Pretzel-Studded Peanut Butter Cookies

1 Dec

The running track at the YMCA is really nice. It has good floors and some nice big windows to look out of.

However…it is usually still dark outside when I’m there and there’s not much to see at first….until the sun rises…

The elderly tend to hog the lanes and ignore the signs about the passing lane…

There are some really annoying folk who think that they can catch up to you and strike up a conversation at 6am while you try to listen to the final chapter of your Sherlock Holmes audiobook. (Don’t judge me)

It tends to get a little boring. I’d rather the running track than the treadmill but I still get pretty bored. Sometimes I listen to my iPod. That helps. But my mind wanders!

Come back mind!!! Hey where are you going? No no….don’t go there….DON’T! I haven’t eaten breakfast yet! Ohhh you jerk. You went there: food fantasies.

These cookies were developed while my poor calves pushed through the pain for the last 10 minutes of my workout.

Everyone likes pretzels, right? Salty, goodness. Everyone HAS to like chocolate covered pretzels….right? One of my many weaknesses. Now. What happens when you put them in cookies? Peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate go together right? And pretzels and peanut butter could definitely be friends. In cookie form, this new group of friends is probably killer.

Pretzel Studded Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup chunky or smooth natural peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups spelt or all purpose flour

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

chocolate covered pretzels-enough for the amount of cookies….perhaps 2 dozen. More for snacking if necessary

Cream peanut butter, butter and sugars together. Add egg and vanilla.

Mix dry ingredients together then add to the wet, mixing thoroughly. Dough will be stiff-ish.

Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet, then press a pretzel into the centre of each ball, squishing it down.

Bake at 350F. If you want a crisp cookie, bake until golden….about 12 minutes. If you want a softer, chewier cookie, bake for about 8 minutes until just barely set and let rest on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

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One Response to “Pretzel-Studded Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Marc December 2, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    As the recipient of at least 4 of these bad boys, I can testify…, damn good Fabi.

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