If you offer me any dessert in the whole world, 9 times out of 10, I will choose a chocolate chip cookie.  They are just the most satisfying combination of perfect texture and flavor in my opinion.  My favorite chocolate chip cookie is still without a doubt Jacques Torres’ version.

And even though I have found my all-time favorite, I love to mix it up and try variations on my favorite dessert.  These Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies are a slightly savory twist on a classic.

Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

These Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies may make you want to have a beer with them due to their malty flavor and punch of pretzel flavor that comes not only from chopped pretzels, but also from ground pretzels that become flour-like before being mixed into the dry ingredients.

Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

I adapted this recipe from a book that is devoted to my favorite dessert:  Chocolate Chip Cookies by Carey Jones and Robyn Lenzi.  The authors reinterpret what is arguably America’s most classic sweet treat with more than 40 recipes.  Whether you like them crunchy or cakey, plain or with limitless mix-ins, you are sure to find some new favorite ways to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with this book.

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Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

A slightly savory twist on my favorite dessert: chocolate chip cookies


  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp malted milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 cups mini twist pretzels, divided
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chunks (or chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, grind 1 3/4 cups of the pretzels until fine powder is formed. Place the powder in a medium bowl and add the flour, malted milk powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Roughly chop remaining 1 cup pretzels and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.
  5. Mix in the flour mixture until well incorporated.
  6. Add the chopped pretzels and both types of chocolate chips/chunks and mix to incorporate.
  7. Scoop 1/4 cup-sized mounds of dough onto cookie sheets and bake 9-11 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Recipe adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookies by Carey Jones & Robyn Lenzi

Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

In addition to wonderful recipes. the book also offers tips about baking basics such as which type of butter and flour are best to use when making chocolate chip cookies.  There is also a whole chapter devoted to “Alternative Ingredients” so that you can enjoy chocolate chip cookies even if you follow a gluten-free or vegan diet or have a certain food allergy.  The authors of Chocolate Chip Cookies really have thought of everything when it comes to my favorite dessert.

*Chronicle Books provided me with a copy of Chocolate Chip Cookies by Carey Jones and Robyn Lenzi, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Oh, yum! I’ve never thought to put pretzels in cookies. Delicious!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 09, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

      It really is a great flavor combination for cookies, Alyssa!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I also love a good chocolate chip cookie. (Or chocolate chip cookie DOUGH!) 🙂 These sound delicious!


  3. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    My husband has been asking me to make cookies with malt powder in them. I think I know the recipe to try!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 09, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

      I think your husband would love these cookies Jessica! Let me know if you try them!


  4. Trish
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    What a unique idea. I’m always game for a chocolate chip cookie 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Oct 09, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

      The pretzels, malt powder and chocolate chips really are a fantastic combination! Thanks Trish!


  5. cindy
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I LOVE that there are ground pretzels in these cookies!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 12, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

      Thanks Cindy! The pretzels provide such a nice savoriness to the cookies!


  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    These cookies sound so good, I love salty-sweet desserts!


  7. Amy
    Mar 23, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    I had these bookmarked for a while and just made them today. They turned out great! I love that sweet/salty balance. Just a heads up–in your instructions, you’re missing the step where you mix the dry ingredients into wet.


    • Mercedes
      Mar 31, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you liked the Malted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies and thanks for catching my accidental omission in the recipe Amy!


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