Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretzel-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m an open book when it comes to things that I like and don’t like. You know that I don’t turn down much of anything if it includes peanut butter. Especially if it’s a cookie… That also includes chocolate… And salty pretzels. For as often as I make chocolate chip cookies, I feel like I neglect peanut butter cookies a bit. While I can never get enough of peanut butter, those cookies are something I never think about making except during the holidays. What a travesty! After making these cookies, I’m vowing to never let more than two months pass before making a batch of peanut butter cookies again. They’re too good to ignore!

Pretzel-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I played around with the ingredients a little bit and made my first batch of cookies. Those turned out a little on the mushy side, so I did more tweaking and ended up adapting my very favorite classic peanut butter cookie recipe. The end result was perfect; everyone who tasted them couldn’t get enough. We kept grabbing cookie after cookie… needless to say, they didn’t last very long!

Pretzel-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are everything fabulous about the combination of pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate. If you’ve ever enjoyed a bowl of Chubby Hubby ice cream, you know how absolutely delicious it is. The combination of creamy peanut butter, the salty pretzels and sweet chocolate chips is heaven. I admit to taking a spoonful of peanut butter, crushing some pretzels on top, sprinkling on chocolate chips and calling it dessert. Perfectly acceptable, right?

If you love the combination of salty and sweet with a touch of chocolate, you won’t be able to resist these cookies!

Pretzel-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

One year ago: Sticky Buns
Two years ago: Root Beer Float Cake
Three years ago: Classic Lemonade
Four years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie-Topped Brownies
Five years ago: Buttermilk Pancakes

Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 2½ dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Fabulous chewy peanut butter cookies, loaded with pretzel crumbs and chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup finely crushed pretzels
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1¼ cups light brown sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

2. Whisk together the flour, crushed pretzels, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add the egg and beat just until blended. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture gradually, mixing just until combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Use a medium cookie scoop (or 2 tablespoons) to scoop dough and roll into a ball between the palms of your hands. Place on the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Dip the tines of a fork into a cup of water and make a crisscross patern on the cookies, flattening them slightly. Repeat dipping the fork in water as necessary if it starts to stick to the dough (I did it every few cookies).

5. Bake for 8 minutes or until set and beginning to brown around the edges. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

(Recipe inspired by Oh, Ladycakes)

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  1. Hari Chandana on May 28, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Wowww.. looks gorgeous.. your photography is so lovely.. Great job :)

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  2. sara on May 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Yum! These look super tasty, great cookies! :)

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  3. Tieghan on May 28, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Like you I love peanut butter, but do not make peanut butter cookies all the much. I do love the sound and look of these cookies though! Pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate! Sign me up!

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  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 28, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I put more than a couple PB cookie recipes in my cookbook because you can never have too many! Same with my blog…more than a few :) It’s like banana bread recipes, you can always make room for another. I love this new version of yours.

    The cookies look wonderful and the salty/sweet with the crunchy prezels/soft cookies…mmm, perfect!

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  5. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on May 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I always forget to make peanut butter cookies, too. Though I never forget to eat them when they’re around. I’d love to try this recipe. I can never stop eating peanut butter filled pretzels. I bet these are awesome.

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  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I love the salty/sweet combo!

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  7. Jen of My Tiny Oven on May 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I could eat 1 or 5 of these right now!

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  8. Ellen on May 28, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Mmm, I was eating a peanut butter pretzel flavored mojo bar te other day thinking “this needs chocolate”, but I think really I just needed to be making these cookies:)

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  9. Johlene on May 28, 2013 at 3:22 am

    These look REALLY delicious!!!! I love seeing what comes out of your oven :-D

    Greetings!
    Johlene
    Flavours&Frosting

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  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on May 28, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I just replenished on peanut butter today so you know I’ll be making these soon!

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  11. Experimental Cook on May 28, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Lovely cookies! I am craving for some now.

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  12. Jaris on May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am

    1 – You may have possibly meant crushing pretzels in the third paragraph rather than crushing peanut butter.
    2 – I have always struggled with the decision between pretzel m&ms and peanut m&ms, and with these cookies I GET BOTH. Thank you.

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Jaris, You’re right, thank you for pointing that out; I’ve edited the post.

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  13. Kristina on May 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Do I have to finely crush the pretzels? I’d like to have pretzel chunks. Will it change the consistency of the batter too much do you think?

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Kristina, Yes, I would recommend finely crushing the pretzels. The first time I made them I didn’t crush them as finely, and I felt like like the chunks of pretzels got soggy when baked.

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    • Nat on August 1st, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Not to counter the Baker herself, but I used quite thick pretzels and crushed them so there was a mix of fine crumbs and some chunkier bits. They gave the cookies a great texture/crunch, and (I imagine because they were thicker) didn’t get soggy.

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  14. Tracey on May 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

    These wouldn’t stand a chance at my house. I absolutely adore this flavor combo!

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  15. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on May 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Love peanut butter and pretzels together. Matter in fact I talk about that today on my blog. I happen to have pretzels and PB in the house. Going to make your cookies for Hubby’s lunch tomorrow!

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  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on May 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

    These look perfect! Love pretzels + chocolate together :)

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  17. Aimee St.Germain (Cooking the Strip) on May 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Mmm! Love the idea of pretzels in a cookie!

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  18. Molly @Bakelette on May 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    These are the perfect flavor combination and they’re perfectly round, too! Kudos!!

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  19. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    These cookies sound fantastic! Love the idea of adding in the pretzels. Sweet and salty is the best combo!

