I've slightly adapted this recipe from Jenny at Picky Palate, a fabulous food blog that focuses on feeding the pickiest of eaters. Ok, yes, that begs the question what was I doing on this site as I am about as far from picky with food as tomatoes are from being vegetables. I really don't know how I found the site, just know I did, and below is one of the best cookie recipes I've made.
adapted from Picky Palate
1 stick softened butter, 8 tablespoons
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips, to melt
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter (reserve 2 tablespoons)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup broken pretzel pieces*
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Melt white chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons peanut butter over a double boiler until melted. (If you don't have a double boiler, simply put a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water...just make sure your bowl doesn't make contact with the water. It should simply sit on top and be heated by the steam of the boiling water).
- Add melted chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter to beaten butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Place flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; mix to combine.
- Add to wet ingredients, a third at a time, just until combined (do not overmix!). Pour in pretzels and semisweet chocolate chips and allow paddle to stir until mixed throughout.
- With a cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. With the palms of your hand, gently press down each cookie to about 1/2" thickness (dough will be crumbly, so "gently press" is key). Sprinkle each cookie with a touch of sea salt.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges become golden and slightly crisp. Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.
*I used Trader Joe's Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks. I broke them by placing a good handful into a ziploc bag and pressing a rolling pin over them till they were sufficiently crushed. In doing so I also exploded the bag and created a dusty mess...you might want to cover the plastic bag with a towel to avoid said mess.