June 7, 2013

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Pretzel Bars

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 - 2-1/2 cups chocolate chunks, chips, or chopped chocolate bars (divided)
1-1/2 cups mini pretzel twists, coarsely broken (divided)
1/4 cup peanut butter

1.  Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2.  In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until almost combined; add the chocolate (reserve 1/2 cup for later) and 1 cup of the pretzel pieces and stir just until blended.

3.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.  Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until golden brown.  In a small bowl or saucepan, melt the peanut butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips in the microwave or over low heat, stirring until smooth.  Sprinkle the bars with the remaining crushed pretzel pieces and drizzle with the chocolate peanut butter mixture. (I put the chocolate mixture in a ziploc bag and snipped the corner.)  Let cool until set, then cut into squares. 

Makes about 24 bars.

From ParentsCanada

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