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The easiest 8 ingredients Salted Pretzel Magic Bars. These are some of the best cookie bars…rich and decadent, heavy on the chocolate, and oh so gooey! Made with pretzels, vanilla, sweet, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, chocolate chips, and peanuts for a cookie bar that’s addictingly delicious. Every bite is slightly crisp on top but soft and gooey in the center with just a bite of pretzel crunch. So DELICIOUS. Absolutely nothing not to love about these salty, sweet Magic Bars. Bonus? These bars are easy to make, use simple ingredients, and take only minutes to prep. They’re deliciously easy, they’re magical!

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Happy Friday! Happy Snow Day! It’s been snowing hardcore here since Wednesday, so happy snow week/weekend for us. Perfect baking weather.

Right off the bat, I’m just going to say, these bars are really, really, hard not to love.

So let’s just jump right into them.

As I said above, they have that salty-sweet combination that truly keeps everyone coming back for seconds…and thirds. And on top of their deliciousness, they couldn’t be easier to make.

Soo, you see? They’re magic! In all seriousness though, they really are pretty amazing. Do you remember the Magic Bars your mom or grandma used to make? Well, these are those bars, only better.

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Here’s the quick story

I’ve been wanting to share my mom’s Magic Bar recipe for the longest time, but just never found the perfect time. When we had a giant snow day this past week, the only thing I felt like doing was baking. I remembered back to these bars, and just like that, I found the perfect time to bake up mom’s Magic Bars.

Except, when I looked back at her recipe, I realized that the bars she makes are made with graham crackers. Don’t get me wrong, I love graham crackers, but I love them in a S’more, or maybe dipped in cold milk (does anyone else do this?). Not in my chocolate bars. And that’s when I had the idea for pretzels. It’s not rocket science or genius by any means, but it sure made these Magic Bars just a touch more delicious than all the rest out there.

Bold statement, but in my eyes, it’s true.

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Here are the details.

The things about magic bars? They’re EASY. Which is one part of the “magic”.

Just mix a bunch of pretzel crumbs with melted butter, then press that mix into a baking dish. Now layer on the sweetened condensed milk (this is the key ingredient that really holds everything together). Then add the coconut, so many chocolate chips, and salty peanuts…and bake.

Twenty minutes later you’ll have the sweetest, prettiest Salted Pretzel Magic Bars. Simple as that.

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Since these bars are very, very gooey when they come out of the oven, it’s best to really let them cool before cutting them. Usually, I’m all about cutting into bars warms, but with these, you’ve got to let them set up before you cut…unless you want to eat your bars with a fork. In which case, by all means, enjoy these warm out of the oven.

Yummmm.

Otherwise, let them cool. If you want to add a little extra touch, you can drizzle the top of the bars with melted chocolate. It’s not needed, but I love the look of the chocolate drizzle and we all know you can never have too much chocolate.

And if you’re into it, a little sprinkle of sea salt on top really seals the deal!

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And that’s it. Do you see?

So simple, they’re magic. But what else makes them magic…they’re chocolatey, salty, sweet, gooey, and have just the tiniest bit of CRUNCH. Basically, they’re everything you could want out of a dessert bar.

I love to double the recipe, then cut up the second batch and send them off with my brothers to gift to everyone they snowboard with. Red especially loves bringing his friends HBH treats and these are always the biggest hit.

As I said, they’re pretty hard not to love.

Soo with that, how about some Friday night baking? These are easy enough to have mixed up and baked in less than an hour. And my guess is that you already have all the ingredients on hand. Bake that double batch and save the second batch for Sunday’s game. They’ll make the perfect Super Bowl dessert!

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Looking for more quick desserts? Here are a few to try:

Lunchroom Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

4 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

No Fuss Coconut Lime Tart

Lastly, if you make these salted pretzel magic 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 Magic Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 22 bars
Calories Per Serving: 341 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment.
    2. In a bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs, butter, and vanilla. Press the mix into the prepared baking dish. Gently pour the condensed milk over the pretzels in an even layer. Sprinkle the coconut flakes evenly over the condensed milk, then add 2 cups chocolate chips in an even layer and then layer on the nuts. Sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Add a handful of pretzels, if desired. Press down with a fork to help submerge everything.
    3. Bake the bars for 25 minutes. If desired, drizzle over a little melted chocolate. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt (if desired). Let cool before slicing.
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  1. 5 stars
    These are delicious. Will definitely make again and next time I’ll double the pretzel crust and coconut. These bars took several hours to set. I wasn’t patient and cut them too early!!!

  2. Hello!! 🙂
    Thank you for this sweet&salty delicious recipe!!
    i made them today 🙂
    it is very tasty , not heavy (i was expecting it to be heavy due to ingredients) and a bit sticky due to condensed milk but overall i liked them. 🙂
    My question is that , should i keep them at room temprature or in the fridge? in both cases, in how many days they should be consumed?
    Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for making the recipe, I am so glad it was enjoyed! I keep mine at room temp in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Thanks! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    These were easy to make and delicious! I replaced some of the chocolate chips with V-day colored MnMs and they came out great!

  4. 5 stars
    Used pecans instead of peanuts otherwise kept everything the same- these were delicious and are now a new favorite recipe! Thank you!

  5. These are delicious!! Do you think these will stay fresh for a week? Or do you recommend freezing them to keep them fresh longer? Thanks!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      They will be good for a week in an airtight container:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night and wow! Super easy and no mess. It would definitely be a great option when you need a batch of something to bring somewhere. I actually swapped the coconut flakes with oats per your suggestion and it worked perfectly. I agree with the other comments, it isn’t super sweet, which I loved.

    DEFINITELY put in the refrigerator and cool overnight. I ate a bite last night and it wasn’t fully cooled and it was fine but this morning they were much better and fully formed into a bar. Your recipes are the best!

    1. Hey Eileen,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Julia,
      I use regular bake. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    These bars are pure magic! Thanks to her recipes I put pretzels in pretty much all my sweet baked goods now! The salty crunch they provide is unreal.

    1. Hey Katie,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    These are so decadent, rich, and satisfying. I didn’t have the full amount of each ingredient so I cut the recipe in half and baked in a 6-cup muffin tin. Perfectly portioned and really cute as well!

  9. 3 stars
    Very easy to make but not in love. Definitely has a good taste and a MUST is letting them fully cool which is hard cause takes awhile and you’ll want to devour on site. Mine tasted much better on day 2 and I even took to sticking them in the freezer after they cooled some, for about 30 minutes to retain shape and make them easier to cut. Parchment makes for easier clean up. I’d make again but not blown away. Oh and IDK if the pretzels or the peanuts but definitely didn’t need to sprinkle any additional salt at all upon taking them out of the oven, glad I tasted first before adding.

  10. These were delicious! Liked by everyone who tried them. Adding the condensed milk was a bit tricky, as it was so dense and the pretzel crust was so light and fluffy. I basically ended up using a spatula to disperse and it worked out just fine. Overall, super easy, quick recipe that was a crowd favorite! 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    The salted pretzel bars were delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing. I will put more pretzels on top, love the added crunch. Three of us finished half of the container when they cooled down.

  12. 4 stars
    I made these as a superbowl treat and they were great! If I made them again I think I would use a smaller dish to have a thicker base, and would use a bit less chocolate and a few more nuts. I also decided to store my extras in the fridge and I think they’re really good cold, does change the texture a bit but it’s great. Thanks for the recipe!