So I consider this the love triangle cookie. Why you ask? This may be my own personal preference but when trying to come up with a great flavor combination with chocolate my mind instantly turns to peanut butter and when thinking of something that goes great with peanut butter I think of pretzels. Does anyone else dip their pretzels in peanut butter and realizes you ate half the jar in one sitting because it is that darn good? Anyways what I'm getting at here is that peanut butter is totally cheating on chocolate with pretzels but pretzels don't seem to mind, in fact pretzels suggested a threesome: this cookie! (I'm weird I know)
I kind of threw this all together hoping it would work and it turned out exactly like I wanted it to. It was not too cakey, wonderfully chewy and full of 3 of my favorite flavor combinations. Each flavor is showcased in two ways here either inside or outside the cookie. I made these for Shawn's friends birthday....which they are out celebrating right now as I'm staying in on a saturday night sipping a pumpkin ale and writing this...no girls allowed...thats always comforting....so I baked!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
Peanut butter cookies with a mixture of chocolate chunks, peanut butter chips and crushed pretzels baked in and then drizzled with chocolate and topped with crushed pretzels.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chunks
3/4 cup broken pretzels
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup crushed pretzels (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F
Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and beat until mixed. Add the eggs one at a time then stir in the corn syrup and vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and add to peanut butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chunks, peanut butter chips and pretzels. Drop using preferred size scoops onto ungreased baking sheet (I used parchament paper).
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden. Move to cooling racks upon removal.
(optional) Melt the cup of chocolate chips for about 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave stirring halfway. Drizzle chocolate over cookies using a spoon or a small piping back and sprinkle cookies with crushed pretzels.