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Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Bars

Salty crisp pretzels, chocolate, caramel all mixed into a buttery cookie bar. Get out your mixing bowl and whip these up today!

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Bars

Everyone goes through different stages in their life.  High school, college, single, dink (dual income no kids), diaper years, whatever it may be at this moment in time I can bet, you are going through some sort of stage in your life.

Where am I going with this?

Oh ja.  Stage.  We go through stages.  I’m in a stage, or phase if you will, right now.  Are you ready for this?

I’m calling it my bar stage.

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip BarBar as in cookie bar.  No please don’t send me to rehab.  My kids are fine.  I’m not bar hopping every night.  Unless you’re talking about the bars that have caramel pieces, pretzels and a freakish amount of chocolate chips.  I’m hanging out at those bars airy-deh.  Ask my hips they know.  They are screaming for rehab!!  And unfortunately my waistline needs to see some bar bells.

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip BarsWhy am I calling these years my bar stage?  Because I’ll be darned if I have time to make cookies!!  Who has time to make 40 cookies these days?  Sheesh!  And when I do, I always burn the last flippen pan!  Always.  It’s like my brain shuts down after 4 pans and says, even though the oven timer is going off, I refuse to hear said timer, and I will not go to the oven and take out the cookies until they are smoking, and black.  My brain is a stubborn weird brain. So I’ve turned to the bar.  Cookie Bar that is!

One pan, 32 squares of cookie deliciousness.  BAM done.


Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Bars

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Bars

Salty crisp pretzels, chocolate, caramel all mixed into a buttery cookie bar.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course baked goods
Cuisine baked goods
Servings 3 dozen


  • 1 12x15 sheet pan


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips I also like dark 70% chocolate chips in these bars
  • 1 -11 ounce caramel bits
  • 1 cup heaping cup crushed pretzel pieces I prefer to use pretzel sticks, or traditional small pretzels, crush in plastic bag
  • 1/2 tsp course sea salt for topping warm bars


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 12×15 baking sheet with non-stick baking spray.

  • Cream together butter, sugars, and vanilla until smooth and whipped.
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl measure out flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mix until completely incorporated.
  • Add goodies -> chocolate chips, caramel bits, pretzel pieces, at this point my stand mixer gets really full, so don’t walk away from this you might come back to find dough all over your counter and floor! Spread dough into greased baking sheet, sprinkle a few granules of coarse sea salt evenly over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven to a wire rack allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into bars.
Keyword bars, caramel, chocolate chip, cookie, easy, pretzel
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So I’m in the bar stage of my life tell me what stage of life are you in?  Inquiring minds need to know!!

Peace, love, and cookie bars!



Disclaimer:  This recipe was shared with me by my friend Tina who is a master cookie maker, diligent walker, and great friend.  She found the original recipe on the blog bystephanielynn.com.  I’ve modified it slightly.  

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  1. I don’t miss the diaper or runny nose phases but every phase has been full of joy. I thought I was the only one who overcooked the last sheet of cookies. I love a soft chewy bar (called slices here) over a crumbly cookie anyway. These look delicious and easy.

    1. I love that…slices…huh?! Yes I’ll take another slice please! I’ve heard them called slab cookies too. I agree, every phase has it’s blessings! XO you’re the best Maureen! Sheila