Sweet and Salty Turtle Cookie Bars

2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanillla
2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 Cups chocolate chips

3/4 Cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 Cup chopped pretzel sticks
1/2 Cup ground walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream
butter and sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla until well
combined. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and
slowly add to wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.

2. Spray a 11x7 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Press 1/2 of the
cookie dough into the bottom of the dish. Drizzle caramel sauce over
dough then sprinkle with pretzels and walnuts. With a cookie scoop,
scoop the remaining cookie dough evenly over top of pretzels and nuts.
Press down slightly, should look uneven. Bake for 22-25 minutes or
until cookies just start to turn golden on the edges. Remove and let
cool completely before cutting into squares.

12 bars

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