Thursday, December 12, 2013

White chocolate pretzel chip cookies

White chocolate pretzel chip cookies -- the perfect sweet yet salty cookie.

white chocolate pretzel chip cookies

So remember when I told you last week that Mr. Ninj pronounced my Snack Crack to be his favorite food of all time?

He just changed his mind: now these white chocolate pretzel chip cookies have taken over the number one position.

(Yeah, he's fickle that way when it comes to treats.)

Not that I'm arguing with him, mind you.

We recently got a big container of white chocolate-covered pretzels. I mean a really big container. (Damn you, cute Cub Scout neighbor boy with your sad little fundraising sales pitch.) Now, for some people this might be no big deal. But neither Mr. Ninj nor I has very effective willpower around treats. Scratch that: we have no willpower around treats. Zero. As in, "Well, if one is good, then 25 will be awesome!"

Therefore, I took decisive action. I needed to turn those pretzels into something -- and then proceed to give them away.

As it is the holiday time of the year, the time of cookie swaps and food gifts, I went with cookies.

white chocolate pretzel chip cookies

Honestly, I'm not usually a big fan of white chocolate. It's a little too sweet for me. Which made me think that, a la my Salted Oatmeal Cookies, adding a little saltiness would provide an excellent balance to the sweetness.

ERMERGAHD. So. Freakin'. Good.

Basically, I solved one problem -- I got rid of the addictive chocolate pretzels -- only to create a new one -- we ate all the damned cookies. So you see that cute little gift box in the photo? Yeah, it never made it out the front door.

I think I just need to surrender to the fact that we have no willpower.

Pass the cookies.

white chocolate pretzel chip cookies

White Chocolate Pretzel Chip Cookies

As written, this recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies. Trust me, you'll want to double it.

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup white chocolate covered pretzels, broken into pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt -- set aside. Using a mixer, cream together the butter, both sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then gradually beat in the flour mixture. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces.

Drop by heaping tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets (give them a little space to spread). Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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  1. Totally agree with you about A) having no willpower and B) white chocolate needs that salty sidekick. I could be literally stuffed and bursting at the seams, but if I even see a cookie or chocolate covered anything during the month of December, I need to eat it. And that, my friends, is probably why my clothes are feeling a little extra snug as of late. I thought my wife was just shrinking them on me...

    1. Oh no, I have no doubt your wife simply shrank them. :-)

  2. Well hello cookie! I would like to take a box of these please :) Dam cub scouts, how dare they make you buy chocolate covered pretzels. I actually got the same story at my door but somehow wound up with popcorn instead. Now I'm wishing I had gone with pretzels ;)

    1. Next year we'll have to look at the catalog more closely -- with cookies in mind!!

  3. These cookies look so soft and yummy, I can't no to chocolate and pretzels!

  4. I can SO relate to the willpower thing! Seriously, we'd have eaten the whole batch too. Great looking cookies!

  5. Haha! And I was hoping you had saved me a cookie this time, Mrs. Ninj! I'm a sucker for salty and sweet together, too.

    1. I really need to develop a recipe that everyone but ME loves, so I don't eat it all. :-)