Are you a sweet & salty lover? Then you’ll fall in love with these White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies!
Folks, it’s come to my attention that I’m part of an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation.
Thankfully it’s nothing medical – except for maybe mental – and thankfully it isn’t related to zombies, politics, or wearing sandals and socks in any way.
It’s saying the word “ohp” or “oop” when running into people in public.
Now I know this is nothing to be too alarmed about, but someone brought it to my attention after showing me a viral video of a guy making fun of people who say “ohp” and/or “oop” while bumping into people in public. And it was in that moment that I realized I was part of this problem. I’m an ohper. And an ooper. Guilty. As. Charged.
So let me set the scene for you: you’re in a public place, like the supermarket or your favorite boutique, and someone’s in your way or appears out of nowhere in the direction you’re headed or there’s just other people in the store besides you and as you walk by, nearly run into them, or maneuver your way around them, you say “ohp” or “oop” aloud… usually with an “excuse me” or “you’re okay!” or “it’s okay!” or something along those lines following the oop.
I don’t know exactly where the ohps and oops came from – some weird recess in my brain, perhaps – but it’s there and I say it. I’ve tried to be more conscious of this so I don’t keep repeating “oop” over and over in public and sound like a complete weirdo, but I can’t stop. It’s part of my language, like ‘dude’ and ‘creepy’ and ‘y’all’, which I happen to say all the time.
I suppose I should just accept that I’ll forever be an ooper. Are you an ooper? Please say you are so I’m not alone in this world.
ANYWAY, can we talk about cookies? Specifically these phenomenal White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies? Because if you looked in a dictionary under ‘phenomenal’ you would absolutely see this picture.
I am a sweet and salty fiend and these fit the bill perfectly. They have those salty, crunchy pretzels, the little pockets of gooey caramel, and the sweet little white chocolate studs throughout. They are truly one heck of a cookie!
For these, I used Pretzel Crisps – you know, the thin pretzel crackers? Those are my favorite for savory dips and things, but they also work excellently in these cookies. Just throw a heaping handful of ’em into the batter, mix it up, and it’ll crush the pretzels into little bite-sized pieces throughout the cookies for that salty, crispy bite.
Ohp. Time for you to make them!
White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Pretzel Crisps or pretzels coarsely crunched (I put them in a bag and gently crunched them with my hand)
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup caramel bits
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, then the vanilla. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, salt and flour until a soft dough forms. Toss in the pretzel crisps, white chocolate chips and caramel bits; beat gently until pretzels are broken up into bite-sized pieces.
- Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners, parchment paper, or spray the sheets with cooking spray. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart (I used a 2-Tbsp cookie dough scoop, but you'd get more cookies out of a 1-Tbsp cookie scoop).
- Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets for about 10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Crunchy but chewy with crisp edges, these cookies are my new favorite and I guarantee will be your new favorite, too!
Have a super sweet day!
This post is not sponsored by Pretzel Crisps; I just love them!
I’m totally an ooper and it makes me feel like Brick on In the Middle. I thought I was the only person who does that! And I can’t stop either, it just comes out!
Haha YES! I totally feel like Brick! Good call 🙂
Donna Herrington says
These look like a new tasty alternative to regular chocolate chip cookies, but being a chocolate fiend, I’m doing milk chocolate instead of white chocolate! Think I will try them for the 4th.
Donna, love the idea of using milk chocolate chips!
Michele @ Alwayzbakin says
You’re so cute Hayley! And these cookies are calling my name. And loudly! Love that you used pretzel crisps instead of regular pretzels. Such a great idea! Have a very happy 4th!
Thanks Michele! Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
Hayley, I’m a nerd. What are caramel bits? Thanks!
Hi Elizabeth, caramel bits are small round chocolate-chip-sized balls that are perfect in these cookies!
Wow! These are great! I used regular pretzels and they add a crunch. I love looking at all your recipes! Thanks!
Christi Engle says
Where do you find the caramel bits? I’ve checked two local stores – no luck – and Amazon has them but they’re very expensive. They can’t possibly be $7 and up a bag. Help?
Hi Christi! I usually find mine at Target stores where the chocolate chips are. So strange that you’re having an issue with finding them! I would definitely check Target or Walmart, but for sure Target!
I made this recipe and the results on social media. A friend messaged me about how good they looked and how he wanted some. I said if he stopped by I would share. He swung by immediately at 9pm on a Friday. These cookies are powerful.
*and posted the results on social media. These cookies are so powerful I forgot how to write words.