Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust

These chocolate chip cookie bars have a salty pretzel crust! If you’re a fan of the whole salty sweet thing, then these are your jam!

Pretzels dipped in chocolate. Probably the best snack invention like EVAH! I can’t even look at a bag of Flipz without thinking of Wednesday nights in High school. That was when the world fell silent and I’d park it on my boyfriend then, husband now{‘s} couch and to eat an entire family size bag of chocolate/pretzel/salt heaven… Intently watching 90210 all the while wishing I had Kelly Taylor’s bangs.

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So enter me… my early thirties… and me still in love with chocolate and pretzels. This time… I have a food blog… which gives me every right to make bars like these. But you really don’t need a blog to make these bars, no… what you do need a best friend{slash}neighbor you can give them away to before you eat the whole pan. That’s 15 bars… and a whole lot of extra minutes on the elliptical. Which reminds me…

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Isn’t that font the cooolest? I wish that’s how I wrote in real life. BTW… you’ll need more butter than what’s pictured… my bad.

To start, in a mixing bowl, toss in the butter and sugars.

Then blend until smooth.

Next add a teaspoon and a half of real vanilla extract…

..two eggs…

Then mix on medium just until it comes together.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.

Working in batches, add the flour.

Mix again until thick and well blended.

Lastly, get out the chocolate chips. I like using milk chocolate chips in this recipe and I particularly love Ghirardelli. I think their chips are bigger and flatter than Nestles… just sayin.

Then add in a whole entire glorious bag of chocolate chips, mix on slow for a sec, and then just set aside.

There are a couple ways you can do this. You can place the pretzels in a food processor and let it rip until they are in small pieces. Or, you can add them to a baggie and bash them up with a meat tenderizer. I went with the latter.

Double bag it or place a dish towel over top, pretzels are known for wearing away the plastic and leaving little holes. I have made these bars a couple times and I prefer the food processor, only because it takes a moment. But either way would work.

Dump the pretzels into a bowl and drizzle with 3/4 cup butter.

Stir until every pretzel is coated with buttery goodness.

Dump the crushed pretzels in a 9x13x2 baking pan that is lined with parchment. Spread them out to form an even layer. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes. Ps… you could always make the pretzel chunks smaller… now looking back… maybe I was a little impatient.

Drop the batter in large spoonfuls and spread the batter, using your {clean} fingers if you have to, until the entire pan is covered. Because the pretzel crust is hot, it will spread easier. It’s not easy and it sure isn’t clean… but make sure you kinda press the dough into the pretzels so they don’t scoot around. 🙂 Now you can just bake it off for 20-24 minutes or until the top is golden and a tester comes out clean. As I’ve said it before… I like my cookie-stuff under baked.

Naturally I always take a couple of spoonfuls up to my girls. I have a serious addiction to cookie dough, like I don’t even care if there’s chocolate chips in it. Just give me the dough! And I only hope that I can pass that dough-love right down to my girls and so on and so on. I have a feeling it’s working.

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Remove and let cool before slowly removing the bars. Use the parchment paper that’s sticking out over the edge as handles, it should just glide out smoothly and effortlessly.

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Pretzel overload… I want that corner!

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Slice the bars into 15 squares.

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Is my salty/sweet obsession completely obvious or what?


Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 16 bars

Chocolate Chip Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust

Chocolate Chip Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust
These chocolate chip cookie bars have a salty pretzel crust! If you're a fan of the whole salty sweet thing, then these are your jam!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips


  • 3-1/2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Line a 9x13x2 baking pan with parchment paper..
  2. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and the vanilla, beating until just blended.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until airy and gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar/egg mixture, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides and add in the chocolate chips, Mix one last time for a second then set aside.
  4. Place pretzels in a large baggie or food-processor. Once the pretzels are crushed, combine them with the melted butter and stir. Spread pretzel mixture over the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls of the cookie dough and scatter it over the pretzel crust, carefully and evenly spread the batter over the warm pretzels. With your {clean} fingers, press the dough into the pretzels. Place the pan in your preheated oven and bake for 20-24 minutes, rotating the pan half-way through the cookie time. Remove when the bars are golden and a tester comes out clean.
  6. When bars have cooled, remove {by using the parchment paper} and cut into 15 bars. Enjoy!


