Easy Baking – Salted Pretzel – Marshmallow Bars

Hello there! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a blog post to do with my Food Network Easy Baking magazine. I thought today would be a great day to bring that back because quite a few people seemed to enjoy the recipes from this magazine. Once again, I want to mention that these are not my own recipes; I’m getting them from a Food Network magazine. Today’s recipe is Salted Pretzel- Marshmallow Bars, look below for the ingredients and instructions.

The bars:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 8 marshmallows, halved diagonally
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions for bars:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle of the oven
  2. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, make sure to leave a 2 inch overhang on all sides
  3. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray
  4. Pulse 1 cup of pretzels in a food processor until finely ground and then transfer to a bowl then whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt
  5. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter then remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and let cool slightly
  6. Once the butter sugar mix is slightly cooled, stir in the eggs and vanilla then stir the pretzel mixture into the butter mix by placing half the pretzel mix at a time
  7. Spread the batter in the pan and scatter the remaining ½ cup of pretzels on top
  8. Bake until golden for about 25-30 minutes
  9. Let cool completely on a rack then lift out and transfer onto a baking sheet

Instructions for topping:

  1. Preheat a broiler and press the marshmallow halves cut side down in even rows on top of the square, broil rotating the baking sheet as needed until the marshmallows are golden brown 1-2 minutes then let cool
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, place the peanut butter chips and ½ teaspoon of vegetable oil and melt in 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Repeat with the chocolate chips and remaining ½ vegetable oil
  3. Drizzle the melted peanut butter and chocolate mixtures over the square
  4. Let harden at room temperate or refrigerate before cutting

Tips & Tricks:

  • The bars will be done once you can place a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean
  • Broilers can be quite intense so keep a close eye on them
  • Make sure to stir in 30 second intervals when melting in the microwave or the mixture can burn or melt unevenly

 

(Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to this recipe or the featured image. The recipe and image come from Food Networks Easy Baking magazine.)

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