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Dive Bars: Beer, Chocolate, Pretzel, and Potato Chip Cookie Bars


  • ¾ cups (150g) white sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (114g) butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (2oz) beer pale ale, pilsner, wheat beer
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (160g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup (85g) caramel chips or butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup (170g) chocolate chips any will work, I used dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup crumbled potato chips
  • ¼ cup crumbled pretzels


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Add the white and brown sugar, and butter to a stand mixer. Beat on medium-high until well combined and creamy.
  • Add the egg, beating until well combined and resembles frosting, about 5 minutes (beat this longer than you think you need to, it helps add structure to the bars).
  • Stir in the beer and vanilla. The mixture may look a little curdled, this is fine.
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder, caramel or butterscotch chips and salt until just combined.
  • Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment so that it comes up and over the sides (this makes for easy removal).
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan in an even layer (it will be about the consistency of peanut butter). Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the edges just start to turn golden brown.
  • While the bars are still hot, sprinkle with chocolate chips then put back into the oven for 1 to 2 minutes or until the chips have just melted. Use the back of a spoon to gently spread the chocolate in an even layer.
  • Immediately sprinkle with pretzels and potato chips. Allow to cool until set and the chocolate has hardened.