Several people who've made this notice a lot of pretzel crumb leftover, I HIGHLY recommend using enough butter. If it looks too dry, just add a little more!

Also, pressing the cookie dough into the crust helps it to become a crust to the bottom of the bars. As you can see in my pictures above I have a few pretzel crumb stragglers, it's just the way this cookie. bar. crumbles?! 🙂

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 336mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 23g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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47 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust”

  1. #
    Becky @ Becky Bakes — October 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Whoa! These look amazing. Who doesn't love salty/sweet?!

  2. #
    Amy — October 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    That is the perfect combo, I am for sure making this next week!

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    Blog is thE New Black — October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I saw something very similiar in Martha Stewary living that I cut out… these look WONDERFUL! And yes, that font is the coolest. Where do you download your fonts from!?

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Liz~ The fonts are in the editing program I use 🙂

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    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — October 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Sweet and Salty is the ultimate combo – esp when girly hormones are running rampant, my only salvation is the chocolate covered pretzel. These? Sinful. And I require them. Stat. ~Megan

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    Lauren's Latest — October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Good ol' chocolate and pretzels…gotta love it! My daughter comes running when she hears the mixer…she knows I'm a sucker and will give her a taste of whatever I'm making! I think it's a sign of a good mom!

  7. #
    jenna — October 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    oh goodness what a perfect combination!! yum!

  8. #
    Melissa // thefauxmartha — October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Sweet + salty! I can't say no to that!

  9. #
    Kimby — October 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Your writing is as delightful as these bars! ("Add a whole entire glorious bag of chocolate chips…") 🙂 Great writing — great recipe!

  10. #
    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — October 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I LOVE your little pot holder. Did you make it? You probably did, didn't you.


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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — October 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Chocolate covered pretzels are like heaven on earth. Chocolate chip cookie covered pretzles, well that's OUT of this world good!! They look delicious, salty sweet and amazing!

  12. #
    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    These look so gooood 🙂 I love chocolate and pretzels together!

  13. #
    kate — October 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Yummy!! I am making these for sure!

  14. #
    Pretend Chef — October 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    These bars sound so delicious. I love the sweet and salty combination. Yummy!

  15. #
    RavieNomNoms — October 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    YOU ARE AMAZING! Look at those bars. I wouldn't be able to stop at one. Holy moly girl!

  16. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I. Want. Now. Totally pinning this recipe!

  17. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — October 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Pretzel crusts are where it's at…I love the salty-sweet combo!

  18. #
    Margaret Murphy Tripp — October 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    That's BRILLIANT!

  19. #
    Lizzy — October 29, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Wow, what a delicious combination of sweet and salty…just irresistible! Gorgeous photos, too~

  20. #
    Stephanie — October 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    These take the word 'yummy' to a whole new level!

  21. #
    Erin — October 29, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Glad that you have a blog and make things like this to share with us. YUM!!
    I dated my hubby in high school too! Only he wouldn't watch 90210 with me 🙁

  22. #
    Jay — October 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    wow..sounds scrumptiously tasty..
    excellent preparation..
    first time your space..
    awesome posts with great cliks..
    Am your happy follower now..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  23. #
    Tiffany — October 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Heaven in a 9 x 13 pan! 😀 lol!!! I love that you share with your friend/neighbor… I bring my goods to work! 😀

  24. #
    sam — October 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I am addicted to Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha(I have one a week non fat no whip), This recipe reminds me of that and I was trying to figure a way to incorporate the caramel into this recipe either with a caramel sauce or caramels unwrapped and put in the cookie dough mixture, or salted caramel frosting. I am going to try this recipe both your way and with the addition of Caramel. I will let you

  25. #
    Grubarazzi — October 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Wow. These look awesome.

