How do you celebrate Father's Day? With fabulous food of course. Sunday was filled with brisket, blue-cheese and bacon stuffed vidalia onions, cole slaw and homemade berry sherbet. Monday was filled with garlic and dijon stuffed pork loin, roasted vegetable couscous, lemon broccoli, and this little show stopper: pretzel-crusted chocolate chip cookie bars. I saw them on Pinterest last week (http://simmerandshoot.com/chocolate-chip-bars-on-a-pretzel-crust/) and just had to give it a try. This blogger's recipe called for butter in the crust and the cookie bar layer. Since my husband is lactose intolerant I subbed coconut oil, which reacts similarly to butter. The finished product was that perfect combination of salty and sweet. For your next picnic or get together, I implore you to give this recipe a try!
Pretzel-Crusted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 3 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Layer
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 10 oz. bag chocolate chips (I used 60% cocoa Ghiradelli Chips)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Place pretzels in a food processor, pulse until thoroughly crushed. Combine the pretzel pieces with the melted coconut oil and spread over the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes.
While the crust is baking, beat the coconut oil and sugars until fluffy and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until blended. Add in the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto the crust, spreading it out evenly with your fingers. Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Remove when the top is a nice golden color and a tester comes out clean.
Let bars cool, then remove from the pan using the parchment paper and cut into 24 bars.
Just in case you wanted to see my pork loin stuffed with garlic and dijon mustard....