Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels.
Welcoming in February with the best warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels. Homemade soft pretzel dough, stuffed with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, shaped into pretzels, and baked until golden on the outside, and soft and gooey inside. These pretzels are every bit as delicious as you’re imagining, and make for the perfect indulgent dessert any day of the week. Meaning…when you’re in need of a really good chocolate fix!
Word on the street is that many of you are experiencing temperatures of -20 degrees. At least that’s what I’m seeing come through my DM’s on Instagram. Honestly, even though I live in the cold and snowy mountains of Colorado, I still think that’s wayyyy too cold. We are not experiencing these -20 degree temperatures, but I’m feeling sympathy for all of you out there who are.
And to show my support, I baked us up the very best weekend treat I could possibly imagine. Because when it’s too cold to leave your house, there’s no better use of your time than to bake. Especially when it’s literally freezing outside, and especially after a long week. Anyone else so happy it’s finally Friday?
I know I am. I’m also excited to share these pretzels with you all, and to welcome in the month of February. I actually loved January, but with February comes the excitement of longer days, fresh-cut flowers, and chocolates for Valentine’s Day. In general, just a fun month ahead.
OH! And today is my brother Brendan’s birthday! See, it’s such a good day. Hmm, let’s see, he’s 29 today! Wishing I could share these pretzels with him, but I’m sure he’s eating well and enjoying the Cali sunshine.
OK, moving along, let’s talk details.
If any of you have been reading for a good number of years, this is what I am calling a “retro” recipe. It’s an older HBH recipe that I’ve recreated to make easier and better. And honestly, to resurrect it from the HBH graveyard that’s 2,000+ recipes deep…
Not even kidding.
So I made these cookie stuffed pretzels years and years ago, but I think I love them more this year. I mean, my gosh, these are quite possibly one of the best desserts I’ve ever come up with. They’re warm, chocolatey, doughy, a little salty, and all kinds of delicious.
Start with the pretzel dough. Don’t fear it, it’s so easy. You just need a handful of ingredients, mostly water, flour, and a little bit of time. While the dough is rising, make the cookie dough.
Now, I just used my favorite homemade cookie dough. Since these pretzels are a little over the top as is, I didn’t want to overwhelm things with a fancy cookie dough. Sometimes simple is best. That said, I did switch it up slightly by using semi-sweet chocolate chunks, but you can use chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, either is great.
To assemble, simply roll the pretzel dough out into ropes, flatten, add a little cookie dough to the center, seal, and form the dough into pretzels (see photos for references). I will say that your first pretzel is most likely going to look the worst. There will probably be a few holes throughout the dough.
DO NOT let this scare you off. Having a few holes in the dough is totally fine and just leaves room for the cookies to ooze out a little while baking, which is delicious for the end results. So don’t stress.
As you continue to make and shape the pretzel, each will get a little easier and you’ll get the hang of things. The bottom line, no matter what your pretzels end up looking like, they will, without a doubt, taste DELICIOUS! And that’s all that matters.
I made these with the Super Bowl in mind, as they’re the perfect game day dessert. But let’s be honest, you should probably make these today, since it’s Friday, you know just for a little practice. And then again on Sunday for the Super Bowl. Oh, and then maybe even again for Valentine’s Day later this month…
Basically every other week is ideal. Because salty soft pretzels + chocolate chip cookie dough is truly what you lay awake at night dreaming about.
Happy Friday guys! Stay warm and enjoy some seriously good cookies this weekend!
If you make the cookie stuffed soft pretzels, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Soft Pretzels
Homemade soft pretzel dough, stuffed with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, shaped into pretzels, and baked until golden on the outside, and soft and gooey inside.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 1/2 cups to 5 all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
1. Combine the water, honey, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
2. Add the melted butter, salt, and flour to the mixture and mix on low-speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands. Coat a large bowl with oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, make the cookie dough. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined and creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, and baking soda, beat until combined. Stir in the the chocolate chips.
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Fill a large bowl with warm water.
5. Divide the pretzel dough into 8 equal balls and roll each out into a rectangle (about 11x3 inches). Spread about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons cookie dough along the length of each piece. Starting with the opposite side, roll the dough up into a log, enclosing the toppings inside. Pinch the seams together. Very gently roll the dough with your hands to form an even cylinder and fully enclose the filling (see above photos).
6. To shape into pretzels, take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the bowl of warm water. Submerge the pretzels in the water, 2 at a time for 30 seconds. Remove and transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, placing 4 pretzels on each baking sheet. Brush the tops with the beaten egg wash and season liberally with salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
7. Remove pretzels from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy! If needed, the pretzels can be reheated in a 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes.
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