chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars.

it’s interview season for students who are applying for jobs and internships for their senior year and post-grad. i’ve reviewed lots of cover letters, resumes, and personal statements. i’ve written a little more than handful of recommendations. crossing my fingers and sending good energy into the world for them as they “go forth and set the world on fire.” (thanks, st. ignatius.)

interviews aren’t my favorite things. i definitely enjoy asking questions and learning more about places. it’s just talkingaboutmyselfandmarketingmyself thing. so much nervousness and formality. i’ve tried the “frame it like a conversation.” that helps a bit. i guess why interviews aren’t my favorite is that i feel like i can only say show much about why i am a good fit.

if i had it my way, we’d all be able to bring something to our interview to share.
and, i already know what i’d bring.

i’d bring a baked good to share. maybe these, these, or these. and maybe these bars.
sweets say things that i can’t find the perfect words for.

like, i’m detailed, experimental, and full of a passion for my commitments that’s contagious.

ya know?

what would you bring to an interview?

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars
printable recipe – adapted from king arthur flour

yield one 9×13 baking pan

3/4 cup ground pretzel crumbs (measured after ground)
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
2 cups chocolate chip cookies
1 cup peanut butter, smooth
1 cup chopped pretzels

preheat oven to 350. line a 9×13 baking sheet with parchment paper large enough that there is overhang on two sides of the pan. this will make it easier to remove from the pan when it is done.

in a medium bowl, combine pretzel crumbs, flour, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and confectioner’s sugar. pour in melted butter and mix until a dough forms. press dough into an even layer in prepared baking pan. bake for about 12 minutes, until the crust is set. it will not brown. remove from oven and prepare topping.

melt chocolate and peanut butter together in the microwave or in the bowl of a double boiler. once melted, pour mixture on top of crust and spread into a smooth layer. to remove air bubbles, tap pan on counter a few times.

top with pretzel pieces. i also made too much pretzel crumbs, so i added those on top too. use the back of a spoon to gently press pretzel pieces into the chocolate. put in refrigerator for a couple hours until set or pop in freezer to expedite the process. cut into squares and share!


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