Sunday, October 3, 2010

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

What is that monstrous Frankenstein of a cookie? Well, since I asked, it is my newest, latest, and greatest discovery which combines salty and sweet in an amazing way. They are peanut butter pretzel cookies and I found them in the Rachael Ray magazine and decided it was brilliant. O I've had doubters along the way but these truly are delicious.

I don't know what has been up with me and peanut butter cookies lately but I simply can't resist. Once upon a time I used to hate them. They were really on the bottom of my cookie ranking ladder. I know better now that a subtly nutty cookie can be the best one out there and combining butter with peanut butter produces a very moist and fluffy little treat. Maybe my body wants protein... and then with that an excuse to eat multiple cookies on the basis that I'm getting a good dose of protein. I do enjoy fooling myself into thinking eating certain evil things are good for me. Ok so maybe these cookies aren't the best way to get my protein but they are delicious and they combination of the salty pretzels with the sweet cookies is very fun. They are also kind of fun to make with the rolling and the crushing of pretzels. They turn out to be just fun monster cookies. yum!

 Cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugar. I like to beat the butter by itself first before adding any of the other ingredients.
The dough by itself looks a little plain. It's like it's crying out for something delicious to be added to it. But what?
 And here now we come to the secret ingredient-- pretzels! It may be tempting to just stir them into the dough but I bet they would get all mushy and lose the lovely texture they add.
Instead there is much more work involved. The dough is formed into balls and then rolled in the crushed up pretzels... which in and of itself was a task for me.
And here they finally are as a happy family in my cookie jar. Not for long though. As I said I got this recipe from the Rachael Ray magazine here. I didn't add nuts because I didn't have any on hand but I think that would be good so I'm going to include them in the recipe. Other than that I didn't change a thing.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
up to 6 cups miniature pretzels, chopped (likely less)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda.

2. In an electric mixer cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugar until fluffy-- about five minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Gradually add the flour mixture then stir in the peanuts. 

3. Put the chopped pretzels into a medium bowl. Form Tablespoon sized balls of dough by hand or with a cookie scoop then drop them one by one into the pretzels. Roll the ball until coated with pretzels (this may require a bit of coercion to get the pretzels to stick to the dough) then place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until golden but still soft, about fifteen minutes. Let cool slightly on the cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks.  


  1. I tried making peanut butter cookies today and it was a huge failure - too dry. But I love your idea. There is one person in my household who would be cramming those into his mouth . . .

  2. Oh no! Well I hope that one failure hasn't completely turned you off of the peanut butter cookie institution and you can give this recipe a try.


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