Chocolate Chip Pretzel M&M Cookie Bars

Last week I made Pretzel M&M Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod. They were good, but turned out flat. This week, I wanted to make these Chocolate Chip & Pretzel Cookie Bars (check those out—she tops them with melted chocolate and peanut butter, to taste similar to Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream) from Brown Eyed Baker. But I only had half the amount of pretzels I needed, so I was resourceful and added some Pretzel M&Ms, and they turned out yummy! Better than the cookies I made the week before, and not flat at all!

Chocolate Chip Pretzel M&M Cookie Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini pretzel twists, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup Pretzel M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Using a mixer, beat the butter and both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about one minute. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. On low speed, beat in flour, soda and salt, until just incorporated. Stir in the pretzels, M&Ms, and chocolate chips.
Spread the batter evenly in the pan and press it down evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan.

These were really good warm, but we liked them even better the next day, when they became chewy! Great with a nice cold glass of milk!


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