Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

These Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars are full of sweet and salty flair, plus all your favorite munchie-food guilty pleasures! Get ready to make a crazy good batch of cookie bars!

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day. We spent the weekend with some family and friends, enjoying the lake, good food and warm weather.

The three day weekend was much needed – time to relax and recoup a bit. After being in Miami last weekend and going straight from having a sinus infection last week to waking up with strep throat Saturday morning, I needed the rest. Fortunately, the antibiotic kicked in quickly and other than slowing me down a bit Saturday, I was good to go!

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars
Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Now I’m healthy and ready to take on the world! Starting with these bars.

What Goes into these Amazing Cookie Bars?

Let’s get a run-down of everything we’ve got going on in here. It’s cray –

  • Bacon
  • Beer
  • Potato Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut butter Chips

A party in your mouth!

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

I actually wanted to call this recipe “Man Bars.” That’s pretty much what I went around calling them when I got my taste testers involved. When I told the hubs that they were man bars, he said the only thing they were missing was motor oil.

Eww.

But then some of these bars’ greatest fans were not in fact men. I mean the men loved them, but women can and do love them too! So alas, the name “Man Bars” didn’t stick. However, I will still lovingly call them that on my own.

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Instead, I went with a more descriptive name. Inviting for all. I don’t want anyone to feel left out.

But they are perfect for Father’s Day, aren’t they?! I mean what dad wouldn’t love to have a few of his favorite foods baked into a chocolate chip cookie? Mine would!

To be fair, not everyone loved these. They are a little different and the flavors can be a little strong. But if you’re a beer, bacon, potato chip and chocolate chip cookie fan and you think they’d all be delicious in one big mouthful, then these bars are for you! 🙂

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Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars
Recipe

Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars are full of sweet and salty flair, plus all your favorite munchie-food guilty pleasures!


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Ingredients

COOKIE

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chunks or chips
  • 2 pieces of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp beer (I used Yuengling)

TOPPING

  • 8.5 oz caramels – about 27 caramels (I used Kraft Caramels)
  • 1/4 cup cup beer
  • 3/4 cup potato chips, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 2 pieces of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil that sticks up above the edges.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add flour and baking soda.
5. Stir in chocolate chips, bacon and beer. Dough will be thick.
6. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the pan.
7. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.
10. While bars are cooling, melt caramels and beer together in a pan over medium heat.
11. Allow caramel to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes.
12. Pour caramel mixture over cookie bars and spread evenly.
13. Pour potato chips, pretzels, bacon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips evenly over caramel before it cools and hardens.
14. Microwave chocolate chips for chocolate drizzle and milk in a small bowl in the microwave until the milk begins to boil.
15. Whisk chocolate until smooth.
16. Allow chocolate mixture to cool for about 2 minutes, then drizzle over top of bars.
17. Once bars are cool, use parchment paper or foil to lift them out of the pan and cut into squares.

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Enjoy!

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37 Comments
  1. Jamie Lee

    Hi Lindsay! This recipe sounds perfect for a big tailgating party I’m hosting in the fall. I’m assuming I could freeze the cookie layer and once it comes to room temp, add the topping? It doesn’t seem like the topping would freeze well. Thanks so much!

  2. Peg

    Can I make these bars (Bacon, Beer & Potato Chip Cookies) one to two days in advance and keep covered on the kitchen counter?

  3. Jenn from Calgary

    I made these twice, once for all the dads in my office for Fathers Day, and again for my neighbours. The second time, I tweaked a couple things (reduced the amount of base, increased some of the toppings) and the still turned out well. A commenter was asking about refrigeration…I found these bars to be best at room temperature and if you keep them in the fridge for too long, the potato chips and pretzels start to go mushy and loose their crunch.

  4. Josh

    Do these require refrigeration? I was considering making some to ship to a friend of mine and was curious if they would survive the trip

    1. Lindsay

      Hmm, I usually don’t refrigerate them. The baked part is totally fine. The caramel should be ok – I don’t think the beer would cause an issue if not refrigerated. The only potential issue is the milk in the drizzled chocolate on top. You could leave it out, the chocolate on top would just firm up, which might be better for shipping anyways.

  5. Dawn

    These “man bars” are the best. My husband even loved the dough! Next time I’m adding a little heat by using jalapeno kettle chips.

  6. Heather B

    Made these today for a gathering and they were a hit-even though I messed up the recipe. I accidentally used 2 full sticks of butter. Oops. I used 7×11 pan and they were really thick. I think a 9×13 might even work because they are so rich. I didn’t have peanut butter chips so I used jiffy and just spread a thin layer across the top before pouring the caramel. I also used Snyder’s peanut butter pretzel sandwiches and skipped the chocolate drizzle. I think one more slice of bacon inside and one more on top would be perfect.

  7. k8

    I made these for a retirement party for a couple of home brewers. I doubled the batch (60 people at the party), skipped the chocolate chips in the topping, used the whole bag of PB chips, and skipped the chocolate drizzle (ran out of time). Everyone LOVED them and I had very few leftovers, we left a little early or they all would have gone. Everyone was calling them “Everything Bad is in There”.

  8. Patricia

    The recipe calls for 2 pies of bacon, chopped as one of the cookie ingredients.
    It also callsfor 2 pieces of bacon, chopped as one of the ingredients for the topping.

    It doesn’t say in the instructions, but am I to assume this is cooked bacon? I can’t imagine it being raw. Sorry for the stupid question……Please reply. Thanks.

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  12. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}

    Ok these totally are Man Bars (cute name!) but I could see how you wouldn’t want to call them that, so that women (like me!) feel like they can eat just as many of them as the men because they look DELISH!

  13. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    omg I can’t even handle all the things in this bar. I LOVE ALL THE THINGS! You should win a medal for these bars. “Most Amazing Combination of Delicious Things Packed into One Bar” 😀

  14. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    I think “Man Bars” is pretty much the perfect name for these bars – not quite as descriptive but perfectly apt! You couldn’t have come up with a more perfect and interesting combination of flavors! Mmmm bacon.

  15. Mir

    No, you have to call them Man Bars! Don’t listen to your husband. That’s the perfect name for these!
    And they are crazy. But more is always better! Always!!!

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