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Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies Recipe

Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies Recipe

Coconut, M&M’s and salty, crunchy pretzels make these loaded cookies unlike any you’ve ever tasted—or resisted. — Jackie Ruckwardt, Cottage Grove, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature pretzels, broken
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate M&M's

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • 2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls; place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 295 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"This is a great recipe. I wasn't sure if the "2 c. pretzels, broken" meant 2 cups pretzels 'before' they were broken or 2 cups broken pretzels so made them both ways - both turned out well but the first way were a little flatter. I used a medium Pampered Chef cookie scoop and got 4 1/2 dz. delicious cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"Added pecans. Soooo good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"A very tasty cookie. I too found that they did spread out flatter than I thought they would. If you like a crisp cookie these are for you."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Perhaps my expectations for this cookie were too high after reading all the positive reviews. I didn't overbake them but they were rock hard nonetheless. In fact they were so hard I couldn't taste any of the added goodies - pretzels, coconut or M&M's. If I make them again, I'll use less flour and more coconut and pretzels - and perhaps use mini chocolate chips instead of M&Ms. A huge disappointment!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Every single time I make these cookies they disappear! The best cookie ever, hands down! Any function that I go to , these are the cookies everybody asks me to make. I love to make them with "seasonal" M&M's. My only adjustment is to make them smaller....more to go around!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"these cookies are awesome !!!! I made them the first time for an event at church ,and they disappeared pretty quickly !!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Hubby LOVED these! They're great. Use whatever chips/candy you have on hand. You can't go wrong with this recipe, especially if you enjoy a crispy cookie. Myself, I prefer a chewy cookie; however, these are fantastic!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"I made these to try for an upcoming cookie exchange. I consider myself a good baker. I usually don't get excited about cookies, but I have to say, these are one of the best cookies I've tasted. Just follow the recipe, and they will turn out amazing. Very unique tastes. As with any butter cookie based recipe, make sure your butter and sugars are creamed well., and chill dough prior to baking."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I have made these several times, they seem dry, so yesterday I used less flour, less M&M's, less coconuts and put them in a jelly roll pan to bake, watched them closely, not to over bake, still not pleased HELP ???any suggestions"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Every time I make these, they disappear quickly. I have friends that say they don?t like coconut, but they love these cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"A very tasty cookie. I loved the salty pretzels. I did adjust just a bit. I added a bit more flour after reading the other reviews. Almost 3 cups total. And I reduced the sugars as I don't like super sweet. I used 2/3 cup of each of the sugars. They turned out perfect and my 3 year old twins and I loved them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"These are insane cookies! Seems to need the extra flour which others recommended. The dough was just to die for, so yummy, the cookie a bit less but probably because the pretzels weren't crunchy anymore! But, still amazing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"This is one of the best cookie recipes I have ever tried! These cookies are rich, which makes eating just one a possibility."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Love the sweet/salty flavor of this cookie. It's similar to the Toll House recipe with additional mix-ins. I increased the flour to 3 c. as others did, and used dark chocolate M&M's. I used the waffle-shaped mini pretzels, which made for good-sized chunks. I used half butter/half Crisco and the cookies did not spread too much. Using a #50 cookie dough scoop (roughly 1.5 Tbsp) I got 5 dozen cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"This recipe sounded so good, but didn't quite meet my expectations. I found them to be okay taste-wise but would have liked a bit more contrast between the sweet and salty. Also would have liked the pretzels to have retained a little more crunch. Will make again, but with some adjustments."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I have not made these yet, going to try soon! Can I freeze these cookies? Or the dough?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Loved the crunch from the pretzels"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"These cookies are to die for. I used my small scoop and yielded 7 dozen cookies. I will be making these again. SJS9"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"These are fantastic and quick. I'm lazy so I tend to make bar cookies with the entire batch of batter on the cookie sheet spread out. Once they were out of the oven I had to try one. Yummy! I don't like M&M's so I used semi-sweet chocolate ships instead."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Delicious combination! I will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Tried the 3 cups of flour. They were a little dry. I offset the dryness by drizzling a chocolate glaze and then a dollop of frosting made with powdered sugar, coconut milk and coconut. I used the pretzels and peanut butter M&Ms and chocolate chips. As always, I keep a piece of bread in cookie container to impart moisture for a chewy moist texture. Delicious flavor!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"Re: mamatutu End of first paragraph states to stir in remaining ingredients."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"I made these awhile back. These were a hit. !!!! Also my niece has given this recipe to several of her friends. Great combo of flavors !!!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"Mamatutu..............Last sentence.........Stir in remaining ingredients."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"Mamatutu - the recipe says to add the rest of the ingredients after combining the dry with the creamed ingredients. So.... cream the sugar butter, eggs, etc, combine the dry ingredients, combine these together and mix, THEN add the coconut, pretzels and M&Ms. I can't wait to try this one - sounds really good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"I am going to make this recipe with dark chocolate M&Ms. This will help balance out the sweetness and add richness to the cookie. Thanks for the tips about using 3c of flour. I will definitely do this. Which kind of coconut is everyone using- sweetened or unsweetened?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"I would love to make these also, but can I use whole wheat flour or half and half to cut down on the white flour that isn't good for diabetics."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"When I have a recipe that uses sugar I automatically use Splenda; and I use Spenda Brown Sugar Blend for the brown sugar. I have never had a fail."