What’s the best way to spend a cozy afternoon at home? A good book, a hot cup of coffee and a sweet and savory treat are at the top of my list! My kids love to get in the kitchen and bake with me and this chocolate chip pretzel cookie recipe is a new favorite.
Our chocolate chip pretzel cookie recipe uses our sponsor Country Crock’s Make It Yours Cookie Recipe as the base. We then add sweet milk chocolate chips and salty pretzels to the dough and top each off with a sprinkle of fine sea salt. The combination of flavors can’t be beat and goes perfectly with milk…or if you’re like me the milk in your coffee!
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There’s something about the contrast of sweet with salty and soft with crunchy that is just irresistible. Add to that the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven and you have a sensory treat that is sure to make you want to stay in with your family and snuggle.
This easy cookie recipe is one that will quickly become a family favorite. It appeals to everyone so is perfect to bring to a cookie exchange during the holiday season or gift to your neighbors. It freezes well too–so double the batch and pop half in the freezer for another day!
Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup Country Crock® Spreadable Sticks or Tub
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 12 oz. milk chocolate chips
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- fine sea salt to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed.
- Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.)
- Add chocolate chips and pretzels until every spoonful of dough has some of the delicious mix-ins.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
- Sprinkle sea salt on top of each cookie.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
- Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.
Easy Cookie Recipes
That one base recipe from Country Crock can be used to make tons of different cookies–one easy recipe, all the cookies you can dream up! Follow the basic Make It Yours Cookie Recipe above, but instead of chocolate chips and pretzels try different flavor combos.
Bacon Chocolate Chip – Stir in 1 pkg. (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup crumbl
ed crisp-cooked bacon. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.
PB & J – Stir in 3 Tbsp. extra crunchy peanut butter. Immediately after removing cookies from oven, make an indentation in center of each cookie using the back of a round measuring spoon, drizzle with 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted, and fill with strawberry jam. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.
Confetti – Stir in 1/4 cup confetti sprinkles. After cooling, double the Glaze Recipe (Combine 1 cup confectioners sugar with 4 tsp. warm water in a medium bowl and stir until smooth.), then spread over tops of cookies and sprinkle with an additional 1/3 cup sprinkles. Makes about 4 dozen.
Chocolate Candy & Potato Chip – Stir in 2 cups candy-coated chocolate candies and 2 cups crushed potato chips. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip – Stir in 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder until blended. Stir in 1 pkg. (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.
S’mores – Stir in 3 (1.55 oz. each) milk chocolate candy bars, chopped. Chop 3 additional (1.55 oz. each) milk chocolate candy bars. Immediately after removing cookies from oven, top each cookie with the additional chopped chocolate and mini marshmallows (about 1 cup). Return cookies to oven and bake just until chocolate begins to melt, and marshmallows begin to soften, about 30 to 45 seconds. Makes about 5 dozen.
Coconut Lime Glazed – Stir in 1 cup toasted shredded coconut, 1 Tbsp. grated lime peel and 1/2 tsp. coconut extract. After cooling, top with Lime Glaze* and additional toasted coconut, if desired. Makes about 4 dozen.
This is just a sampling of the cookies that can be made with this one recipe! It’s the only cookie recipe you’ll ever need.
Visit CountryCrock.com for the Make It Yours Cookie Recipe and more baking inspiration. You can also join the online conversation using #MakeItYours on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. There are so many delicious cookie choices on the site it’s hard to choose which one to try next.
I think I’ll start with the PB&J cookies….or maybe the chocolate bacon…or coconut lime…time to get baking!
Do you have any favorite cookie ingredients that you and your family love? Please share them below as I love trying different combinations!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Country Crock . The opinions and text are all mine.