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Chocolate Chip Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust

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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!
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip, cookie bars, pretzels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 348
Author Laurie McNamara



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


  • cups pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat your oven to 350°. Line a 9x13x2 baking pan with parchment paper..
  • Beat butter and sugars at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and the vanilla, beating until just blended.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?! :)


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 562IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg