Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

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So we are basically a week into the holiday season and all I want to do is bake all day and eat cookies. Even more so than usual.  The good news is that in one week I’ll be on a much needed vacation from work that will allow me to focus most of my energy on just that.

The bad news? Well, there isn’t much.  I just have to find a home for all these cookies because at my current rate of consumption I’ll need an entirely new wardrobe a couple sizes bigger come January 1’st. Not in the budget and not quite so desirable.

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So other than eating cookies 24/7 and exercising as much as I can to support that habit, I’ll be finding homes for these baked goods. Some will go towards the multitude of cookie swaps* I’m signed up for. Others will go to friends. These cookies, one of my favorites that I’ve had in a while, will show up on the doorstep of a few of my favorite people in the very near future.  I hope each of them has their sweet and salty tooth ready!

These peanut butter cookies are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside but the best part about them is that each bite also comes with the perfect amount of pretzel and chocolate. You can make this huge batch to share with friends or easily cut it in half for your own stash, because who doesn’t need 3 dozen delicious cookies on hand?

*I’m pretty sure that eating cookies I receive in a cookie swap doesn’t count

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Chocolate Chip and Pretzel Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: Makes 6 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3 cups salted creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups salted pretzel pieces

Cooking Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside
  3. Using a mixer, in a large bowl beat peanut butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined
  5. Reduce speed to low and stir in flour mixture just until combined
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and pretzel pieces
  7. Use a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon to place cookie dough balls (about 2 tablespoons each) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (Note: the dough will be a little greasy, that is OK)
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes until or cookies are brown around the edges

Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Blueberry Peanut Butter Cookies [/print_this]

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Are you taking any time off around the holidays? If so, what will you be doing?


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41 Responses to “Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Kiri W. December 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Oh man! I’ve never had a pretzel cookie, sounds intriguing. Chocolate chip loaded peanut butter cookies sure sound like a winner :)

  2. Emily @ Life on Food December 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    The goal right now to get to the gym is purely for the purpose of eating Christmas cookies. I have the baking itch too! So jealous that you have vacation for a baking spree. Enjoy every second! I have a giveaway going on right now that you might want to check out….cookies are involved!

  3. Happy When Not Hungry December 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Wow these cookies look amazing! Love the entire combo. Yum!

  4. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy December 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I am obsessed with putting pretzel pieces in cookies. It’s the ultimate combo of salty & sweet. These look fab!

  5. Florida Foodie December 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I’m going on a cruise. I wish you were coming with! These look delicious! I hope I’m a special someone that gets these on my doorstep! hint hint ;) If you want, you can freeze all your cookies and bring them down in January!

  6. Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook December 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I love the combination of sweet and salty. Hey if you need to offload some just send them over to NJ, we’ll take care of them for you ;)

    We’re doing just one cookie swap – I don’t think I couldn’t handle more than that right now. Not in terms of baking – rather, I wouldn’t share any of the ones I received! ^_~

  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Oh man, I would happily eat a dozen or three of these cookies! Chocolate and pretzels make a pretty awesome combo. :)

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Ive seen the sweet ‘n salty cookie thing done quite a bit recently in the sphere and on pinterest and now I really HAVE to make them b/c yours look sooo delish!

  9. Macaroni and Cheesecake December 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    These cookies look amazing! I love salty/sweet treats!

  10. Lindsay @ biking before bed December 2, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Time off for baking sounds perfect just about now! I am not off until the weekend of Christmas so I guess I will be squeezing in my baking in the evening. And cookies you receive from swaps definitely don’t count:)

  11. Reem | Simply Reem December 2, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    These sounds really good, I have never tried pretzel cookies…
    But these make me drool…. Need to try soon.

  12. Kathryn December 2, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    I love the idea of little chunks of pretzel in a cookie, just delicious!

  13. Joanne December 2, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Maybe we’ll just have to go shopping for a new wardrobe together? Or find excuses, while you’re on vacation, to walk seven miles every day in memory of our fateful Sunday in SF?

    Hmm. All I know is…I need these sweet and salty babies in my life.

  14. Sandra December 2, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Over the summer I fell in love with the sweet/salty combo in baked goods. I’ve tried to push aside my newly developed craving for it and I was doing well, until…………..

  15. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 2, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Love this combo!

  16. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 2, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Yum yum YUM!

  17. Becky December 2, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast this am and now all I want are these!! YUM! Putting on my “to bake” list

  18. Erin December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I have been making so many cookies too! All those cookie swaps. But it’s totally worth it for cookies like these.

  19. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 2, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I love the sweet and salty mix.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  20. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 2, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    These look very good. I love the combination of sweet and salty.

    Have a good vacation!

  21. Kelly December 2, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Ohh I absolutely LOVE this recipe!!! Chocolate and pretzels are my favorite combination! :) If you haven’t already, feel free to stop by my blog and check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right now! xoxo

  22. Colleen Bierstine December 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Hmm hello heaven :) This is my kinda cookie for sure!

  23. nicole {sweet peony} December 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    all my favorites in one cookie?! yummmm :) have a great weekend lauren!

  24. alex December 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I just made a sweet and salty bar also. so tasty..but I really want these cookies!

  25. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Ah these look so good! I too am slightly concerned about my pants size over the coming month…

  26. Lacy December 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow these look so good! Love the combo! And I’m on the same page, the cookie consumption has gone WAY up, I need some self control! :)

  27. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Yum! I have the urge to bake like crazy lately. My list of things I want to try is ever growing!! This point in the year I am happy if I can exercise enough to eat a few of the cookies I bake :)

  28. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    I agree; calories in a cookie swap don’t count. Um, you didn’t make them and they magically appeared…magic calories! These cookies look AMAZING!

  29. Baking Serendipity December 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I love making and mailing cookies this time of year and these look fantastic!

  30. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    I love sweet and salty cookies and I love how thick these are!! I’ll take a dozen!

  31. Lauren from Lauren's Latest December 3, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Holy yum!! MUST make these soon!

  32. Bo W December 3, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Those sound awesome…I love the saltiness with the sweet…I just do a couple extra miles on the treadmill on the days I go on a cookie binge.

  33. Parsley Sage December 3, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Great combo! If I had your cookie making skills, I’d proly just stay at home and bake/eat cookies too :) I’m a little envious of your life right now!


  34. Aggie December 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven! These look delicious!!

  35. Vicki @ WITK December 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I love to bring my cookies in to work. My coworkers think I’m being nice to them when I’m really being nice to my waistline! :) Great cookies too, love the salty sweetness!

  36. Liz December 5, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Wow, these look incredible!!! Yum, yum!!!

  37. marla December 6, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    LOVE the pretzels in these cookies :)

  38. Lindsey@Lindselicious December 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Salty sweet! Salty Sweet! Yipee! I love these kinda cookies.

  39. Florida Foodie December 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    These tasted just as good, if not better, than I thought they would!


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