Pretzel M&M Cookie Bars


October 27, 2010 by Dana

Today is my birthday!!!

Yes, folks, it’s true.  I’m 25 years old, and I still get excited by my birthday.  I love the presents attention cake chance to reflect.  To look back at the previous year.  To appreciate all of the things I’ve learned.

And, since I’m in graduate school, I’m supposed to have learned quite a bit this year.  Take macroeconomics, for example.  At this point in my macroeconomics studies, I am supposed to be able to tell you how this:

Y = Ep

after about a million steps, becomes this:

Y = Ca – cTa + Ip + G + NX – (b1 + b2)r + cY – cty – nxy

In fact, not only am I supposed to be able to be able to tell you, I have to prove it in a midterm the first week of November!

So, as any normal graduate student approaching a ridiculously daunting midterm would do, I’ve been denying that the first week of November is actually next week.  In fact, I refuse to look past October 31.

As far as I’m concerned, Halloween is the end of time.  And, of course, there’s no better way to celebrate the end of time, than with a delicious Halloween recipe.


2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
12-oz pretzel m&m’s
1 ½ cups pretzel twists, crushed, plus more for sprinkling
Nutella (for melting and drizzling)

This recipe, created by The Messie Kitchen, just screams Halloween (no pun intended).  It’s packed with tons of candy and goodies… m&m’s, pretzels,  Nutella (which was my own substitution), and cookie dough!  What’s more Halloween-y than that?


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a standing mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat butter, brown sugar and white sugar on medium until light and fluffy.  Add in the eggs, one by one, and the vanilla. Switch the mixer to low speed and add in the dry ingredients until just mixed. Fold in the m&m’s and pretzels.

3. Spread batter into pan and press firmly down with a spatula, evening out the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.

4. Heat Nutella in microwave and drizzle over cooled bars.  Sprinkle more pretzels on top.

These bars were great!  We enjoyed them with some simple homemade vanilla ice cream on top, which let the delicious salty/sweet flavor combo shine.  Just be careful to watch them carefully when baking, because they have the potential to get too dried out.

Since these were so tasty and were packed chock full of Halloween goodies, I’m submitting this to the All Through the Year Cheer for their Halloween Recipe compilation :)

Oh!  I almost forgot.  I owe five of you some Green & Blacks’s Chocolate!  The lucky giveaway winners (chosen by are:

3 – Ravie – RavieNomNoms
9 – Amanda – Baking Without a Box
13 – Victoria – Mission: Food
22 – Judy – Judy’s Kitchen
39 – the_rob_bot

Send me your addresses so I can get your yummy chocolate sent out ASAP!  Congrats :)


25 thoughts on “Pretzel M&M Cookie Bars

  1. These cookie bars sound so delicious! I bet the pretzel M&M’s add a nice crunch to them too. Good luck on your exam:)

  2. Raina says:

    Hi. I saw this recipe on All Through the Year Cheer and it got my attention because of the Pretzel M&M’s. We are huge fans of those in my home, and I had been wondering how they would be in a baked item. I was not sure because of the texture. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will have some happy campers at my home if I make these:) Happy Birthday!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANA!!!! I’m 48 and STILL love celebrating my birthday! These bars look awesome! Have a wonderful day! I can still remember being 25! Enjoy!

  4. Happy Birthday Dana…many hugs, present and attention hehe.

    Wow that is a jam packed fun and colorful cake. Something for a sweet tooth and the salt tooth. I hope someone is baking YOU a cake too.

  5. RavieNomNoms says:

    Happy Birthday Dana!! And yay! I won some NomNoms!! :-) I hope you have a wonderful day! year 25 has been pretty good to me so far, I only have 3 more months of it and then I will be 26, AH!

    The cookie bars look like a delicious birthday treat! Enjoy!

  6. Kristen says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Those bars with salty and chocolate treats sound like a great way to celebrate! I hope you have a fabulous day.

  7. May Ling WU says:

    Happy Birthday! I love the colors in these bars!

  8. Tes says:

    Happy BD, Dana! Wow the cookies bar look so yummy!

  9. Victoria says:

    Happy birthday! Looks like a great birthday treat for sure! I will send you my address later, thanks again for the yummy chocolate giveaway :)

  10. Faith says:

    Happy Birthday, Dana!!! I hope it’s a wonderful one…these bars are defintely the right way to start things off! :) Good luck on your midterm!

  11. Heather I. says:

    Happy Birthday and good luck! Pretzel M&M’s are making such a hit, I hope they stick around for good. Your bars look delectable!

  12. happy birthday dana.. wishing you lots of love and success:) *hugs*

  13. Happy Birthday!!! These are the perfect birthday treat! I turned 25 last year and I felt like it was a great year. :)

  14. KeepItSweet says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I am kind of obsessed with pretzel M&Ms

  15. Reeni says:

    Happy Birthday Dana! Hope all your dreams come true this year! Your cookie bars look so yummy – did you like the pretzel m&m’s? I had them the other day and was really disappointed in them.

  16. January says:

    you really make lots of yummy goodies! i’m always looking forward to your posts. just have to let you know, you’re ruining my diet! :P just kidding

  17. Monet says:

    Happy Birthday! What lovely treats to celebrate your big day! These are chock-full of Halloween goodies…and my husband and I have a huge bag of pretzels just begging to be used. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful treat.

  18. Joanne says:

    Happy Birthday chica!!!

    I often try to mentally block out things that I don’t want to remember. Unfortunately they are so often the things that just won’t evacuate from my brain.

    These pretzel bars sound delicious. The perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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  20. Happy Birthday!!!! So glad you tried and liked this recipe.. is it not addicting?!?!

  21. cedar chest says:

    Wow! My kids will definitely love this one. Perfect for them! I am going to tell them to make some this weekend.

  22. You definately proved that mm’s + pretzels = awesome bars!

  23. Happy birthday!! Love these treats.
    Oh my gosh. I won! Holy crap. I heart chocos and you! Thx so much!

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