will quickly become your family’s favourite treat.
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 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, chips, chopped chocolate or chocolate bars
1 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists, coarsely broken (divided)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped chocolate
Preheat the oven to 350F and butter a 9×13″ pan.
In a large bowl, beat the 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 min, until golden. In a small bowl or saucepan, 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 chocolate-peanut butter pretzel bars.
Try plain salted chips, instead of pretzels. Chop any kind of chocolate bar to stir into the batter. Turn the bars onto a cutting board before adding the topping, then cut into squares and serve straight from the board.
Originally published in December 2011.