Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with Caramel and Pretzels

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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.

The caramels

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.

woman cutting caramels into fourths on a wooden cutting board with a boning knife

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.

woman breaking pretzels into pieces.

Making the dough

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.

mixing chocolate chip cookie dough in a bosch mixer

Add in your eggs and vanilla. I have the Bosch baking attachments, which include a bowl scraper. It makes mixing dough so simple!

mixing chocolate chip cookie dough in a bosch mixer

Last up is the dry ingredients- flour, baking soda and salt.

mixing chocolate chip cookie dough in a bosch mixer

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!

nestle dark chocolate chips

Add in your caramels, pretzels and chocolate chips. Mix only to combine.

mixing chocolate chip cookie dough in a bosch mixer

Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. It makes for such an easy cleanup.

woman scooping chocolate chip cookies with caramels and pretzels

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!

woman placing chocolate chips on a parchment lined baking sheet

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.

chocolate chip cookies with caramels and pretzels

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.

chocolate chip cookies with caramels and pretzels

In case you are wondering, they are just as good as they look in photos.

chocolate chip cookies with caramels and pretzels
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Chocolate chip cookies with caramel and pretzels

These are a great twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie, chocolate chip cookie variations, chocolate chip cookies with caramel and pretzels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel bits I used pretzel rods, and broke them into about 1/2-1 inch pieces.
  • flake salt optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. set aside.
    In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    In your mixing bowl add butter and sugars. Cream until they are light. Mine took about 2 minutes on medium.
    Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix only until combined. Scrape down bowl.
    Add in dry ingredients. Combine to combine and scrape bowl.
    Last is the chocolate chips, pretzels and caramel bits. Again, mix to combine.
    Now, I like to use the portion scoops, or cookie scoops, for consistent sizes. You can use with a small or medium, My boys wanted the medium, so that is what I used for the shoot.
    Scoop onto your parchment lined baking sheet. I only baked about 8 per sheet. They spread a little more then my regular cookies because of the caramel.
    Bake for about 8-10 minutes depending on the actual heat of your oven.
    I like to bake until my edges are VERY lightly browned. I love a soft cookie though, if you like them crispy, bake a little longer.
    With these cookies, you will want to let them cool just a bit before serving. That caramel can burn your mouth- ask me how I know.
    Now, grab yourself a big cold glass of milk and enjoy these. You deserve it!

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Amy

2 COMMENTS

  1. Tessa | 7th Aug 20

    5 stars
    I made these last night and they turned out great! I didn’t have the salt and thought they were amazing! Thank you Amy for sharing!

    • admin | 7th Aug 20

      Tessa, thank you so much for trying the cookies. I bet you can guess how fast they disappear in our house! I am glad you guys liked them!!

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