Party Perfect Salted Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
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I have these peanut butter cookies that I just LOVE to make. But they take time…the dough must be refrigerated, the cookies rolled in balls, etc. etc. Well really, not etc., refrigeration and balls is about it. But still, how can I satisfy my requirement for immediate satisfaction if I have to refrigerate my dough for hours at at time!
Enter the salted pretzel peanut butter cookie bars. No refrigeration, no cookie rolling. I mean these things are seriously easy. Got a potluck and don’t have much time? Make these cookie bars. Going to party? These cookie bars are perfect! Eating at home alone in the dark? Again, these cookie bars are perfect (I’ve NEVER, ahem, done this before).
These salted pretzel peanut butter cookie bars only take 20 minutes to make. 20 minutes!!! That’s it. That instantly made these one of my favorite desserts to make. Plus they are SOOO GOOD. They are akin to eating delicious peanut butter cookie dough with a touch of salt and a drizzle of chocolate. The dough-like quality of these cookie bars is what makes them so good.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and combine with wet ingredients.
Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper will make it easier to lift the cookie bars from the pan and slice them. Place the dough in the lined pan and pat down in an even layer.
Firmly press the pretzels into the top of the cookie dough. Make sure they are set in good, otherwise the pretzels will fall off when you eat them. True story.
Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool fully. Once cooled, slice the cookies into squares, using the pretzels as guides. If you cut through the pretzels, they tend to crumble a bit. Then melt a small amount of chocolate (I use this convenient melting chocolate for all my simple melted chocolate needs). Using a spoon, drizzle a small amount of chocolate (or a large amount) over the cookie bars.
Eat to your hearts content. Or try to save them for your party. If you can…
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