Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chocolate Pretzel Chunk Cookies


A week or so back, I was sitting at my desk eating pretzels and m and m's so I could get hit of that perfect combo of sweet and salty that is the chocolate covered pretzel. As I was munching away I had a brainstorm that this would be perfect as a cookie, so I ran home to whip some up. My mom was visiting me and I asked her to get me some pretzels while she was out and about- she brought back the unsalted kind. (just an aside- what is the point of unsalted pretzels? I mean really people). I had to thank her but point out that in these cookies you want the crunch of the pretzel, but you also need the salt- it's absolutely crucial to capturing the "essence" of pretzel in this cookie. We headed out to the corner deli to procure the salted pretzels, and were back on track. I didn't break the pretzels up too much, I was worried that the kitchen aid would pulverize them, but they maintained their shape well. If you try these, be sure to break them up to your liking before adding them to the batter.


Chocolate Pretzel Chunk Cookies

adapted from Martha Stewart


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a whisk; set aside. 2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until well combined; add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate and pretzels with a wooden spoon. 3. With a small ice-cream scoop, place 1/4-cup balls of dough on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Arrange dough in rows of two lightly pressed balls to allow for spreading. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until puffed and cracked. Allow to cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

4 comments:

Bob said...

Awesome, sweet and salt is one of my favorite combos. And I'm right there with you, I don't know why they would bother making unsalted pretzels...

The Healthy Apple said...

I love sweet n' salty combos...they're my favorite.
Great recipe, thank you! I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Fran on Friday!

The Healthy Apple said...

I love sweet n' salty combos...they're my favorite.
Great recipe, thank you! I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Fran on Friday!

comfycook said...

They look good and the idea of the salt and the sweet working with each other is very appealing.