Fresh Baked Friday: Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

I'm a big fan of unusual ingredients in baked goods. I mean, sure, chocolate chip cookies are great, but why not surprise everyone with something different?

You've seen my Maple Bacon Cookies, which are certainly a bit unique, but have you ever seen cookies with pretzels in them? It may sound a little off, but they're amazing. 

The combination of peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels is absolutely delicious. Salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy... These cookies have it all. Whip up a batch for your weekend festivities and you'll be the talk of the town!

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
6 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pretzels, crushed

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt unsalted butter and peanut butter at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until fully melted. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine brown sugar, sugar, and cooled peanut butter mixture. Mix until fully combined.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
  6. Stir in flour and baking soda. The mixture will be crumbly, so you may need to use your hands to get everything fully incorporated into a well-formed dough.
  7. Add chocolate chips and crushed pretzel pieces and stir until well mixed.
  8. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies do not spread very much, so feel free to place them close together. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. They will still be fairly soft when you remove them from the oven.
  9. Allow to cool slightly on pan before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Thank you to Just Everyday Me for the original recipe. 

I hope these cookies help you kick off your weekend on a sweet note. Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm heading to Boston for some fun with my friends. What are you doing this weekend?

Kylie K.