Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites

Eggless cookie dough stuffed between two salty pretzels and dunked into chocolate.

cookie dough pretzel bites on a yellow plate

I made today’s sweet & salty cookie dough treats on a whim last week. I had just finished shooting my Cookie Dough Lovers Ice Cream Pie, and I just had to another cookie dough treat. I mean who doesn’t love cookie dough? Sticking your fingers into that forbidden mixing bowl for a “taste.” Then another taste, and again and again.

cookie dough pretzel bites on a silpat baking mat

All you have to do is make a batch of cookie dough. Replace the egg with cream or milk. Roll the dough into a ton of balls, about 2 teaspoons of dough per ball. Try to resist taste testing the cookie dough. I dare you!

cookie dough balls on a silpat baking mat

Press the cookie dough between two salty pretzels.

These cookie dough bites are the epitome of salty/sweet!

hand holding cookie dough sandwiched between 2 pretzels

Freeze the cookie dough/pretzels before dipping into the chocolate. Chilling them for about 20 minutes makes them MUCH easier to handle when you are dunking them in the chocolate. Otherwise, the cookie dough will separate from the pretzels and fall apart.

Time for some chocolate. Because the only thing to make cookie dough better is… more chocolate.

2 images of melted chocolate in a bowl with a spoon and a hand dipping a cookie dough pretzel bite into melted chocolate

stack of cookie dough pretzel bites

Perfectly sweet, indulgent cookie dough stuffed between two salty pretzels and dunked into a bath of chocolate.

hand holding a cookie dough pretzel bite

This cookie dough fudge is egg-free and can be made with heat-treated flour. Raw flour can be a carrier of E. coli unless it goes through a heating process to kill the bacteria. (Think about it– flour is usually baked in a recipe.)

How to Heat Treat Flour

Option 1 – Microwave

  1. You can heat treat your entire bag of flour or just treat the amount you need in a single recipe. If you’re heating just enough for the recipe, add an extra 1/2 – 1 cup to be sure you have enough.
  2. Place the flour in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds at a time, stopping and stirring after each. Stir well to make sure none of the flour burns. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the flour in several places to make sure it has reached 165°F (74°C). If you get a lower reading in one area, stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds until it’s all ready.
  3. Measure the amount of flour you need and use in the recipe, then let it cool completely.

Option 2 – Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Spread more flour than the recipe calls for on an un-greased rimmed baking pan, such as a 9×13 inch baking pan or 9×9 inch baking pan. Then follow a process similar to the microwave method by stirring and checking the temperature at 2 minute intervals. Be sure to check multiple spots of the flour to make sure it has all reached 165°F (74°C).
  2. If some flour sticks to the bottom or sides of the pan, don’t worry, just leave it there. You used more flour than needed in the recipe anyway. Don’t scrape it off because it will add small clumps to your batter/dough.
  3. If your flour is really clumpy, your oven might be too hot. Break it up with your fingers or pour all the flour into a bowl and whisk it. Discard any chunks if necessary.
  4. Measure the amount of flour you need and use in the recipe, then let it cool completely.
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cookie dough pretzel bites on a yellow plate

Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 20-25 pretzel bites
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Safe-to-eat cookie dough stuffed between two salty pretzels and dunked into chocolate. Addicting!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups heat-treated all-purpose flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 4050 pretzels
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, such as Ghirardelli
  • optional: 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together on medium speed until light and creamy. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Turn the mixer off and add the flour and salt. Mix on low speed at first, then turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until combined. The dough will be thick and crumbly, just keep mixing until it comes together. Mix in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Roll the dough into balls, about 2 teaspoons of dough per sandwich. The amount of dough per sandwich may vary; it depends how thick you want each dough filling. Sandwich balls between two pretzels and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. While the pretzel bites are chilling, break up the chocolate and melt with the shortening for about 1 minute in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. The shortening is used to thin the chocolate out. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bites back on baking sheet. Refrigerate the dipped bites for at least 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set. Cover and store pretzel bites in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Heat Treated Flour: See note/instructions above recipe or purchase it online.

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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Oh my! These are sooo cute! Love this idea Sally!

  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    These no-bake cookie dough pretzel bites look mighty addicting, Sally! Just dangerous. Hope you’re having fun at the lake!

    1. They are verrrrrry dangerous Stacy!! Thanks so much, hope you’re having a great week!

  3. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    These sound like the perfect appetizer for any party. I might have to double or triple the recipe for this!

    1. tripling the recipe. I like how you think, Eva! 😉

  4. You are the sweet and salty and cookie dough queen!! Sally, these little bites are so cute and I can only imagine that they are crazy delicious!!
    Have fun on vacation this week!

    1. They are SOOOO good Tieghan! You have to try sometime. 🙂 Have a great week!

  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    I hope you’re having an amazinggg vacation!!! These bites are just…omg yes. LOOOOVE anytime cookie dough is involved

  6. Wow, such a fun idea! And they look amazing! YUM!

  7. Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    What tasty little bites! Since they are small, I can have 20 and it only counts as 4 right? I think I did that math correctly 😉

    1. hahah I like your thinking Erin!

  8. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says:

    These bites do look dangerously addictive!! I wouldn’t be able to stop at one (or 20 of them, mind you), they must be fantastic, love the sweet & salty combo!!
    Enjoy your holidays :–)

    1. Thanks Consuelo! And I know what you mean – hard to share them!

  9. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    These look like a crowd pleaser for sure! … if they even make it out of the house! I think I’d hoard these all for myself!

