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Salty-sweet Pretzel Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Homemade chocolate chip cookies, swirled with salted pretzels, and chewy caramel Snickers bars. There’s nothing not to love about these sweet cookie bars. Each bite is slightly crisp on top, but soft and gooey inside…with pockets of melted chocolate and sweet caramel. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top (if you like) for a salty-sweet touch.

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I’ve never been someone who craves candy or gets overly excited about it. I was one of the weirdest kids…trust me. I barely ate any candy at all. BUT, on occasion, I’d happily enjoy some.

Especially on Halloween night. But I wasn’t that weird that I didn’t love filling my pillowcase full of as many Malley’s bars, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and Snickers bars as I could.

The giant Malley’s bars were always my absolute favorite, but Snickers were also up there. My mom uses them in her Christmas Eve Death by Chocolate just for that reason, I really do love them.

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With Halloween approaching, I know we’re all stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters. So make sure you buy extra Snickers. Because you have to make these simple but so delicious cookie bars.

The idea is that you’ll all have leftover Halloween candy. These bars could be the perfect sweet treat to bake them into. They honestly turned out so delicious. I think we need to make them from now through the holidays.

These would be perfect for gifting!!

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The details

The cookie base recipe is my go-to. It’s the one my mom used growing up, and the cookies always turned out delicious.

Beat the butter with the sugars, add some eggs, double the vanilla, then add flour. Mix, mix, mix and you’ll have delicious cookie dough. Not fancy, but we all know cookies don’t need to be fancy to be great.

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The “special” Halloween touches.

…semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. Nothing special here, pretty classic but you need them. I prefer chunks because the pockets of melted chocolate are so delicious.

…Snickers candy bars, the most important “special touch”. They add a touch of sweet caramel to every bite.

…salted pretzels and a little pinch of flaky sea salt. For a little salty-sweet touch that makes each cookie truly addicting.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re easy to make, require no chilling, and take less than an hour…so simple.

But my favorite part? These bars are perfectly crisp on top, yet soft, gooey, and almost underdone in the center. Which in my opinion makes for the BEST cookie bars. And if you’re like me, and enjoy cookie bars with sea salt on top…addicting.

I’m not normally such a decadent cookie person. But Halloween always gives me an excuse to have a little more fun with candy.

These would be fun to take to a school event or Halloween party. And as I said, make them with all that leftover Halloween candy. You could certainly swap in your favorite candy in place of the Snickers. Use what you love and enjoy!

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Looking for other Halloween desserts? Here are my favorites: 

Black Cat Pumpkin Cupcakes

Black Widow Peanut Butter Bars

Monster Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

BOO! Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Lastly, if you make these Pretzel Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Salted Pretzel Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 22 cookie bars
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. 
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Add the vanilla, beating to combine. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.
    3. Stir in the chocolate, Snickers, and 1/2 cup pretzels. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish. Press the remaining pretzels into the dough. Bake 18-22 minutes, until golden brown, but a little doughy in the center.
    4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with flaky salt (if desired). Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days…or eat warm…which is delicious and recommended!
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  1. If I were to make these on a Wednesday – and stored in an airtight container – do you think they would still be delicious on Saturday evening?

    1. Hey Julie,
      Yes, that would work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. Good morning-
    I love snickers and looking forward to tying this recipe. Have you tried to make this as a drop cookie instead of a bar?

    1. Hey Patti,
      Sure, that should be just fine to do. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    These turned out so good!! Perfect for post-halloween. Could also be very customizable. Instead of 3 cups total of add ins (choc chips, snickers, pretzels) I did about 2 to 2.5 cups which seemed perfect. Otherwise I followed the directions exactly, baked for 22 min was great, it was brown in color but looked a little soft. Once it was all cooled it was nice and soft!

  4. Do you have a target weight per cup of flour? I think King Arthur suggests 120 g per cup but I know each recipe creator tends to weigh a little differently. I’m wondering if overdoing the amount of flour is what’s making some people’s bars too dry.

  5. What happened to mine? Totally crumbly. Would not hold a square. Felt very savory and bread like. I blame the pretzel sticks.

  6. 3 stars
    I wanted to love these! They came out so dry.

    I usually love all your recipes ! But , I followed all of the steps and measured the ingredients meticulously and they were unfortunately very dry .

  7. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe twice and taken the brownies to gatherings. They were a hit with everyone. They are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Quick and easy to make.

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe and very easy to make! I read through the reviews about others thinking these were dry or more cake like but I did not find that to be the case. Mine came out very cookie like and delicious! I did not pack the flour in extremely tight when measuring which might have helped.

  9. My sister made them for book club last night and 7 of us finished every last bar ! Will definitely be making this again and again!

  10. 5 stars
    I am not sure why people are stating they are cake like. Mine turned out perfect! My entire family loved them. The sweet and salty combination is amazing. I’ll definitely make these again. I did cook them for only 18 minutes, so maybe people are cooking them too long.

