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It’s the perfect day to put pretzels in your cookies. Trash ‘em up!

I don’t know about you but I love trashy cookies. Yes yes.

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As you can see, these cookies are really just fat, mostly cooked balls of dough. They are DELICIOUS. They have chocolate and peanut butter and salty pretzels which is the best combination in the history of combinations. No, of course I did not mean for them to end up as fat little balls… but that is what happened. I took that tried and true giant rainbow cookie recipe, added peanut butter and pretzels and was rewarded with fat little balls.

Whatever. They are still so good.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites I howsweeteats.com

For many years as an afternoon snack, I dipped pretzels in peanut butter. Then I discovered that whole peanut-butter-spoon-covered-in-chocolate-chips, otherwise known as the downfall of my existence, and the triple combination outdid the boring peanut butter/pretzel duo every single time. Even now, I can’t just eat those Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels alone. Know why? I have to add Cadbury mini eggs* because I haven’t learned my lesson and continue to buy bags and bags and bags. Yeah. Peanut butter pretzels and milk chocolate eggs. I’m out of control.

It’s okay though. So are these little chunks of love! At least I’m not alone.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Yield: makes about 20-24 balls

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups pretzel twists, crushed
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk the melted butter, peanut butter and sugars until they are combined.

Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir until mixed. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. I even used my hands to help at one point. As it's coming together, fold in the crushed pretzels and chocolate chips. Use you hands and form dough into 1-inch balls; you may need to squish it together somewhat to keep the ball together. Place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden and set. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before eating!

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98 Responses to “Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites.”

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    sara — March 23, 2013 @ 2:54 am

    These look amazing…totally munchable! :)

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    karie engels — March 23, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I love this. The fam will too ~ great post!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien — March 23, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Trashy cookies rock. I really need to start reading your blog AFTER lunch– I think they can hear my stomach growling in the next room. These look divine–I love the sweet and saltiness!

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    Chelsie — March 23, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    This look sooo good! Perfect combination!

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    Erica — March 23, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Just finished making these with my 2.5 year old! So fun and delicious!!

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    Jenny — March 23, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    I made these last night & took half over to a friend’s house – everyone loved them. For the other half (I made a double-batch) I split into halves again – a friend gave us marshmallow Easter eggs yesterday so I cut them up and added them to the mixture. The last quarter I’m going to dip in chocolate & then dip that into the leftover pretzel crumbs. Then I’m going to give them to my husband to take to work so I don’t eat them all!

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    • Keila — April 19th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      Wow! Your ideas sound so yummy!

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    Marcus — March 23, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    OMG! What a great idea. The texture on these cookies must be incredibly crunchy! Yummmmm!

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    Maria Tadic — March 24, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    These look so yummy! And you’re so right, peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate are the best together!

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    Best Natural Peanut Butter — March 25, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I personally love the heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate along with pretzels. Thanks for the fun and easy recipe.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — March 25, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Those peanut butter filled pretzel bites are the bane of my existence. I can exercise moderation with most things, and they are DEFINITELY not one of those things!

    I love when baking messups become actually a little bit amazing. Doesn’t hurt that these cookies have the trifecta of awesome inside of them!

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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — March 26, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Oh gosh.

    Peanut butter + chocolate = duh
    Chocolate covered pretzels – Sarris and other candy-company gold
    Pretzels dipped in peanut butter = an everyday snack of mine.

    Whyyyy in the world have you combined 3 amazing combinations? I never thought I would be craving fat little balls of anything. Yeah… you’re good.

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    Kristen P — March 26, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    I love an excuse to throw pretzels into cookies! I made these over the weekend and they were the perfect little sweet, salty morsels. Thanks!

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    Spencer — March 26, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    Another great recipe! I always love visiting your blog.

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    Amy — March 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Do you crush the pretzels before or after you measure 2 cups? I crushed them, then measured 2 cups worth, and found my dough to be way to crumbly and full of pretzels – i ended up throwing a lot of it away :/ but the few that I was able to get out were delish!

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    • Jessica — March 27th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      you measure them first, then crush them. when it’s written in recipes and has a comma afterwards, before the comma is how it should be measured. does that make sense? if i wanted you to crush the pretzels first, i’d write it as “2 cups of crushed pretzels” as opposed to how it is written: “2 cups of pretzels, crushed.”

      2 full cups of crushed pretzels is probably way too much and the reason it was crumbly.

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      • Leah — December 15th, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

        Ooof. SHould have read the comments first! Too many pretzels, but still YUMMY! I’ll try it again. :)

      • Sarah — March 8th, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

        I measured them beforehand, and I still found that my dough came out really crumbly!! Thinking about using more butter and/or peanut butter next time. Shaping the balls was really frustrating as they all kept falling apart!

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    Jena — March 27, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Oof one and one half more weeks before I can try these…how terrible. They look delightful. Have you had the TJ Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels?? Now, those are ridiculous (and, then you don’t have to buy Cadbury!–one stop shop)

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    angela @ another bite please — March 27, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    what a perfect combination….salty sweet.

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    Jenn @ The Boiled Noodle — March 27, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    All my favorite things in one….you have done it again!!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — March 28, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    I love everything about these. So yes I do HAVE to make them.

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    cheryl — March 28, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    made these and they taste absolutly delicious. i replaced penut butter with cookie butter (from Trader Joe’s) and it tastes so good!!

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    Sarah — April 25, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    I made these for everyone at work! My biggest complaint was that people couldn’t get two! They were FANTASTIC.

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    Emily M — April 29, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Made these this weekend and they are soooo good. I’ve been eating them 2-3 at a time and had to take them in to work so I wouldn’t eat them all myself. FYI though – it yields way more than 20-24 – I got 54. Not complaining though – yum!

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    Allison @ thebakingyear — May 8, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    This looks AMAZINNNNGGG! reminds me of momofuku’s compost cookies! I’ll have to try these!

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    jules — May 23, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I made these with cheddar cheese pretzels. Dying. Literally walked them over to the neighbors because I could not stop eating them.

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    Laura — August 13, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Is it possible to make these into cookie bars in a pan? They look great!

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    Julie — September 5, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    I made these tonight – yum! Bringing them into work tomorrow for folks to enjoy – if I don’t keep nibbling on them. Thanks!

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    Olivia — February 18, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    made these today- yummy!! was a pretty dry dough for me, especially at the end, but they still tasted great! three of my favorite things :)

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