Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

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Day 5 of the 10 Days of Christmas Cookies and bars is one of my all time favorites. I usually make it as a bar, but it’s even better as a cookie.

I found a great recipe for chocolate chip pretzel bar cookies. I’ve made it several times and while I always enjoy it, the pretzels seem to get soft and I feel as though it’s not as good as it could be. I decided to turn these bar cookies into regular cookies in hopes that the shorter cooking time would leave some crunch in the cookies. Good news, it worked!
These cookies are a great twist on a traditional chocolate chip cookie. The addition of the crushed pretzels makes the cookie sweet and salty, one of my favorite combinations! Then drizzling chocolate over top of the cooled cookies gives it one more notch up on chocolate chip cookies. The cookies are soft but still have a crunch to them. They are one of my absolute favorite cookies to eat and to make for friends and family.

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies (adapted from Brown Eyed Baker  )

2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
½ c. butter (1 stick), softened
¼ c. applesauce
¾ c. brown sugar
¾ c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white

1 t. vanilla

12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
1 c. pretzels, chopped
¼ c. chocolate chips for drizzling
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl cream the butter, applesauce, and sugars until well combined. Beat in the egg and egg white. Stir in the vanilla.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped pretzels.
5. Drop by heaping teaspoon onto a cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the bottoms are brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

7. Put the ¼ c. chocolate chips into a baggie and microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze bag and continue heating at 30 second intervals until chips are melted. Seal the bag, snip of the end, and drizzle over cookies.

*Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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