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Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars

Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars 018a

A few months ago I began to realize I have an overwhelming number of old magazines! Most of them Southern Living, my favorite.  My problem is, I just have a hard time throwing things away…I mean, what if I need it?  That’s how I was feeling about all these magazines. Such great ideas and recipes just couldn’t be thrown in the recycle bin, but since I still continue to receive a couple of monthly magazines, the pile was getting even larger. Something had to be done!  

Now, I do realize ALL those great ideas are online somewhere in the magazine archives, but I love the printed page.  I decided to go through these magazines and keep only what I really loved.  I narrowed it down to recipes that look really yummy AND I will actually try or a beautiful decorating idea that I can really use.  It’s been fun to look back through them and I have found some great inspirations…like these Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars  in a Martha Stewart Living. Anything with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk is a winner in my book!  I made them when we had friends over for dinner and everyone loved them!

 

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 5 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists – divided
  • 1 1/4 sticks butter or margarine – melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk – 14 oz
  • 1 1/3 cup cocktail peanuts
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bars
*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Coarsely chop chocolate and set aside

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Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper leaving at least 1″ of paper hanging over edges

Spray paper lightly with cooking spray

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Place 4 1/2 cups of pretzels in food processor

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Pulse until pretzels reach the consistency of coarse corn meal

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Transfer to large bowl

Mix ground pretzels, sugar and butter until well combined

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Transfer to prepared pan

Spread and pack firmly in bottom of pan

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Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over pretzels, spreading evenly

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Layer peanuts and press gently into milk

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Do the same with chopped chocolate and remaining 1 cup pretzels

Bake at 375 for about 20-22 minutes or until chocolate melts and condensed milk bubbles and becomes golden

Allow to cool completely on wire rack

Then place in refrigerator about 30 minutes until chocolate is firm

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Using parchment paper, lift out of pan and remove paper from bars

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Cut into squares and serve 

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You won’t be disappointed! 

Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists – divided
  2. 1 1/4 sticks butter or margarine – melted
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 can sweetened condensed milk – 14 oz
  5. 1 1/3 cup cocktail peanuts
  6. 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Coarsely chop chocolate and set aside
  3. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper leaving at least 1″ of paper hanging over edges
  4. Spray paper lightly with cooking spray
  5. Place 4 1/2 cups of pretzels in food processor
  6. Pulse until pretzels reach the consistency of coarse corn meal
  7. Transfer to large bowl
  8. Mix ground pretzels, sugar and butter until well combined
  9. Transfer to prepared pan
  10. Spread and pack firmly in bottom of pan
  11. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over pretzels, spreading evenly
  12. Layer peanuts and press gently into milk
  13. Do the same with chopped chocolate and remaining 1 cup pretzels
  14. Bake at 375 for about 20-22 minutes or until chocolate melts and condensed milk bubbles and becomes golden
  15. Allow to cool completely on wire rack
  16. Then place in refrigerator about 30 minutes until chocolate is firm
  17. Using parchment paper, lift out of pan and remove paper from bars
  18. Cut into squares and serve
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
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 This post linked at Make Ahead Meals, Hun..What’s For Dinner?, Treasure Box Tues., Spatualas On Parade, Crafty Allie, Inspire Us Thurs., Sweet Bella Roos, Craft Dictator, Endlessly Inspired, Freedom Fridays, Weekend Retreat, Let’s Get Real Friday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday

36 Responses

  1. Wow! Those look so good! They have be pinned, and may just need to make it into my holiday cookie rotation. They remind me of magic cookie bars (which are quite yummy). Thanks so much for linking up with Merry Monday! Have a great day. 🙂

    PS: I have the same problem with magazines. The amount of Taste of Homes I have is getting out of hand.

    1. Danita

      Good idea! You could probably substitute pecan, walnuts or even almonds if you can eat those. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I have the same problem with old magazines, though I did start just tearing out what I was inspired by. I love this recipe- I know my family would devour these! Pinning

  3. Wow, these look fantastic! If it wasn’t so late I’d make them now! Oh, and I totally get the issue with throwing out your magazines. I always think I’ll need them later and I definitely prefer the hard copy! It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

  4. Joy @ Yesterfood

    You had me at sweetened condensed milk! These are the most luscious bars I have seen in awhile- thank you so much for sharing them with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! PINNED ♥

    1. Danita

      I know, right! I could eat that stuff right out of the can…and plead the 5th on whether I actually have. Please don’t ask my children to confirm or deny.

  5. Well, there goes my healthy eating! Gosh they look good. Stopping by from Spatulas On Parade to thank you for linking up to our first ever “The Southern Special” link party. I’ve pinned these for one of my splurge desserts 🙂

  6. Pinned to the new group pin I started, Cookies and Brownies. I would love to have you as a pinner on it. If you are interested, just let me know. 🙂

  7. Christy Hoover

    This looks so sinful and I cannot wait to give this a try. I am having a pampered chef party this weekend and would love to have this out for little treats for my friends.

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