Pretzel and Graham Cracker Chocolate Bars

I went to a super fun blogger event on Saturday – Shannon’s annual cookie swap! Last year I made cookies inspired by my very favorite ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby, and this year I wanted to incorporate Nestle’s Flipz White Fudge Coated Pretzels aka crack that I can never buy because I’ll finish the whole bag. I thought the pretzels would go well with chocolate cookies bars and then I spontaneously threw some graham crackers in the mix that were left over from this Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie (yum – the perfect apple treat, I highly recommend the recipe!) and finished them off with some drizzled chocolate.  I really liked the contrast of the soft chocolate cookie and the crunchy goodies on top.

It was so fun catching up with everyone. Our mouth watering spread included Bridget’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies, Cara’s Peanut Butter Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats, Elina’s Almond Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache, Jen’s Meyer Lemon Shortbread, and Shannon’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies. They were all fabulous and I was on a delightful sugar high the rest of the day. I’m already looking forward to next year – big thanks to Shannon for hosting!

Pretzel and Graham Cracker Chocolate Bars
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped graham crackers
2 cups coarsely chopped white chocolate covered pretzels
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:
Heat oven to 350˚F. Place butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until creamed. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate until smooth. Mix in flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt. Spread dough evenly in a greased 13×9-inch pan. Bake at 350˚F for 15 minutes, then remove from oven, and gently press graham cracker and pretzel pieces into the dough. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 to 8 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature, about an hour. Place chocolate chips and cream in a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds; mix until smooth. Drizzle over bars and cut into 24 rectangles.

Nutrition: 223 calories, 11.9g fat, 1.5g fiber, 3.0g protein per bar
Cost: $0.26 per bar

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38 Responses to Pretzel and Graham Cracker Chocolate Bars

  1. Emily says:

    I wish I could have been there. Sounds like fun! These bars look really, really, really good.

  2. These look and sound SO good. I’m saving this recipe. I love everything in them. :)

  3. branny says:

    These look great~ :)

  4. Joanne says:

    I love buying ingredients to bake with that I would never buy otherwise because I have no self control. Gives me a chance to indulge a LITTLE bit. These bars look and sound fantastic! So jealous of the meet-up! Looks like you guys had a deliciously awesome time.

  5. What a great treat! You’re right, those Flipz are evil. They just jump into my mouth without asking my permission at all ;-) I love the idea of incorporating them into a bar. And the chocolate ganache drizzled all over the top is amazing.

  6. Michelle says:

    These chocolate bars look seriously drool-worthy. I’m so sorry to miss Shannon’s party this weekend for the company and the cookies!

  7. Daisy says:

    love seeing all the cookie party recaps. looks like you ladies had a lovely time. I’m a huge fan of nestle flipz, great idea!

  8. Emily says:

    these sounds heavenly! Nothing beats a salty and sweet combo!

  9. OHMYGOODESS!!! THOSE LOOK SO AWESOME!!! I want to eat them right off the screen!!! I can’t wait to try them! :)

  10. Great photos! I am seriously craving a cookie for breakfast…

  11. oh my gosh! As soon as I saw the picture I knew I’d love these! YUM!

  12. Shannon says:

    yup, these were delicious, and i’m with you wiht the flipz ;) perfect way to get a little of your favorites in!

    and i forgot to thank you for that piece of heaven! LOVED that apple cheesecake pie :)

  13. Reeni says:

    I love those pretzels Kerstin, they are totally addicting. Your bars looks the same! Decadent and delicious!

  14. Lucie says:

    Sometimes I’m really happy I live in France, because I can’t get my hands on Flipz. But then most days, I’m just sad about it, because those are the most addictive little things ever, besides maybe chocolate-covered raisins. Your bars are just incredible!

  15. omg…i boookmarked these before even reading this post. just based on the pic at the top and the title! i can’t wait to make them. great recipe!

  16. elly says:

    These look oh so good. I love anything with graham crackers. Well, and chocolate, of course. :)

  17. Cara says:

    We (yes, I had to share with my husband) loved these! Looking forward to next time as well :)

  18. Megan says:

    Kerstin – these look amazing. I’m so bummed I missed the swap!

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  20. Debbie says:

    I want one of each please!!! Looks delicious!

  21. Sounds like a fun party and these bars look so scrumptious! Yum!

  22. Blond Duck says:

    I’m drooling over that apple cheesecake pie! These would be stupendous for a party though!

  23. grace says:

    sweet and salty–yippee-ki-yay! what a neat event–there are fewer places one would do such fine eating. :)

  24. Katrina says:

    Yum! These look and sound great, Kerstin. Love to just throw stuff together and have it be delicious!

  25. Looks like there were great options at the cookie swap! The crunchy goodies in your bars sound great. I was just thinking of making some sweet treats with pretzels. Can’t wait!

  26. It seems fairly simple to make and easy to transport. Love the sweet and salty combo.

  27. Making these could be very very dangerous! They look SO good!

  28. L'Chicken says:

    All I can say is YUM. Could use one of those right about now. Although I did just consume an Its It in like 30 seconds flat.

  29. YUM! I love the sweet and salty combination, and I bet the espresso powder adds great flavor as well! :)

  30. Biz says:

    Usually I am not tempted at all for sweet treats, but love the salty/sweet combo you’ve got going on!

  31. Erica says:

    all of the cookies at the exchange look incredible! And yours? Holy yum! All that goodness in one bite, what a great idea. My favorite part would definitely be the white chocolate covered pretzels- those things are incredible

  32. Lauren says:

    Wow, these look truly amazing…in an evil, I don’t need to have them around the house kind of way :)

  33. Eliana says:

    I could not be trusted around a tray of these! They look incredible.

  34. Esi says:

    These are kind of like grown up s’mores. Sounds good!

  35. stephanie says:

    Those look fantastic & addictive!

  36. Thanks everyone!

    Lucie – I love chocolate covered raisins too!

  37. Monica H says:

    What fun. I want to attend a blogger cookie swap! Your contribution sounds perfectly sweet and salty.

  38. Meghan says:

    This is such a fun event!!! Your bars sound amazing. I love pretzel flips too and I love that the flavors are combined with graham crackers and espresso powder!

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