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"Could I use Splenda or at least 1/2 the Splenda? So much butter..could I use Crisco and butter? I really want to try these. It sounds like a 5 star rating to me."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"I recall making these cookies! If I remember correctly, I did make adjustments to the recipe but I'd have to search my yearbooks to see what year these cookies were featured! I also recall that the cookies made more than what had been stated! Here I go: At that time, I used Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Pretzels, and instead of coconut, I'd used about 3/4 cup each of flavored baking chips and M & M's! I used a spoon to drop the dough onto greased baking sheets and I baked the cookies 10 minutes at 350o F. If M & M's aren't available, I'd used Reese's Pieces candy! The cookies definitely made more than what the recipe stated-at least 5-1/2 to 6 dozen, but then I don't put the dough into a measuring cup! To get more mileage out of the dough, I prefer to make drop cookies and use 2 spoons to drop the dough onto the greased baking sheets! These cookies were featured in the April/May 2013 issue of TOH! This is a really great recipe! Jackie Bruckwardt, thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"I want to try this recipe, but I am curious to know if I could use Splenda in place of the Sugar."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"Crazy good. I did go to 3c of flour as suggested below. Also substituted 1/2c of semisweet morsels for 1/2c of the M&M for some melty chocolate texture. Yielded about 50 smaller cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Very good and made more than was stated"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"This is a basic cookie recipe you can use many different ways. However you need to use three cups of flour to this recipe. They will not come out to thin and will not need to be refrigerated before baking. Tried this recipe added the three cups of flour. Turned out just fine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Big hit in my house !! I really wasn't sure if the kids would like them.. they're not big coconut eaters!! With these cookies you can use different M&M's for the different holidays!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"These are so yummy. Took them to a card party and they were gone in a flash!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"loved these cookies"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Delicious cookie! Added fall color M&M's to celebrate the season, and they were gone in an hour at work."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"What is great about this recipe you can turn it into any holiday cookie or theme cookie by the multiple different colors of M&M's. Freezes perfectly."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"Delicious cookies - spread a little thin for my tastes, but I also omitted the coconut, so that may have been a factor!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"I made these with my two-year old one Saturday afternoon. Once I added the M&M's, he was only interested in eating the dough! But the cookies turned out great! Love the salty and sweet combination. Will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"Loved these! I did add in some white chips just to have a little more chocolate. Going to make again, trying almond M&Ms this time. Can't wait to try them again!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"These were a hit! Brought them to work and got rave reviews from everyone who tried them...they were even compared to crack (very addictive)... LOL. I did refrigerate the dough on the pan as recommended and they still spread thin on me, but who cares cuz they're SOOOO good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"Cookies were very delicious. I've had so many people ask me for the recipe . I agree that they made 4 dozen instead of 2. I also agree that they should be put in the fridge after scooping so they don't spread so much! Yum"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"Great recipe! The butter content is high, which can result in the cookies spreading while they cook. To remedy this, place the cookie sheets, with scoops of dough already on them, in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before putting them in the oven."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"Everyone loved this cookies! Kids, co-workers, even my husband who doesn't like sweets! Winner!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"Really good, they are a touch to sweet and I think I will half the white sugar next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"These cookies should be outlawed they are so delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"Makes a crunchy cookie. An interesting twist on traditional cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Great recipe. I made mine smaller also which makes more, but since I was going to send some to other people, I liked the smaller size even for us. I think I will add more pretzels the next time. The batter is very stiff and rather hard to work with, but the taste is worth all the effort. I like the idea of using mini M&M's. I am going to try those."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"Theseare great, but made 4 dozen instead of 2."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Very yummy cookies! We loved the flavor of the coconut. Followed recipe except used a standard rounded spoonful to scoop the dough...not the 1/4 cup. Mine cooked for 12 minutes and yielded about 5 dozen."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Made these cookies without the coconut, as we had several that do not like it. Also used mini M & M's. Made the first pan, using the 1/4 cupful & they were just way to big. Used a Tabs. full & that worked better & I got 64 cookies. I tried to keep the dough cold, but the cookies still spread, more that I wanted them to. I also had to let them rest on the pans for a minute or two, as taking them off the pan, right from the oven, they broke apart. I wonder if using part butter & part Crisco butter shortening would not make them spread so much? Asked my husband if he liked the crunch of the pretzels & he said he thought they were chocolate chips & not pretzels! Seeing that I made them smaller, I baked mine for 12 mins. but some got a little to dark, so you need to watch & take them out a little sooner, if you prefer a softer cookie. They looked good & tasted good also. Thanks for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Delicious!! Salty and sweet mix that's great together. I made these for a work function and people loved them. I got about 6 dozen out the recipe, though....not 2 dozen."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"I wrote my original review after eating the cookie fresh from the oven when it was warm, soft and chewy. I stored them in an air-tight container soon after they cooled. The next day they were very crunchy - which is fine - I just prefer softer cookies. Next time maybe I would try using shortening and all brown sugar to see if that will help."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"Really good cookies! I used half white chocolate and half semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the M&Ms. I also added some toasted coconut. These were better than anticipated!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Awesome! The perfect blend of salty & sweet!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Loved this cookies!! I would cut back on the M&M's to a cup, otherwise loved the crunch from the pretzels!!"

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