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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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: To make smaller cookies, shape rounded tablespoons of dough into balls. Bake as directed.

Nutritional Facts

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

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marreynolds User ID: 2396985 266236
Reviewed May. 23, 2017

"Great tasting cookie. easy to make. I made them exactly as the recipe stated and brought them to work and they were gone in a second!! I highly recommend them to everyone."

Tammi User ID: 9171904 266138
Reviewed May. 20, 2017

"The key to the fluffy cookie is use 1/2 butter and 1/2 butter flavored shortening all butter makes a hard flat cookie"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 261097
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

"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!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 260895
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Hi Marissa,

You could use rice cereal instead. That would make a nice addition."

Marissa User ID: 8623209 260845
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Could u use something besides coconut"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 258442
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2016

"Great combination of flavors...a bit crispier than I like in a cookie though."

sparkplug9902 User ID: 1269769 256370
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"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."

18grands User ID: 8681935 248717
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."

felsladt User ID: 6046518 247493
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"Added pecans. Soooo good!"

LeslieH User ID: 191346 246312
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."

Spartygram User ID: 8819545 246195
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!"

dkerry User ID: 1138055 242871
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!"

williams64 User ID: 7395311 241839
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

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

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 228084
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!"

cdoor User ID: 5573205 199172
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."

username5 User ID: 7778474 127618
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"

kittykat16 User ID: 6478957 120286
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."

FaithM User ID: 6073466 127578
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."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 126153
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."

Vann David User ID: 6995154 124149
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."

kmpatch User ID: 149103 196281
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."

nopalito User ID: 3750663 200062
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."

Chefgirly User ID: 7543354 124006
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

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

okieshooter User ID: 5715506 199171
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Loved the crunch from the pretzels"

SJS9 User ID: 4019106 213533
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"

jitbug User ID: 2366108 139714
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."

5keepmebusy User ID: 7263720 200061
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Delicious combination! I will definitely make again."

cookie20 User ID: 3125668 188651
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!"

cathycraig User ID: 2718152 127577
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

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

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 126152
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 !!!!!!"

babe777c User ID: 4145451 126151
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

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

LarryJo User ID: 336460 127576
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!"

TrinaMarie User ID: 886070 120285
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?"

cakelady59 User ID: 3589309 184460
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."

mullenpm User ID: 749523 200060
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."

chorus07 User ID: 4904519 199170
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."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 200059
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014 Edited Feb. 6, 2017

"This is a really great recipe! Jackie Bruckwardt, thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

Sage5307 User ID: 6950039 200516
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."

ccgess User ID: 7830232 124005
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."

Gloriajean66 User ID: 7500050 213532
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Very good and made more than was stated"

pattycake10 User ID: 2475727 126150
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."

efwynne User ID: 4092460 153061
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!"

pmcollector User ID: 5329394 124004
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

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

opcat User ID: 1131698 190274
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"loved these cookies"

tiffanykorn User ID: 6174400 153060
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."

Butcher2boy User ID: 6390217 213531
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."

[email protected] User ID: 6501613 127575
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!"

llafontaine80 User ID: 1149697 198537
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."

waver User ID: 7000584 126149
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!!"

Shortstop88 User ID: 7320785 198536
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!"

cookinama User ID: 5947968 200058
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"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 190273
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."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 120284
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

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

nancycl User ID: 1672416 120269
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

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

bakerygirl User ID: 1872037 153059
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

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

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 140875
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

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

Haman User ID: 337932 198535
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."

fksabel User ID: 3895902 127574
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

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

danetteramsey User ID: 7201695 139713
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."

charlenepaugustyn User ID: 3862805 198534
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."

Leilana User ID: 897210 127572
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."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 124001
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."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 140874
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!"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 188650
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

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

mom of 3 busy boys User ID: 5963024 190268
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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