Salted chocolate-pretzel peanut butter cookies
You are King Midas. You have the power to turn everything around you to gold. You are a wonderfully gifted and eternally beautiful person, And I thank the winds every time I think of you.
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Thom's words of wisdom during a time when I felt as though my entire world was crumbling beneath my feet. If your world is crumbling (or even if it's not), just remember - you are King Midas.
Let's turn everything to gold.
Notes: Cookies can be made gluten free by replacing the flour with a gluten free flour blend + 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum and the pretzels with gluten free pretzels. If you prefer your cookies light and fluffy (opposed to thin and chewy), don't smash the cookies with a fork - lightly flatten them with the palm of your hand. I use Jif natural peanut butter in this recipe because it's really fucking delicious - but if you're opposed to the company, use a different natural peanut butter. Just make sure it's smooth and creamy. SERIOUSLY. If you want to replace the shortening with vegan butter, that will work - but the cookies will be a bit more oily. Also, someone try this recipe with salty potato chip crumbs and let me know how it turns out. Or graham crackers. Oh, and to make finely ground pretzel crumbs, simply blend pretzels in a food processor for 1-2 minutes - tada!
SALTED CHOCOLATE-PRETZEL PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1/4 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup sucanat
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 flax egg
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup finely ground pretzel crumbs
1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
Coarse sea salt, for topping
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two large baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla extract using a hand mixer on high speed for one minute. Add the flax egg and milk; beat until incorporated. Stir in the salt, baking soda, flour, and pretzel crumbs with a wooden spoon; mix until combined then stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten with a fork. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Chill baking sheets in freezer for at least 15 minutes - this helps the cookies retain their shape, so don't skip it. Bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes (one sheet at a time). Transfer to wire rack to cool then store in an air tight container. Will keep for up to three days.
*Frozen cookies can be stored in the freezer and baked as needed.
Yield: about 30 cookies