White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies.

Salty pretzels covered in white chocolate & sprinkles make these soft cookies like no other!

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Welcome to my baking chocolate + pretzel addiction.

I have a huge soft-spot for the duo and no holiday would be complete without a tray of my favorite sprinkle-laden chocolate covered pretzels.

I’ve combined chocolate and pretzels with cheesecake, brownies,  and heck… I’ve even put chocolate covered pretzels into cookies before!  But today? You’re getting a white chocolate version, a sprinkle overloaded version, and an out-of-this-world soft-baked version. Wow.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

One of the very first recipes on Sally’s Baking Addiction is chocolate covered pretzels.  Hardly a recipe at all, these salty sweet treats have been my dessert staple for ages.  For practically every single holiday, you better believe I whip up a batch of my favorite pretzel treats.  And they could NOT be easier (or quicker!) to make.  White chocolate, regular chocolate, and even swirled chocolate.

How can one resist a chocolate covered pretzel?

Chocolate Covered PretzelsOne of my favorite basic cookie doughs and the salty sweet pretzels are combining forces today.

The cookie dough I’m using is incredibly special and goes above and beyond what a regular cookie dough can do.  Start with your usual suspects – butter, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.  You’re going to add cornstarch to your usual cookie ingredients.

You may recall my affinity for adding cornstarch to cookies from my three favorite cookie recipes. It’s the cornstarch that makes the cookies so thick and soft.  So chewy and doughy.   So darn perfect. Think about it… cornstarch is the ingredient thickening up your soups, softening your pie fillings, and giving your gravy a full-bodied texture.  Just think of what it can do for cookie dough!

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I made the chocolate covered pretzels from scratch. They’ll take maybe 10 minutes of your time and it’s SO worth it to make them at home.   Melt white chocolate.  Dip pretzel.  Cover with sprinkles.  Chill for 5 minutes to set the chocolate. DONE!

If you can’t make your own chocolate covered pretzels,  feel free to add a store-bought version instead.   If you can’t find a store-bought version with sprinkles, simply add sprinkles to the cookie dough.  If none of this works for you, try adding a mixture of regular pretzels, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles.

When it comes to mix-ins, this recipe is very forgiving.  Use what you can, but do not go over the 1.5 cup mark.  Too many add-ins will weigh the cookie down.  1.5 cups hits the spot.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Just look how thick these guys are.  The thickest cookies to EVER come out of my oven.  How did I do that?  The cornstarch, as I mentioned above, is a huge factor.  With that, there are a couple other steps that I took to assure a thick cookie.  I explained my thick cookie tricks earlier this week and I’m happy to share again. 🙂

First, I chilled the dough after mixing it.  I chilled this dough overnight – about 12 hours.  Although it requires me to think ahead, I chill the dough for nearly every single cookie I bake.  I cannot stress this step enough. After mixing your cookie dough, chilling it firms up the fat (butter, in this case) and gives the flour time to absorb liquid evenly.  It reduces a cookie dough’s stickiness, making it firm and much easier to work with.

Second, I stacked my cookies nice and tall before putting them into the oven – my favorite “tall cookie” trick as I like to call it.  This means that you will simply shape the cookie dough ball to be nice and tall, with a firm solid bottom to make sure the cookie doesn’t topple over as it bakes. I’ve been rolling my cookie dough balls taller, rather than wider ever since I made my Thick Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies by Sallys Baking Addiction

I baked today’s cookies larger than usual.  I wanted a “statement” cookie to go along with the cutesy little sprinkles – something large and in charge.  About 2 generous tablespoons of dough went into each cookie.

Important to note here is the baking time – a precise 9-10 minutes.  No more!  Once the cookies came out of the oven, I had to press the tops down a bit because they were so puffy from all the dough I used.  That’s why you see all the gorgeous little crinkles on the cookie tops. I adore pretty cookies as much as tasty cookies.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The soft, doughy interior, the chewy edges, the crinkly tops, the thick size, the salty/sweet taste, the huge chunks of white chocolate pretzels.  Oh, and sprinkles. Duh.

