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Behr Track Cookie Bars

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in these ooey-gooey, salty-sweet peanut butter bars. A lot of people comment that the pretzels in the filling are a pleasant surprise. Just make sure to cut cookie bars small—they're super rich. —Megan Behr, Marion, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • CARAMEL LAYER:
  • 1 package (13 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups lightly crushed pretzels
  • PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • CHOCOLATE LAYER:
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa and salt; stir in butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until set, 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Microwave caramels and cream, covered, on high, stirring occasionally, until melted, 3-5 minutes. Spread over crust; cover with crushed pretzels. Refrigerate until set.
  • Meanwhile, combine peanut butter and butter; beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over pretzels. Return to refrigerator.
  • In the microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer. Refrigerate 15 minutes before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 185 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Carol
    Dec 17, 2019

    This was a time consuming project for entering into a cookie contest. But good recipes can be like this. Next time I will use a nine-inch square pan because a thicker bar/cookie would be better. Big problem, they did not want to come out of my well greased pan and I ended up with many crumbly pieces. Also the chocolate did not stick to the peanut butter layer which was another big disappointment. I’d like to read other people’s experiences and think the Test Kitchen should expand on the details. This recipe certainly needs some work.