12 February 2014

Valentines Chocolate Pretzel Bars

 
 
I cheated on this dessert.  Totally and completely.  I am still really proud of myself, though.  Usually I'm posting the day after the holiday, telling you what I made in the past tense.  I'm actually ahead of the game this time.  Look!  It's a Valentine's Day recipe one day before the day itself.  I'm gonna keep working on moving it up a little more for the next big holiday.  I cheated on this dessert because I have made it before.  I made this back in August and my hubby loved it.  It may have been his favorite dessert I've ever made.  He had a birthday a couple of days ago and I made these bars again for his birthday.  I added some little chocolate hearts to the top.  That's the only difference.  Maybe with all the hearts there's some more love in there, too.
 
the finely ground pretzels are the secret ingredient to the awesomeness.
 
this stuff's thick like cookie dough.  don't sweat it.  it'll all be okay.
 
see -- when you smoosh it down, it's lovely.
 
press the chocolates into the top straight out of the oven so they get all melty.
 
get a glass of milk and dig in while they're still warm.  enjoy the chock-full, overloaded goodness.
 
 
Valentine's Chocolate Pretzel Bars
makes one 8x8" pan
 

1 1/4 cups salted pretzels
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup salted smoked almonds, chopped
16 heart shaped chocolates

 Preheat the oven to 350°.  Line an 8" square baking pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray; set aside.

Process the pretzels in a food processor or blender until they are fine crumbs; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in the pretzel crumbs, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Stir until just combined.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips and chopped almonds.

Spread the dough into the prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and just set in the middle.  Press the chocolates into the top of the bars as soon as you remove them from the oven.  Allow to cool 30 minutes before cutting into bars and serving.
 
 

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