Sweet & Salty Cookie Bars

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My latest recipe – Sweet and Salty Cookie Bars – is now available in Pink Magazine SK. Why choose between salty & sweet when you can have both in one delicious treat! This recipe is incredibly easy to make and you can add in any kind of chocolate candies or bars you like. I chose nut-free sweets like mini Rolos, Smarties (or other candy-coated chocolates like M&Ms), Hershey’s milk chocolate chips, Aero bars and Rold Gold Pretzels. I bet a chocolate coconut candy bar would taste great in these cookie bars!

Sweet and Salty Cookie Bars Recipe

Sweet and Salty Cookie Bars Recipe

Sweet and Salty Cookie Bars:

This is a great dessert to serve at a child’s birthday party or you could use up some of the leftover Halloween chocolate to make these sweet treats for holiday baking. These would be a delicious idea for a holiday bake exchange. I served these cookie bars at a holiday party and they were a hit with both the kids and adults.

Sweet and Salty Cookie Bars Recipe

Sweet & Salty Cookie Bars
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolates (like Smarties or M&Ms)
  • 1 cup mini Rolos
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until well combined.
  4. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  5. Beat in flour until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Pour in all of the pretzels, ¾ cup of the candy-coated chocolates, ¾ cup of the mini Rolos and ¾ cup of the milk chocolate chips. Stir well to mix.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth it out so it's spread evenly in the pan.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cups of candy-coated chocolates, Rolos and milk chocolate chips over the top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Do you prefer sweet treats or salty snacks? For me it depends on what I’m doing. If I’m watching a movie I turn to the salty snacks like popcorn or tortilla chips with guacamole. For a party, I always head straight to the dessert table! My weakness is sugary sweets but I’m getting much better at moderation. A few years ago I would’ve been able to eat this entire pan myself but now I can take one square and drop the rest off with my parents. The occasional sweet treat is okay, but please don’t hide and eat all of these in the closet even though it’s really tempting to not share these bars. {wink}

Visit our recipe page for even more sweet treat ideas. If you’re looking for delicious after-school cookies, I’d recommend these Applesauce Cookies, these Chocolate Coconut Cookies or these Chocolate Candy Bar Cookies.

Applesauce Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Candy Bar Cookies

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