Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies-chocolate chip cookies with salted caramel, pretzels, and a sprinkling of sea salt. You will love the sweet and salty combo! 

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

We bake cookies every Sunday, it is our tradition. I usually do most of the baking and the boys do most of the eating, but we all have a good time in the kitchen. The boys do try to help by making music with the measuring cups and they love whisking the dry ingredients together. Caleb and Maxwell are also my best taste testers. They always come running when it is time to lick the bowl and when the cookies come out of the oven.

Yesterday, we made Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies and the boys loved them! They gave them two thumbs up!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I am a sucker for all things sweet and salty. Why choose one when you can have both? These cookies have it ALL!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The chocolate chip cookies are pretty much perfection on their own, but they get even better after the salted caramel and pretzels are added in. Oh, and to bring out the salty kick even more I sprinkled the cookies with a little bit of sea salt. Cookie heaven!!!!!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I think I have a new favorite cookie…and my boys agree! The chocolate and caramel all over their faces said it all! And the fact that they both devoured two cookies. It was the weekend, we were all splurging:) And trust me, you won’t be able to stop at just one cookie. These Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies are amazing! Bake a batch today!

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with salted caramel, pretzel pieces, an a sprinkling of sea salt. The sweet and salty combo is incredibly delicious!
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • 18-20 caramels cut in half (I like to use Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramels)
  • Pretzel twists for pressing on cookies about 36
  • Extra sea salt for sprinkling on cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together for about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped pretzels.
  4. Form the cookie dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough. Place a caramel piece in the center of the dough ball, making sure the cookie dough completely covers the caramel. This will prevent the caramel from oozing out in the oven. Place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Gently press a pretzel twist on top of each cookie. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt.
  5. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
  6. Note-the cookies will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My salted caramel pretzel cookie dough is very dry. very hard to work with . what can I do to moisten it> Just tried one pan so far.

    1. Weird, they have never been dry for me. Did you add too much flour? You can try adding a egg yolk.

  2. Could you use Kraft Caramel Bits instead of the caramel candy squares you are using? I find that sometimes they harden and not as good?

  3. Do you place 1/2 a caramel in the center of the cookie ball? Or a whole caramel, that has been cut in half?

    Thank you

  4. Just found your cookie recipe and made them on Sunday. OMG! They’re soooo good, and it was all i could do to stop going to the cookie jar! I gave half of them to my daughter, but now regret doing so LOL. Her family loves them too, will be making them at their house (hope they share!). These are now our new go to cookie, thanks for sharing!

  5. WOW! family loves these cookies. The salty sweet is perfect. 3 dozen of these cookies disappears in a day in my house. These have become my familys fav cookies. You can’t just have one.

    Calgary, Ab

  6. 5 stars
    This is a go to recipe. Haven’t had anyone say they don’t like it. Even my little guy, who tends towards salty not sweet. Even made if for the “Food Stuffed with Other Food” competition at work.

  7. 5 stars
    I just finished making these and they are amazing! My husband has declared them the best cookies he’s ever had. I had some trouble with the caramel melting through the cookie and falling through the cooling rack and breaking a few of them – but probably an easy fix with a bit more dough 🙂 Will be making again soon!!

    1. Glad you liked the cookies. Yes, just make sure the caramel is completely covered with cookie dough!

  8. Did you notice if the pretzels got soft after a day or so? These look AMAZING, but I have had other cookies that involved pretzels and by day 2 the pretzels were mush. Just curious if you noticed that with these… or if they even made it that long!

  9. 5 stars
    EVERY time I make these cookies, I get begged for the recipe which I happily give!! They are so decadent and amazing!

  10. 5 stars
    I just made these and they are deliscious!! The only problem I had was when trying to form dough into cookie, they became a little sticky and when baked flattened out a bit more than I would have liked. Would you recommend sticking dough in fridge first ?

    1. Maybe because it is summer and hot? I never have that problem. Yes, you can stick it in the fridge for awhile. Glad you liked the cookies!

  11. 5 stars
    These cookies were amazing! They turned out perfectly. I chilled the dough for 30 minutes; I think that might help prevent the caramel falling out and the cookies spreading too thin. Everyone at work loved them. I think I have a new favorite cookie recipe! 

  12. 5 stars
    I made these and they are fantastic, I think I like these better than plain chocolate chip cookies. They came out looking like something you would buy at a bakery! My husband took these and to work with two other different types of cookies I had made and these won hands down. If you like chocolate chip cookies you should try these.

  13. they are amazing i call them crack on steroid cookies, but i would love to get a nutritional fact on this that would be great as well. I like to make conversions to make them better or lower calories

  14. 5 stars
    AMAZING!! I loved these. I used Kraft caramel and dark brown sugar. I had to cook almost twice as long but they turned out fantastic. I had cookies for dinner! 

  15. 5 stars
    I made these for the teachers during ‘teacher week” in May this year.  They were a big hit!  Great recipe!

  16. I judged these cookies at one of our local fairs in our area and sent them on to the State Fair. I asked the young lady if I could have the recipe and she gave me the web site which they must list in their write up where they got the recipe. I shared a taste with some of the other judges and we all agreed they were State Fair worthy.

  17. I hav Argus Rico tic bot and they don’t spread like yours…what am I doing  wrong they are more thick and not so chewy but they are tasty!!!

  18. 5 stars
    I have made these multiple times and they are a hit, especially at the annual cookie exchange party I host every year. Easy to make.

  19. I have been looking for the salted caramel chocolate chip cookies. Can this particular recipe be made without the pretzels and still not affect the cookies?

  20. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to make these, but what kind of chocolate chips? Semi-sweet?

    Also, how many does the typical batch make? Thanks!

  21. 5 stars
    I love these! Please help, I can’t remember how many the recipe makes and I’m making them for a cookie exchange. I’d love to have an idea of how many batches I need to make. Thanks!!!

  22. I made these in bar form so I used the small unwrapped caramels that are by the chocolate chips at the grocery store. No fancy salt at my house so I used the stuff from the bottom of the pretzel bag! It worked perfectly. My son and his friends couldn’t stop! I was hesitant to put pretzels in a cookie…I may never go back!

  23. 5 stars
    Made these for my husband’s crew and got rave reviews. These are so so delicious! Your cookie recipes are absolutely amazing. Keep up the stellar work!

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