Pretzel-Shortbread Bars

Recipe by WiGal
READY IN: 1hr 44mins




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line an 8 X 8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Pulse 1 3/4 cups pretzels in a food processor until POWDERY, transfer 1/2 cup to a bowl, DISCARD any remaining pretzel powder.
  • Stir in flour and baking powder, set aside for Step 7.
  • Transfer REMAINING 1 1/2 cups of pretzels to food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely CHOPPED.
  • Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to low, and beat in egg yolk, then pretzel-flour mixture, until combined.
  • Using spoon mix in 1/2 cup of the coarsely chopped pretzels.
  • Press dough evenly into pan.
  • Top dough with 1/4 cup of the coarsely chopped pretzels, pressing slightly; discard any remaining pretzels.
  • Bake shortbread until pale brown and firm in the center -about 25 minutes, maybe 30.
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let shortbread cool for 1 hour.
  • Remove shortbread from pan, and cut into 1/2 inch rectangles using a serrated knife.