for christmas this past year, my good friend gave me a super cute container filled with cupcake cups and sprinkles (plus a totally adorable snowman mug, marshmallows and hot chocolate mix). the perfect gift for someone like me who loves to make cupcakes – so thoughtful! getting a bunch of new cupcake cups was just the inspiration i needed to clean up the disaster of cupcake cups i had. what a mess!
i have all kinds of cupcake cups but because they were all disorganized, i had no idea how much of each i had. this is really annoying because when i’m getting ready to make a batch of cupcakes, i don’t know for sure if i have enough of a certain design to make sure the whole batch is the same. bah!
so i finally took some time this past weekend to organize my cupcake cups drawers. ta da!
drawer number 1:
drawer number 2:
plus i found some lollipop sticks and little treat bags too! i totally forgot i had them. haha.
wow it feels so much better to have organized cupcake cups. i can’t wait to bake cupcakes again!
but what does clean, organized cupcake cup drawers have to do with these peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip cookies? well not much. haha. other than they are both awesome!
who doesn’t like chocolate chip covered pretzels and who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together? so of course the combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels is going to be amazing in a cookie.
the base of these cookies is actually the same as the one used for the giant m&ms cookies. it’s crazy that the m&m ones totally spread out into a big ol’ cookie, but these stay in chubby little bites. fresh out of the oven, they are absolute heaven – the inside is slightly undercooked and chewy, then the melty chocolate chips are perfect with the saltiness of the pretzels and don’t forget that peanut butter cookie – omg.
the first step to making these beautiful cookie bites of amazingness is to combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. set it aside.
then, melt the peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan.
here’s what it looks like when it’s all melted together.
pour the butter/peanut butter mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and add the brown sugar and granulated sugar.
mix it all together and then add one egg, one egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
pour the dry ingredients into the bowl…
and mix and mix…
until the dough forms.
now for the mix-ins. put the pretzels into a large ziplock bag. aren’t these holiday shaped pretzels cute, btw?
then crush them a bit – i just used the bottom of a ceramic ramekin.
the pretzels are ready to be added to the cookie dough.
add the crushed pretzels and chocolate chips into the bowl.
mix the pretzels and chocolate chips into the dough and it’s ready to go!
scoop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and form them into balls. beware – the dough is very crumbly. just squeeze and squish the dough together and it’ll be alright.
see? not too bad.
bake the cookies at 350 degrees f for 8-10 minutes.
i know you’ll be tempted to eat one right out of the oven, but allow the cookies to cool for 10-15 minutes and then dig in! don’t worry the cookies will still be nice and warm and the chocolate chips will still be plenty melty and delicious. yum!
i didn’t make any changes to the recipe, so i’m going to send you over to how sweet it is for the exact measurements and directions. while you’re there, be sure to check out her beautiful photos and other amazing recipes.