Soft and Chewy Cookie Bars with a slightly crunchy exterior packed with chocolate chunks, m&ms, pretzel pieces, and chocolate covered peanuts.
These game day cookie bars will cause fist fights. If you’re not into violence you might want to double the recipe.
Project move to Tennessee is in full force. If you haven’t been around long I currently live in Erie, Pennsylvania. This past weekend we put a new floor in the bathroom and it is absolutely stunning! everyone keeps saying that I’m not going to want to move once the house is finished, but I still think I’ll want to. The realtor said she wanted to start showing the house in March so these next few weeks are going to be busy busy busy! My arms are already killing me from carrying the new flooring for the first floor of the house into the spare bedroom. My job is to refinish the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. I was originally going to stain them a Java color but that really darkened the room. I’m now painting them a middle grey color and it’s going to look beautiful once it’s done!
So you’re probably wondering about these cookie bars and honestly I don’t blame you. I took all the little odds and ends you would normally snack on during game day and added them into my dreamy chocolate chip cookie bar recipe. I only added the snacks to the top of the bars because I didn’t want anything getting lost in the mix.
Not only are these cookie bars deserving of seconds and thirds they’re also eye candy. I love these cookie bars because you don’t have to fill your plate with cookies, candies, and pretzels. By grabbing one of these cookie bars you’re getting everything in one bite.
Would you believe me if I told you this was my first time having a chocolate covered peanut? I’ve obviously tried both before but never alone together.
If you live anywhere near a Wegmans grocery store you need to go to the bulk foods section and fill a bag with their double dipped milk chocolate peanuts. You won’t regret it. I have yet to try their dark chocolate covered peanuts but I’m going to assume they’re just as good.
If you happen to be allergic to peanuts or if you simply don’t like them you can easily replace them with chocolate covered sunflower seeds or any other snack of your choice.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup chocolate covered peanuts
- 1/2 cup pretzel pieces
- 1/4 cup m&ms
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- In a large bowl cream together the softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy (approximately 3-5 minutes).
- Mix in one large egg and vanilla extract. Mixing until the egg is fully incorporated.
- Stir in the baking soda and salt.
- Add in the flour and chocolate chunks and mix until just combined (you don't want to over mix the dough).
- Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour in the prepared cookie dough and evenly spread it in the pan.
- Top the dough with the peanuts, pretzels, and m&ms.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Cut, serve, and enjoy!
- You can definitely cut these much smaller. This recipe yields 15 large cookie bars.