Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies


1 and � cups all-purpose flour
� cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
� teaspoon baking soda
� teaspoon salt
� cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
� cup light brown sugar, packed
� cup granulated sugar
� cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons milk
� cup pretzel pieces
� cup REESE�s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (about 12-14 REESE�s miniatures)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper
or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
Toss the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. Switch the mixer to medium speed and beat in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and peanut butter until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Turn the mixer off and pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a soft dough is formed. Beat in the milk on medium speed. Once mixed, beat in the pretzels and peanut butter cups until evenly disbursed.
The dough will be very thick and sticky. Cover the dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 30-45 minutes.
Drop 8 rounded balls of dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each, onto prepared baking sheets. Bake each batch for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. The cookies will not have spread much, so gently press down on them with the back of a fork or spoon. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 16 cookies
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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