Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2011

When I was in Chicago last week, my sister-in-law took me to a favorite bakery in her neighborhood, Bake°. It is adorable, cozy little spot that reeked of butter upon opening the door.  And when I say, reeked…I mean it in the most delicious way possible. I don’t do much baking with real butter. So the smell of the buttery baked goods was deafening.

(That is, if a smell can be deafening!)

Another great part about this bakery…it’s owned by a fellow mom entrepreneur, so she has toys on hand for any little ones that come into the bakery. She also had oodles of fresh fruit for sale, and regularly serves quiche and other breakfast goodies, in addition to all the delicious buttery treats.

I decided that these pretzel cookies needed to have a little quality control run on them. You know. Just to be sure. And who better than to run this quality control than yours truly.

Before I took my first bite, I wasn’t totally into the concept…even though both my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law said they beat out any “plain” cookie any day of the week.

After the first bite, I was sold.  Loved the salty-sweet balance, and the additional crunch.

Totally sold.

So sold, that I had to share them with you.

What do you think?! Cool concept?! Would your kids like them?!

Let us know if you try them out!!!

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Lisa January 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I’ve been wanting to try a chocolate chip pretzel cookie for the longest time, either that or a peanut butter pretzel cookie. I just haven’t had the time yet, but yours look delectable. Definitely a cool idea. By the way, I’ll be starting a new linky on my blog this week Saturday called “Sweets for a Saturday.” Feel free to drop by then and link these up.

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Dana January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I got excited when I saw this post because I thought it was a recipe! haha. bummer…but glad you enjoyed them!

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Marianne January 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I thought it was a recipe too…

I found this one I’m going to try out http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001832000

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Dee January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Visually, let’s face it, these look bad. I love a good pretzel or cookie or chocolate dipped pretzel but this looks like roadkill. Frugal should look nice, too. Sadly, a lot of these recipes look ‘horrid.’

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Karen Hiebert January 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

would this be different than a chocolate dipped pretezel? Melt chocolate chips and voila! :)

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Michelle January 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I think this would be great – if you broke up the pretzels quite a bit. Maybe sprinkled them over the top? The larger pretzels look odd to me. I can see where it would be tasty, though.

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Katie January 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

These sounds amazing!! Oh my goodness – perfect!

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Jessica January 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I’ve been curious to make a cookie like this since I had pretzel M&M’s this summer. I love the salty sweet taste. Maybe I’ll give them a whirl myself. Wonder how they’d taste in a cookie bar with coconut?

Jes

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Jennifer January 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

There is a book by Joanna Fluke-a Hannah Swenson murder mystery-has a chocolate chip pretzel cookie recipe. Can’t remember the name of it, but it had lots of Christmas cookie recipes. I tried the recipe last year and really liked it. My brother-in-law, however, thought they were “nasty.” Everyone else liked them.

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Julie January 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

It’s the Plum Pudding Murder book by her. I’ve read it but it hasn’t made it to the book section of the local Goodwill so I don’t have a copy. I do remember thinking that they sounded really good though!!

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Gianna January 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

They taste good with peanut butter cookies too :)

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Kathleen January 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I think my children would like them more because they’re whole. They look fun and they look like they would taste great!

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Christy January 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

These look amazing! Once I was at a tea shop in Austin, TX, and they had these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies. I knew I had to try them. It was literally the best cookie I had ever put in my mouth. Thank heavens that tea shop is four hours away. I love that salty/chocolatey combo.

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Diane Gollehon January 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I’m going to try the recipe from the link that Marianne sent. Sounds great, and it calls for coarsely crushed pretzel sticks, so they might be a little more appealing to the eye and still have that salty-sweet flavor!

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Rhonda Hall January 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I buy the Take 5 candy bars for the same reason, sweet and salty…Mmmmmm
I bet the cookies would taste really close to that…
Also, I crush pretzels and put on wax paper and add chopped cashews and then drop melted chocolate on top for a great candy….
am trying the cookies tomorrow…

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