Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips


It seems like the culinary world has been slightly obsessed with the salty/sweet combination lately. I keep seeing salted caramel desserts and fleur de sel sprinkled on top of various desserts. I for one, am completely for this. Once I made the infamous NY Times chocolate chip cookie recipe with sea salt sprinkled on top, I was hooked. So when I had a bunch of left over pretzel salt from making soft pretzels, I knew exactly what I would do with it.

These cookies were awesome. I loved what the pretzels added to the cookie. They stayed nice and crispy, which was a great contrast to the chewy cookie. And of course you can't go wrong with milk chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

I absolutely loved the combination of pretzel, milk chocolate, and peanut butter and I would make these again in a second. The only change I might make next time is to the base cookie recipe. I strayed from my normal recipe because I wanted to find a recipe that made less cookies (strange, I know). This recipe was good, but if you have a favorite cookie recipe feel free to use that instead.

Another note about these cookies is that they did not spread very much for me. The first batch barely spread at all, so I smushed down the second batch a little before putting them in the oven.

Recipe: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  • Preztel Salt or Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and preztels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Leave about 2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

83 comments:

Jennifurla said...

What a fantastic idea, and they look really cool too

Jess--Sugar High said...

Yum, I love the sweet & salty combo!

Jena Marie said...

Looks and sounds delicious!

www.MadeWithPink.com said...

Wow!! Those look great. It seems like the pretz el & cookie combo is becoming very popular. I made a similar version a few weeks ago, but mine had rolo's in them. The sea salt on top of yours sounds really yummy. If your interested in how I made mine you can check them out here: http://www.madewithpink.com/2010/07/chocolate-cookie-pretzel-rolo.html

Have you tried the cookies with chips in them? I want to try those next :)

CookTeen said...

Those sound delicious with the peanut butter chips!! I make them all the time (I keep getting requests for these cookies!!) and found that the pretzels prevent the cookie from flattening and spreading in the oven. Check mine out here: http://cookteen.blogspot.com/2010/05/sweet-and-salty-cookie.html

I love the sweet and salty combo!!

With love and cupcakes,
Cookteen

cookies and cups said...

awesome idea! all those ingredients in a cookie would make me very happy :)

tease-spoon of sugar said...

I stumbled on your blog and am happy to become your 100th follower! I love your blog and can't wait to go through all your recipes. These cookies look like something I need to bake soon. Perhaps this week even. Great pix too! Thanks for sharing.

SugarCooking said...

MadeWithPink - Rolos in Cookies?!?!?! What an amazing idea! Your cookies look so good!

CookTeen - I had never thought that it might be the pretzels keeping the cookies from spreading. I thought it was just the cookie recipe I used. Interesting indeed.

Tease-spoon of sugar - Yay! I was hoping to get to 100 followers soon. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Natalie said...

these look incredible!!! I am so excited to try them---I cannot get enough of pretzels lately but combining with cookies sounds like an even better idea :)

Mo 'Betta said...

I am so glad I "found" your blog....these cookies look awesome! chocolate/pretzels/cookies....I'm drooling! Can't wait to make them!

Tara said...

The kids and I are making these this week! They look absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said...

I made these cookies yesterday, and my sister ate at least nine once i took them out of the oven. They were GREAT!

Anonymous said...

These cookies looked so interesting I just had to try them! They were amazing and I will definitely make them again.

Miss. Tarrah Dame said...

I made something just like these tonight and loved them!
http://damegoodeats.blogspot.com

Lior said...

hey!
this recipe looks awesome!
sadly i don't think i can find peanut butter chips, is there someway to replace it with normal peanut butter?

Rebecca said...

I replaced them with a quarter of a cup of peanut butter after adding the egg and vanilla to the sugar and butter mixture. I don't have anything to compare them to, but I think they're pretty good.

Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club said...

The cookies are delish, my daughter and I just whipped up a batch. I used a different base cookie recipe and subbed out half of the chocolate chips for toffee bits. Sooo good, thanks for sharing.

CB said...

Yum! As a pregnant gal nearing the end of her first trimester, I'm powerless to my cravings. I spotted these when someone posted them on Pinterest and I knew I was a goner!

I used white chocolate chips in place of the peanut butter chips (as I didn't have any on hand), and I had some dark chocolate discs that I chopped in place of the milk chocolate chips (also didn't have any on hand). I'm waiting for my sainted husband to get home with the pretzels, at which time I'll stir 'em in and give these cookies a whirl.

Thanks for making me (and my tiny peanut) oh so happy tonight!

SugarCooking said...

