Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

These cookies weren’t supposed to happen. But man… am I glad they did. Let me back up for a second.  You know the bottom of the pretzel bag with all of those sad little pretzel pieces? The ones that usually end up in the trash? You won’t believe it, but this recipe idea was inspired by those sad little pretzel pieces.

I was pondering a snack one day and considered making my chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel bites.   I got my ingredients ready to go, grabbed my bag of pretzels… and yelp! The bag was nearly empty.

After almost convincing myself to just ditch the whole salty/sweet/pretzely/chocolatey idea altogether, I decided to bake up a simply chewy chocolate chip cookie and load it up with those pretzel pieces. And and butterscotch too, of course. I love butterscotch and don’t bake with it nearly enough!

Thick, chewy & soft in the middle, slightly crispy on the edges, pretty, perfect, and delicious. Add in some chocolate, crunchy pretzels, & sweet butterscotch chips and you’ve got yourself a new fave cookie. Trust me, you just gotta make these.

Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com


Butterscotch Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies. Cookies stay soft and fresh at room temperature for up to 7 days. Cookie dough balls may be frozen up to three months and baked at a later time.


  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. With an electric mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms (may take a couple minutes of stirring). Fold in the pretzels, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. Do not overmix the dough at any point in this process.

Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (or up to 5 days) in the refrigerator. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Press a few more pretzels (or butterscotch chips or chocolate chips) onto the tops for decoration. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. The centers should appear very soft and puffy. Let cool completely and enjoy!

Sally's Tip: *Make sure to keep dough cold at all times while the batches are baking. I kept my dough in the refrigerator in between batches.

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If you’re a salty/sweet lover like me, you’ll deinitely want to try these similar recipes sometime.

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  1. There’s nothing I love more in a baked treat than the sweet-salty combination! These cookies look like they could definitely fulfill my craving!

  2. I adore the sweet and saltiness you have going on here! Butterscotch and pretzels seem like they would make a great pair. You come up with some of thee most delicious cookie combos!

  3. what a great idea!!! now why haven’t i thought of this before?

  4. I have been loving M&M’s and pretzels lately and really wanted to try them together in a cookie, so I will have to try your recipe with M&M’s instead of the chips!

    • Ahh! Why didn’t I think to through M&Ms in?? You’ll have to let me know how they turn out. I bet they will be DELICIOUS!

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  6. I guess my chemo brain is in the forefront today, but I need a little clarification is the butter amount. 1 and 3/4 cups of butter is is 3 and 1/2 sticks I think. Thanks, Di

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  8. Hi Sally

    Why do you use SALTED butter in your recipes.

    • I do not use salted butter in most of my recipes. I use it in some cookie recipes because I like the way it tastes. The salt balances out the sweet. Use unsalted if you prefer, just add 1/2 tsp of salt to the dough.

  9. Hey Sally,
    So happy to have stumbled across your blog. I too, have a baking addiction:) Your recipes look awesome and can’t wait to try some of them this weekend. Happy baking!

  10. I have a website where I share children’s books and recipes that would go with them. I’d love to share this recipe on my site. I would give you full source credit.
    Would that be okay?

    • Hi Deetz, yes you may use my recipe with full credit back to its post, thank you for asking!

      • It will come out in a few weeks and it will have links back to your site and your original recipe page. Thanks so much! You are awesome!

  11. Hi Sally,

    I was looking up recipes on the internet the other day and came across your blog. Love it! Glad someone else shares a love of baking and peanut butter as much as I do. 🙂 I baked these cookies today and they were awesome. Thick, chewy, and soft just like you promised. I didn’t have butterscotch chips on hand so I substituted mini M&M’s. Thanks for the tips on measuring flour–I think that’s where I’ve gone wrong all these years.

    • Rebekah – I am totally going to add mini m&ms and pretzels next time! That sounds fabulous! Thank you so much for writing in. Glad we are fellow PB lovers 😉

  12. I love the sweet and salty combo! These cookies look insanely delicious! 🙂

    • Sweet + salty gets me like no other; and with the addition of butterscotch, these cookies are definitely deemed a favorite. Thanks Christina!

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  14. Umm. Yes please! These look incredible. I am loving the combination of flavors here.

  15. These cookies were GREAT, both the boyfriend and I loved them! Can’t wait to try them with m & m’s.

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  20. Hi! I came across this on Pinterest, and I must say I fell in love! I have a question though! I wanted to make them, but I’m short of time and I need them for Thursday. How many days will they stay very moist as you describe them?

    • Hi Sierra! I would make them 1 day ahead of time. Max would be 2 days ahead of time. You’re going to love them – the sweet/salty combination is to die for. Thanks!

  21. Thinking about making these with White chocolate Flipz….the chocolate covered pretzels you can buy.

  22. MMMM!! Sweet and salty is THE best combination. EVER! So yummy, I wanna make these.

  23. what’s the best way to freeze these cookies before baking them?

    • Roll the dough into balls, then freeze them in a ziplock bag. Bake the balls in their frozen state (do not thaw) for 1-2 extra minutes.

  24. Dear Sally,
    I made this recipe recently and love it to bits! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  25. I made these with white chips rather than semi sweet (what I had on hand)… they turned out fabulous! I love love love sweet and salty and the pretzels cut the white chocolate perfectly! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Your cookies are probably SO good. White chocolate and pretzels are a weakness of mine. Ok, any chocolate and pretzels – but white chocolate is extra tasty. Thanks for reporting back, Melani!

  26. Sally, these are the first cookies I’ve made from your website, and they were fantastic! Probably the best cookies I’ve ever made! I’m so excited to try other recipes from your website. P.S. I used Reese’s Pieces because I didn’t have butterscotch chips, and they still turned out delicious.

  27. Hi Sally!
    When I made these cookies, I baked it on top of a pretzel along with the pretzel bits inside, and after comparing them we found that pretzel on the bottom was a good touch!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  28. These cookies made me famous at my church… Thanks so much Sally! Just as a side note, gram measurements for this recipe would be great

  29. Awesome cookies once again Sally! Made exactly as you said and they turned out great!

  30. Hi Sally
    Could you pretty please put the ingredients in grams?

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