If you adore chocolate covered pretzels as much as I do, you’re going to love my latest soft-baked cookie creation.  Perhaps a new favorite? Indeed. That says a lot – I am a huge cookie critic!

Happy Holidays from my cookie to yours. 🙂

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies - soft-baked, sweet, salty, sprinkles, perfect. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles (use small pretzel twists)

Directions:

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Set aside.

In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. On low speed, mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate covered pretzel pieces, saving a couple to press onto the tops of cookies. Cover tightly and chill dough for 1 hour or up to 3 days.

Preheat oven to 350F. Drop balls of dough (2 tablespoons each) onto cookie sheet or used a standard-sized cookie scoop. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. Remove and press a few chocolate covered pretzel pieces onto the tops - for looks - if desired.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies remain fresh in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

*Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets.  Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches.

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79 comments

  1. Interesting! I tried putting some white chocolate covered pretzels in some cupcake batter before and the chocolate somehow disappeared and the pretzels got soggy. But cookies I’ve yet to try!

    And I’ll have to try these! I love your tips for getting such thick cookies. 🙂

  2. I live in Greece but I am American and I just love pretzel so much.They are hard to find here so I have always made mine from scratch.You know they way where you set them in boiled water and so on…so complicated..So I just love your way and my kids at two batches today.I am looking at all you other recipes now and I just love how pretzels are in many of them/Do you show how to make hard pretzels??I wold love to learn because my kids love them.Thank you

    • Hi Heidi! I’m so glad you enjoyed my soft pretzel recipe! I do not have any hard pretzel recipes – like the kind of pretzels used in these cookies. So sorry! Thank you for letting me know about the soft version though – I love those too!

  3. Sally, these are wonderful! I made these once already and they only lasted 3 days in our house. This is probably my most favorite cookie ever. I am making a new batch right now as I type this. I am waiting for the dough to chill so I can I can pop them in the oven. I am new to your site and am simply in love with all of your recipes. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Barbara! I am SO glad you love these cookies too! They were a random thought one day as I was making chocolate covered pretzels. The white chocolate and the sprinkles and the salty pretzels – everything just works inside the buttery soft dough. And I love how thick they are. Thank you so much for letting me know you love them!

  4. Do you let your dough come to room temperature before baking them or do you bake the dough chilled?

    • As soon as the cold dough is scoop-able, I scoop and bake the cookies. I bake with cold dough because it reduces spreading. Thanks Morgan!

  5. I made these tonight for 3rd time! I just can’t get enough lol… I’ve also tried variations of this recipe by adding some chocolate chips and then tonight I’m using chocolate covered pretzels instead — all so delicious! Thanks for a great and easy recipe

    EJ

    • Thanks EJ! This is my go-to cookie recipe as well. I might have to add chocolate chips to my next batch. So glad you love them!

  6. wow these look great! are these soft cakey cookies or chewy cookies?

  7. Hey sally I’m a teenager who loves baking and indulging in sweets! I really like your blog a lot and just had to tell you how awesome these babies look! Ughh I can just taste them in my mouth. I wish you did like selling care packages or baskets and stuff cause I would most def buy them! 🙂

    • Hi Imani! Thanks so much for the comment. So very sweet of you. I love these cookies so much! I do not sell/send anything at the moment but maybe some day. 🙂

  8. OMG, so excited to bake these this weekend, along with the Apple Spice Quinoa Granola!!! I can just imagine the sweet and salty and crunchy and chewy texture already… *DROOL* Keep em’ coming!

    PS. I know about your pumpkin and peanut butter obsession, do you happen to have a Christmas baking obsession too? I do!

    • Hope you love these cookies, Andrea – as well as that amazing granola. (it’s addicting). And YES! I love baking during Christmastime. The best baking season. 😉

  9. These cookies look great! Just discovered your site, and I’ve been having fun checking all your recipes out. I was going to try these cookies on this Sunday afternoon; I have some chocolate covered pretzels (not white, dark chocolate), how would this work? Thanks!!

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