Caramel Cookies with Pretzel and Walnuts are the perfect treat for any occasion. They’re easy to make, but they also taste like you spent hours in the kitchen slaving over them. This recipe is a perfect balance of salty and sweet.
Caramel Cookies with Pretzel and Walnuts
The perfect holiday cookie, these are chewy and soft on the inside with a golden sugar crust on the outside. The caramel bits are sweet but not too sweet. This recipe can be made with or without nuts; I personally like walnuts because they go so well with the sweetness of the caramel and the chewiness of the cookies. These cookies are guaranteed to be your new favorite!
These cookies are so good that you won’t be able to stop at just one! They are rich, so consider them more of a special occasion treat than an everyday cookie.
Why should you try this recipe ?
These cookies are so good that you won’t be able to stop at just one! They are rich, so they taste more like a special occasion treat than an everyday cookie, however, there is no reason not to enjoy these cookies every day.
How to Store your cookies
Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. These cookies can also be kept in the refrigerator, although it changes the texture of the cookies, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If storing the cookies in the freezer, be sure to place them in an airtight container that allows you to place a layer of parchment paper between them or place them on a plate and freeze them before placing them in a freezer bag. If you do not, they will stick together in a giant blob.
How to Serve These Cookies
You can eat these cookies right from your cookie jar. You can also warm them slightly in the microwave before eating them. While these cookies are very good on their own, caramel sauce or vanilla ice cream are good accompaniments.
Can I Use Other Nuts?
Yes, you can! If you and your friends don’t like walnuts, feel free to substitute your favorite nut in this recipe. The texture of the cookies will change slightly because of the nuts, so if it is a specific type or amount of nuts that you prefer, you can certainly use it.
Pecans and walnuts are often interchangeable so you can easily swap pecans for the walnuts without noticing much change. If you other nuts, the change is much more specific.
Best Way to Chop Pretzels
The easiest way to chop pretzels is by placing them in a freezer bag and lightly hitting them with a rolling pin. The pretzels will shatter into tiny pieces which you can then use in the recipe.
If you do not want crushed pretzels, you can also use a knife or even put your pretzels in a food processor. If using the food processor, be careful not to process too long or you will end up with pretzel flour.
Caramel Pretzel Cookie Ingredients
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Butter, room temperature
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Corn syrup
- Large eggs
- Caramel bits
- Walnuts, chopped
- Pretzels, chopped
How To Make Caramel Pretzel Cookies
Step 1 – Prep
Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 2 – Make the Cookie Dough
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, or a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together. Add in the vanilla, corn syrup, and eggs. Mix until well combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add in the caramel bits, chopped pretzels, and chopped walnuts. Stir well.
Step 3 – Bake the Cookies
Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Press down slightly and add additional caramel bits, chopped pretzels, and chopped walnuts to the top of uncooked dough. Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.
Step 4 – Remove Cookies and Cool
Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Enjoy.
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More Cookie and Pretzel Recipes
Sugar Cookies – These sugar cookies (with white chocolate chips and candied sprinkles) are made with a pleasant and intriguing combination of ingredients. It won’t taste like any other sugar cookie you’ve ever had.
Peach Pretzel Salad – This delicious pretzel salad is both sweet and salty and is perfect for any occasion. Made with fresh peaches, crunchy pretzels, a delicious cream cheese filling and a layer of peach Jello with fresh, ripe peaches added.
Raspberry Pretzel Salad – This delicious dessert is made with a sweet cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture and topped with raspberry Jello with fresh raspberries added, layered on top of a crunchy, salty layer of pretzels. This raspberry pretzel salad is the absolute definition of sweet and salty deliciousness.
And here is a delicious White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookie recipe you might enjoy too!
Caramel Cookies with Pretzels and Walnuts
- 2¾ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups caramel bits
- 1½ cups walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup pretzels, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375° and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, or a stand mixer, cream butter and the sugars together. Add in the vanilla, corn syrup, and eggs. Beat until just combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Fold in the caramel bits, chopped walnuts, and chopped pretzels.
- Roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls and place them on your prepared baking sheet. Press dough balls slightly and add additional toppings into the dough.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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