It was a situation I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. A couple of week’s after starting a new food blog, most of which I intended to be baking recipes, my trusty mixer died.
Horrifying, I know. That wasn’t the worst part though. The truly devastating aspect of this tragedy was that due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to get a new mixer for a week. Yep, an entire week without baking…for a gal who absolutely loves to bake.
Needless to say, it was a tough week. All week I was dying to pull out some sugar and flour and get baking, but instead I was stuck thinking about the lovely things I would bake when I finally got my hands on a mixer.
One idea really stood out. I couldn’t get it out of my head, no matter how hard I tried. Imagine how awesome it would be if you’d make chocolate cookie dough and roll the unbaked cookies in crushed pretzels? I know, brilliant, right?
Needless to say, the first thing I did when I bought my amazing new Kitchen-Aid Pro 600 series is find out just how awesome these cookies would be. As it turns out…they were pretty awesome.
Pretzel Coated Chocolate Cookies
1/2 coarse pretzel crumbs (pretzels ground in food processor- do not grind into fine crumbs- you want some texture)
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margerine
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine all coating ingredients and stir to form a coarse, crumbly mixture. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Beat well to combine, scraping down the sides as needed to incorporate all ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine flour and cocoa powder. In a teaspoon measuring spoon, add the pinch of salt, then fill to the top with baking soda. Add to flour/cocoa mixture and stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, stirring gently until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
Using a small cookies scoop, scoop about 1 and 1/4 Tbsp of dough into your hand. Roll into ball, then drop into pretzel coating mixture and turn on all sides to coat evenly. Repeat with all remaining dough.
Bake at 350 for 13-14 minutes (for this size cookie, for a smaller cookie bake 10-11 minutes.) Allow to cool on tray for a couple of minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Yields 3 dozen large cookies. Dough recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com