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Crispy Chewy Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pretzel-Peanut-Butter-Choc-Chip-Cookie-RecipeIt has been a cookie kind of week:

  • Numerous pantry staples—including soy sauce, peanut butter, and bourbon—ran out at the same time.
  • Realized my wall calendar is still turned to January; I have not mustered the energy necessary to change it.
  • Dumped almond milk all over my laptop.
  • Ran the drip coffee maker without the pot. I just forgot to put it under the machine. Twice. Hot mess.
  • It snowed 5 inches, when clearly it should be spring—or I should be in Mexico.
  • Impulse bought a swim suit at Target, tried it on at home, then promptly returned it. What made me think baby pink was a good idea?
  • Ben has changed his permanent address to the library. I forwarded his mail and am in the process of seeking a replacement husband.

Friends, this week has had such low points, I nearly wrote a country song. Then, I remembered that I my musical abilities are strictly limited to polite applause and my secret engagement to Josh Turner.

Since I can’t sing and Josh doesn’t know we are engaged, I abandoned my musical ambitions and remedied my sorrows via the oven with crispy, chewy Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Crispy at the edges, yet soft and chewy in the center, Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies are everything you are seeking in your ideal cookie texture. The cookie base is loaded with buttery brown sugar flavor, and our mix-ins—pretzels, peanut butter chips, and semi-sweet chocolate chips—are a conglomeration of salty-sweet addition.


Chunky pretzels employ the saltiness and crunchiness of life in our favor. Melty peanut butter and chocolate chips celebrate the sweetness life has to offer. Together, this salty-sweet tango is a formula for interconnected flavor, finger-licking, and cookie comfort.


No matter what kind of week you are having, Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies will boost it on the happy scale. I baked Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies because I needed the particular brand of cheer best attained via the warm combination of butter and sugar. I will continue to bake them because they are golden, crispy-chewy, salty-sweet serenity.

By my third Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookie, I found myself grasping a philosophical appreciation for the saltier parts of my week. After all, it is the less joyful moments that keep life’s pleasures all the sweeter. I found mine:

  • Rocking out to “Call Me Maybe” on my iPod–while jogging on a treadmill at the gym.
  • Participating in Adult Trivia at a neighborhood bar…and winning.
  • Realizing that it probably would never work out with Josh Turner anyway; all that touring would be exhausting.
  • Fresh, clean, straight-out-of-the-dryer bath towels.
  • Proudly workin’ my awkward dance moves at “Law Prom 2013.”
  • Devouring Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Life will always be salty-sweet. Embrace the beautiful dichotomy with Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Crispy Chewy Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: About 20, 3-inch cookies

Crispy Chewy Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy at the edges, yet soft and chewy in the center, Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies are everything you are seeking in your ideal cookie texture. The cookie base is loaded with buttery brown sugar flavor, and the mix-ins—pretzels, peanut butter chips, and semi-sweet chocolate chips—are a delightfully addictive combination of salty and sweet.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg until light and creamy. Gently mix in the dry ingredients, until just blended.
  4. By hand using a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips, pretzels pieces, and peanut butter chips. If time allows, cover dough and chill for 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  5. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, placing about 3 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are lightly toasted. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


For the best possible texture, refrigerate dough for one hour before baking. Unbaked dough can be stored in the refrigerator for two days. Baked cookies will keep in an airtight container for one week.


37 Responses to “Crispy Chewy Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Luv What You Do — March 11, 2013 @ 8:29 am (#)

    I love adding pretzels to my cookies…it adds the perfect salty crunch. These look like so much fun and perfect for National Chocolate Chip Cookie week : )

    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      YES on the salty pretzel crunch. Also, I think every week should be chocolate chip cookie week, but I”m happy to have yet another reason to bake them! :-)

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies — March 11, 2013 @ 10:46 am (#)

    I’m pretty late to the game and just added pretzels to cookies about a week ago. Can’t get enough! You’ve included all my favorites, looks like an amazing recipe!

