Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
Soft and chewy, these peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel cookies are sweet and salty perfection! With a brown butter base and packed with chocolate chips and crushed pretzels. Vegetarian.
Note: This recipe is NOT dairy free. It was published before Cook Nourish Bliss transitioned to dairy free recipes and remains popular with long time readers. You can try using substitutions to make it dairy free, however I have not tested this myself and can’t say how it will turn out.
It took oh so many attempts to get these delicious soft and chewy peanut butter pretzel cookies just right.
But man was it soooo worth it.
Even the failed batches were delicious – although the amount we had in the house (and still have in the freezer) was / is borderline ridiculous.
So I started force-feeding them to friends. Apparently I’ve turned into the crazy cookie lady.
About These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
Kidding aside, these peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel cookies are incredibly good.
- They have that sweet and salty thing going on big time, which I just can’t get enough of lately.
- They are chewyyyy. Essential.
- There’s the brown butter factor. Which we just can’t overlook. Whole different level of goodness I tell you.
If you’ve never browned butter, don’t be intimidated. And don’t get too upset if you burn it the first time. Ahem, I may have some first-hand experience in that department.
After you do it a time or two you get the hang of it … and then there is no turning back. Your world will be changed.
So go make me proud and bake up a batch of sweet and salty cookie awesomeness.
Additional Cookie Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Lemon Lime Cookies
- Lime Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies
- Flourless Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies
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- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup roughly crushed pretzels
- Cut the butter into chunks and add to a small skillet. Let the butter melt over medium heat and then continue to cook, whisking frequently, until it begins to brown (this takes several minutes). You should see brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Once you see those bits, turn off the heat and continue to whisk constantly for about 30 seconds, until the butter is golden brown. Be careful not to burn the butter - those bits can turn black quickly.
- Pour the butter into a bowl and let cool down so that it’s warm and not hot.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cooled brown butter and peanut butter. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth and completely blended.
- Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Beat again on medium until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the chocolate chips and pretzels. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- When the dough is done chilling, scoop about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of dough (I used my larger cookie scoop) and drop onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 to 3 inches apart. Sprinkle the tops lightly with some of the sea salt.
- Bake for about 9 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are set and the edges are a light golden brown (they may not look completely done but will continue to cook when you take them out). Let the cookies cool directly on the baking sheet for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack.
I don’t usually use natural peanut butter when baking but it’s all I’ve been buying lately and it worked fine for me with this recipe on numerous occasions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.