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!
Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies
If you like the combination of sweet and salty flavors, this Salted Caramel Cookies are 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 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 Pretzel Cookies make a wonderful gift. You may just want to keep them all to yourself though ... no judgement here!
Loved these Pretzel Cookies and Want More?
This easy pretzel cookie recipe is simply irresistible! I like to make them year round, but they make a great Christmas Cookie, too.
If you loved these cookies, then you'll want to try these recipes, too:
- Thick and Chewy Candy Bar Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies
- Nona's Pecan Fingers
- Poppy Seed Kiss Cookies
- Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
- Curry Shortbread Cookies
- Fruit Pizza Cookies
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Cake
Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies
- nonstick cooking spray
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup caramel bits
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ 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!
What is your favorite sweet salty treat?