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Monday
Mar072011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Since only one of the bakers got to jet off to London and eat Crunchie bars and Hula Hoops to her heart's content, the other baker was feeling the need for her own little getaway.

So off to the Connecticut countryside she went!  Because that's the same as London.  Right.  (Hint NOT the same).  But still, a lovely weekend getaway with delicious food and gorgeous scenery.

Oh AND a suburban Trader Joe's.

Muffins, if you've only ever shopped suburbs then you might not understand, but us city kids?  We have it tough. 

There is a Trader Joe's in the city, but so help you God if you head in there without a clearly laid out plan of attack.  No browsing.  No fun and games.  You get a basket (no carts!), you get the goods and you get in line.  And if you're veeeeeery lucky, the line takes less than 45 minutes. 

No but we're serious.

So you can only imagine the pure delight we take in sauntering down a completely empty aisle in the simply delightful Danbury Trader Joe's, picking things up, putting them down, picking them back up, putting them back down...JUST BECAUSE WE CAN.

Ahhhh, bliss.

And of course we discovered something new.  Which is much easier to do when your'e not being whacked by a basket every 87 seconds.

Chocolate.  Peanut Butter.  Pretzels.

We bought a bag.  Ok fine we bought 2 bags.  And 2 might mean 5.  Oh and then when we got home, we threw them into some cookies.

You're welcome.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies
Makes 16-18 cookies 

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3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels (you can substitute plain pretzels), crushed
Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter for 2 minutes until fluffy.  Add the sugars and mix for 2 minutes more.  Beat in peanut butter, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.  Slowly add flour mixture and blend until completely incorporated.  Stir in pretzels and chocolate chips.

Drop heaping scoops (we used a 1/4 cup measure) of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or into the cups of a muffin top pan.  Sprinkle each cookie with a generous pinch of sea salt.  Bake until cookies are puffed and just started to brown, about 14 minutes.  Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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Reader Comments (16)

Sweet and salty! Those peanut butter pretzels are ADDICTING! What's more to love?

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

All of my favorite foods and textures rolled into one. I'd eat the entire batch easily!

oh my. what treasure you found at TJ! nothing beats sweet and salty--and just in time for fat tuesday! gracias!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Alright. One more reason I need to live near a TJs :)

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Dying a little... must make immediately!

I thought those looked like muffin top cookies! My favorite kind ;) Put pretzels in anything and I'll be the first in line, always!

I know what you mean about the NYC Trader Joe's. That place is a nightmare! You basically enter the line upon stepping foot into the store. Suburban Joe's is so much more manageable!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Pretzels and chocolate AND cookies? Best combo ever!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

Those look so good!!

I keep hearing about Trader Joes, but there aren't any in Canada. There is one about an hour from us across the border in Michigan, but I am having a hard time convincing my hubby it's worth the drive to go to a 'grocery store.' He just doesn't understand :-) I think I need to co-ordinate an all-girls' shopping excursion in the very near future.

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea B.

These look absolutely amazing! Thanks for posting!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I love TJ's but the closest one is about an hour away :(. Can you send me some of those pretzels and cookies???

Aloha! I too know what you mean about the Trader Joe's in Union Square but since we don't have one in Hawaii, I happily wait in that never ending line and usually leave with what feels like 50 pounds of goodies that I have to haul back to Time Square ... on the subway!

Can't wait til next time, to pick up these pretzels and try your cookie recipe -- looks yummy!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMynda

Oh my gosh, those look incredible!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Genius! Love the flavor combination. And you are so right about urban TJ's. Never enter without a plan of attack, sisters.

That's so funny...I almost stuffed cookies with pretzels and chocolate yesterday. Then I noticed a couple of stray fun size candy bars and I stuck those in there instead. I'm thinking the pretzels might have been a good idea though...these look awesome! :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarly

Oh yum, these look so good! I will be making these for sure!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne @ Baking Me

I think I just fell in love...... :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPretty. Good. Food.

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