  26. #
    Kelli — October 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    These look AMAZING! Can't wait to try them 🙂

  27. #
    Alex — October 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    yum! I love salty and sweet! I agree on Flipz! also…that darn Kelly Taylor….perfect hair!

  28. #
    Mary — October 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    This sound seriously delicious. I know my family would really love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  29. #
    Natalie — November 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I saw this in the TK slideshow just now and had to run over and tell you that you're officially my hero. I tried throwing pretzel bits into chocolate chip cookies before but it didn't have the effect I wanted. But a pretzel crust on a bar cookie?! You, my dear, are a genius. I love you a lot right now.

  30. #
    Ashley@Bakerbynature — November 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I'm always down for chocolate chip anything, but your salty pretzel crust takes it to a whole new level of awesome!! And it's so cute you take your girls spoonfuls of dough… that's how my Mom got me hooked as a little one 🙂


  31. #
    JavelinWarrior — November 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    This is absolutely fetish-worthy and I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

  32. #
    Brownieville Girl — November 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I think that they might just be biscuit/bar perfection – I'll have to try these very soon!

  33. #
    MyFudo™ — November 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    The salty crust balances everything. This is amazing! I love these bars and I can't wait to start making them. I have to buy 2 bags of pretzels though because I know i can't stop munching while crushing them. That is how much I am addicted to pretzels and 90210 too, back then…
    Thanks for the post!

  34. #
    sheri — November 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Just discovered your blog and am SO making these – LOVE salty and sweet!

  35. #
    Fallon — November 17, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I love you! I love salty and sweet things. I was actually talking about this combo with some fellow co-workers today at work. We kept making each other hungry taking about pretzels and chocolate!

  36. #
    Anonymous — November 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Laurie, how many crumbs did you have left over after cutting the bars? I had some problems with the pretzels becoming a crust and had just shy of 2 cups of crumbs after cutting the bars.

    This isn't terrible (I can make a pie crust with the crumbs), but curious how many crumbs you had left? And what are your thoughts about pressing the crumbs on top of the cookie dough as a top

  37. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 19, 2011 at 1:53 am

    CW~ All I can think is that maybe the pretzels were too large and dry and maybe needed just a little more butter?. I literally pressed the cookie dough into the pretzel crust, some did and will fall off when I removed them but that's suppose to happen. Heck if you wanted, mix the pretzels in the dough, sprinkle them on top and drizzle the whole thing with caramel it all sounds good to me!!

  38. #
    Anonymous — November 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks, Laurie! I really like the idea of mixing them in the dough, too.

    And I mixed some peanut butter in the dough (subbing for some of the butter). Yum!

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    Anonymous — November 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    And, oops, I realize now I used way too many pretzels. Our printer's on the fritz, so my scribbled notes said 3.5 cups of crumbs, not 3.5 cups of pretzels, crushed, which was correct. Thanks again! CW

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    Megan — November 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Delicious! I made these with rolo pieces, chocolate chunks, and toffee bits! I only had about three cups of pretzels, so I cut down on the butter. My crust isn't very thick or defined but the pretzel taste is! Yummy!

  41. #
    Natalie — February 6, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I was thumbing through my TK box the other day and came across these. And they stuck in my head. Since I have zero self-control (and even less when I'm pregnant) I made ours into ramekins so we'd have individual portions. (Then froze the rest of the dough.) We put some cookies and cream ice cream on top when they came out of the oven. Wow, girl. One of my all-time favorite desserts, I

  42. #
    Jamie — May 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    This is my family's new favorite cookie! I found these on Pinterest, and couldn't wait to try them out. They did not disappoint. I used a rolling pin to crush up the pretzels between two tea towels and it worked out well. Love, love, love the salty/sweet combination! I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

  43. #
    Rebecca — July 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I am at the “mix crushed pretzels with melted butter” step, and pretty much want to stop here and eat!


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