Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars
These Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars have a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a sugar cookie-style bar that’s loaded with peppermint and white chocolate, all topped with melted white chocolate and more peppermint! These celebrate winter in the most delicious way possible.
Fa la la, it’s holiday time! Which in my baking-centric head, means bring on the peppermint, gingerbread, and too many cookies for anyone to reasonably eat.
…seriously though, how did we get here already?! It’s almost CHRISTMAS! And HANNUKAH! I’m a lucky kid who grew up celebrating both, one with each side of the family. I have amazing, special traditions I associate with each, and one of the things I love most about this time of year is getting to spend time with my family.
But, I’m still utterly in shock of how it’s December already, and that I’m currently finishing up the first semester of my senior year of college, meaning I’m about to start my LAST (ever) semester of college. How did I get here so quickly? Not to have a major freak out on my food blog, but “real life” is approaching at ever-increasing speeds, and I need to figure out: 1) where to live, 2) what to do.
Instead of dealing with that though, I’m drowning myself in cookie bars. Specifically, chewy sort of blondie, sort of sugar cookie style bars studded with peppermint chips and a bar of chopped white chocolate (!!!), topped with even more creamy dreamy white chocolate, all sitting on a pretzel crust for an irresistible sweet-salty holiday treat.
I found those super cute holiday shaped pretzels at Target and couldn’t resist getting them to decorate these bars with!! The pretzel crust takes these bars from great to amazing. I’m all about the salty-sweet baked good, and the salty pretzel crust adds just enough saltiness to balance the sweetness of the white chocolate. The peppermint in there just ties it all together.
These are so so fun and perfect for the holidays. They’re a little bit different, but still utterly delicious. They’re sure to be a new favorite! Happy holidays, everyone!Print
Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzel Bars
- 1 cup pretzels (crushed (measure after crushing))
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup 4.25 oz all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 8 oz white chocolate (4 oz. chopped into small chunks + 4 oz. melted)
- 1 cup Andes peppermint chips (divided)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment, pray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter. Sprinkle crushed pretzels evenly in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and the sugars and stir until completely combined. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Once combined, gently fold in the white chocolate chunks and 1/2 cup Andes peppermint chips.
- Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-26 minutes or until very lightly browned on top. You want the cookie bars to be soft, so careful not to overbake. Allow the bars to cool completely.
- Spread with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Andes peppermint chips and more pretzels, if desired. Let chocolate cool. Cut, and serve.
- Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.
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These bars are seriously EVERYTHING!!
I want to sink my teeth into them!
The flavors in these sound amazing Rachel! I’m loving the sweet salty thing, plus peppermint! And so great that you get to celebrate both holidays. My kids do too and they love it! Enjoy sweetie :)
You had me at peppermint! :)
I love the combination of salty and sweet, so these bars are perfect for me! And I’m obsessed with those cute star shaped pretzels, how cute are they? I’m going to have to keep my eye out for them the next time I’m at Target : )
These look absolutely to die for. I can’t wait to make them for friends and family this year!
XO Jen | The Single Diaries
Thank you for this recipe! I gave away peppermint bark a few holidays back and I have been looking for a recipe that slightly different but has the same flavor. This is perfect! :)
This definitely has that peppermint bark flavor, but a little bit different thanks to the saltiness of the pretzels! I hope you’ll try them out :)
Peppermint and pretzel combined into a cookie bar – OMG. Can’t wait to try these – they look fantastic! Thanks, Rachel!
I’m definitely still in shock that this year is almost over!The pretzel crust sounds amazing!
these peppermint white chocolate pretzel bars look crazy festive and yummy!!! I’ll take 5! Hooray for the holidays . . love this time of the year!
OK! Scrumptious… This looks so good.. thanks for sharing ;o)
Rachel, you are SO lucky you get to celebrate both! And I am loving everything about these bars–especially the salty/sweet combo :)
These are perfect bars for the Holidays Rachel! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)
Ermagherd… I don’t even know where to start with all this deliciousness! Like, these are seriously epic! And I’m with ya… how is it freaking December already?!
Oh my gosh YUM. I love sweet + salty!
Wow Rachel, these bars look so good! I LOVE anything sweet combined with pretzels :)
I love these bars, Rachel! I’m such a sucker for peppermint and white chocolate. And the pretzels look like they make the most salty and sweet combo ever. Pinned!
These look so sinful and gorgeous at the same time! With the sweet and salty plus peppermint flavor I’d say these are perfect! That’s awesome that you get to celebrate both holidays too :)
Sweet and salty? Sign me up! :) I’m a sucker for a good cookie bar or bark, and these look crazy good.
Yum. Peppermint ANYTHING over the Holidays are my weakness. :)
These look incredible! I have to say: I made your Snicker’s Pie for Thanksgiving and IT WAS AMAZING! The hit of the dessert bar! So I have no doubt these will be scrumptious!
Thanks so much!
So glad to hear that, Lisa!! Thanks so much!
What a delicious combination! These bars sounds so good Rachel!! Pinned!
Peppermint and white chocolate are like a match made in heaven. Love the addition of the pretzels too! Sweet + salty = the best dessert. Pinning!
I could eat those right now! LOL!
