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Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

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Kitchen sink cookie bars are soft, thick and loaded with goodies. There is chocolate, caramel and pretzels mixed into this bar making it like the Panera cookie only better!

Hand holding square of kitchen sink cookie bar topped with pretzel, chocolate chips and caramel bits.

Thick cookie bars loaded with everything but the kitchen sink. This recipe takes everything you love about Panera’s kitchen sink cookies and makes it faster and easier.

I am continuing the theme of easy cookie bars with another great recipe. Like all of the others this recipe takes a favorite cookie and turns it into a bar.

Stack of kitchen sink cookie bars with brown sugar, chocolate and pretzels.

That allows you to skip the chill time. It also means you cook the whole thing at once, there’s no scooping dough onto multiple cookie trays and rotating them through the oven.

Just make the dough, press it into a pan and bake. Then cut the cooled bars into squares and enjoy. It really is that easy!

What makes these kitchen sink cookies bars so good?

They are loaded with so many fun mix-ins. There is plenty of brown sugar and butter goodness to give it a tasty base.

Then add bits of pretzels, caramel and chocolate to add both flavor and crunch. I was tempted to add some pieces of potato chips too, but skipped them this time.

Next time I think I am going for it. They would be such a fun addition to the cookies.

The mix of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy is what takes these cookies bars even better. Plus the thick bar means the centers are extra soft and delicious.

Squares of kitchen sink cookie bars would be a great addition to your Christmas cookie spread. They would also be perfect for parties and potlucks all year long.

Storing extra cookie bars

Your cookie bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Keep the bars together as much as possible to avoid the cut edges from drying out.

Feel free to toss a slice of sandwich bread in the container to keep them soft longer. But don’t worry if they are starting to dry out a bit, a few seconds in the microwave will make them as good as new.

Squares of kitchen sink cookie bars being cut out of the big thick bar of cookies.

For longer storage wrap individual pieces or the whole bar tightly in plastic wrap then put in a freezer safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for at least three months, but likely much longer.

More great cookie bar recipes

Make your cinnamon sugar dreams come true even faster with these snickerdoodle cookie bars. They have everything you love about the classic cookie in a quick and easy bar form.

Toffee cookie bars come straight from my grandma’s recipe box. They are a simple brown sugar cookie bar topped with chocolate and optionally pecans for a easy and tasty dessert.

Super soft sugar cookie bars topped with a fluffy layer buttercream are a fun and easy treat. They are so much quicker to make than individual cookies and taste great!

Oatmeal cream pie bars will remind you of the treats you used to get in your lunchbox.  They are super easy to make and will give you a taste of childhood!

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Hand holding square of kitchen sink cookie bar topped with pretzel, chocolate chips and caramel bits.

Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Kitchen sink cookie bars are soft, thick and loaded with goodies. There is chocolate, caramel and pretzels mixed into this bar making it like the Panera cookie only better!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups caramel bits
  • 1 cup pretzel pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Then stir in vanilla.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until it is just combined.
  6. Fold in most of the chocolate chips, caramel bits and pretzels. Reserve a few for the top.
  7. Press cookie dough into lined pan. Put remaining toppings on top of dough and press lightly to adhere to them to the dough.
  8. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden and set.
  9. Cool to room temperature before cutting.
  10. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Kitchen sink cookie bars are soft, thick and loaded with goodies. There is chocolate, caramel and pretzels mixed into this bar making it like the Panera cookie only better!

Shared at The Weekend Potluck

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Andrea Nine

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

What a great idea! And caramel bits…I’m in!

Carlee

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

It so much faster than scooping and baking all of those cookies, plus they are soooo thick and tasty. Thanks, Andrea!

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