    1. It was pretty hard to share, let’s just put it at that. 🙂 Thanks Faith!

  10. Oh these little bite sized yummies! So cute! And perfect for snacking!!!

  11. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

    Yum! What a great treat to satisfy your sweet and salt cravings! I love !! Enjoy your vacation!

  12. Hi Sally! These cookie dough bites look great! Such a simple, yet fantastic idea. I also just want to say a quick “thank you” because I have been following your blog for a while and I really appreciate all the help you give others about blogging and especially your little mini series that you did “bites for growing your blog” which was extremely helpful. I recently took the plunge and made the switch to self hosted and am already loving it, even though I still have a lot left to work out with my blog. I was wondering if you would be able to tell me how you get you pictures to show up side by side and then put writing over them. Do you do all this in an outside collage program and then import it as one photo? Or can you somehow import them so that they show up side by side? Also, do you have any tutorials on your blog about saving/exporting photos with Lightroom? I bought it recently and have been shooting in RAW and really working on my photography which is great cause my pics are so much better, but they take up sooooo much space on my computer, and they’re taking a long time to load on my blog page so I must not be saving them as small as they need to be I guess. Any advice you have there would be really appreciated. Again, thanks for everything you do!!!

  13. This was such a smart thing to do, Sally. Absolute genius. I could seriously throw these down!

  14. I have half of a bag of pretzels left over from a baby shower last weekend and now I know just what to do with them!

    1. oh yes, Mercedes – it sounds like you need to make these!!

  15. Ohh my lordy….these are pure crack! 🙂 I’m worried I would devour them all in one sitting, but these must be made in the near future! My sweet tooth thanks you!

    1. Hope you enjoy them Kelly!

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Sally they look soooo good! I would have a hard time having them around – soft, crunchy, salty, sweet, dough, chocolaty. They pretty much hit on every craving, in one! And I swear there’s a recipe/images on Pinterest that I thought were already yours 🙂 Like you already made these! But they were your PB Pretzel Bites I was thinking of! Thanks for the relink/pic or I would have been going nuts trying to figure it out. Lol

    Have an amazing trip!!!! You deserve it!

    1. Yes! I love both the pb and this version Averie! I want to try both with white chocolate. YUM! Hope Aruba is great!!

  17. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    Oh wow. Cookie dough between pretzels. I can’t even! Between that pie and now this, I’m set for life!

  18. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These look so addictive, Sally! I can already tell they would be a HUGE hit at our neighborhood happy hours. I love the sweet-salty combination – absolutely love. Enjoy your time away!

    1. neighborhood happy hours – now that sounds fun!

  19. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    These little bits have won over my heart!

  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I love pretzel treats so with the cookie dough added in, these would rock my world! Yum!

  21. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    These look absolutely amazing! Well done! I looove cookie dough, and having a no-bake recipe in the summer is always a good idea 🙂

    1. no-bake recipes are heaven sent this time of year! Thanks Ashley 🙂

  22. OMG, Sally – this is the perfect recipe for a bag of insanely salty pretzels I bought a few weeks ago. Combining salty + sweet = perfection in my book! Thanks for the quick and easy recipe. Hope you’re having a fabulous vacation!

    1. Cory, sounds like you need to make these…NOW!

  23. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says:

    These little bites are so cute! Love how colorful the pretzels came out on your photos!

    1. Thanks Julia!

  24. I’m so going to make these! All I need is some pretzels. I want to double this. Do you think they would freeze well? I’m worried about the pretzels becoming stale or something like that. Have you tried freezing any? Thanks Sally! You’re great!

    1. Hi Kristi! They actually do freeze pretty well. I froze these before (the peanut butter version) for about 1 month and they are great! The pretzels stay crunchy. Enjoy!

      1. Awesome! Thanks for the quick reply (and on vacation too)!

  25. So cute! I love the leaning tower of sandwiches, of course. 😀 I’d love to make these with either white-chocolate-covered or chocolate-covered pretzels, and then dip them in the other variety of chocolate! Cute little tuxedo treats. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your vacation! I just got back from Seattle, and it was great, but I feel like I’m walking into walls. 😉

    1. tuxedo treats – love how your mind works Caley!! I’ve never been to Seattle, so glad it was fantastic!

  26. Becca @ Crumbs says:

    What a delicious idea! My mum loves pretzels so I might have to make her some as a treat 😉

  27. Eat Good 4 Life says:

    What a great idea. Thank goodness these are little bites right? Maybe not, I bet they are really addictive. I want some 🙂

    1. Oh they are totally addictive! Very dangerous to have around the house. 😉

  28. These are one of my favorite things you have made!! So glad I still get to taste test 🙂 Love you!! Tell Kevin Hi from the wine spiller 🙂 LOLOL

    1. YAY! So glad, Er! We got most of the stain out, but there is still a HUGE line on one of the cushions. And we can’t flip them!!! We just put a decorative pillow on top lolol

  29. Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic says:

    These are such a perfect summer treat! I have yet to try your egg-free cookie dough – I’ll have to get on that soon!

  30. Nicole @ FruitnFitness says:

    These sound amazing! I love the sweet and salty combo, it makes for the perfect treat. I am going to have to try these very soon!

    1. Let me know how you ilke them, Nicole! Thank you 🙂

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