Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars (Christmas Cookies)

| December 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

For those who love sweet and salty treats, these Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars are a perfect Christmas cookie for sharing with friends and loved ones. This recipe was created for my client Pillsbury, but all opinions are my own.

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

Holiday baking is in full swing in our house. I’ve been trying new recipes, getting ready to make and freeze dough for Christmas cookies and thinking of new ways to enjoy old favorites. This year I am super into cookie bars in lieu of traditional Christmas cookies. While I love cookies, bars always seem a little easier to me since you just make the dough and bake it all at once.

Plus, there is so much fun to be had with bars. They can be bathed in a layer of chocolate truffle or conceal a sweet layer of apple filling. Or they can mix up a whole bunch of favorite flavors — like in Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars, which were a huge hit at a recent dinner party.

The layers of flavor are so perfectly complimentary — peanut butter and chocolate lovers will adore them. Seriously.

When it comes to holiday treats, I am a sucker for anything that tip-toes along that intersection of sweet and salty — especially if the sweet involves chocolate. Like these unforgettable, craveworthy cookie bars.

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients

These sweet and salty Christmas cookies begin with a layer of peanut butter cookie. Pillsbury’s refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough is perfect for this. Then, it’s sprinkled with salty pretzel sticks and drizzled with a creamy mix of chocolates. Once the chocolate hardens (in the fridge!), these babies are perfect for slicing and enjoying.

Christmas Cookies Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

What are you baking these days?

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: yields 12 bars

Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

1 roll Pillsbury Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
1 cup pretzel sticks
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 oz milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces
4 oz 60% cacao chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, allowing it to extend up the sides.
  2. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the parchment-lined 9x13-inch glass baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through. Sprinkle the pretzels on top.
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the heavy cream and chocolate. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cookies and chill in the fridge until set. Lift the parchment paper out of the baking dish and set on a cutting board. Cut into squares and enjoy.
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Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe but all opinions are my own. For more great holiday baking ideas, check out the Serious Eats Pillsbury site.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Kate says:

    I love holiday baking time!

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