Salted Pretzel & Choc Chunk Cookies

by Tenina Holder

Look I have been known to spoon double cream out of the jar at any time of the night or day. I have an American daughter in law who provided me with massive amounts of pretzels, and so those two things are my excuse for this indulgence….not quite same, but amazing! (No bacon involved, you will be glad to know!) There is no double or single cream in this concoction, but you can rest assured, the yumminess will have you standing at the fridge during the 4 hour wait before cooking, spoon in hand, yelling ‘Hurry, hurry!’ like a demented baker.

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  • 100 g blanched almonds
  • 100 g salted and roasted macadamia nuts
  • 250 g belgian dark chocolate, in pieces
  • 140 g sugar
  • 220 g dark brown sugar
  • 150 g unsalted butter, cubed, chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla - Bean Paste Heilala vanilla bean paste BUY
  • 50 g Crio Bru liquid brewed Crio Bru or espresso
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 240 g SR flour
  • 230 g rolled oats
  • 100 g thin salted pretzels, broken into pieces



Place nuts and chocolate into Thermomix bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 4. Remove from bowl and set aside.


Place sugars and butter into Thermomix bowl and blend 10 sec/speed 7.


Add eggs, vanilla bean paste (VBP) and Crio Bru brew and mix 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape down sides of bowl.


Add baking powder, soda and flour and mix 5 sec/speed 5.


Add oats and pretzels and mix 10 sec/speed 6 with the aid of the spatula.


Scrape out into large bowl with nuts and chocolate and incorporate with the spatula. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. (Not a minute less, and that means you!)


Preheat oven to 180ºC and line 2 or 3 baking trays with paper.


Using an ice cream scoop, scoop cookies onto prepared trays about 8cm apart. Use the MC covered with a small piece of baking paper to flatten the cookies slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of each cookie are golden brown. Cool on wire rack completely before removing from trays.


ENJOY….but don't say I didn't warn you! They ended up as dinner for me, because once I started, there was no return…really!

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