Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

Chicken and waffles. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and pineapple pizza. There is a method to this culinary magic in which sweet joins forces with salty for one seriously irresistible duo.

I’ve got one more sweet-salty marriage to add to the list with this recipe for Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Just imagine the best chocolate chip cookies, but in soft and chewy cookie bar form. Stir in some crushed salted pretzels, sprinkle a few more on top, and then finish off the baked bars with a final drizzle of melted chocolate.

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

This is one of those someone-hide-these-from-me-or-I’m-destined-for-Spanx desserts. And sure enough, after talking myself into taste-testing a second one of those deceptively small squares above, I finally got a grip and stepped away … after wrapping the remaining cookie bars in six layers of plastic wrap, which I reinforced with tape and sealed in two plastic bags. Spanx, party of one, your table is now ready.

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from #recipe

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Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 cookie bars

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 cup crushed salted pretzels, divided
2 teaspoons vegetable oil


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over two sides. Coat the paper with cooking spray.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the melted butter with the sugar and light brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the flour and salt just until incorporated. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 a cup of the crushed pretzels.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels on top, pressing them lightly into the batter.

Bake for about 30 until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. While the cookie bars are baking, melt the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips with the vegetable oil in a double boiler or in the microwave.

Remove the cookie bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan then remove the cookies using the parchment paper overhang. Drizzle the cookie bars with the melted chocolate and allow them to cool until the chocolate hardens. Cut the cookie bars into 16 squares and serve.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.


55 Responses to “Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Fab bars, I love the salty sweet combo!

  2. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Kelly they look so good! I have a pretzel topped blondies recipe that did really well for me and just last week I made pretzel topped brownies. I am loving your cookie bars. And the choc drizzle is so perfect! These are beauties :) pinned

  3. #
    Tieghan — December 1, 2013 at 8:49 am

    These are gorgeous and awesome!! Pretzels in cookies are so good and I personally LOVE cookie bars!! Oh and that chocolate drizzle is the perfect finnish!

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Whoaaaa awesome! These look perfect!!

  5. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Fantastic looking bars, Kelly! I am thinking they would go great with my morning coffee right now :) Pinned!

  6. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm


  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    These bars are making my currently-pregnant self oh so happy. :) I’ll be making them soon!

  8. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — December 2, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Sister you are way better with the self control than me, I would have ended up with the spanx and chocolate smeared all over the spanx! These look amazing!

  9. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Uh oh… guess I’ll have to pick up a package of Spanx for Men. ‘Cause these look damn good!

  10. #
    Maria — December 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Love sweet and salty! Pinned!

  11. #
    naomi — December 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’m with you on the magical force of sweet and salty–these look fantastic!

  12. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — December 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    These bars sound amazing!

  13. #
    JulieD — December 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I keep thinking about these…and thinking about these! They are beautiful and I’m in love!

  14. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Yum, these look beautiful Kelly! Can’t go wrong with Salty Sweet!

  15. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — December 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Oh, heavens!! These bars look delicious! I can never resist the sweet-salty stuff! :)

  16. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    These are pretty perfect in my eyes, I love chocolate with salt! Super yum!

  17. #
    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — December 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I love salty and sweet, so this is the perfect dessert for me : )

  18. #
    Erin — December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them.

  19. #
    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — December 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This is one of those moments I wish we lived in 2058 and I could reach into the screen and taste these. OH MY GOD.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — December 4th, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

      Haha! I love it, Rachel :)

  20. #
    ctina — December 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    These look awesome! yum ! :)

  21. #
    Lisa — December 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    These are in the oven now. They smell great. I think I am going to try caramel on top instead of more chocolate. Sounds good to me.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — December 9th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      Love that idea, Lisa!

  22. #
    Celeste — January 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Can you use salted butter for this?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 6th, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

      Hi Celeste! Salted butter would make the bars too salty, especially since they have added salt from the pretzels, so I’d definitely use unsalted butter. Enjoy!

  23. #
    Joseph — January 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Does anyone have a good GF/DF alternate for this?

  24. #
    Libby Patterson — January 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Made these for the third time. Shared with new neighbor and a friend. Big hit! These are great!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 12:20 am

      So glad to hear it, Libby :)

  25. #
    Natalie — February 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I actually made these…. I thought they were just ok. I won’t make them again. I didn’t get enough of the salt, maybe salted butter and more pretzels would’ve made it better.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 4th, 2014 @ 11:04 am

      Hi Natalie! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe. You could definitely add more crushed pretzels if you make them again.

  26. #
    Rod — February 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’m a literal cook (mostly because I’m a novice) so what do you mean by “crushed” pretzels because the pics posted don’t fit my defintion of crushed? I just don’t wanna screw the recipe up.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 22nd, 2014 @ 8:33 am

      Hi Rod – The crushed pretzels should just be broken into pieces but not to the point where they’re powdered. Hope that helps!

  27. #
    Denise — February 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Just came out of the oven.. they look and smell great! They took a little longer to get them done in the middle.. pretty thick.. will probably try a little bit of a larger pan next time!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 23rd, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Denise!

  28. #
    Jen — February 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I came across your website via a friend and found this yummy snack. I have Celiac disease, it was easy to sub my flour (Cup4Cup). These were scrumptious. Thanks so much for sharing. I was thinking that they would be yummy with chocolate chips and coconut. Might try that next time.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 27th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

      Awesome! Welcome to Just a Taste, Jen :)

  29. #
    Kristina — March 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    These are amazing! I only had a cup of chocolate chips, so I substituted white choc chips for the drizzle on top. Such a delicious recipe! Thanks for posting.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kristina!

  30. #
    Sophia — March 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I used the leftover melted chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels – couldn’t let the chocolate go to waste!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 30th, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

      Great idea, Sophia!

  31. #
    Jordan — April 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This did not turn out at all- unless molten lava chocolate chip cookie bars is what I was going for. A hard shell formed over the dough and ended up burning while the dough underneath did not bake at all.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 3rd, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

      Hi Jordan – I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you. I’m not sure what the issue may have been, as I and others have made this recipe many times. Did you double-check your oven temp? And was the rack in the center of the oven?

  32. #
    Lisa @ Talk Sweet to Me — April 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Oh yum! Having an impromptu dinner party tonight and needed a dessert – found this on Pinterest and it is definitely the winner…cannot wait! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 9th, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

      Awesome! Enjoy, Lisa!


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