Want a fun little variation of a the traditional chocolate chip cookie? How about chocolate chip cookies with caramel and pretzels? Yeah, they are just as good as they sound.
So, caramel bits are ideal. I think they are so great to use in baked goods. Unfortunately, we only had the regular caramels. My solutions, cut each caramel in quarters. It was a pain, but worked. If you find yourself in the same situation, this is a good option.
Now, for the pretzels. you just need pretzel bits, so whatever type of pretzel you want to use to get them is great. I had rods, so that is what I used.
Okay, now that the caramels and pretzels are prepped, let’s move on to the cookie dough. These chocolate chip cookies with caramels and pretzels are really easy to put together. My Bosch is my right hand man/woman for the job. You can read all about it and see why I prefer a Bosch over other mixers I have had.
Start by creaming your butter and sugars together.
Add in your eggs and vanilla. I have the Bosch baking attachments, which include a bowl scraper. It makes mixing dough so simple!
Last up is the dry ingredients- flour, baking soda and salt.
I really like dark chocolate, so it is what I would recommend for this recipe. If you don’t like a dark, use whatever you prefer, even white chocolate is really good!
Add in your caramels, pretzels and chocolate chips. Mix only to combine.
Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. It makes for such an easy cleanup.
It’s really important to make sure you have a good amount of chocolate in each cookie. If you notice one is lacking, definitely add a few more!
I love to sprinkle a little flake salt on each cookie too. I mean come on…chocolate and sea salt…caramel and sea salt.. it just works! Unless it doesn’t work for you, then omit.
This is also a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. When I do this, I make the dough, scoop it on a parchment lined baking sheet, place them side by side. Freeze for a few hours, then store in an airtight container or even a gallon size ziplock. The day of baking, remove and thaw, bake per normal.
In case you are wondering, they are just as good as they look in photos.