It’s Friday… know what that means?
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.
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.
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.
Yield: makes about 20-24 balls
Total Time: 45 minutes
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
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!
[adapted from these giant rainbow cookies]
*you HAVE to do this.