Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Cookies
These cookies are loaded with sweet and salty goodness - and totally addictive. Best of all they only require one bowl, making clean-up a breeze. Vegan & gluten free.
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Mixing pretzels into my cookies, while not terribly unusual, isn’t something I would have done a couple months ago. I tend to reserve bagged convenience store treats for rare moments of indulgence (or weakness...call it what you will). Safe to say: it’s not exactly the ingredient I’d celebrate by nestling it into homemade vegan and gluten-free cookies. But as I’ve been recently reminded, life doesn’t always have to make sense. And apparently, neither do my cookie cravings - especially if they turn out as delicious as these.
The idea for salted dark chocolate pretzel cookies came to me while on the road, which is where I’d been spending a lot of time. A couple months ago, I got a call that I never wanted to receive. It was life, smacking me in the face. Pretty hard. It kicked off a stint of road trips: 500 miles every weekend, to visit one of my favorite humans as many times as I could, before I couldn’t anymore. As one would expect after logging 3500+ miles, you get to know the local gas stations quite well. Convenience store pit-stops quickly became the most reliable part of a totally unpredictable couple of months. And I (begrudgingly) embraced it.
Sometime between trip #3 and #4, I got the urge to save my half eaten bag of gas station pretzels for some baking at home. Being away from the kitchen so many weekends in a row definitely made me miss it. And all I wanted to do was toss some salty pretzels into cookie batter. Alongside plenty of dark chocolate. So I did. Because if these past couple months have taught me anything, it’s that there’s no better time than the present. Carpe diem, people. And don’t forget it.
After a number of attempts, I can now report that a) dark chocolate + pretzel is an epic combination (duh), and more importantly, b) this cookie combo can be made vegan and gluten free. I couldn’t tell you exactly how many times I’ve tested these (Anguel swears it’s over ten, I think closer to eight). But it was all in the name of developing a reliable cookie that works time and time again. Because this is my new favorite cookie, and you can bet I’ll be making it for years to come. The final recipe, is pretty damn close to perfection: the cookies are soft, tender and totally addictive. They’re loaded with dark chocolate, topped with flaky sea salt, and packed with pretzel bits for some extra crunch. Insanely good. I hope you like them as much as I do!
SALTED DARK CHOCOLATE PRETZEL COOKIES
Makes 18 cookies - Vegan, Gluten Free
Gluten free flour blend (arrowroot, almond flour, and oat flour), inspired by Oh She Glows
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag #ngmw on Instagram. I can't wait to check it out!