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!
4.79 from 33 votes


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Note-the cookies will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.


Calories: 223kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 213IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Woaah, these look delicious! I love the combination of something salty in my cookies, so yes yes yes I will have to pin this for later! 🙂

  2. These look so amazing! And the pretzels on top bring everything together. I would eating two too.

  3. These look basically PERFECT!! What a great flavor combo. I need to start baking cookies on Sunday, too!! So fun.

  4. Adding all my favorites into one dish is awesome. It cant get any better. I’m going to try this for the coming weekend.

  5. I really like sweet salty, Carmel and chocolate! Can’t wait to try these. Keep the recipes coming. I also love hearing about what you and your boys do.

  6. Oh wow, they look absolutely fantastic!! And I love the sweet and savory combo. I can’t resist, I need to bake them this coming weekend. Thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made these this afternoon and they are amazing; perfect balance of salty and sweet. This recipe is definitely a keeper and I will come back to it again and again.

  8. First of all, these ingredients – caramel, chocolate, pretzels – sound like they make an absolutely delicious cookie! I am however struggling with a problem: I have to convert the amount of each ingredient into grams since I live in Europe and measuring cups are very unusual over here. Supposed 1 cup of flour will be about 125 grams, 1 cup of sugar about 200 grams, according to this the total amount of sugars (400 g) in this recipe seems fairly high – and there is even more sugar in chocolate and caramel. Could you please confirm the amount of sugar? Thanks a lot – looking forward to making these soon!

  9. I made these last Saturday with my daughter. They are amazing! Cookies are my favorite kind of treat, and these are  my new favorite cookie 🙂 

  10. Great recipe! These are delicious and easy to make. I think my husband’s co-workers are going to appreciate me very much, haha. I’m not near a Trader Joe’s so I used the new soft variety of Werther’s Originals caramels.

  11. Instead of caramels could I use peanut butter chips or would that mess up the cookies structure ?

  12. Ever since I saw this post I’ve been wanting to make these – finally did today and they’re delicious! Looking forward to taking them to a dinner party!

  13. Made these today. Very easy – I bake VERY rarely, and SO DELICIOUS. Thanks for this great recipe! 

  14. Hello, I was thinking about making the dough for these cookies and freezing them for later. Would that make the pretzels soggy at all or affect their crispness?

  15. I just made these last night. My hubby absolutely loved them! I may or may not be eating one right now for breakfast. Thanks for the great recipe.

  16. The caramels made the bottoms of my cookies fall out so they were oozing caramel all over the counter while cooling.

  17. I was only able to find chocolate sea salt caramels. Should I cut out the sea salt from the recipe so they aren’t too salty?

  18. OMG what a delicious and greedy recipe!
    I really love pretzel…and I’m starving thinking at those in a sweet chocolate combination! I have to try it asap! ^_^
    Thanks a lot for the usual, great, inspiration.

  19. These cookies were indeed yummy. I did however have a problem with the caramels sinking to the very bottom. The second time I made them I put the caramel on the top of the unbaked cookies and just pushed slightly into the dough and that worked better for me.

  20. These were amazing!  I did them over as cookies, and the second time as cookie bars topped with brownie batter!  They were amazing!

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. It seems like within the span of two days the actual ingredient list & recipe have disappeared. Help?

  27. I have these on the oven baking as we speak! Except, I used GLUTEN FREE flour. Hoping it still works!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 4 stars
    Great recipe for a sleepover at night! We even put them in muffin tins and made cookie bowls! A long night spent in the kitchen is a good night. (until like 12)

  32. 5 stars
    EVERY time I make these cookies, I get begged for the recipe which I happily give!! They are so decadent and amazing!

  33. 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!

  34. 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! 

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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! 

  38. 5 stars
    I made these for the teachers during ‘teacher week” in May this year.  They were a big hit!  Great recipe!

  39. 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.

  40. 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!!!

  41. 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.

  42. 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?

  43. 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!

  44. 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!!!

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. 5 stars
    Just made these cookies and they are beyond delicious. The recipe is really easy and the cookies came out perfect. Thank you so much for sharing! Lots of time to bake now…stay well!

