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Peanut Chocolate Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies

I’m in Chicago. Sick. 🙁

I was at the clinic yesterday and thought I had a dry, scratchy throat. Dehydration? Maybe! Thirsty? Let’s hope!

No such luck. I drank the icy cold water to relieve that soreness, but it kept coming back with a vengeance. Mr. Prevention, bless his heart, drove the majority of the way and I snored along to the radio. When I woke up, we were just about 50 miles away.

We had turkey chili with my parents while I shared my offerings of this year’s Christmas cookies. I had a few, but honestly, I don’t know why. The looked good (obviously), but my appetite just wasn’t there.

Peanut Chocolate Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies (what a mouth-full — let’s call them “Everything Cookies”, shall we?) are not in my typical December line-up. They don’t really have any connection to holiday baking other than butter, sugar, and all things tempting and delicious.

Therefore, they are totally and completely appropriate to include in a holiday cookie assortment. Or for any reason, if we’re being honest.

As though anyone needed an excuse for more peanuts, chocolate, pretzel, or oatmeal in their life. I mean, I think these cookies were tailor-made for me. Oh, you too? Score.

These were as simple to make as your every-day chocolate chip cookie but are clearly scaled up a notch to include some other goodies. I did knock back the baking time a minute or two, just to be sure these were soft and chewy.

For those torn between sweet & salty, look no further — your cookie mate has arrived!


Peanut Chocolate Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies from Food, Fitness, FreshAir

2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz semisweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup thin salty pretzels, broken into tiny pieces
1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, halved


Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and oats.

In another large bowl, beat butter and sugars together. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until thoroughly combined.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks and peanuts.

Spray cooking sheet. Place 1-inch dough balls, slightly flattened, on baking sheet. Sprinkle pretzel pieces on top of each cookie, slightly pressing the pretzels into the dough. Bake 11-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen cookies.

Nutrition Information (per cookie): 103 calories; 5.2 g. fat; 7 mg. cholesterol; 56 mg. sodium; 13.6 g. carbohydrate; 1.08 g. fiber; 1.1 g. protein

Result: Sweet and salty! These were simple to make and included a bunch of goodies that are sure to please just about any crowd. You can certainly add or subtract ingredients to your liking, too! Another variety of nut or using white chocolate chips or even dried cranberries are a few ideas that come to mind…enjoy!


And don’t fret, 5 dozen cookies is sure to bring joy to many (assuming you’re a good sharer)! And hey, there’s some nutritional value here – whole wheat (pastry) flour, peanuts, and oats. Glass half-full, folks…glass half-full. Enjoy it while it lasts…the plentiful amounts of veggies are quickly approaching!

Lots of love,

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  1. December 22, 2011 / 6:51 am

    Oh yuck, I’m sorry to hear you are sick!! Look on the bright side though, it should be gone by Christmas, right?! At least it didn’t appear on Saturday!
    These cookies look delicious. I really don’t think there is a better combination that peanut, chocolate, oats and pretzels. Seriously. Although I did see an article about a company who makes pretzel, chocolate, and BEER candies……. haha, can you imagine beer in these cookies?!

  2. December 22, 2011 / 8:32 am

    Aww, I hope you feel better for Christmas!
    Matt came home sick yesterday too and slept from 6pm until this morning :/
    All I want for Christmas is not to get sick before the marathon.

    • Nicole
      December 22, 2011 / 9:06 am

      Ah, that would be horrible! Steer clear of hubby for now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. December 22, 2011 / 9:33 am

    Hope you feel better! I’m just getting over something myself. Tis the season I guess.

    I agree, with whole wheat you’ve got to go on the undercooked side to keep them from crisping up. I was thinking raisins might make a great addition…but then they might be just too addicting.

  4. December 22, 2011 / 9:46 am

    I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well. Hopefully you can rest up and feel better for Christmas!
    These cookies look amazing! I love pretzels with chocolate and pb (my mom makes dipped pretzels) and I could only imagine how delicious they would be in a cookie!!

  5. December 22, 2011 / 11:51 am

    Aww, I hope you’re feeling better soon! My daughter came down with something on Tuesday and now my son and I have it. It’s just that time of year I guess ๐Ÿ™ These cookies look awesome. I’m not a huge fan of the sweet and salty combo usually, but I know people that are(I always love recipes I know I can share :D) Though the peanuts in these sound really good to me ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. December 22, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    OMG I could have used this ayer! I was craving sweet and salty so I was dunking honey wheat braided pretzels into bailey’s creamer! Gross but true lol

  7. December 22, 2011 / 2:02 pm

    Oh no! Sorry you are sick – hooray for Mr. P driving most of the way. Here’s hoping some hot tea (maybe a hot toddy tonight?!) can kick the ick.

    Hope you enjoy your family this holiday! Hugs!

  8. December 22, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    Aww feel better!! And try to enjoy your time here. It isn’t snowy and super cold yet (which I love!).

  9. December 23, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    I cannot even tell you how much pretzels we have at our house! It was one of my early pregnancy cravings that lasted maybe a week or two… after I picked up a Costco bag of them.

    These look and sound awesome! Time for holiday baking up begin (I’m behind)! Merry Christmas lady ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. December 25, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    I’m so sorry you weren’t feeling well for your holiday visit. Better now, I hope! I know a few of these cookies would be perfect medicine for me!

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