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  20. patsy on May 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

    those cookies look perfect! Sweet and salty all in one bite… I know I’d have a hard time resisting!

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  21. Marcie @ flavor the moments on May 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I love this flavor combination – nutty, salty, chocolatey and sweet! These cookies look so thick and delicious. Absolutely perfect!

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  22. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on May 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Must. Have!

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  23. Andrea on May 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Can you replace shortening with butter? Did you try that? Just have an aversion to shortening but I know your recipes are always delish. I am craving the salty sweet.

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Andrea, I have not made these with butter; it’s the peanut butter cookie recipe my mom has been using for years. You can try butter, but I can’t guarantee that the texture of the cookie will be the same.

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  24. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on May 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Since all I eat in life right now are peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel granola bars, I think it’s the time to take the next step: to cookies!!

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  25. kathryn on May 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    did you put your pretzels in the food processor? My dough seems very soft, and very hard to work with. Maybe I didn’t crush the pretzels fine enough? I did use butter instead of shortening.

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Kathryn, Yes, I did crush the pretzels in my food processor.

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  26. Lynn on May 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I would also like to know if butter (rather than shortening) could be used? I try not to use shortening. Michelle, could you please advise?! THANK YOU!

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Lynn, I have not made these with butter; it’s the peanut butter cookie recipe my mom has been using for years. You can try butter, but I can’t guarantee that the texture of the cookie will be the same.

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  27. Courtney@BakeMeBetter on May 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I love Chubby Hubby! These look fantastic.

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  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on May 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I also tend to overlook peanut butter cookies sometimes. They really are the best!!

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  29. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on May 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This sounds like a great combination together! I have never had chubby hubby ice cream.

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  30. Kathy on May 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve never had pretzels in a cookie. They sound delicious!

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  31. Sarah B. on May 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Oh. My. Word.

    I make a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie with oatmeal in it that is similar to this one, but the pretzels part about blew my mind. I have to do this like ASAP. And then I’ll eat the entire batch and gain 10 pounds. 10 sweet, salty, and delicious pounds.

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  32. jyllzie on May 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I am a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie kinda gal and the thought of adding pretzels is too intriguing to ignore! What are your thoughts on using butter instead of shortening?

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I have not made these with butter; it’s the peanut butter cookie recipe my mom has been using for years. You can try butter, but I can’t guarantee that the texture of the cookie will be the same.

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      • jyllzie on May 31st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Thanks…I’ll try it and report back! I made pie crust dough last night (the Cook’s Illustrated one that has vodka in it) and it also called for some shortening in addition to butter. I don’t even keep it in the house anymore so I subbed coconut oil since it has a similar consistency. I am baking the crust tonight for a strawberry pie and can’t wait to see how it turns out. That might be interesting in your mom’s cookie recipe too…

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  33. Julie @ This Gal Cooks on May 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    These cookies have a few of my favorite things in them! The combination of chocolate and pretzels is phenomenal. Add peanut butter and you have one fantastic treat!

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  34. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on May 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I just made your cookies, oh my gosh! AMAZING! I had to change it a bit, by subbing the shortening for butter, but the rest is the same! They are so good and so perfect! I love it and my step-daughter loves them too!!! These ones will go in our cookie rotation!!! Thank you!

    If my pictures turn out, will I be able to share them on my blog? I will of course give you the credit.

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Absolutely! So glad you enjoyed them!

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  35. Beth on May 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I came home today trying to decide what to bake…….I quickly figured out what it would be! These cookies are a fine exemplar or two favorites but with an added twist. They are delicious and one to add to the recipe box.

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  36. Lisa @ silkandcookie on May 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Scrumptious! Love the pretzel add in! Yum!

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  37. amanda @ fake ginger on May 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I’m obsessed with putting pretzels in baked goods these days and these are my next one! Yum!

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  38. veronica on May 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    because of this post I am now sitting here with a bowl of pretzels and a jar of peanut butter & co dark chocolate dreams peanut butter…

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  39. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on May 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Oh, girl…your Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies look scrumptious! It definitely is a travesty when we don’t make batches of PB cookies more often! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. anotherbrowneyedbaker on May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    These look A-MAZING. Can i ask-why shortening and not butter? Would they work with butter?

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      The peanut butter cookie recipe used as the base is my mom’s old recipe, which I love, and they have shortening, not butter, in them.

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  41. Charlie - Baking At Home on May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I have a feeling this will become my favorite cookie recipe. I’ll be heading to the grocery store soon so I can get started.

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  42. Tracy {pale yellow} on May 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate are a few of my favorite things! These cookies look awesome!

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  43. nessa on May 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    These look incredible!

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  44. Laura Dembowski on May 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I am imagining the pure awesomeness of these cookies right now. Pb cookies are always better with a salty element so the pretzels are perfect!

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  45. rhonda on May 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    High altitude tips? I’m over 8000′

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  46. Jamie on May 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    LOVE the sweet and salty combo! Delish!

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  47. Andy on May 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Just made these with a few minor adjustments. I added another 1/3 cup of flower and used butter instead of shortening. I cooked in a large glass pan so they were like brownies. I cooked at 325 for 25 minutes and then drizzled melted choc on top and sprinkled sparingly some powdered sugar. These are amazing! Thanks

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  48. Jaclyn on June 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    These look amazing, perfect combination!

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  49. Tammy on June 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    made these,using butter! they were fantastic!

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  50. Jruff on June 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    ThIS cookie was FABOLOUS!!! So yummy! Thank you…

    Reply

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