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!
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!
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 –
- Potato Chips
- Chocolate Chips
- Peanut butter Chips
A party in your mouth!
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.
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.
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! 🙂Print
Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Yield: 12-16 Bars
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
These Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars are full of sweet and salty flair, plus all your favorite munchie-food guilty pleasures!
- 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)
- 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
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp milk
- Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories: 410
- Sugar: 33 g
- Sodium: 198.5 mg
- Fat: 21.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 51.3 g
- Protein: 6.2 g
- Cholesterol: 39.7 mg
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Is there a substitute for beer? None of my friends drink… what would be a good substitute?
You could replace the beer in both places with some milk or cream.
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!
Yes, that sounds like it’d work just fine. Thanks Jamie!
Can I make these bars (Bacon, Beer & Potato Chip Cookies) one to two days in advance and keep covered on the kitchen counter?
Yes, that should be fine.
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.
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
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.
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.
I’m glad he enjoys them! 🙂 The Jalapeño kettle chips sound great!