2.20.2014

Project Pinterest Board: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

Project Pinterest Board is a mission to cook through my entire Pinterest Board read more about the project HERE.

In full disclosure these cookies were one of the first Pinterest recipes I tried. I made them for a school pot luck at my first school in East Texas, and if you know anything about East Texas (or really Texas in general) you know that a pot luck is a BIG DEAL. I can safely say that all of these chocolaty-peanut-buttery-salty goodness was gobbled up at the aforementioned pot luck (which is basically like being accepted by the local tribe). I can also safely assure you that they were also all gone when I made them to take to Kaitlyn's house for a Super Bowl party! So if the chocolate, peanut butter and salt combo didn't make you run out and buy you a bag of Reese's peanut butter chips then the two very picky crowds that served them to HAS to.


Ingredients 
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature**
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  • Pretzel Salt or Sea Salt
  • **I tend to like to substitute butter flavored crisco for real butter in cookie recipes (were all about health over here) if you are going for a softer cookie I would recommend subbing crisco in.  
Directions 
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Leave about 2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

Original Recipe found HERE 



Taste Testers: 
Kaitlyn/Andrè: Blogger @ Put a Bow on it 
Ansley: Andrè's friend/ Fellow Seahawks Fan 
Ryan: Andrè chef friend. 

Ratings:
Kaitlyn: 5 
She liked the addition of extra sea salt as a finishing note and thought there was a good ratio of chocolate chips to pretzels. 
Andrè: 4.7 
He suggested that the pretzel pieces be broken into smaller pieces. 
Jenni/Seth: 5/4.6
Jenni thought that there was a perfect ratio of salty and sweet and Seth approved but felt they should be more "melty". 
Ansley: 4.2 
After a long deliberation (and several cookies later) he finally decided he enjoyed the chewy consistency with the hint of crunch. 
Ryan: 4.3 
Solid. And I am a chef.  
(Reese was there but for some reason didn't give me his feed back, unless you count calling me at 6am to see if there were any left for him to take for lunch the next day)

My Thoughts
Rating: 4.9
Although it appears that the Super Bowl party crowd were tough critics I assure you all the cookies were gone sooooo i'll let the empty plate speak for its self. I am not a huge sweets person so I love these cookies for their nod to the saltier parts of life! 

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7 comments:

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

The description of Seth & Jenni is KILLING me.

Darby Hawley said...

These look decadent!

Whitney H said...

OH. MY. LORD. It's like you know my soul. These look AMAZZZZING.

Jessica Venoy said...

I want these in my belly right this second!

Meg O. said...

OMG! Gimme!!!

Tara Illy said...

OH my do these look ah-mazing!!! I must make these :)

Amy said...

Yumm! Those cookies look and sound amazing!