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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars | The Sweets Life
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars 
I know everyone thinks their kid is the greatest, but really, mine is the greatest. Okay, I kid (no pun intended), and I'm not going to go on a rant about why Brecken's so fantastic (at least not today), but let it be known that we've become *those* parents, who miiiiiiight be a tiny bit obsessed with their child. Every day I think, "I couldn't possibly love you more." And then I wake up the next day and am awed to discover that I do indeed love her more than I did the day before! Parenthood continues to be the best thing I've ever done. It's the scariest, most humbling, and most exciting ride I've ever been on. It's the best gift I've ever been given! 
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Okay, parenting tirade over for today. Instead let's talk pretzels. Pretzels, chocolate, and peanut butter, to be specific. Three ingredients I love, although I wouldn't say I wake up surprised to find I love them more each day ;) The execution of these dessert bars wasn't perfect--they became a little bit crumbly and the crust kind of separated from the chocolate / peanut butter topping. Reading the reviews from the Williams Sonoma site, it sounds like this is a common problem. Honestly most stuck together well enough and I was still totally smitten with the finished product! (The crumbles would go really well on top of ice cream, too!) Store these in the fridge or freezer, but don't expect them to last long!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Printer-Friendly Recipe

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup ground pretzels (measure after grinding)
-1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
-1/2 cup melted butter
-1 tsp salt 

for the filling-
-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
-1 cup peanut butter
-1 cup coarsely chopped pretzels, for topping

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. To make the crust, combine the flour, ground pretzels, confectioners' sugar, butter, and salt in a large bowl. 
3. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until beginning to firm (crust won't brown much). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
4. Once the crust is cool, make the filling. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds until smooth and melted. Mix in the peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Spread mixture over the crust and sprinkle with chopped pretzels.
5. Chill bars in freezer until set. Cut into squares and serve frozen, chilled, or at room temperature.

from King Arthur Flour