Golden Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie
If you’ve been following my blog (and thank you so much if you have!) you know that I have journeyed to lands of no sugar and no fat and attempts at ‘healthy baking’. My new perspective is go for the Gold once in awhile and indulge in some ‘real’ cookies!
Why is this cookie recipe is so good:
This recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies is Golden. I wanted to call it ‘Aunt Cici’s Chocolate Chip Cookie’ recipe since Aunt Cici’s cookies are the best in our family, hands down. Ironically, Cici reported filled me in that she uses the Nestle Toll House recipe! Gotta love her honesty. Cici shared with me a super baker butter tip (woah cool! that was a tongue twister!) – “Butter Holds the Secret to Cookies That Sing“. Since trying this butter tip I have noticed a huge improvement in my baking!
I added some bits of pretzel to this recipe, inspired by all the fantastic pics on Instagram for National Chocolate Chip Cookie day. If you missed out browse through 10,000 plus photos of chocolate chip cookies on Instagram here. The pretzel bits add an unexpected but welcome salty crunch to each bite.
Go for the Gold with this Golden Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie!
In the ideal, super human, able to resist everything world I would still be resisting all sugars – it’s toxic in large doses and sugar is simply not good for us. However, (a big however) through my personal journey, self testing and self-experimentation I’ve decided that it’s better to go ahead and have some what you really want and crave than to deprive yourself. As with most things in life, if we restrict ourselves too tightly we will be prone to over indulge given the opportunity.
I coach that it is definitely best to keep temptations out of sight on a day-to-day basis and to stock up the fridge with fresh fruits and healthy snacks.
If you are tracking on the Kurbo app (I recommend you do!), chances are you will have some red lights left over by the weekend. If you do have red lights left over it means that you have been mindfully choosing healthier foods all week long. In summary, go ahead and have your favorite red lights on the weekends! After you’ve satisfied your cravings, share the rest so you can start the next week again with a clean slate.
Where does my love for cookies come from?
None other than Cookie Monster! I could have had a worse role model, right? I learned English primarily from Sesame Street – I’m not kidding!! I was a toddler when we moved to America and I was a sponge to everything on television, in those days it was mostly Sesame Street, Electric Company. and Mr. Rogers…that explains a lot.
Finally, Cookie Monster and I will share the recipe for making a Golden Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie for yourself! The Mr. Rogers in me says, please do share yours 😉
Although it is very close, this is not the Original Toll House Cookie Recipe. I up the brown sugar and lower the white sugar each by 1/4 cup respectively. I also add bits of mini pretzel twists. Lastly, I use the tips in Butter Holds the Secret to Cookies That Sing keeping the butter cold, the bowl chilled, and refrigerating the dough. Other than that it’s all Nestles!
- 2¼ baking flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1¾ cups Nestles semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup mini pretzel twists broken into smallish pieces
- PREHEAT oven to 375° F for cookies, 350 if making cake sized cookie
- COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl
- Measure butter and cut it into smaller pieces keeping it cold (do not microwave the butter!)
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
- Gradually beat in flour mixture.
- Stir in morsels and pretzel bits
- Spray round teflon baking pan with baking spray if making one large cookie
- Or, spray non-stick baking sheet/ line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheet if making small cookie size
- BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown if making small cookies
- BAKE for about 20-25 minutes if making cake sized cookie
- Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes
- remove to wire racks to cool completely