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. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    I love no-bake treats year round! I just love how quick no-bake desserts come together! Pinned!!

  2. sally – these look amazing! great idea!

    not that i’m shocked, of course… you are a genius baker!

  3. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    This is genius! Genius I tell you!

  4. These look amazing!!

    Enjoy Deep Creek! I love it there! Check out the Sante Fe Grille – delicious!!

    1. We will be sure to check that out, Katie! Thanks!

  5. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says:

    Great idea! such yummy looking bites!

  6. What a gorgeous lake! Hope it’s a great relaxing time for you!
    Love these little no-bake bites!

    1. Thanks Jessica! The lake is so much fun.

  7. apple chips + cookie dough. I love your thinking girl!

  8. Reba - Not So Perfect Life says:

    I was wondering how you got your chocolate so smooth. SHORTENING!!! Thanks for the info.

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    I have been loving on cookie dough everything lately too! This is such a fun way to enjoy more of the cookie dough goodness…love that sweet and salty in this!!!

  10. I was going to say that my kids will go crazy for those cookie dough pretzel bites, but I have a strong suspicion I won’t be sharing those! Thanks very much!

    1. Well they are VERY hard to share, Stuart! 😉

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    These look super addicting!!! I love your cookie dough recipes!

  12. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Amazing! I could just gobble these up in the blink of an eye!

    Have a great vacation!

  13. These look great Sally, saving recipe.

  14. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    I’d like to know how you didn’t eat every one of these before photographing them.

    1. A LOT of self control, that’s what!

  15. yummy!

    looks so good! a perfect party snack.

    xoxo kaitlin.

  16. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    These would be such bad news in my house! Cookie dough, sweet and salty, chocolate…uuugggghhh. They wouldn’t last 24 hours!

  17. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) says:

    Oh my…I could eat about a BILLION of these. I’m really impressed at how you made such a seemingly messy dessert look so professional and clean. That must have taken some careful work.
    They look delicious!

    1. It was challenging to keep it all clean! But thank you for noticing, Lindsey!

  18. Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile says:

    Ok stop Sally, just stop 😉 You’re making me fat! Actually, it’s my fault that I never can seem to stop eating your delectable treats. These look so good I can’t even…..WOW! I am certainly one of those people who takes “a taste” of cookie dough recipe that’s supposed to make a dozen cookies and then by the time I get them in the oven, it only yields 8 cookies because I ate the equivalent of 4 in dough! 😉 Lol. I’m sure these are super addicting.

    1. Oh gosh Maggie – these are SO addicting! Haha and I am just like you when it comes to cookie dough.

  19. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper says:

    Such a great idea!

  20. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    Lots of fun font colors tonight in your posts! Never change. It always makes me smile. 😀

    And this looks fun! I’d love to make this for a party or something because I would just overdose on it if I were alone.

    1. You are probably the only one who notices my font colors. I’m a bit obsessed. 😉

  21. Hope u had an awesome vacation Sally, just wanted u to know that I went to yet another block party this weekend & I brought these as one of four desserts (all from your amazing recipes,by the way :)). I received the best compliment from my BFF’s husband & wanted to forward his praise: u get the crunch & saltiness of the pretzel,the sweet chew of the cookie dough & a taste of the chocolate,none of the flavors over power the others. I told him I’m now addicted to baking treats for everyone to enjoy cuz I found the perfect website that can satisfy every craving, I have you to thank for that
    🙂
    Kara

    1. Kara – that is amazing to hear! And your bff’s husband is so right. You get everything in one bite! So glad these were a huge hit, as well as a few of my other recipes! You have to let me know which other recipes you made. Or will make in the future! 🙂

      1. So I made funfetti cupcakes w.milk choc frosting – kids love cupcakes :)(I substituted that for the vanilla buttercream), made a pretty cookie pizza w.your cake batter choc chip dough recipe, and i made s’more crinkle cookies, those were a nice compliment to end a beautiful summer day, u know?
        As I type this a fluffernutter cake is cooling on my kitchen counter & the cream cheese is softening in a bowl next to it, expecting the inlaws later so wanted to try a new cake for them to enjoy, plus I enjoyed making the cake batter with my sons, the little bakers 😉
        Enjoy the rest of ur day Sally, I’m gonna be in peanut butter & fluff heaven tonight!

      2. Kara, you have made a few of my very favorite recipes! I love those s’more crinkle cookies – and the funfetti cupcakes too! Oh and the fluffernutter cake. Oh my heavens, it is so good. I hope you enjoy!!

  22. Abbie @ Needs Salt says:

    *screams* I love these.
    I need these in my life.
    Pinning!! 😀

  23. Kate @ The Dinner Diaries says:

    Oh, how foolish I was to think I could sample just one. These are insanely addictive! I just made them this afternoon as a little gift for my niece and I am concerned they won’t make it until saturday. One note: I added a little more salt (about 1/4 tsp instead of 1/8) to the dough recipe and used the Snyder’s brand “snaps” pretzels.

    1. Hi Kate! I know what you mean – these are SO addicting. Impossible to eat only one! So glad you love them. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to!

  24. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh wow, definitely addicting! These bites look absolutely incredible 🙂

  25. Made these today…love your recipes!

  26. No. Try any of my chocolate chip cookie recipes instead: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/category/cookies/

  27. Nicolle Trujillo says:

    I actually chilled the dough after I plopped them on a baking sheet. Only for 5 minutes, enough time to be able to roll the dough so it wasn’t sticky. Worked wonders! And instead of using regular pretzels, I used chocolate covered pretzels to skip one step. Thank you! They taste [email protected]

    1. Just love the idea of chocolate covered pretzels! I’ll try that next.

  28. These look great! Is there a way to incorporate peanut butter into the cookie dough?

    1. Sure! Maybe add 1/2 cup of PB into it.

  29. I made just the dough part and tried a bit of it…it was pretty gritty and unappetizing. I decided not to finish the recipe as I did not like the gritty/ sugary mixture. Thanks!

    1. Did you use really soft butter? Cold butter probably wouldn’t cream with the sugar very well and leave the dough feeling gritty. I just made the recipe and it turned out awesome! It is definitely worth another try.

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