It’s December 1, and that means it’s time for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!
My pal, Becca, and I started this little baking tradition a few years back (when we were just little college kids baking our way through finals). We were inspired by the Food Network’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, but quickly determined we’d rather select our own dozen cookies to consume.
This year, we’re kicking off the season with some cookies inspired by my favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor: Chubby Hubby. I love a good crunch in my ice cream, and apparently I like it in my cookies, as well. These bad boys are full of crunchy pretzels, chocolate, and peanut butter. And salt. I’ve been on a salt kick lately, so I sprinkled a little sea salt on these right before baking. It was the right choice.
But perhaps the best thing about these cookies is the complete lack of waiting time. No need to soften your butter. No need to refrigerate your dough. Just mix, bake, and eat.
These are best enjoyed while watching Love Actually, putting up your Christmas decorations, or listening to the N’Sync Christmas album (that’s your glimpse into my day in real life).
- 1 stick cold butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup peanut butter chips
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup crushed pretzels
- sea salt, for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla.
- Stir together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flours. Beat into the wet ingredients.
- Stir in the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces.
- Use your hands to form the dough into balls. Place on the cookie sheet, sprinkle the tops with sea salt, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.