Take 5 Cookie Bars

Take 5 Cookie Bars combine  peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, and pretzels. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Take 5 Cookie Bars

Take 5 Cookie Bars

Happy Friday! I hope you’re not too tired of sweet treats from Valentine’s Day because I have quite an indulgently delicious recipe for you today. Just take a quick look at the ingredients and your mouth will start watering. This recipe turns your favorite candy bar into a cookie bar and it is pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. These will not last long in your house!

I’ve never been a big fan of candy candy, but I still enjoy a chocolate bar every once in a while. I think I’d rather have a cookie or brownie over a chocolate bar most days, though, which is why this recipe is perfect. What was/is your favorite candy bar?

Recipe Rundown

Taste: These cookie bars combine peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, and pretzels. What could be better?
Texture: Thick and chewy and magical.
Ease: Super easy. These are perfect to satisfy a sweet craving asap.
Appearance: I don’t think you can fully appreciate everything that has been stuffed into these bars just from looking at them. You really need to take a bite.
Pros: Tasty twist on a favorite candy bar.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.


Take 5 Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup salted pretzels, roughly crushed


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter. Let cool.

Stir in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, caramel bits, and pretzels.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. Cool in pan completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

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6 Responses to “Take 5 Cookie Bars”

  1. #
    Diane @ Vintage Zest — February 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I really don’t eat candy bars often, I’m more partial to other chocolate items like Ferrero Rocher or the Delacre Crepes au Chocolat that I find at Costco, which is dangerous because they’re in bulk!

    I like 100 Grand if I do have a candy bar, and when I was a kid I would trade for Three Musketeers during Halloween and get rid of anything with nuts. My my how tastes change!

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    Karen — February 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    This is the answer to my dream! Take 5s are my favorite candy bars, but it is always hit or miss if stores have them. Now I can make them in my own kitchen, and that’s a little dangerous :) They look great

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    Tessa — February 16, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Sadly we don’t have take 5 bars in the UK. ut I am glad that I can make my own now! These look absolutely delicious! :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 16, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Love the idea of adding caramel bits and salted pretzels in these cookie bars. I love it.

  5. #
    myfoodpassion — February 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I love all kinds of chocolate, unfortunately. Your salted pretzels is a new variation for me.

  6. #
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — February 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Oh yum, these look absolutely delicious!

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