My son turned eleven in April.
E. Lev. En.
It’s like I’m officially old now or something. But, this isn’t about how old I may or may not be.
This is about the birthday boy.
He’s cute. He’s also eleven.
For his birthday he requested chocolate fondue in lieu of a cake. (We used this recipe if anyone is curious. It was divine. I tripled the recipe and put it in a crock pot instead of a fondue pot. Highly recommend!) His favorite thing to dip was the big pretzel rods.
Since his birthday (where he turned eleven, if you can believe that) he’s been begging me for chocolate covered pretzels all the live long day.
I finally snagged a bag of Flipz. Flipz are just candy coated pretzels, for those of you not in the know. My son was so happy and I was feelin’ like a good mama.
Then, before he had a chance to eat them, I had an idea.
And that is the story of how I ruined my son’s life. Oh, wait. I think I jumped ahead a little.
You see, my idea was to chop the chocolate covered pretzels up into tiny pieces and add them to cookie batter. So that’s what I did. I also snuck in some peanut butter chips. It just felt right.
When my son (the eleven year old!) saw the pile of chopped pretzels I thought he was going to have a stroke. What had I done to his beloved snack that he had begged and pleaded for?
Then I baked the cookies and gave him a couple and he promptly forgave me. He might have even called me cool. Probably not, though. He is, after all, eleven years old now.
I’m so glad these were a success. I may have been disowned otherwise. The pretzel taste really did pop in these. There wasn’t a whole lot of crunch, but enough to be noticeable without overwhelming. Definitely worth sacrificing an innocent bag of Flipz for.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 5 ounce package Flipz milk chocolate covered pretzels, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces until well combined.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.