Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars 018a

Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Bars

March 31, 2014Danita

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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36 Comments

  • Danielle

    October 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks again for linking up with Merry Monday. I am a guest host this week and this will be one of my features! Hope to see you back at the link up!

    1. Danita

      October 27, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Thanks Danielle!

  • Danielle

    October 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    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.

  • Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    October 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    These look ahh-mazing! I need to pin them for Christmas baking! Would love to invite you to link up with us at our Thursday party on my blog please 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Shelly

    June 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    These look delicious! My hubby loves peanuts so even though he’s not big on sweets, I think he’d LOVE these!

  • PoisedinPrint.com

    June 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    These looks ooh so rich and delicious. I would try these minus the peanuts (bc I’m allergic).

    1. Danita

      June 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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

  • Denesha

    June 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Oh my god! These look so good! Looks like something my Grandmother would have made for us one Sunday after church.

  • Jamie H

    May 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    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

  • Mary Collins

    April 17, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    These look sooo good!. They just jump off the screen.

  • cheryljcope

    April 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    These look very tasty! I would have to save these for a special occasion though as I’m trying to stay away from sugar.

  • Trish @ A House Upon The Rock

    April 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    These look amazing. I’d have to tweak the recipe to make it allergy friendly, but it looks like it’s worth the try! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Kathy Bornarth

    April 10, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    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.

  • Angel

    April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Wow, these look delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.
    Angel

  • Gaye @CalmHealthySexy

    April 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Even though I am trying to eat very “clean” right now, I have a real weakness for the pretzel-chocolate combination! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

  • OKC Mom of 3

    April 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    These look delish! I love that you have also added pics through the process of making them
    Pinning. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party!

  • Joy @ Yesterfood

    April 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    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

      April 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      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.

  • Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove

    April 6, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    These look gooey and just wonderful!

  • Christine

    April 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Good for you for getting organized! And this looks like a great party dessert!

  • Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder)

    April 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    G’day! Looks great!
    Thanks for sharing at this week’s Foodie Friends Friday Foods We Loved from Childhood Party
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Jenne Kopalek

    April 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    OH My! Those look rich and yummy.

  • Lori Who Needs A Cape?

    April 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Well, what’s not to like with these….all my faves!

  • Rachel Cotterill

    April 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    These look so good, I love all the layers 😀

  • Lois

    April 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    They look amazing! Sharing on our FB page. Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you next week!

  • foodyschmoody

    April 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    These look so good. Thanks so much for sharing them at The Wednesday Roundup. I’m going to be sharing them on my FB page over the next day or so.

    1. Danita

      April 4, 2014 at 6:38 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and for the shares! Have a great weekend.

  • Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

    April 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    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 🙂

  • Cate

    April 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Hi! Thanks so much for linking this to The Southern Special! They look AMAZING!

  • Cindy @ Hun… What’s for Dinner?

    April 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Oh wow, these are super awesome cookie bars!!! Pinning to try. Thanks so much for hosting as Simple Supper Tuesday.

  • Sarah

    March 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    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. 🙂

  • Christy Hoover

    March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    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.

    1. Danita

      March 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Let me know how they turn out Christy! Hope the party goes well…I love home parties! Have a great week

  • Emily

    March 31, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Oh my gosh. I need these in my life NOW! They look amazing! Pinning. 🙂

  • Winnie

    March 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    These are outrageously delicious!!
    I wish I could grab a few bars right now

  • Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen

    March 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Yum! These look so delicious! I love getting recipes from magazines. I have years of the Food Network Magazine all saved with plenty of recipes still marked I want to try!

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