Peanut butter pretzel cookies are soft peanut butter cookies with salty, crunchy peanuts and pretzels inside and out.

I tore out an article in my Rachael Ray September 2011 magazine about sneaky short cuts and pantry staples real chefs aren’t afraid to use in their own kitchen to share with you guys. Then I lost it. Knowing that I wanted to use it as a segue into this post, I spent an hour digging it out again.

The article features Tim Love using Funyuns on fish, pop rocks on foie gras (Graham Elliot), and a confession of love for moth Miracle Whip (Micheal Symon) and Velveeta (Ron Eyester). Now, we can over enunciate fancy Italian cheeses, pretty up casseroles to no longer use scary canned cream of’s, and pretend that we would never use America singles to snaz up a dish in public. But in private, I bet we all have a guilty pleasure or snack food secret we wouldn’t tell a soul about.

Personally, it’s against the rules to not serve Handsome his famous mac and cheese at least once a week in this house – drenched in nothing but melted Velveeta.

Now, as for sneaking a little snack food into this post…

Check out these peanut butter pretzel cookies for a salty sweet snack you wont be able to ignore.

Peanut butter pretzel cookies are soft peanut butter cookies with salty, crunchy peanuts and pretzels inside and out. \\


Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Peanut butter pretzel cookies are soft peanut butter cookies with salty, crunchy peanuts and pretzels inside and out. \\ PassTheSushi.comThis recipe is from a magazine page that had been ripped out – no date or copyright information on the page though. Sorry


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teas baking soda
  • 6 oz. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 6 cups miniature pretzels, chopped


Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and peanut butter on a medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, beating until just combined, stir in the peanuts.

Place the pretzels in a bowl. using a 1 1/2 inch diameter cookie scoop and working in batches, drop a few balls of dough in the bowl and toss to coat. Place the cookies on the prepared pans. Bake, rotating the pans after 10 minutes, until golden bt still sodt to the touch, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before transferring to racks to cool.


Peanut butter pretzel cookies are soft peanut butter cookies with salty, crunchy peanuts and pretzels inside and out. \\

This is week 3 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies! Please check out all of the other wonderful bloggers participating and thank Brenda at Meal Planning Magic for hosting such a great event!

Now after that hour of rummaging through magazine clippings, am I late for work? Does the Geico little piggie commercial make me laugh no matter how many times I’ve seen it?


  1. Oh I think I have died and gone to HEAVEN! I would probably eat every one of these! I’m loving your picks so far – I always get excited to come by and see what’s next!

  2. Whoa! what a sweet and salty treat-6 cups of pretzels in this recipe! I have had cookies with just the pretzels on top-not actually in the batter. Definitely a must try

  3. I love these cookies! Dipping pretzel sticks into peanut butter is one of my most favorite snacks. Total guilty pleasure. It is good for you right?! hehe

    So these cookies would be right up my alley! Loving them. And all those pretzels! Holy moly

  4. Glad to know that it’s not completely wrong to use prepared things sometimes according to the higher ups :-).

  5. I love love love the sweet & salty combo so pretzels AND salted peanuts in the same cookie is like heaven for me. You should make me some. 😛

  6. Are you kidding me, I would use pretzels unabashedly in any recipe! Delcious!

  7. I love pretzels and would eat a million of these cookies. The boys “hate” pretzels which I find strange, but I guess that would mean more cookies for me. 🙂

    1. Hate pretzels? Oh thats just silly of them. They are my default snack. The fat little ones in tomato basil hummus taste just like a combo – tell the boys that and I bet their opinions would change super quick!

  8. Yum!! These look delicious! I’ll take pretzels any which way but most definitely in a cookie!

  9. These look great! I made peanut butter pretzel chocolate chunk cookies a couple weeks ago and I think they may have been the best cookies I’ve ever had! Pretzels add such a good flavor to cookies!

  10. I love these cookies. I love the pretzel flavor and texture in there

  11. Wow! These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Now THESE look delicious! I love chocolate covered pretzels and even those pretzel M&Ms. These are a perfect combo of those wrapped up in a cookie…delish!

  13. Pretzels go so well in cookies. Especially with peanut butter!

  14. What a unique cookie. I would love the sweet and salty combo. A snack and cookie rolled up in one. They look wonderful.

  15. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Wow, I am pretty sure I could not resist.

  16. These have all sorts of yummies that I absolutely adore. They must be seriously yum!

  17. Honestly -that’s my kind of cookie! I love the sweet, salty, crunchy elements. Delicious and buzzed!

  18. Oh man, these look downright tasty! It’s been awhile since I’ve made cookies…I think the time may have come. Love the guilty-pleasure ingredient bit too (it’s so true!)…though to be honest, I don’t think I’d ever want Velveeta in *anything*. O.o

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I wont lie, his mac and cheese is pretty delicious once you get over that its not really mac and cheese at all. lol

  19. I have made choco chip cookies with pretzels, but I bet these are to die for.

  20. As someone who often dips her pretzels directly into the PB jar, I love these cookies! Great salty/sweet snack.

  21. Oh come on! You are just getting too creative. LOL. this is fantastic. Now I’m imaging them with chocolate covered pretzels…nom…nom..

  22. Imwaytoobusy says:

    I have so been through that…. digging through piles trying to find an article I’d saved. That’s the most frustrating feeling! I love the article’s crazy ingredient mentions. Pop Rocks? That’s just awesome. So is Handsome – mac n cheese is my weakness. It should be a weekly requirement for all of us.
    I love the pretzel idea though. Very cute. I love the idea of crunchy pretzels crammed into cookies 😉

    1. You should see all my folders in a rather pathetic attempt to be organized… lol

  23. YOU SAID PEANUT BUTTER! YAY! Oh I love peanut butter so much I wanna marry it! Well, not really but you get my drift. 🙂 These cookies look like they’re waiting for me to snatch them right up! Oh, I’m sure I’ll end up making these. Cookies and I rendezvous on a regular basis.

    I hope you have a great next couple of days, since this might be “nacho” Friday. 🙂

  24. These look fabulous, Kita! It’s never too early to start trying out potential Christmas cookie recipes. This sweet/salty combo has got to be amazing!

  25. Nice, who the heck dosen’t like sweet and salty? Pshht.. I love it and never want to be far from it ever. Strange Sunday ramble completed..
    Take care and have a great day at work,

    1. Strange Sunday rants always welcome and appreciated here 😉

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