Sweet n’ Salty Cookies

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Sweet N' Salty Cookies

The best thing that has ever happened to civilization: the bed. Every night, once my kids are bathed and in their own beds, I feel a calm sense of satisfaction overtake me that another day has passed and that I can finally be reunited with my true love. Yes, my feelings for my bed are that strong.

And I feel almost the same, but not quite, about salty sweet treats.Ā  When salted caramel burst onto the food scene a few years back, I couldn’t get enough. I still can’t, but my brain has adjusted a little more. Back in those days, it was hard to find salted caramel anything. Now you can’t turn around without it smacking you in the face with its coy deliciousness.

Sweet n' Salty Cookies

Now, today’s cookies are not salted caramel. But you can get excited anyway! In honor of the Super Bowl, I decided to make a cookie that would please salt and sugar cravers alike. So instead of the usual chocolate chips or what-have-you, these cookies are filled with potato chips, pretzels, and peanut butter M & Ms!

Sweet n' Salty Cookies

As a die-hard sugar craver whose blood pressure is pretty dang low, I don’t gravitate naturally toward salt. In fact, my doctor has told me to put salt on everything, even my cereal (gross), to bring up my blood pressure. I don’t want to. Salt is not my thing. But when it’s paired with sugar, it suddenly becomes irresistible. So you can imagine what these cookies did to me.

Sweet n' Salty Cookies

If you’ve ever had a chocolate-dipped potato chip or pretzel, just add a soft, thick cookie to the equation. And the M & Ms, of course. That should give you some idea of what these babies can do.

Sweet n' Salty Cookies

Now, you can’t be impatient when you’re making these cookies. You have to let the dough chill overnight. Don’t worry: the potato chips and pretzels will bake up just fine. You want mounds of dough pillowing your mix-ins, not a flat pancake of cookie. It’s worth the wait!

Sweet n' Salty Cookies

This Sunday, I’ll be ignoring the game (see Wednesday’s post if you wanna know why) while I focus on game-day food. But when the game’s over and my kids are in bed, I’m heading to my own bed with these cookies. Sounds like the perfect ending to another Sunday!


Sweet nā€™ Salty Cookies


3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
10-ish potato chips, broken into pieces (use plain potato chips)
6-8 pretzels, broken into pieces
3/4 cup peanut butter M & Ms


  1. Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg and the egg yolk, incorporating both fully. Finally, add the vanilla.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the potato chips, pretzels, and peanut butter M & Ms. Mix gently until they are well incorporated into the batter.
  3. Cover the dough and chill overnight.
  4. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  5. Using about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of dough, form tall mounds and place them about 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Do not leave them in any longer!
  6. Cool cookies completely. Store in an airtight container. NOTE: Cookies are MUCH better on the second day!




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, hahah, I feel the same way about sleep!!! and love these cookies!!! for me, sweet + salty in a cookie is perfection!! I love these!
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    1. Mir

      Sleep is heaven. I need more, Alice! But these cookies will have to do for now…

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sweet and salty is the best combo ever! Love these cookies, Mir! Definitely a hit for everyone!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! It’s a combo I’ve grown to like, much to my shock.

  3. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I love anything sweet and salty..these cookies look awesome Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Me, too. Thanks, Manali!

  4. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    One of the first cookies I tried to make when I wanted to start my blog was a chocolate pretzel cookie, but I never quite got it right. These look perfect!
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    1. Mir

      But everything you bake is perfect, Julianne! Thanks much!

  5. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That sweet/salty combo is totally the best. I love how much stuff you packed into these cookies!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! I’m all about the mix-ins!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    LOL, I feel the same way about my bed. And these cookies, wow!!

    1. Mir

      Yep, my bed is pretty important, Dorothy. Like right now, I miss it. And the cookies are gone, too!

  7. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    I am such a COOKIE monser! these are perfection YUMMMM šŸ˜‰

    1. Mir

      Me too, Michele!

  8. June Burns

    Those look terrific! Sweet and salty heaven šŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Thanks much, June!

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