Oh my goodness! I love these! With the saltiness from the pretzels … these look amazing!
Those pretzels are so cute! I also can’t believe it’s already December! Time flew but it’s definitely fun to get into holiday baking!!
Ermagerd I’m drooling just LOOKING at these!
Mmmmm peppermint and white chocolate — a match made in heaven!! Love these beauties!
these look so amazing!!
Oh YUM! Your pictures are amazing and left me hungry!
First of all, those pretzels are too cute. Second, pretzels in cookies! These sound fantastic, Rachel. Perfect holiday flavors! I haven’t jumped into any Christmas baking yet, but I am so excited about it. Pinned! :)
Anything with chocolate + peppermint together is my favourite. Always will be my go-to combo!
These sound so good! I love white chocolate so much!
1. I’m about to start my last semester of grad school and I’m TOTALLY going through the same minor freak out crisis. 2. I wish I had these peppermint bars to distract me. I could eat peppermint everyday for the rest of my life.
I literally can’t believe it’s DEcember already either! It’s mad how fast time flies. These look so so beautiful! I’m so gutted to say that I really dislike peppermint in food like chocolate though and I don’t like white chocolate :( I would love these with dairymilk though! mmmm!
Yum! I love sweet and salty combinations! And the pretzels are SO CUTE!
Holy holy cow, these look absolutely delicious! Love that you combined sweet white chocolate and pretzels AND peppermint! Also, how absolutely gorgeous are your photos? I’m pinning not only because I want to make these stat, but because of the gorgeous photography!
Thanks so much, Phi!! So glad you like the bars and the photos :)
These look to die for! I am from Canada so I’m not familiar with Andes peppermint chips… Are they more like a crushed candy cane or a peppermint flavoured white chocolate chip?
Hi Kelly! They’re a bit more like a peppermint chocolate chip, because they aren’t as hard as a crushed candy cane. Hope this helps!
Those look so tasty and super addicting! Thanks for sharing!
These look so delicious. What a great little holiday treat. :)
Oh darn those look so good! I want one!
I love, love these bars, Rachel! Peppermint is one of my favorite seasonal flavors, and with white chocolate – yum!! Those pretzels are just too cute, too! :)
WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!?! I think I just tried to eat the computer while drooling over these photos and recipe! Come to mama, is all the trendy mama has to say!
i LOVE the combo of white chocolate and peppermint…YUM!
These bars look delicious!
Okay, I need those holiday pretzels! *And* these cookie bars! They are just so festive and I love sweet and salty, anything with chocolate, and peppermint at this time of year. You got a lot covered in one dessert! Happy baking and enjoy the holidays!
This looks fantastic! Pinning!
I need these right now, they look so delicious!
Oh my gosh. That combination; peppermint, white chocolate, pretzel!? YUM!
I want to eat these pictures! These would be perfect for a holiday gift box. Thanks for sharing!
Oh yum! I’ll definitely have to remember this one for later!
I. Want. This. Now. You have done it again. This is a must try! (: YUMMY!
YUM! These look so tasty Rachel! You are so creative! Pinned!
These look sooooo good
I didn’t graduate from college too long ago, and I totally remember that major freak-out session during the fall of my senior year. I had NO idea what I wanted to do, so… I applied to grad school. It seemed like the most logical thing to do: postpone real life until I figured out what I wanted to do! But grad school lasted all of two quarters, and then I quit to blog full-time. Which is basically what I wanted to do all along. So I guess I’d say go with your gut, and cookies are always an awesome #1 option! ;) Pinned!
Thanks for the advice, Amy! Great to hear from other bloggers and how you decided what to do :) thanks for the pin!!
LOVE these Rachel! Seriously amazing flavour combo, and I love the photos!
This is a combination of all my favorite things!! YUMM!!!
Oh my word, these look absolutely amazing!!!
OH MY… I am drooling :)
Um, yum! These look amazing. Pinning for later!
These look so great! If I could eat chocolate without getting sick, I’d make them today!
Not sure if I should make these and eat them all myself or hand out as gifts… probably former (: They look amazing Rachel!
These look so insanely delicious and I love the adorable pretzel shapes. I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for them next time I’m at Target. Good luck with finals in the next week or so! I know how stressful this time can be! What is your major? With the success of your blog I imagine you can do this full time!
Thanks so much, Christina! I’m an international business major, which thankfully lends itself well to a lot of different career paths. I’m flattered you think I can make it as a full time blogger, haha!
Is the cup of pretzels measured before or after crushing?
The 1 cup of pretzels is measured after the pretzels are crushed.
Oh, how delicious! I love peppermint and white chocolate! I must have these, LOL
So pretty, Rachel! I love these photos and this is my kind of sweet treat! Loving the pretzel!
Can’t wait to try! It has all our fav things!
I made these over the weekend. SO GOOD! I gave half of them away to friends so I wouldn’t eat them all. Thanks for sharing.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Jenni! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out for you.
Oh. Em. Gee. These look amazing! Pinning for later – thank you so much for sharing!
Great idea cherry chocolate This is pure delight for your taste buds.
CHERRY-MINT CHOCOLATE a burst of cherry zest
Both are great flavour :)