Desserts

December 7, 2021

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sweet, salty, and chewy, these Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies are everything you love about a cookie all in one. Each cookie has bits of crushed pretzels, chunks of dark chocolate, and a giant puddle of caramel in the middle.

Welcome back! It's the second day of the first annual Ka Pai Cooking Cookie Week! Yesterday we made a healthier version of the classic snickerdoodle cookie and it was the perfect way to kick off the week.

Today's recipe might not be a traditional Christmas cookie, but it certainly is a drool-worthy, I-need-to-make-this-now kind of cookie recipe: Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

I came up with the idea for these chocolate chunk cookies right after I had my son in early September. My mom was in town helping and I was dying to get back in the kitchen. So what did I do? I made cookies!

After a few tests, I discovered a few things: stuffing the caramel inside only worked about 25% of the time and the pretzels dried out the dough a lot more than I was expecting. I was worried my cookies weren't going to work, but don't worry - this final recipe is AMAZING.

These cookies are just chewy enough with crispy edges, a salty crunch from the pretzels, a gooey puddle of caramel in the middle, and melted dark chocolate scattered throughout. It's a wonderful mix of flavors and textures and you just won't be able to get enough!

A cooling rack of Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies with extra pretzels and chocolate

Why You'll Love These Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies

  1. They're easy to make: just your traditional chocolate chip cookie with a few special mix-ins like pretzels and soft caramels!
  2. They're a little bit of everything: a little sweet, a little salty, a little crunchy, and lots of melted chocolate. Sounds like heaven, right?
  3. They're always in season: it doesn't matter if it's Christmas time or summer time, these delicious salted caramel pretzel cookies will always hit the spot!
  4. The puddle of caramel: if that doesn't convince you, just wait til you taste it! Sprinkle some extra sea salt on top and you've got the perfect cookie.

Special Ingredients You'll Need

Like I mentioned, these salted caramel pretzel chocolate chunk cookies are basically a chocolate chip cookie with delicious mix-ins like:

  • Mini pretzels: I prefer the twists, but the sticks will work just fine. Just make sure you're measuring the right amount!
  • Lily's chocolate: specifically, the salted caramel dark chocolate! I usually find this flavor at Walmart, but if you have trouble finding it, just go with their original dark chocolate.
  • Werther's soft caramels: make surer they're the sugar-free ones! I find these at Walmart as well.

Salted caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookie dough

How to Make Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Just like every other cookie dough recipe, start by creaming the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla, then the dry ingredients. Pretty simple, right?

If you've been using a stand mixer, I recommend ditching the flat beater and folding in the chopped pretzels and chocolate by hand. I've tested it both ways and the pretzels and chocolate get broken up too much if you use an electric mixer, so be sure to fold in by hand!

Now for shaping the cookies. Using a medium cookie scoop (equivalent to 2 tablespoons), portion out one ball of cookie dough and roll into a smooth ball (see picture 1 below). Press into a thick disk and reshape the edges.

Unwrap the soft caramels and roll them into a ball. Press into the middle of the disks of cookie dough and reshape the dough again (see picture 2 below). Place no more than five cookies on a pan at a time.

Bake for 10 minutes, sprinkle with sea salt, then let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

A chocolate chunk cookie ready to be baked

More Cookie Recipes You'll Love

The Best Healthy Snickerdoodles

The Most Perfect Chewy Monster Cookies

Easy Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mini Banana Cream Pie Cookie Cups

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip  Cookies

Indulgent S'mores Cookie Bars

Melted caramel oozing out of a Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookie

I hope you love these cookies as much as I do! They literally satisfy every craving you could have and that puddle of caramel in the middle? TO DIE FOR.

Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you make these salted caramel pretzel cookies so other readers know how you liked them! It makes me smile to see my recipes in your home.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sweet, salty, and chewy, these Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies are everything you love about a cookie all in one. Each cookie has bits of crushed pretzels, chunks of dark chocolate, and a giant puddle of caramel in the middle.

Author:

Brooke Harmer

Prep:

30

min

cook:

10

min

total:

40

min

servings:

12

Ingredients

  • ½ C Country Crock Olive Oil stick butter, room temperature
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C Stevia
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz. mini pretzels, crushed
  • 1 bar Lily's Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate*, chopped
  • 12 sugar-free Werther's soft caramels

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy, about another minute. Mix inthe dry ingredients until combined. Gently fold in the crushed pretzels and dark chocolate. Unwrap all the caramels and roll into small balls. Set aside.
  4. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out two balls of cookie dough. Roll the balls of dough together, then set on the baking sheet and press into a thick disk (about 1/2" thick). Take one ball of caramel and press into the middle of the cookie disk to create a well.** If some of the edges of the dough have split apart, reshape the cookie dough. Repeat this process with the remaining cookie dough. Fit no more than 5 cookies to a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 min, sprinkle with fresh sea salt, then let cool on the pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.***

Notes

*If you can't find this specific flavor, just use Lily's original Dark Chocolate bar.

**See original blog post for step by step photo instructions and extra tips.

***Remember the caramel is HOT out of the oven, so don't eat these cookies right away or you'll burn your mouth!

Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one cookie.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookie / Calories: 257 / Fat: 10.3g / Saturated Fat: 3.5g / Carbohydrates: 39.1g / Sugar: 16.3g / Protein: 3g