Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


Is this cookie badass or what? Chunky dark chocolate, crunchy shards of pretzel, a healthy kick of salt. DAYUMMMM COOKIE.


This cookie is like Sandy from Grease after she completely changes her personality. Or wait, it’s more like Stephanie from Grease 2, who’s just an awesome badass from the start and won’t change her personality for any man. Feminism!


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much melted chocolate got on my hands, face, jeans, shirt and hair after making these cookies, but in case you’re not sure, it was a lot.


Especially because I insist on shooting chocolate chip cookies immediately, as soon as they’re cool enough to move around. Why, you ask? Because I will not miss out on eating warm cookies. Not even for the sake of a good photo.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


In fact, in the photo above, you can kind of see some of the chocolate that was on my hand. But hey, you guys forgive me, right? Because I did this for you.


Because if anyone deserves to have access to a chocolate chip cookie that is perfectly gooey, perfectly chewy, has copious amounts of melting dark chocolate in it AND has crunchy shards of pretzel baked into it? It’s you.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


I really wish I could come around to each and every one of your houses, right at the moment in the afternoon when you’re about ready to drop, with one of these cookies still warm and melty from the oven.


We’d hang out, chat, talk about cookies and music and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and life. ‘Where do you stand on Kale?’ I would ask. It would be awesome.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


And I’d say thanks for reading my blog. It means the absolute world to me that you guys stop by here and read what I’m writing, and check out what I’m cooking and maybe even try out one or two of my recipes.


I completely love doing this, and having a bunch of people who care about it too is pretty much a dream come true. So thank you. I hope we can have a cookie together one day.


xx Sarah.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies
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Chewy, gooey, chunky, salty chocolate chip cookies with shards of crunchy pretzel goodness.
Serves: 15
  • 1 stick (115g) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar (turbinado sugar)
  • 1 cup (225g) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1¾ cup (260g) flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup salted pretzels (approx 100g), plus extra for topping.
  • 8 oz (200g) dark chocolate, chopped (I like around 70% cocoa solids)
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with non stick baking paper, and preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
  2. Place the softened butter and all the sugar into a bowl and cream together for at least 5 minutes. It should be very soft and visibly lighter in colour.
  3. Scrape down the bowl and add in the egg, and then beat again until the egg is completely incorporated. Scrape down, add the vanilla and beat again.
  4. In a small bowl stir together the flour and baking powder, and then gradually add the flour to the butter mixture, stirring slowly until the flour is almost completely incorporated.
  5. Crush the pretzels in your hands gently, just to break them into about fourths, but no need to be precise. Add them into the dough, along with all the chopped chocolate.
  6. Fold the dough together with a wooden spoon or spatula just until everything is incorporated and the chocolate and pretzels are evenly distributed.
  7. Scoop ¼ cup sized portions of dough out, and roll them gently in your hands before placing them onto the lined baking sheets. Make sure there is plenty of room between the cookies, because they spread to at least twice the size of the dough balls.
  8. Place a whole pretzel onto each dough ball and press gently to slightly flatten the cookie, and embed the pretzel in the dough.
  9. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, rotating the trays half way through baking. They will spread, and be set at the edges, but still look a little gooey in the centres. Leave to cool on the trays, and then eat them; a glass of milk on the side is mandatory.


Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies | The Sugar Hit


  1. These look great! Sweet and Salty is my favorite combination. Your food photography is also an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing!!

    • I’m so glad I could bring some inspiration to your life! And I’m a sweet salty fiend too – love it!

    • Thank you so much Katrina! I love it when a plan comes together.

  2. OMG! Pleas come to my house around 3PM with a big batch of these BA cookies. I soooo aspire to be Amy Poehler, no shame! Love her! And yay for feminist cookies!

    • I am so on my way. The power of Poehler is behind me! No shame!

  3. Pretzels, chocolate, cookies… you can’t go wrong in this situation.
    PS – i just came across your blog recently and I am loving it!

