Friday, August 31, 2012

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips

I am not a big candy bar person, but I have a HUGE weakness for Take 5 bars.  Have you tried one?  They are unbelievable.  They're called Take 5 bars because there are 5 ingredients: milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, peanut butter and pretzels.  Genius.  When I found this recipe for Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter I knew I had to try it.  It's like a Take 5 cookie less the caramel.  My in-laws were coming over to celebrate my birthday so it was the perfect excuse to make cookies.  I really loved how they turned out but next time I'm going to figure out a way to add caramel.  Maybe skip the chocolate chips and add Rolos?


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
Pretzel Salt or Sea Salt

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

Yield: 20 cookies

The only changes I might make next time is to add caramel somehow and use my own cookie recipe.  This recipe was good, but if you have a favorite cookie recipe feel free to use that instead.

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