If you're a fan of sweet and salty flavor combinations these loaded Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies will be just the ticket. They're packed with peanuts, candy bar pieces and salted pretzels, plus plenty of chocolate chips. They're the epitome of "go big or go home" and sure to be a hit with your candy bar and cookie loving friends.
Easy Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies Recipe
Warm cookies and a tall glass of cold milk just never gets old. I think it's one of those simple pleasures in life that should be savored. These homemade candy bar pretzel cookies are fantastic for the salty and sweet fans in your life. The smell of homemade cookies baking can only be eclipsed by the first bite of warm, chewy and sweet goodness. It's absolutely heavenly.
How to Make the Best Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies: All purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, large eggs, creamy peanut butter, one 11 ounce bag of Baby Ruth or Snickers candy bars, chopped peanuts, chocolate chips and broken pretzels.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A hand mixer or a stand mixer, mixing bowls, a whisk to sift together the dry ingredients, measuring cups and spoons a sharp knife and chopping board. You'll also need two large sheet pans for baking the cookies, a spatula to move the warm cookies to a cooling rack.
- What candy bar is best? I've made these using both Snickers and Baby Ruth candy bars with great success so, feel free to adapt to your preference.
- Both will bake slightly differently, so keep an eye on them and adjust the baking time as needed.
- Cookie dough is ideal for making in advance. It freezes well, and when using the freshest of dairy products, you can make this cookie dough and keep chilled in an airtight container for up to 1 week. When doing so, you can have the pleasure of baking fresh cookies any time you like.
- Store Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- You can also freeze the cookie dough for up to 2 months.
- You may also enjoy this recipe for Candy Bar Cookie Muffins from Hip Foodie Mom.
More Southern Style Cookie Recipes to Make
Baking a fresh batch of cookies is always a good idea. These candy bar cookies can be frozen after baking for up to 1 month and then thawed when you're in the mood for a sweet treat. More delicious cookies recipes you may like to try:
- This recipe for Everybody's Favorite Loaded Chunky Cookies turns one cookie dough into three different cookies.
- Chewy Caramel Rum Macaroon Cookies have that caramel coconut combination that makes them impossible to resist.
- Loaded Butterscotch Toffee Pecan Cookies are rich and decadent just like a butterscotch cookie should be.
- Loaded Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe adds pecans and chocolate chips to the mix for a fusion oatmeal cookie.
- Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies are another candy bar cookie favorite.
- Butter Pecan Cookies are a Southern favorite done right.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 11-oz bag Snickers bars or Baby Ruth bars cubed
- 1 cup chopped pretzels
- 1 cup cocktail peanuts roughly chopped
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth, fluffy and light beige in color.
- Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Stop to scrape the bowl periodically so all of the ingredients fully combine.
- Add the dry ingredients gradually while beating on low speed continue until all of the dry ingredients have been added, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
- After all of the dry ingredients have been added, increase the speed of the mixer and beat for 1 minute.
- Use a large non-stick spatula or spoon to mix the cubed Snickers bars, pretzels, peanuts, and chocolate chips into the batter by hand. The batter will be stiff. Mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Use a 2 oz ice cream scoop to separate the dough. Place the dough rounds at least 3-inches apart on the baking sheet to allow room to spread. Press the centers to flatten slightly for even baking. (A 4 oz ice cream scoop will make jumbo cookies so, adjust baking time accordingly)
- Bake for 18 minutes rotating the pans if needed, until golden.
- Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
These look amazing - going to make today!!
I always make cookies for my neighbors during the holidays. Usually, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, almond crescents, that kind of thing. This year I wanted to mix it up so I tried this recipe! These are incredible and were such a hit! I made them for our neighbors, heck I even gave some to our mailman and carpet cleaning guy! These will be on repeat for years to come!
Gonna make these today . They look amazing. Will let ya know more later.
Ok just finished making these cookies and they are so yummy. Will be making these again. Thank you for your fabulous recipe.❤️
Made these recently and I'm telling you they are amazing !!! Tastiest cookie I ever baked. So many ingredients that you you get a mini workout incorporating all of the yummy candy, choc chips, etc.
Will definitely make these again and again. Now I'm on the hunt for the best Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe.
A delicious cookie, I used salted butter and omitted the salt in the recipe. After I took them out of the oven, I sprinkled with sea salt. The salt really adds to the sweetness of all of the chocolate and caramel in the cookie. They taste amazing as they cool down
Thanks so much!
Thank you so much
Can’t wait to try the cookies. They sound yummy
It's my pleasure, enjoy!
Loved them!! They were a hit with the family
These look terrific...was wondering if the pretzels soften as the cookies sit? Was thinking about caramelizing the pretzels first to keep moisture from getting to them. But, if they dont soften then I will make recipe as is. Thanks!
Hi Liz, the pretzels won't soften after the cookies have been baked.
Quick question if i omit the 2/3C. smooth peanut butter on the recipe will that effect the cookie.
Hi, yes, it would. It's a vital part and shouldn't be omitted. You could likely replace with a different nut butter, if you prefer.
I haven't yet made these because of the Jif peanut butter recall!! ,😱😱 Yes, there are other brands out there but my husband only likes Jif. Well, I'm tired of waiting for the peanut butter situation to be resolved so I may just go to Costco and pick up the Kirkland brand which, I hear is really good. He can like it or lump it!! 😆😆 I'll let you know how it goes and how they turn out.