Sweet and salty pretzel caramel chocolate chip cookies

7 Apr


So, the salty/sweet taste craze is a winner in my books. My first toe-in-the-water test was Nigella’s uber-good salted caramel sauce which I believe to be the answer to most of life’s ills.

These cookies were next. The crunch of the pretzel. The sweetness of the caramel. The softness of the cookie. The sighs of goodness…

Everyone who tried them raved about them and when Mis7 asked me which recipe I was blogging informed me that I ‘must’ make these again.

Oh, if you insist.



2 cups plain flour

1 egg

1/2 cup crushed pretzels

170g butter, diced, at room temperature

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup caster sugar

1 cup milk chocolate bits

1 cup caramel bits

splash vanilla


Let’s get to it:

Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Using paddle attachment in mixer cream butter and sugars until it changes to a lighter colour, then add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

On low speed add flour then use spoon to stir in pretzels and choc and caramels bits.

Roll a ball the size of a walnut and place on tray, and then use a floured fork to flatten.

Bake 8-ish minutes until barely golden – do not over-bake.

Allow to cool on baking tray then remove to wire rack to totally cool.


42 Responses to “Sweet and salty pretzel caramel chocolate chip cookies”

  1. Hungry Bro April 7, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    you had me at caramel!

  2. ChgoJohn April 7, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    So much to love in a single biscuit, Thanks for sharing.

  3. ohlidia April 8, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    I love sweet and salty! These look fab!

    • thehungrymum April 8, 2013 at 2:16 am #

      Isn’t it the best? Every bite is a blast!

  4. craftyminx1980 April 8, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    sweet and salty is my weakness! do the pretzels go soft or stay crunchy?

    • thehungrymum April 8, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Hmmm, you’re testing my memory now! I made these a while back & only just blogged them. TBH I can’t remember, sorry!

  5. Sisters in the Kitchen April 8, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    oh my, party in the mouth! These look great.

  6. kalamitykelli April 8, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Very pretty cookies/biscuits! It looks like you placed each chocolate chip just so perfectly., I’ve loved salty/sweet combo since I was a little bitty girl. These cookies are being pinned so I can make them soon!

    • thehungrymum April 8, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      hehehe – can assure you there was no deliberate placement (was more slapdash!). I really need to instal a pinterest button on my blog – if only I could figure it out [not technical at all!]

  7. thebestdressup April 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    ciao! these are cookies for thebestdressup now…thanks.

  8. Mrs. DeYarmond April 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Oh !!! What a fantastic imagination !! Never thought about mixing cookies and pretzel ! That’s so funny and I’m curious right now !! That’s absolutly lovely !

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Give it a whirl – its not like anything you’ve ever tried before!

  9. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me April 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I LOOOOOOVE salty things in my cookies! LOVE.

    • thehungrymum April 10, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      I love salty – anything salty is good in my books x

    • thehungrymum April 15, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Salty & sweet is just all kinds of good, really 🙂

  10. ButterSugarFlowers April 10, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    My stomach is growling and my mouth is watering. These look like the perfect cookie!

    • thehungrymum April 10, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Hehehe – now you’re hungry (the perfect crime!).

  11. Spencer April 11, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes fantastic.

  12. girlinafoodfrenzy April 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Salty, sweet & crunchy! Those cookies there are the answer to many midnight snacks for generations to come. Yes they look that good!!

  13. Victoria April 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    These look exceptionally yummy!

  14. notedinnashville April 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    What a great idea!

  15. Made By Paris April 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Wow, these look fab! Need to try them asap!

  16. Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    WOW sounds like the best things you’d want in a cookie, salty, sweet, crunchy YUM!

  17. Vanisha's Life in...Australia April 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I cannot wait to try these! I’ve never had pretzels in a biscuit before, but they sound like a heavenly combination!

    • thehungrymum April 29, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      You wouldn’t think it would work but it really does! There are some v creative people out there who never cease to inspire me 🙂

  18. The Hungry Mum April 17, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 20, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    I’m working on a recipe with this very combination (but it’s very different too!) 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum April 20, 2016 at 7:40 am #

      Great minds! It is so very moreish, combining sweet and salty 🙂

  20. Cake Queen April 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    Sounds like a brilliant idea – love sweet and salty! 🙂

  21. Anna @ shenANNAgans April 21, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    Excellence in a cookie right here. Love the salty sweet combo, but wouldnt have thought to put it in a cookie. Great idea lady. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum April 24, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      If I could think of a way of putting sweet and salty in my coffee I would, it is such an epic combo x

  22. Tanya Finley April 22, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    YUM! Love adding caramel to the cookie.

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