Cookie Hack: Add Pretzels to Boost Texture, Flavor, and Crunch

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Trail Mix Cookies(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Among go-to choices for cookie dough mix-ins, chocolate chips, nuts, and dried fruit tend to be the major players. Maybe some M&Ms or coconut flakes get tossed in, but that’s usually where the line is drawn. Dig around your pantry a little more, however, and you’ll discover plenty more odds and ends that are pretty spectacular in cookies. One such ingredient? Pretzels.

Pretzels Are the Cookie Mix-in You’re Missing

This salty snack might not seem like a fit for cookies (including bar cookies!), but trust me, it works. Just like a sprinkle of flaky sea salt or salted caramel adds a surprising touch to sweets, so do pretzels. The salt contrasts the sugar to give you that salty-sweet hit that’s so pleasing to the senses, and at the same time it actually enhances all the flavors.

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No-Baked Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Bars(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Pretzels come with an extra benefit, though: They deliver crunch. So in addition to a salty kick, they give each bite an extra bit of texture. The best part is you don’t need to work that hard to bolster your treats with these benefits, since you probably already have a bag of pretzels in your pantry at this very moment.

How to Add Pretzels to Cookies

Crush or coarsely chop a big handful of crunchy pretzels and add them to batter when you add your usual mix-ins like chocolate chips. One important thing to note is pretzels are best used if the cookies will be eaten within a short period of time, as they do get soggy after a few days.

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