Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

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You are in for a sweet and salty treat today. There is a good chance that these are baking in my oven even as you read this guest post from Chef Dennis; I think my jaw hit the floor when I opened up the email containing it. Thank you Dennis for bringing the cookies today!

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies from Chef Dennis on KatrinasKitchen

When I was first got the email from Katrina about her idea for December, I thought it sounded like fun!How could you say no to an idea that featured cookies all month long!So thank you Katrina, for inviting me to your month long party at In Katrina’s Kitchen, and thank you so much for letting me kick off the series of guest bloggers that will be gracing your blog this month!

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Chef Dennis and it’s my great pleasure today to be here with you today and share a new cookie recipe with you.I have to start out by saying that while I’m not really a baker, it is something that I truly enjoy doing.While I have made my fair share of cakes and pies, cookies are one treat that has eluded me.I do have my one go to cookie, courtesy of Alice Medrich, but I’ve pretty much beaten that one into the ground this year, and I knew I needed to expand my cookie repertoire.I started going through my cookbooks looking for inspiration, there were so many wonderful cookies to choose from, but in the end I decided upon a cookie that I had seen in my wife’s December edition of Real Simple.The cover of the issue simply stated “30 impressive make-ahead cookies”and as I looked through the magazine, nothing really grabbed me and then I turned the page to the last cookie, and there it was…….sighIn all its peanut butter glory, looking at me……just begging to be baked.

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies from Chef Dennis on KatrinasKitchen

The initial recipe was for Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, but the picture showed a variation that tasty little cookie, that included broken pretzels and heath bar pieces!Need I say more?It was a no brainer, I mean how could I resist Toffee-Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies!

Now these cookies were positively delicious!Being a novice cookie baker I did a few things wrong,1) I made the cookies a little too big 2) I overcooked them slightly because they looked too puffy and not done 3) I didn’t think it mattered about moving them onto a wire rack…sigh

Ok, they were still delicious, just a little crunchier than I think they should have been, and you can see by picture how they cracked a bit.I think not cooking them quite as long would have eliminated some of the cracking.Next time I would refrigerate the dough prior to flattening them too, I don’t know if it would help but it sounds like a good idea.All I can say is a little crunchy they were perfect for dipping in milk, and since I brought the cookies, you can bring the milk!Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a very cookielicious day!

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Flourless, sweet and salty, toffee, peanut butter, pretzel cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup broken salted pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate covered toffee bars


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • In a the bowl of your mixer, blend together the peanut butter, sugars, eggs, baking soda, and salt, until smooth.
  • Add in the broken pretzels and toffee bar pieces and fold into the mixture.
  • Shape the dough into balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) and place 2 inches apart on your parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Using the tines of a fork, flatten each dough ball, by making crisscross patterns on the cookie (it was really hard with the pretzels and toffee in the dough, but do the best you can).
  • Bake 10-12 minutes (rotating trays half way through) until puffed and golden.
  • Allow to cool slightly on the rack and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

PhotobucketClick image to see all of the cookies shared.

Thanks again, Chef! Aren’t you all glad that he challenged his comfort zone and brought the cookies today?! He’s normally wowing us all with things like Chicken Venetian, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and Eggnog Gelato. Okay, now will someone please pass the milk?

- Katrina

35 Responses to “Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. #
    Averie — December 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    These look wonderful. Two of my faves all in one: toffee AND Pb. NICE!
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    Elin — December 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Katrina…that is a good one and sinfully decadent too 🙂 Chef Dennis gave us the christmas cookies in advance. I would definitely baked this for christmas 🙂 Thanks for starting this . " I will bring the cookies series " Now I can drop by every day to feast on your guest's cookies . Briliant idea to start this cookies series 🙂

    Chef Dennis…thank you for sharing this early christmas cookies…now you have me drooling over the keyboard ! :p
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    Blog New Blacxk — December 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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    Elizabeth — December 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    These look GREAT!!

