Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

The salty and sweet combination is great; hence, the popularity of “salted caramel” and “chocolate peanut butter” flavors.  Here is a cookie that combines pretzels, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.  The cookie is something different, but we all agreed it is a keeper.

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
yield 24

1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1/2 cup brown sugar (light)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chopped coarsely pretzels
Coarse salt like sea salt or pretzel salt

1.  Sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt in medium sized bowl.
2.  In large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy (medium speed about 2-3 minutes).  Change mixer to low speed and add egg and vanilla.
3.  Add the dry ingredients on low-medium and beat until just combined.
4.  Fold in chips and pretzels.  Refrigerate the dough for an hour or so if it is too sticky to work with.  Then you can go ahead and make the cookies or freeze balls of cookie dough – or both!
5.  Preheat oven 350 degrees.   Drop cookies on greased or lined cookie sheets by a heaping tablespoonful.  Flatten the dough out a little bit to shape it into a cookie shape.  Sprinkle all the cookies with salt.  Bake 10 minutes, or until just barely beginning to brown on the outside.
6.  Cool on cooling rack and enjoy!


Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

I’ve made these several times and also made them from the purchased box that Auntie Anne’s sells at their stores and now at Walmart.  With a few simple ingredients, you can have Auntie Anne’s baking at home!   You can control the salt and butter, add your own fillings and toppings or even make your own cinnamon raisin pretzel that they stopped making a few years ago.

**This is one of my old photos from my old camera.  🙂  I’ve changed a little in my photography since then. **

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
yield 10 pretzels
from Todd Wilbur’s book “Top Secret Recipes”

1 1/4 cup warm water
1T and 1/4t yeast
3 3/4 cup flour
3/4  cup and 2T powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2T vegetable oil
4 cup warm water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4c melted butter
kosher salt or pretzel salt or cinnamon/sugar (1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon)

1.  Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit.
2.  Combine flour, powdered sugar and salt.  Add yeast and oil.  Knead 5 minutes.
3.  Let rise 45 minutes.  Preheat oven 425 degrees.
4.  Make a bath for the pretzels using the 4 cups of warm water and 1/2 cup of baking soda.  Roll dough 8 pieces 3 feet long.  Dip in the baking soda bath for about 20-30 seconds.  Then place on greased baking sheet.
5.  Bake 4 minutes.  Turn and bake 4 minutes.  Brush with melted butter and salt with kosher salt, pretzel salt, etc.

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