Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzel Filling

The idea for this cookie was actually born a year ago. I wanted a pretzel filled chocolate cookie and I tried like 4 or 5 different cookie version but was never really happy about the result. My inspiration where the pretzel filled M&M’s, do you know them? Crunchy pretzel filling in the middle and chocolate on the outside. Some weeks ago I had to think of this idea again but this time I thought, why not add peanut butter as an additional flavour and more important as a glue for the pretzel to hold everything together.

I tried this idea again and after 2 or 3 attempts I was almost happy. I guess I can never represent the crunchy pretzel filling I had in mind, but nevertheless this cookie version is really super tasty! Please try them and let me know what you think 😀

Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzel Filling
Yields 30
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For the Cookies
  1. 200g Flour
  2. 30g Cocoa
  3. 80g Sugar
  4. 100g Soft Brown Sugar
  5. 120g Butter
  6. 80g Dark Chocolate
  7. 1 Egg, cold
  8. 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  9. A pinch of Salt
For the Filling
  1. 50g Pretzels
  2. 2-3 Tbsp Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. First prepare the Pretzl filling by crushing the pretzls very finely either by hand using a plastic bag and a rolling pin, or by using a food processor. Add the Peanut Butter Tablespoon by Tablespoon until you get a thick mass in order to fall small balls. I used for this my teaspoon measurement to make even balls. On top of the balls add a little chunck of pretzl for an additional bite.
  2. For the chocolate cookie first melt the dark chocolate above a hot water bath or in a microwave. In the meantime cream together the sugars and the butter.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the sugar-butter mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and the cold egg and mix again until you get a smooth batter.
  5. Carefully add the dry ingredients spoon by spoon until everything is well incorporated.
  6. The cookie dough will be very light and fluffy, you can now either quickly work in the pretzel filling and chill the cookies for about 30 minutes before baking, or you chill the dough for about 30 minutes before you incorporate the pretzel filling. Whatever you prefer. For the later option I would suggest to bring it back to room temperature for about 5 minutes, this would make it easier to work with the dough I find.
  7. To add the filling, get a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it in your hand. Push it flat and add the pretzel filling in the middle. Now fold the cookie dough around it and roll the cookie again until you get a ball. Push it very slightly down, not too much as the cookie will spread in the oven!
  8. Bake the cookies for 15-17 minutes in a 200°C (180°C fan oven) and let them cook for about 10 minutes. The cookies will still be soft when coming out of the oven, but they will crisp up once cooled.
  9. Enjoy them with a cup of coffee or a cup of milk
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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter and Pretzel Filling

    1. It is 😉 Of course you have to like this kind of combination 😀 But the balance is just perfect, not too salty, just this hint 😉
      Take care! Love, rebecca

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