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    nic010205 — December 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    ooo pretzels in cookies! I'd swap the toffee for chocolate chips, but these sound so good. so inspiring. 🙂
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    Kiri W. — December 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Oh man, this cookie has everything I love, minus chocolate chips, but which cookie doesn't have those? What a special, incredibly delicious sounding treat!! 🙂
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    Not Rachael Ray — December 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    These look awesome!
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    Chef Dennis — December 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    thanks for letting me take part i your cookie extravaganza this month, it was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see what everyone else makes!

  9. #
    Belinda @zomppa — December 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I have such a weakness for toffee – these are perfect…
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  10. #
    Helene Dsouza — December 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Those look wonderfull! pretzel in cookies! lol
    in case I have some left getting stale in future I ll know what to do with them. 😉

  11. #
    Mary — December 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    These really sound fabulous. I always love to visit here. I never leave empty handed. I know my family will love to see these on the holiday cookie tray. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    bakedbyrachel — December 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I need to branch out on my peanut butter cookies – this is a perfect place to start!! 🙂 Yum!
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    @fakeginger — December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Omg Heath bars and pretzels are two of my favorite things in the world! I must try these!

  14. #
    Sue — December 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies! What a tasty variation! And actually, I LIKE the cracks:) Great kick-off cookie, Chef Dennis!
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    amyscookingad — December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    These look fantastic, Chef Dennis! What a fun idea, Katrina – can't wait to see what else in is store!
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  16. #
    RavieNomNoms — December 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Ahhhhh I love these!!! I wish I could reach into the screen right now and eat one

  17. #
    bigbearswife — December 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    i think they look good cracked like that ! mmm if I was at home I'd have them in the oven too! Great Cookies!
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  18. #
    Erin @Dinners, Dish — December 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Oh my, yes please! I want these on my Cookie Tray!!

  19. #
    thesmartcookiecook — December 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a PERFECT combination! This is my kinda cookie 🙂
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    Bake Your Day — December 2, 2011 at 12:16 am

    This was a really great idea. Awesome cookie Chef. I love the pretzel pieces!

  21. #
    Simply Life — December 2, 2011 at 1:37 am

    wow! these look incredible!
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    weekendgourmet — December 2, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Yumm…these look CRAZY good!

  23. #
    happywhennothungry — December 2, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I could probably eat this entire batch! They look sooo delicious 🙂

  24. #
    lisamichele — December 2, 2011 at 3:58 am

    LOVE!! These cookies are definitely in my holiday and well, ALL year long rotation! peanut butter 'anything' is a weakness..but add toffee and salted pretzels, and my willpower is gone lol

  25. #
    Valerie — December 2, 2011 at 5:21 am

    That's pretty much everything I love all crammed together in one amazing cookie. Yum!
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  26. #
    Kelly — December 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Mmm Katrina these cookies look amazing, perfect for the holidays!!! If you haven't already, feel free to check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right on my blog! xoxo

  27. #
    Elyse-Cultural Dish — December 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    These cookies are awesome! Such great flavors and I love the added crunch of the pretzel! Yum!

  28. #
    [email protected] — December 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Chocolate covered toffee!! Oh these are just too good, definitely a must make. No doubt Chef Dennis is up to any challenge in the kitchen be it savory or sweet. Great recipe!

  29. #
    stephday — December 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    These cookies look great! I'm loving the cookie extravaganza!!
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  30. #
    Liz — December 3, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Oh, man, how I love anything with toffee chunks. These look incredible!!!

  31. #
    Parsley Sage — December 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    It's awesome seeing Chef Dennis do a guest post 🙂 These cookies look fabulous! A great start to the cookie fest! Woo hoo!

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  32. #
    Elina — December 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    These look incredible! I love all of the goodies in them. Fantastic!
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  33. #
    Joy — December 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    The cookies look great.

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    Aimee — December 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I made these today and they are sooo good! I ate too many though and then had to go do my Pilates! They are hard to form into balls and I found they crack a little when pushing them down before putting into the oven, but they taste so good, who cares what they look like at this point? Thanks for the recipe!

  35. #
    P.J. — July 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Katrina, I wanted a really good peanut butter cookie recipe than I came across yours. However I did change things up a little. But my question is. May I add your web site to my blog. So other bloggers may get the real recipe to your wonderful cookies. I look forward to your reply.

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