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Salty Sweet Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Modern Honey. Perfect chocolate chip cookies with caramel bits and pretzel pieces. A salty sweet cookie that everyone loves!

Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel Cookies 

Chocolate chip cookies with sweet caramel bits and crunchy salty pretzels.

A chocolate chip cookie may quite possibly be the best thing on the planet and how do you make it even better? I am so glad you asked. It’s by adding some sweet caramel bits and salty pretzels to get the perfect sweet + salty combination. These Salty Sweet Caramel Pretzel Cookies are one of my most popular cookie recipes of all time.

Salty Sweet Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Modern Honey. Perfect chocolate chip cookies with caramel bits and pretzel pieces. A salty sweet cookie that everyone loves!

Does anyone remember the old school “Parent Trap” sequel made in the 1980’s (for sure I am dating myself)? While the parents are gone,  the girls take out a big bowl and started to make cookies by adding everything and anything they could get their hands on – marshmallows, chocolate, M & M’s, potato chips, etc? I would rewind that over and over and dream about reenacting that cookie experience….and basically, we are doing just that! We are doing what those smart girls did in that movie and putting delectable ingredients into already perfect chocolate chip cookies.

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These Salty Sweet Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel Cookies have that coveted buttery, crispy edges and chewy center. You get a little crunch from the pretzels, sweetness from the caramel bits and richness from the semi-sweet chocolate.

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Here are a few tips for making the BEST Salty Sweet Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel Cookies:

  • Cream your butter + sugars for 4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Adding 1 egg and 1 egg yolk changes the cookie. Egg whites are important in baked goods but can dry them out. Using a 1 whole egg + egg yolk creates a rich cookie.
  • I use a secret ingredient that is completely optional. I’ve made this recipe with and without it and both turn out amazing. It just changes the texture of the cookie so if you have it on hand – add 1 Tablespoon of powdered milk. It sounds crazy but it adds a creamy texture without adding more liquid.
  • You can use all milk chocolate chips or a mix of milk and semi-sweet. Actually, you can use any chocolate you want – this is YOUR cookie. If you want your chocolate to melt throughout, chop up a bar or block of chocolate. It’s made differently than a chocolate chip so it melts more….and it looks so beautiful!
  • I used Kraft Caramel Bits for these cookies. I tried Trader Joe’s caramel as well but they didn’t hold their shape and spread a lot. Caramel bits are very obedient and stay put.
  • You can use any type of pretzels. I used pretzel sticks and crumbled them in my hand before adding them to the mixer. You can chop them into medium size pieces with a knife as well.

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Salty Sweet Caramel Pretzel Cookies

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
You get the best of both worlds - sweet and salty - all wrapped into this cookie. It's filled with sweet caramel bits, salty pretzels, and creamy milk chocolate.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 20


  • 1 cup Butter softened slightly
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Milk optional
  • 2 1/2 cup Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips or 1 cup semisweet + 1 cup milk chocolate
  • 1 cup Caramel Bits from Kraft or caramels cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup Pretzels break up with hands or chop into pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  • Add egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and powdered milk (optional) and cream until combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt and stir just until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips, caramel bits, and pretzels.
  • Use Silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet so the caramel doesn't stick to the pan. Drop dough onto baking sheet.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the edges.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies
Servings: 20
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  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are outrageously delicious!!! A perfect mix of everything yummy in one cookie- chocolate, pretzel and caramel. I used the Kraft caramel bits and just semisweet chocolate because I was trying to use things up. I also did not have powdered milk so left it out. Somehow I missed the powdered milk when I read through the recipe or I would have bought some.
    Next time I’m going for the caramel candy, mixing different chocolates and using the powdered milk.
    I baked one batch about the size of a walnut for 8 minutes and refrigerated the rest of the dough. They were perfect at 8 minutes. I used parchment and transferred to a cooling rack within 30 seconds of taking out of oven. Because they are stuffed with so many yummy things, the caramel in particular, I suggest under baking them or they will get too hard when cooled. My rule of thumb is never start off baking anything at the suggested bake time. I automatically cut it back by at least 5-6 minutes and then start watching them.
    Also just FYI, the pretzels were soft when I took the dough out of the refrigerator to bake the remainder. However, they hardened up once baked.
    I’m taking them on a trip so I froze them. Hopefully it doesn’t mess with the pretzel once thawed. I’ll keep you posted, but either way, they will still be delicious!

  2. I don’t see how much cream is to be added in the ingredients for direction #3. I added 1 tablespoon but wondered if it was necessary. These are my daughters favorite cookie and since she doesn’t like cake i made them for her 50th birthday.

    1. Hi Carol! In that sentence, “cream” is a verb. Technically, to cream or creaming means mixing butter and sugar together on a moderately high speed until well blended, fluffy and pale yellow. I hope that helps!