Saturday, June 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzels Bars

Hello Saturday! What are you all doing today? Thank you again for all your caring comments about feeling better. I feel slightly better, still feel like 1/2 person, 1/2 laundromat but I guess that's staying around for a couple of days.
We have a really busy weekend and part of me wishes I could have stayed home on the couch, but I just couldn't. Since I didn't feel that bad last night we drove to Newport. We have a party Saturday to go to in Rhode Island for a housewarming/engagement and Sunday I have my friend's shower also in Rhode Island. We got to the bed and breakfast in Newport super late last night, which I thought would be creepy, but it wasn't. There were so many people around. I can't wait to explore, I love it here and haven't been since college. I'll be back with pictures for you all later or tomorrow. 

Since we are going to a housewarming, I certainly couldn't show up empty handed. Since I am basically baking through Brown Eyed Baker's website, I decided to go with these bars I've been eyeing for awhile now. She is an unbelievable baker and creator of all things sweet. You can see how irresistible these are, normally I don't eat much of what I bake, but these I couldn't help myself....which is why my stomach is probably bothering me still. 

cookie batter
all spread out in the pan
use a plastic bag to drizzle the chocolate over the bars/pie

Chocolate Chip and Pretzel Cookie Bars
by Brown Eyed Baker

2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup turbinado sugar (or brown)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz semi sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups mini pretzels or twists (in small pieces I put them in the food processor for a second)
1/4 cup semi sweet morsels, for drizzling
1/4 cup peanut butter, for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a 9 x 13 pan (brownie pan) with wax paper or foil. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix till fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla extract. Add in slowly the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Continue to add the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces. Make sure it's all mixed up well and press into brownie pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cook on a rack.

When it is completely cool remove from pan. In a glass bowl or double broiler melt the chocolate morsels for drizzling. Spoon them into plastic bag (shown above) and cut one corner off. Drizzle over bars. Do the same with the peanut butter. Cut them into 30 small pieces. 
What do you bring to housewarming parties?? 

Have a great weekend!


pegasuslegend said...

wow these pictures look tempting, feel better!:)

Gym Belle said...

those look so yummy!

Simply Life said...

oh my, those look so good!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Those sound amazing!! I need some!

Jess - Healthy Exposures said...

They came out gorgeous, and look delicious, too :) Love the pretzel usage. Have fun!!

Trix said...

Great prezzie, they look so good. Try not to push yourself too hard, and please feel better!! But still have fun, of course. ; )

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

You have a busy weekend! Make sure you take care of yourself a little! I am going to help my cousin cook today since she is working on an elimination diet due to stomach problems she is having. Hopefully tomorrow is a yard work/gardening day! I always take my gooey bars to housewarming parties. Everybody loves them! Have a great weekend!

thehungryscholar said...

Yum. These look fantastic. I have actually never been to a housewarming party, but I would probably bring cookies. said...

i wish you came to my housewarming! these look fabulous!

Nora@LiveLifeEatRight said...

wow! These are all of my favorite things in bar form. I think we need to have a cookie exchange ;). Mostly because I NEED THAT NOW!!!

Chef Dennis said...

does it get any better than that....I don't think so! pretzels, and chocolate chips what a great combination , and doing them as a bar is even better! Thanks so much for sharing! said...

okay, next housewarming I have, you're invited :)

those look fabulous. delicious. dangerous.

I LOVE to bring dessert to all parties I do to... otherwise I have a really good pasta salad that is usually a huge hit.

Jennifer said...

OMG, these look unbelievable. Seriously when I am done tackling my google reader (you know what its like if you take a day off from it lol), I may run out and get the ingredients!!

Erica Sara said...

Love sweet & salty together- the perfect combo! I usually bring a house plant and some nice teas to housewarmings which is probably lame compared to your delicious baked treats :)

the actor's diet said...

i would LIKE to bring something as beautiful as this, but i usually just bring a salad, some wine, or something store bought.

whataboutsummer said...

I really like the idea of a pretzel bar! Bringing food is a great idea (I've been stuck in a house-wears rut)

erica said...

Wow! This look great! I am saving this recipe!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

yummmm i wish i was at your parties!

Kady said...

Oh wow these look so good. I like Take 5 bars and I feel like this would be a better version - the combo of crunchy, salty, chewy, and chocolate/sweet...yum!

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