Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

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Oh cookies, I did it again. Yup, I sure did. This time when I received my box of goodies from H-E-B for their Primo Picks, I got a bunch of things, some fun sparkling water, a great seasoning rub and even an artichoke spread and a pre-made cake mix. I decided to go with the gluten free pretzels from Gratify.  First of all, I taste tested the little suckers and I was surprised that they actually tasted…exactly like regular pretzels. Funny huh? I’m usually not one for all the gluten-free products but these actually stood up to the taste test. I decided to satisfy my sweet and salty tooth with some Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies! I only wanted a few cookies though, so I found this great recipe for only a dozen cookies on Dessert for Two. After much research and consulting with my Granny, I found out that basically if you want cookies that are chewy and delicious and not too cakey, you gotta use a little shortening. If anyone has a great recipe that achieves chewy deliciousness without the shortening, please do let me know :). In the meantime, I thought that this recipe really hit the spot! I switched a few things, and of course, added pretzels!

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup broken Gratify pretzel pieces

 

*This recipe is adapted from Dessert For Two.

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Begin by creaming the butter, shortening and sugar together. Next add the egg. Whip until just combined. Next add the dry ingredients one half at a time. Whip until just combined. Try not to over mix.

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Next, fold in the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces.

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

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Spoon into golf ball sized scoops and place onto a greased pan or silicon baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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And that’s it! A super simple recipe, just add your own twist. What are your favorite cookie add-ins? Salty? More sweet? M&M’s? Peanut Butter?
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This post was sponsored by H-E-B and I received free products in exchange for this post. But no worries y’all, opinions are all my own. It wouldn’t be cool if posted about things that didn’t taste delicious on this blog.

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger is a new bakery and beer garden on 6th street over by Waller Creek. On Saturday afternoon, a few friends and I decided to stop by and try it out. They have a large outside patio so we decided to bring the dogs along. It would have been great except the wind turned chilly and the sun went away so it got a little cold. The server told us they should have heaters out in the next week or so.

They have a large beer selection, and the bartenders are friendly and will let you try a few out until you find the one that suits your fancy that day.

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I went with the middle beer here, it’s a Belgian BPA. Pale ale is my fav, you know. Friends went totally opposite directions with a super dark and little citrusy beers. So basically, there are so many beers on tap, everyone can find something here.

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Here is a little preview of the menu.

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We shared a cheese plate. That’s a pear jelly concoction in the middle. The blue cheese was my favorite and I would have preferred one more soft white cheese but I wasn’t disappointed.

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There’s that yummy blue cheese!

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Cheese and beer, who could ask for more?

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All the cheeses are from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Here’s a sneak peak at the cheese plate menu.

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Our other menu choices included the pretzel with homade mustard and lamb sausage with sauerkraut.

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The lamb sausage was on special so we decided to try it. It looks a little dry but was actually quite flavorful.

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Try it with a little sauerkraut, yum!

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It’s not what you typically get when you think of sauerkraut. It’s a lot more more cabbage-y and less sour.

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The pretzel could have been a little softer and little more salty however the homemade mustard was delicious and totally made up for it!

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Extra mustard… Yea buddy!

Some more friends came later and tried the pretzel with beer cheese which was creamy and hit the spot. Definitely trying that one again next time!

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And if it’s cold outside, be sure and zip your pocket sized dog up in your jacket. It’ll keep you both warm!