    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 11:48 am

      This was my first time trying it too Kelly, and I’m a believer for life!

  3. wearenotmartha — March 11, 2013 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Maybe Josh would agree to marry you if you gave him these?? I think it could work!! This combination sounds amazing!


    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 11:54 am

      GENIUS idea! I’m sure Ben wouldn’t mind a bit ;-) Thanks for your comment and hope you enjoy the cookies. If you are a fan of salty-sweet, these were made for you!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 11, 2013 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Such a great mix of flavors and textures! Delish!

    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much Averie! And happy chocolate chip cookie week :-) I’m sure you have about 100 perfect ones in the works!

  5. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 11, 2013 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    Your like me, I drown my stress in cookies also! The add ins to this cookie batter are so ridiculously good. Pretzels and chocolate chips are always winners in my book.

    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      Cheers to cookie stress therapy Nicole! And you are right–can’t go wrong with pretzels and chocolate.

  6. Natalie — March 11, 2013 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    These look like a great cookie! I like sweet and salty combo!

  7. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 11, 2013 @ 8:22 pm (#)

    A) I love that you consider bourbon a pantry staple. I think that if you lived in DC or I lived in Madison we could be great friends based on that alone.

    B) Any sweet + salty dessert is my absolute fave, and I would happily eat the entire batch of these. They look fabulous!

    • Erin — March 11th, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

      You know it girl! Thanks Maggie :-)

  8. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 12, 2013 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    mmmm, I could go for one (dozen) tonight!!! Looks delicious.

    • Erin — March 12th, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

      We have similar ideas Aimee! Thanks :-)

  9. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 12, 2013 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    Great minds think alike – I also just posted about peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies ;) These look great, especially with the addition of pretzels. Like you I am a sucker for salty sweet desserts!

    • Erin — March 12th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      Chocolate + PB = combo of the gods! Great minds indeed :-) Your cookies sound amazing too!

  10. bakerbynature — March 12, 2013 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    These cookies look insane, Erin! I want, want, want!

    • Erin — March 12th, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

      I’d beg you to come pry them from my fingers, but I accidentally finished the batch. Come on over for a fresh one! ;-)

  11. dessertfortwo — March 13, 2013 @ 7:38 am (#)

    You’re secretly engaged to Josh Turner?! ME TOO! Oh no. This is bad. I knew someone else was cooking for him, but I didn’t know it was you!

    • Erin — March 13th, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      Ah ha!!! That explains why he is always too full for dessert. Secretly, he’s eating yours instead ;-) Well, as long as he’s still willing to serenade me, I don’t mind sharing!

  12. Sally — March 13, 2013 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    mmm these remind me of my peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip cookies :) I’ll take a dozen from you, please?! Love the combination Erin.

    • Erin — March 13th, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      Order comin’ right up :) Thanks Sally!

  13. Baking Serendipity — March 14, 2013 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    I can’t even think about buying a bathing suit yet. I need some sunshine on these legs! And probably fewer cookies…oops :) Still love these!

    • Erin — March 14th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

      Oh I am with you on both. Sunshine, I can’t control. Cookies….I just don’t want to, lol.

  14. Kim - Liv Life — March 14, 2013 @ 11:23 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness I’ve had weeks like that!! I don’t make coffee though, so I can’t claim to have done that one…. but I did have to chuckle just a little.
    We are both on the PB cookie platform this week. Our 2nd batch went in today! Love this recipe and will have to add it to our list!

    • Erin — March 15th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      PB always and forever Kim! I have no doubt that yours our fantastic. Mail me a dozen? ;-)

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  23. moonstone34 — November 30, 2014 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    I just stumbled across your blog while looking for a chicken stir fry with peanut sauce recipe…and then click your link to this wonderful cookie recipe, which I plan on making this week. I am a peanut butter lover to the extreme

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      I am a total peanut butter lover too. I hope you enjoy them and am so happy that you found my blog!

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