Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies Recipe
- 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 sweetened shredded coconut
- 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate M&M's
- 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.
Editor's Note: To make smaller cookies, shape rounded tablespoons of dough into balls. Bake as directed.
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
"Great cookies! easy to make and delicious! I buy M&Ms on clearance after Easter and after Christmas and freeze them to use all year long in these cookies and in monster cookies. Everyone loves the combination of ingredients in these cookies. I usually just make them with my black handled cookie scoop from King Arthur Flour. Can't remember the size, but I'd say probably 3 Tablespoon size. I have made them in the 1/4 cup scoop size and they are great that way, too! But, I've had some complaints from customers that my cookies are too big and they just want half of one--can you imagine! LOL!"
"Hi Marissa,You could use rice cereal instead. That would make a nice addition."
"Could u use something besides coconut"
"Great combination of flavors...a bit crispier than I like in a cookie though."
"These are delicious. I don't like coconut, so I replaced it with 1 cup butterscotch chips and another 1/2 cup of pretzels. The sweet/salty combination is really good."
"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."
"Added pecans. Soooo good!"
"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!"
"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!"
"these cookies are awesome !!!! I made them the first time for an event at church ,and they disappeared pretty quickly !!"
"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."
"Every time I make these, they disappear quickly. I have friends that say they don?t like coconut, but they love these cookies."
"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."
"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."
"This is one of the best cookie recipes I have ever tried! These cookies are rich, which makes eating just one a possibility."
"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."
"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."
"I have not made these yet, going to try soon! Can I freeze these cookies? Or the dough?"
"Loved the crunch from the pretzels"
"These cookies are to die for. I used my small scoop and yielded 7 dozen cookies. I will be making these again. SJS9"
"Delicious combination! I will definitely make again."
"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!"
"Re: mamatutu End of first paragraph states to stir in remaining ingredients."
"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 !!!!!!"
"Mamatutu..............Last sentence.........Stir in remaining ingredients."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This is a really great recipe! Jackie Bruckwardt, thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"
"I want to try this recipe, but I am curious to know if I could use Splenda in place of the Sugar."
"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."
"Very good and made more than was stated"
"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!"
"These are so yummy. Took them to a card party and they were gone in a flash!"
"loved these cookies"
"Delicious cookie! Added fall color M&M's to celebrate the season, and they were gone in an hour at work."
"Delicious cookies - spread a little thin for my tastes, but I also omitted the coconut, so that may have been a factor!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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!"
"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"
"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."
"Everyone loved this cookies! Kids, co-workers, even my husband who doesn't like sweets! Winner!!"
"Really good, they are a touch to sweet and I think I will half the white sugar next time."
"These cookies should be outlawed they are so delicious!"
"Makes a crunchy cookie. An interesting twist on traditional cookies."
"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."
"Theseare great, but made 4 dozen instead of 2."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Awesome! The perfect blend of salty & sweet!"
"Loved this cookies!! I would cut back on the M&M's to a cup, otherwise loved the crunch from the pretzels!!"