Chewy Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies

Soft and extra extra chewy cookies loaded with crunchy chocolate covered pretzels and topped with sea salt. 

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My chocolate kick continues this week! We’re continuing the chocolate madness with chewy chocolate covered pretzel cookies, a variation of the most popular cookie recipe on my website. Please tell me you’ve tried my chewy chocolate chip cookies before. Nodding your head, right? How good are they?

I have the recipe memorized and something tells me you do too.

I use the same exact cookie dough for today’s chewy chocolate covered pretzel cookies. But before I get to the chocolate covered pretzel business, let me tell you what makes this cookie dough so popular.

chocolate covered pretzel cookies on a white plate

Chewy Cookie Secrets!

First and foremost, we use melted butter instead of softened butter. Melted butter makes a cookie chewier, but it also makes a cookie more prone to excess spreading. So we make sure there’s enough flour to soak up that melted butter. Not too much to dry the cookie out, just enough to make a stable cookie dough. Melted butter means that we are not creaming it. Rather, we make this cookie dough completely by hand. No mixer required!

In addition to the melted butter, we add an extra egg yolk. Egg yolks (fat) give cookies their richness, chewiness, softness, and moisture, while the egg whites (protein) provide structure. Both crucial! But we add an extra yolk for extra good stuff. Always remember, room temperature is key.

Along with the melted butter and an extra egg yolk, we use more brown sugar than white sugar in the cookie dough. This is not only for a little extra flavor, but also because brown sugar is softer than white granulated sugar. Softer, moister sugar = softer, chewier cookies. White sugar helps the cookies spread, but brown sugar is where all that mouthwatering taste and texture hides.

This next one isn’t really a chewy cookie secret but hopefully I’ve drilled it into your head by now… chill that cookie dough! Chilling the cookie dough in the refrigerator helps prevent your cookies from spreading into thin blobs on the cookie sheet. Not only this, chilling the dough gives all the flavors a chance to mingle. “Aged” cookie dough = more flavorful.

chocolate covered pretzel cookie dough balls

chocolate covered pretzel cookie broken in half on a white plate

Did you get all that? Fabulous.

Now let’s chat about today’s chocolate covered pretzel version: soft-baked sensations consisting of that buttery and tender brown sugar cookie dough with unbelievably chewy edges and ultra crunchy chocolate coated pretzels. All of this makes them some sort of texture and flavor phenomenon providing the perfect excuse to have another just so you can take it all in. And if you still aren’t convinced, it’s all topped off with a sprinkle of sea salt upping their sweet and salty game. And even after a few days*, the cookies are still melt-in-your-mouth soft and chewy while the chocolate covered pretzels are just as crunchy.

*As if these cookies will even last more than 3 seconds in your house.

You can use homemade or store-bought chocolate covered pretzels, whatever works for you. I suggest using the small pretzel twists because they break up into smaller pieces for this cookie dough. You’ll need about 1 cup of broken up pieces.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember my original chocolate covered pretzel cookies. Fantastic cookies for sure– but today’s are much chewier. If you taste the two cookies side-by-side, you’ll be able to tell that the previous version has a lighter and cakier texture. That’s from the creamed butter and sugar. Compared to using melted butter in today’s version, which gives the cookies a denser, chewier texture.

Ahh! So much science today!

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Let’s get to the good stuff.

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Chewy Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Deliciously chewy chocolate covered pretzel cookies are a fun, salty sweet twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie!


  • 2 and 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (135g) loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup chocolate covered pretzel pieces (homemade or store-bought)
  • sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate covered pretzel pieces. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory. I highly recommend chilling the cookie dough overnight for less spreading.
  3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, about 3 Tablespoons of dough each. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will help the balls stay together. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide, to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick. See this post for more clarity and a photo. Place 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet, then sprinkle each with sea salt. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. As they cool, feel free to press a couple extra pieces of chocolate covered pretzels into the tops of each cookie. It’s best to do this when the cookies are still warm. This is only for looks! Not mandatory at all. You can also sprinkle a little more sea salt on top of each cookie at this time, if desired.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 5. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Check out my top 5 cookie tips and my tips to prevent cookies for spreading before beginning.
  3. Adapted from chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Keywords: chocolate covered pretzel cookies, chewy cookies

You’ll also LOVE these toasted s’more chocolate chip cookies. Once again, the same cookie dough as the chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe.

toasted s'mores chocolate chip cookies


  1. For your chewy chocolate covered pretzel cookie (and your cookie recipes in general) would you recommend doubling? I need a recipe to make more cookies, but not sure how the proportions work out. Any tips would be appreciated.

    1. Mary, I always suggest just making two separate cookie doughs. It’s easier when working with less dough at a time.

  2. I would I be able to replace the butter with olive oil with it changing the texture or consistency? I try not to use butter and I know using oil in cookies chi ages the texture but I was wondering since the butter is melted in this recipe would it be possible? Thank you!

    1. No, you need butter in this cookie dough.

  3. Missy Berberabe says:

    Hi Sally! I’m really curious.. how do you get those perfect, crisp, buttery, brown ‘feet’ below your cookies?? They always look so perfect! Love from the Philippines!

    1. It’s all in the butter. Have you tried this recipe? Your cookies should look like it if you don’t sub any ingredients!

  4. Ruth Morrison says:

    Hi Sally, I have made these cookies several times now and I love them. The first time I made them they looked just like your picture and were chewy. Every time since then they come out more cake like. Still tastey but not chewy. Do you know what I’m doing wrong? I am following your directions step by step. Please help. I want them to taste like they did the first time I made them. Thank you

    1. Ruth, are you sure to use melted butter? And 1 egg + 1 egg yolk and NOT 2 eggs? I find more eggs = cakey cookies. Also, maybe you are over measuring the flour? It’s easy to do. Spoon and level is always my advice!

  5. Sally- would it make a huge difference if I added chocolate chips or m&m’s to the recipe for my kids?

    1. Not a big difference at all– would be so good!

  6. Addictive! I would definitely make these again – the flavor was great.

    I made these plus the butterscotch pretzel chocolate chip cookie recipe this weekend and while both were good these had a deeper flavor, probably because I refrigerated them for 24 hours, while I went with only 45 minutes of refrigeration for the butterscotch pretzel choc chip cookies. Both seemed underbaked but firmed up slightly once they cooled down. The pretzels didn’t stay as crunchy as I would have liked, though, which I originally thought was because of the long refrigeration, but the cookies with only 45 minutes of rest time were not really any crunchier than these were…

  7. I made these cookiesand for the first time this week and served them to guestslast nite. This is the first time I have gotten such rave reviews on cookies especially from my hubby. I have never been able to make a delicious cookie in the past. So thank you Sally! I’ll be trying more of your cookies in the near future which I know will make my hubs happy.

  8. Tampa Jennifer says:

    I love your website and have made several recipes. Haven’t baked in a long time until this last year and I love it and so do the people around me but this recipe I followed all your very useful tips and they came out great but the pretzels on the inside of the cookies came out soft and not crunchy like I expected. I used “Flipz” chocolate covered pretzels for the recipe because to me they are absolutely delicious! What do you recommend? I too am a self-taught baker with a chemistry background which I believe is extremely helpful. Please, keep the recipes and tips coming!

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