  11. 3 stars
    I wanted to love these! I liked the flavors, but, as a few people have commented, they were a little on the dry side. If I do them again, I’d bake for less time. Or maybe do just 2 cups of flour? All that being said, I’m eating one right now. Lol.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this for a family get together, but subbed in Twix instead of snickers because of a peanut allergy. I also added Halloween m&ms just for fun and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved it and asked me if they could take home any leftovers. I will definitely be making this again 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they are delicious and the perfect mix of salty and sweet. Also very chewy and not at all cakey. I suspect people are over-baking or aren’t properly measuring their flour to get those results. If you spoon and level your flour, you end up with a slightly sticky mix that when baked for the right amount of time creates a delicious, chewy bar! Will definitely make again.

  14. 4 stars
    Tried this today and tweaked it by only adding the pretzels on top right after it was baked. As another reviewer said, it was good but more cakey than chewy-cookie like!

  15. I made these and took them to work. They were a huge hit with my co-workers. Thanks for the great and easy-to-make recipe!

  16. Absolutely delicious!!! I’m not very going at baking (not good at following exact measurements lol) and these were easy enough for me and turned out AMAZING!

  17. 4 stars
    These came out delicious! A few thoughts though… I didn’t read ahead and mixed all of the pretzels into the dough instead of half on top like I was supposed to. I’m not sure I would mix pretzels in at all next time. They didn’t keep their crunch during baking so maybe next time I would leave the pretzels out altogether or only put some on top. Otherwise, they taste amazing and I will definitely try them again just slightly tweaking or trying different candy bars.

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I hope it was delicious! Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it! xTieghan

  18. I feel so bad saying this but these turned out so awful 🙁 I’m not sure if the pretzels made them super dry or what happened but they were so dry and had more of like a cake texture than a chewy chocolate chip cookie. I won’t be making them again unfortunately.

    1. Hey Michelle! I am so sorry this recipe didn’t turn out! Is there anything you did differently in this recipe? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Wow! I made these for a friend’s birthday and substituted in KitKat Bars because of a peanut allergy and they turned out AMAZING! Such a great combo, and so very pleased with the outcome. Yum yum!

    1. Hey there! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Have a lovely week! xTieghan

  20. 4 stars
    Tieghan, love your recipes but this one came out a bit dry for our taste. We’re at sea level…does it have something to do with that in terms of amount of dry ingredients, time or temp in oven?

  21. These are wonderful!!! The cookie itself is delicious, but the addition of pretzels & snickers is really something special. Making these would be a perfect way to use up extra Halloween candy, too!

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Wow – these were amazing. When I told my family these only got 4 stars they wanted to know what was wrong with the taste buds on the people that gave anything less than 5. These are so so so good! Can’t wait to try again with leftover Halloween candy!

  23. Hi Tieghan,

    This recipe looks delicious! Just double checking, do I mix in the butter softened at room temperature, or should it be melted prior to mixing?

    1. Hi there! You can definitely make it with unsalted butter and a different kind of brown sugar, it’s just what I prefer! 🙂 xTieghan

  24. Do you think I could substitute Twix bars for the recipe? These look amazing, but my daughter has a peanut allergy! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!!

  25. It just recently occurred to me: I’m not far from sea level. Do I need to adjust your recipes due to elevation? I’ve heard baking at high altitudes is very different?

  26. 5 stars
    I just made these tonight — so easy to make and so so SO good. Chewy, salty, chocolatey yum. I’m not much of a baker, but I’ll definitely make these again.

  27. 3 stars
    Ok… I think I made a big mistake by using gluten free pretzels which were all they had at my local market. The pretzel bits are hard as a rock. So – be warned. I will try again another time with regular pretzels because the rest of the cookie tastes great.

  28. 2 stars
    Hi there! I normally love everything you do and adore your cookbooks so I feel bad that my first comment is negative, but… I couldn’t wait to make these and I don’t know if I did something wrong but the snickers didn’t really melt and are actually as hard like little pebbles. The rest of the cookie came out great so I’m not sure what the problem is. I used snack sized snickers and “rough chopped them”. I probably wouldn’t make them again for fear of losing a filling.

  29. One time my cousin made these, but added every single candy bar, and of course it was delicious! But I’m sure the recipe is improved with the self control of only adding snickers and pretzels! Excited to try!

  30. 5 stars
    Pretzels and chocolate, my husband’s favorite. I will make soon. I saw you had a give a way on your Instagram page! The kitchen aid mixer was beautiful. I have an Instagram account, but do not know how to tag and do things there. I have tried and failed. I am not too computer savvy, and too old to learn. I wish you would do things on face book, which I do understand. Just an idea for thought from someone that reads your Sunday post, and others faithfully. Keep up the good work, Tieghan.

  31. yum ms tieghan!! have you ever shared your moms death by chocolate recipe? i searched your site and it didnt come up.. is that one a secret?