CB - white chocolate chips sound like an amazing addition! I'm pregnant as well and I swear pretzels were all I ate during my first trimester! Those pregnant cravings are not to be messed with. :)

BluKatDesign handmade artisan jewelry said...

Must try this! I have done something like this with oreos!

_Julie_ said...

My husband loves pretzels and these are fabulous!

Lynnette said...

Thanks for sharing... these are so good!

Ms. Divine said...

I just made these, but I replaced the peanut butter chips with butterscotch chips - SOOOOOOO good!!

Desi said...

Holy deliciousness! So glad I found your blog, these cookies are BEAUTIFUL! I just did a quick skim of your recipes and I'm instantly hooked. I am your newest follower :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I'm baking them now. I chilled dough for 1 hr as indicated. I pressed down-lightly-on the cookies before baking. My cookies totally spread...at least this first cookie sheet-ful. Why did they spread out so much??????

Angel Haynes said...

I pinned this recipe a week ago and made them today. Dee-lish!!

Lesley T said...

Found these on Pinterest and made them today. So wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Laural @ Being Healthier said...

im going to need to make these!

iheartvegetables.com said...

Woah. My stomach just growled as a request for me to make this.
I think I could eat that whole entire plate. No joke.

Erin said...

My friend made these last week and brought them to bible study. YUM! I'm waiting on my batch to cool before passing out to my inlaws this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Becca P said...

I made these last weekend, they were fantastic! Everyone loved them. I already have my infamous snickerdoodle cookies but I can see these quickly climbing toward the top of my familes favorite list and becoming a real competitor for the new favorite! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Mary Garnes said...

Whoaaa yes please! Also, major props on your photography. :)

Suzanne said...

I made these for a retirement/block/football party. My aunt grabbed one and before she finished it, she grabbed another. I feel as they were a success. My great aunt had four. My coworkers were jealous of the pic I posted on FB so I have dough in the fridge waiting to be baked. Thanks so very much!

Anonymous said...

I made these cookies just to try something new....I now bake them for everything and there is never any of them left....thanks they are awesome!

Melissa said...

I made these tonight - they were a hit! Delicious!

Debi said...

These are delicious! Thank you for sharing. =)

Anonymous said...

THIS may be my new Christmas cookie! :)
Can't wait to try it!

Skinny Fat Kid said...

These look awesome!

Anonymous said...

These are delicious! Don't forget the salt on top that makes the cookie.

belllessimo said...

Super tasty flavor combo! I think next time I make these, I'll either add less of the chocolate/peanut butter chips and pretzels or make more of the cookie dough.

Anonymous said...

I just made these last night and they came out pretty good. They look exactly like the picture. I would recommend NOT adding the pretzel salt to the top of the dough before putting them in the oven. They come out wayyyyyyy too salty. The salt for the pretzels is plenty. After throwing out a batch I liked the rest. Yummy!

julies said...

Just made these amazing cookies for a swap and they were a hit. Absolutely my new favorite cookie ever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just made these and they are so yummy! I didn't have pb chips on hand so i used Reese's pieces and they turned out great. (i could have just eaten the dough!). Thanks for the recipe!

Jackie Koll said...

I made these today and they are wonderful. They have become one of my new "Favorites" :-)

Anonymous said...

Found these on pinterest and just made and they were SO delicious!

New Southern Pantry said...

We are having these for Super Bowl party, they sounds incredible! I love the salty/sweet combo, & chocolate & peanut butter....Wow!

Anonymous said...

Super Bowl Cookies 2012! My first pinterest recipe shared with friends, big hit! Easy to get hooked on both pinterest and these cookies.

Anonymous said...

Super popular Super Bowl cookie. Love pinterest sharing and this sweet/salty combo cookie.

New Southern Pantry said...

We made these for the Super Bowl last night. They are the best mouthful of joy you can bake! Salty, sweet & chocolate/peanut butter...what could not be good about that. The pretzels add so much to the cookie, we made them small and ate them all!

Erin said...

these cookies are delish! so easy, too!

Denise said...

Sarah, YUM! I just started a blog reviewing recipes found on Pinterest. Here's this one: http://pineatreview.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/pretzel-cookies-with-peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chips/. (I was sure to give you credit throughout.) Thanks for posting! --Denise

jackbennysmom said...

Mmmmmm! Made these for v-day, substituting red, pink, and white m&ms for the PB chips. Also used semi-sweet instead of milk choc chips, bought by mistake. I used Splenda instead of the white sugar, too, and my hubby couldn't even tell. Best part is the salt on top! Deeeee-lish! Thanks so much!

Brandi said...

