8 Aug 2014

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know what you're thinking.

Can't I just leave well enough alone? Haven't we already perfected the chocolate chip cookie? Or even the chocolate chip peanut butter cookie. Why am I going overboard on this by adding pretzels?

The answer is simple. Because I freaking love pretzels.

If you were to put two bags in front of me: one being a bag of potato chips and the other one being a bag of pretzels, well you can pretty much expect that bag of pretzels to be gone within the hour. Regardless of the size of this bag.

So it only seems natural for me to put them into a cookie. Because really, is there anything that I have NOT yet put in a cookie? (If there is, please recommend it. I am always up for experimenting.)

These cookies didn't last long at all. Turns out, when you put pretzels in cookie form, they disappear almost as fast as the bag of pretzels in front of me.

I am thinking about putting this on the list of Christmas cookies to bake. Because it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas. (at least, as far as the baking is concerned.)

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup pretzels, finely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Lightly spray a baking sheet, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, pretzels, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla until fully combined. Add in the egg, and beat until fully incorporated. 
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, around an 2 inches apart. Flatten them out with a fork to make a criss-ross pattern. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, and let cool for around 2 minutes, and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker


  1. Those look wonderful! Pretzels are always a great addition to cookies :) Pinned!

  2. Hi Cathleen , love cookies , these are deliciously good with the pretzels . ;-D Thanks for sharing

  3. Hi Cathleen! Looks like you are also the resident cookie queen. I must try these cookies of yours. Looks like I can't hold on to my diet. Sigh....

  4. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I've had pretzels in my cookie! I need to remedy that.

  5. I love pretzels, and one can never have too many variations of delicious cookies :)

  6. wow, looks delicious!!!
    it's a very long time after my last ptretzel cookies.....

  7. I have no doubt that they taste great all together :D

  8. Pretzels in peanut butter cookies...that's a great idea, Cathleen.

  9. What more could you possibly want from a cookie? YUM!

  10. Pretzels make everything better! These look great! x

  11. Love peanut butter cookies! Adding pretzels is such a great idea - these look wonderful!

  12. These cookies sound incredible! You just cannot go wrong with that awesome combo!

  13. Awww yeah, I'll join in on the Christmas cookie talk! These look awesome and I'll bet they'd be the perfect addition to a holiday cookie plate...or any anytime cookie plate! Love the pretzel addition. :)

  14. Yum, I wouldn't stop at one cookie! They look addictive :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Delicious! I also love to combine sweet and salty things =) Just like you did with the pretzels here.

  16. Peanut butter AND pretzels in one bite - Cathleen, you are genius!

  17. I say go for it! Sweet and salty is the best.

  18. Very beautiful and yummy cookies. Cheers :)

  19. I like the idea of the crunchy and salty pretzel in these cookies...they look yum!
    Have a great week Cathleen :D

  20. You can never overdo it with chocolate chip cookies! Pretzels are a brilliant idea -- love the infusion of salt into these cookies. Good stuff -- thanks.

  21. I`m always up for some more CCC cookie recipes!! Especially if they include pb + pretzels!


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