Salty toffee pretzel bars are a crunchy delight! Full of salty pretzel, gooey honey maple caramel and tender shortbread, they're sure to please at your next potluck!
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1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄2 cup1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1⁄3 cup brown sugar
3⁄4 cup1 1⁄2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1⁄4 cups light brown sugar
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄4 cup maple syrup
1⁄2 tsp. salt
6cupsabout 9 oz. small pretzel twists
Prepare a 9x13 pan by lining with foil or parchment. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Mix the flour, salt, and sugar for the crust together, then add the softened butter. Mix either with you hand or a mixer until large clumps form. Dump into the prepared pan and spread out evenly before pressing into the pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
While the crust cooks and cools, prepare the caramel. Place all the caramel ingredients, except the pretzels, in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the temperature reaches 240F, soft ball stage.
Evenly spread the crushed pretzels over the crust, then pour the caramel all over, stirring to coat if necessary. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the caramel is bubbling at the edges. Cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting. They will keep up to one week in an airtight container.