Lately these chocolate chip pretzel cookies are all that I have been craving! So I don't know about you, but where I am right now, it has been snowing and cold out all week...and I live in Texas so I am not used to this at all! So all the more reason to dive in head first with my fuzzy slippers, winter scented candles and of course...COMFORT FOOD! And when it comes to comfort food, you literally can't beat homemade chocolate chip cookies....unless its pretzel and butterscotch chocolate chip cookies.
These chocolate chip pretzel cookies are the PERFECT cookie. They are gooey on the inside, with that perfect chew on the outside and have a salty crunch from the pretzels. And as you can see by the size of these cookies, I am not playing around...they are HUGE. Its my way of telling myself "I only ate one." (smart I know). These warm homemade chocolate chip cookies on a cold night are truly all that I need right now.
HOW TO MAKE COOKIE DOUGH
One of my favorite things about making chocolate chip cookies in general is that they are supper easy and fast to make. You always start by creaming together your butter and sugar, then add your eggs and vanilla. After that add all your dry ingredients into the same bowl and mix until combined. Add your chocolates, butterscotch and pretzels. That's it! I like to scoop out my cookies and then pop them in the freezer for a few minutes before I bake them, that way the cookie does not get completely flat and crispy in the oven. If that is what you want, then skip this step. Bake and serve warm!
SECRETS FOR GOOEY & CHEWY COOKIES EVERY TIME
First, it is important to use mostly brown sugar instead of white sugar. This provides a nutty molasses taste and contributes to the thick chewy texture.
Second, make sure to use salted butter. That extra layer of salt enhances the flavor of chocolate and balances the sweetness perfectly. This is the same reason why the pretzels are so good in this cookie. This is probably my favorite part...biting into the chocolate cookie and also getting a taste of that sea salt on the pretzels. Its an amazing flavor combination!
Last but not least, use a variety of chocolate! I am a big believer that the best chocolate chip cookies have not only chocolate chips, but also chocolate chunks. The variety in size and shape provides a more complex, gooey and satisfying cookie. You also want to consider the type of chocolate you use. I use a combination of semisweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. This creates a perfect harmony of sweetness and chocolate flavor.
- Cold butter. This is why you have to put the dough in the fridge or freezer before you bake them. This helps keep your cookie thick and chewy.
- NEVER grease your cookie sheets! This is a big no no and I never do this. I only and always use parchment paper for my cookies. Not only will it make for flat cookies but it will most likely burn the bottom of your cookies.
- I make GIANT cookies because why not? But you can always make more normal size cookies and shorten the cook time to about 8-10 minutes.
Lastly, if you try out this Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies recipe, be sure to leave a comment/rating on how they turned out. I love hearing from you guys and will try my best to reply to every comment! And don't forget to tag me on Instagram!
Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
- 1 ½ cups salted butter
- 1 ¾ cups brown sugar
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ¾ cup flour
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
- ¾ cup butterscotch chips
- 2 cup pretzels, crushed
- In a large bowl mix together your butter and sugars. Then add your eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine your flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients until completely combined.
- Mix in all of your chocolate, butterscotch, and pretzels.
- Using a ¼ cup measuring spoon, scoop out your balls of cookie dough and roll them out placing them on a prepared cookie sheet (with parchment paper). Give your cookies a gentle press to flatten them slightly.
- Place your cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes. Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake cookies for 12 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!