Treat yourself to these easy-to-make Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies … they’re the perfect balance of salty and sweet!
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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good cookie!
And although there’s definitely no bad cookie, I especially like the thick and chewy kind. There’s just more to enjoy.
These Salted Caramel Pretzel cookies are my kind of cookie. They’re thick, chewy, and packed with yummy ingredients …. plus, they’re just so darn cute with those mini pretzels on top!
If you like the combination of sweet and salty flavors, this Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies recipe is for you.
This easy pretzel cookie recipe is packed with rich chocolate chips, chewy caramel bits, and crunchy pretzel pieces. A small pretzel and a pinch of salt on top are the perfect finishing touches.
And of course, they’re thick and chewy … the best!
It’s impossible to stop at one of these delish cookies, and with their petite size, you don’t need to.
How to Make Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies
These salted caramel chocolate chip pretzel cookies (say that three times, fast!) are rich, delicious, and easy to make.
The dough for these cookies is fairly thick, and a stand mixer makes the process a snap (although a hand mixer works in a pinch).
Once the dough is mixed, you’ll add in all the goodies: chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, and caramel bits. Then, you’ll shape the dough into balls, flatten them slightly, and add a mini pretzel on top.
Before baking, add a pinch of flaked salt to each cookie. I used my favorite, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.
I know many people like to prepare cookie dough ahead of time, then refrigerate it until ready to use. I don’t recommend that for this recipe. The dough will lose some of its moisture and the cookies will get hard.
So when your dough is ready, bake it right away. You’ll want to cook your caramel pretzel cookies until golden on the edges and bottom. Let them cool, if you can resist, then dig in!
These thick and chewy Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies make a wonderful gift. You may just want to keep them all to yourself though … no judgement here!
These Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies are a delicious blend of sweet and salty flavors that's a hit with everyone who tries them!
- nonstick cooking spray
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup caramel bits
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup pretzel pieces
- 30 small pretzels
- flaked sea salt (I prefer Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Beat together butter and sugars until well mixed using a stand or hand mixer.
Blend in vanilla, salt, and egg.
Whisk together flour and baking powder, then slowly mix into butter mixture.
Fold in caramel bits, chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces.
Roll one tablespoon of dough into a ball.
Place on baking sheet, then flatten slightly and top with a whole pretzel. (The cookie should be just about the same size as the pretzel.) Top with a pinch of sea salt.
Bake cookies for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned on edges and bottom.
Let cookies cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!
These cookies are best when the dough is prepared just before baking. I DO NOT recommend preparing the dough ahead of time, refrigerating, and baking later.
Do you love these Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies and want more?
This easy pretzel cookie recipe is simply irresistible! And if you loved these cookies, I think you’ll like these, too:
- Thick and Chewy Candy Bar Cookies
- Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- Thick and Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies
And make sure to check out all of my dessert recipes for even more cookie inspiration!
What is your favorite sweet salty treat?