I got the idea for these cookies from Sugar Cooking. I thought, wow these are kind of like a Take 5 candy bar. I was going to make them as is but the more I thought about it, I realized they were missing something…caramel. There are also no peanuts in this cookie and I know a Take 5 has peanuts and peanut butter but the peanut butter chips will have to do for both. Plus, how many other things can I stuff into this cookie?
If you don’t want to deal with cutting up the caramel, I suppose you could use toffee chips to get that flavor but you won’t get the chewy. Let me tell you, that chewy is what keeps you coming back for more. I ate way too many of these. The crunchy, salty, chocolaty, peanut buttery elements don’t hurt either, let me tell you. But oh, the chewy!
My sister even liked these cookies and she is one of the most picky people I know. I didn’t even think she would try it just because of all the different elements. She, just like my husband, doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the stuff I cook or bake so when they like it, I know it is good.
Follow those two rules and you shouldn’t have any problems and you will be thrilled with the results.
My GeekyLink for this week is Blogtor Who. They have a Doctor Who podcast and they even did a podcast for Torchwood: Miracle Day. The funny thing is, one of the commentators just recently started watching Doctor Who. Sacrilege for someone doing a podcast about it I know, but it is awesome because now they are starting over, podcasting the Series (Season) 1 Doctor Who episodes with Christopher Eccleston aka The Ninth Doctor. They put a new one up every Saturday! Seeing as you can get those episodes on Netflix, why not follow along?
Chocolate, Caramel, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Cookies
adapted from Sugar Cooking
2 1/2 cups flour + 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
3/4 cup broken up pretzel pieces
3/4 cup caramels (I used Werther’s) cut up into about 6 pieces each (you can also use caramel bits but I prefer the cut up caramels)
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, beat well. When finished, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add in the sifted flour mixture a little at a time until completely incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, caramel bits, and pretzel pieces. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out tablespoonfuls of the dough and place about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet till no longer sticking to parchment (about 8-10 minutes).