  4. I might have just pinned every one of these photos, because i am completely obsessed. OBSESSED!

    These are spectacular. You were MADE to do this.

    • Oh man, thanks Laura! It definitely felt right!

  5. OMG, this looks Amazing. My grandson turns 13 tomorrow and I’m going to surprise him with two of his favorite things combined in one bite.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sarah,
    You are my baking goddess!!! I am bowing to you right now as my oven ore heats to bake these beauties!!!!!!

  7. Your accompanying text was so cute and sweet, you’re the best! thank you for keeping this blog fun and real

    • Aw man, thanks Izzy! Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

  8. Um, heck yeah. I’d eat those cookies ALL. DAY. long.

    • And I will eat them all night long! We’ll take shifts!

  9. These look scrumptious!! I can see a pretzel dipped in white chocolate on this cookie in my future. I just made my mouth water!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Sharing recipes is what this blog is all about, amigo.

  10. Holy crap. hooooly crap. these look phenomenal and i’m crying on the inside that I’m not eating seven right now. Yeah, seven at once.

    • Seven seems about the right number to me…Thanks Rachael!

  11. Ok I’mma gonna need 2 dozen of these babies stat. Gimme gimme.

  12. Pretzels in a chocolate chip cookie?? YES.

  13. I just ate chocolate chip cookies after dinner, but i want, like 10 of these. now. chocolate and pretzels are my weakness, but i never thought of adding them to cookies before!

  14. I adore you and would love for you to come over with these cookies to chat. I’d even allow it without cookies….but cookies are encouraged :P

    (My stance on Kale= too bitter. Not a fan).

    My stance on these cookies? WAY TOO AMAZING FOR WORDS! HUGE HUGE FAN! I love the pretzels and all that gooey chocolate. Warm cookies are worth all sacrifices.

    • Oh man, I really hope we can meet up one day! I would DEFINITELY bring cookies. No doubt!

  15. Thanks for writing this blog! i just started following you a couple months ago and am loving it.

    these cookies look so good! i don’t think i’d want to miss out on eating on warm either

  16. You just combined two of my husband’s favorite things in one cookie! His birthday is coming up and I will definitely be making these for him! Thanks for sharing such awesome recipes all the time! your time, energy, and even impatience to eat warm cookies (which I totally get btw) is sooo appreciated!

    • Thank you Lindsay! I hope your hubby likes these!

  17. Where do I stand on Kale? As far away as possible. Unless it’s been dropped in the deep-fryer at work, in which case it’s delicious, but still needs to be balanced by many, many cookies.

  18. It’s too late to bake, and I had chocolate, so now I have no more chocolate and I am supposed to be on a low carb diet. You are wicked Sarah.

  19. YES! I completely support your decision to have warm cookies in your life no matter what. And you are totally invited to drop by with cookies anytime and talk tina fey and kale. these cookies look divine!

  20. baking these to pay the babysitter (my brother-in-law) ;)

  21. Well, I do really love kale…But I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies more! In a major way.

    • I want to learn to love it, Joanne! But cookies keep getting in the way. Majorly.

  22. DAYUMMM COOKIE is right!!! Once can never go wrong Pretzels + Chocolate. YUM!

  23. Oh, you KNOW we would have the best cookie-eating Pohler-quoting 30-Rock-reinacting time! Love you and love your blog, friend!

  24. These cookies would be perfect for 3 0’clock chocolate break. It’s a thing. All the cool kids are doing it.

  25. How many days will these keep at room temp?? I am making them 2 days ahead for a bake sale…

    • Hi Amber,
      The cookies keep beautifully, but the pretzels will soften up a little – two days would be fine. If you prefer, you could make the dough in advance and bake them closer to the day, the dough will keep in the fridge for up to three days without a problem.
      Hope that helps!

  26. Ah just made these! Mine didn’t spread at all though. Very strange, can’t figure out why. They taste good though!

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