Pretzels, m&m’s, oatmeal, cinnamon and coconut is a combination I was happy to dive face first in. Thanks to Half Baked Harvest’s recipe as the baseline, with a few twists of my own, these little nuggets of love hit the sweet and salty spot.
Other then my pretzel presentation that is no-where near Tieghan’s masterpiece, I’d say these turned out quite perfect.
Salted Pretzel Cowboy Cookies
2 sticks salted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temp.
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup m&m’s (can just add more chocolate chips if you desire)
1 cup pretzels, crushed
Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined. Beat in the eggs then add the vanilla, beating until creamy. Add the flour, cinnamon (if using), baking soda, and salt. Fold in the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and m&m’s.
Use a cookie scoop, or roll the dough into rounded 2 tablespoon size balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Push a few crushed pretzel pieces into each dough ball then slightly flatten the dough ball down with the palm of your hand.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 9 minutes. (Note: the OG recipe has you bake the cookies for 5 minutes, remove from oven, tap pan on counter to flatten down, return to oven to bake an additional 4 minutes).
Eat warm (definitely highly recommended) or let cool and store in an airtight container.
In medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs and extracts.
Slowly mix in the flour, until combined. Stir in desired amount of Andes Mints and Chocolate Chips
Use cookie dough scoop to form small ball, place on baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes (I cook for 7 minutes for a doughy effect). Remove from the oven and let cool on cookie sheet if you want it to continue cooking a little longer, or immediately transfer to foil lined counter-top. I don’t cool these bad boys on a wire rack as I want the maximum doughy gooey effect.