These were really good! Made them over the weekend and my husband and I nearly demolished them all :-/ I didn't have peanut butter chips, so I used a combo of white chocolate and dark chocolate chips in their place. I was happy to have all the ingredients for these cookies on hand. Thanks for the recipe...I'll definitely be making them again!

Jacqueline said...

My daughter made these cookies and they are my new favorites! I just wrote about them on my blog:
http://wearpunctuation.blogspot.com/

I just started following your blog and can't wait to try out some more recipes!

The Pink Giraffe said...

I think I gained like 5 pounds just looking at these luscious cookies!

Janel@hatingmartha said...

are you okay if I pin this to my Pinterest board?

SugarCooking said...

Of course! Go ahead!

Anonymous said...

I made these and they did not turn out anything like the photo. I followed all the directions correctly.

I try new recipes all the time off Pinterest and this is the first one that didn't turn out despite all the positive comments.

Papa said...

They look awesome! And as a fellow lover of salty & sweet, I'm going to have to give these a try one day. Thanks!

Katie said...

My mouth is salivating just looking at these photos! I can't wait to give these a try!

amyliz said...

These things are AMAZING. I made a batch yesterday and my roommate called them "crack cookies" haha. However I didn't have peanut butter chips & instead used butterscotch chips, and they were still so good. I'm going to be making this recipe for many years to come!

amyliz said...

Also, I just wrote about you in my blog and gave this cookie recipe out (and of course linked it back here)! :)

http://hope-like-an-anchor.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-and-salty-yes-please.html

Ms. Amber said...

These were excellent! I used choc. and white chips as that's what I had on hand. I used a 1/4 scoop and pressed flat and they made a tasty chewy cookies. Of course they were best directly from the oven but still pretty addicting after they cooled off. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I am making these cookies again today to take to a new Mommy! (And a few to keep around here) They have become the go to cookie in my house.

Anonymous said...

The salt on top sounded weird but I loved it, I forgot on the first batch and the second batch was so much better! I personally will do 3/4 cup each of the chocolate chips & peanut butter chips next time because I love peanut butter! Thanks for the recipe

Anonymous said...

I tried your recipe and I loved the cookies. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Thanks for sharing.

KristaR said...

I made these last night with one twist.... I used my 4-flour blend (bran, rye, whole wheat, & all purpose) that I am now replacing almost all of my baking & cooking with. I was a little worried when I started mixing that it would be a huge flop. The dough was sooooo stiff! I couldn't begin to mix the chips in with the mixer and re-read the recipe a couple times, making sure there wasn't a liquid item that I had overlooked. I hand mixed in the chips, but there was no way I could mix in the pretzel bits. The batter was so crumbly that we ended up using our hands to pick out dough, making sure we had a blend of pb & choc chips and then adding pretzel chips right to our hands and making a ball. It was time consuming! All that being said, the cookies are Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious! And the whole grain bang that I snuck in doesn't take anything away from them at all. There is a bit of a nuttier undertone (more due to the rye flour than anything else, I am sure). But the guilt factor I had after eating my 3rd one was SO much less than it would have been otherwise! Totally worth making again! A delicious sweet, yet salty treat! (I won't declare my version as "healthy" but "less-guilt" yes!) :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe! Seriously the best cookies EVER! Salty and sweet are the best combo... New family favorite!

AlisonArtisan said...

My batch is in the frig right now. I'm trying a slightly different version and I hope it turns out. I didn't have the peanut butter chips so I added 1 Tblsp of real peanut butter. The batter was delicious. Hopefully the cookies will keep their shape and consistency. And I was thinking that the 100% peanut butter does make it a bit "healthier" ... If there is such a thing : )

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try these!!!

Deena said...

I will be making these and sending them to my hubby in Afghanistan! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I saw this on Pinterest and I have to say you have the best cookie dough recipe. It's the perfect mixture of sweet & salty!

Anonymous said...

These cookies look like a little piece of heaven! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

just made these and they turned out great! wonderful combo of flavors! yumm

Kelsey @ CrappyKidArt said...

These look amazing! Found you on Pinterest :)

Anonymous said...

This is my fourth time making them this month because everyone LOVES them. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

i made them :) yummy! i used butterscotch chips instead, but they turned out great and super easy to make too!

Anonymous said...

would u use salted butter or unsalted? making theae tonite!

Anonymous said...

is the sea/pretzel salt really necessary or could you go without it?

Anonymous said...

Tried them tonight used dark chocolate chips instead of milk choc. YUM!

Anonymous said...

These are some of the best cookies I've had!!! We made them yesterday, and they were an instant classic.

Anonymous said...

Made these last night and they were AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Stephanie said...

I love sweet/salty combos! These sound SO good!

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