  48. 5 stars
    These cookies are so good! The perfect blend of salty and sweet. I read through the comments before making this and noticed the problem with the caramel. So I did not use soft caramels. Instead, I used dulce de leche from nestle. This can be found in a squeezable bottle in the Hispanic section of a grocery store (I went to Walmart). I refrigerated the bottle before adding it to the recipe. Not only did the cookies turn out perfect. But I was able to drizzle the dulce de leche on top of the cookies after I took them out of the oven. So amazing! I will definitely be making this again.

  49. 5 stars
    Just made these cookies. Everyone that had one loved it. I would recommend to leave the cookie on the cookie sheet to cool for at least 10 minutes. Doing that allows the caramels to set. Will definitely make again!!

  50. 5 stars
    I made these last night and everybody LOVER them! I was wondering can I refrigerate the dough overnight? I like making smaller batches through out the week but also like having the dough pre made ahead of time!

  51. 4 stars
    Made these tonight and followed recipe exactly, short of placing whole pretzel on top of cookie. I also used 1/2c. dark choc chips and 1 c semi sweet. Baked for 11 minutes. (Be sure to let them cool on sheet before removing!) Yum! Next time, I will not put in caramel. These remind me of the Panera Kitchen Sink cookie recipe, which I have made several times.

  52. 2 stars
    I will never ever ever make these cookies again. I had to throw half of them out because they fell apart as I took them off the cookie sheet. The caramel turned them into an ugly blob. They were the most labor intensive cookie ever, with all the peeling and cutting of caramels. No thanks. I followed the recipe to a T and I’m not happy with them at all. Don’t get me wrong, they taste good, but they are ugly AF. There’s no way I can serve them on my holiday cookie tray.

  53. 5 stars
    My friend who bakes thought this would be too ambitious for me, as I never bake anything. However, I WANTED these cookies and no one would take the hint to make them for me, so I forged ahead! I’ve now given several batches to friends who declared them the BEST COOKIES THEY EVER HAD. So I’m a baker now I guess.

  54. Do you suggest freezing them formed raw, then bake them off and add a minute or two? Or bake, then freeze?

    1. Both ways work. If you want fresh cookies, freeze the dough and then bake and add a minute or two.

  55. 5 stars
    Delicious!! This is a great recipe. I cooked mine for 9 minutes and let them sit and rest before removing them from the tray. They were a lovely texture, definitely not crumbly!

  56. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I used Kraft caramel nibs, white chocolate chips, nestle sea salt caramel filled chocolate chips and crushed pretzels mixed into dough. Yummy

    1. Hi Lia.. I’m wanting to make these cookies and I, too, thought of the nibs.. How did they work out as far as melting.. ?..I think the caramels will melt and spread inside the cookie and that’s what I’m looking for but I would much rather use the nibs than unwrap and cut a bunch of caramels..!!..thanks..

  57. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe about 5 times and I love it so much. I followed the instructions to a T and it turned out so delicious! The variety of textures is so good!

  58. 5 stars
    I made these for a big family gathering and they were the hit of the party! People who say they fell apart took them off the sheet too soon. They are just fine after cooling a few minutes.

  59. 5 stars
    Cookies were great! I put the caramel halve into the top of the dough ball (not middle) but made sure it was covered thinly by the cookie dough. I didn’t have any caramel leakage or blobs. They came out great!

  60. Any advice for making these at high altitude? I am new to baking in the high altitude and I don’t want to ruin these! I make them every year but we just moved so I am nervous. Anyone have any tips?

  61. Hi, love these cookies but Tjs is out of the caramels. Can I use the Kraft nibs? If so how would you recommend using them?

  62. Hi, I am going to use the Kraft nibs, but can I just dump them in the batter like I do the chocolate chips or should I wrap the dough around them as you recommend with the other caramels?

    P.S these are our go to cookie! My husband and son love them. I just don’t have the bigger caramels on hand.

  63. 5 stars
    Really good ending. Didn’t use the Caramel but they still tasted really good with a good crunch and amazing chewiness. Thanks for the recipe!