Chubby Hubby Cookies

Peanut butter + chocolate + pretzels = YUM!  
(Ben & Jerry figured this out a while ago.)

A few months ago I tried an internet recipe for Chubby Hubby bars and found them a bit dry and lacking in full peanut butter-ness.  I tweaked a few quantities and while you can still bake these as bars, I prefer cookies so that I can freeze the dough and bake a few at a time (otherwise I would eat waaaaaay too many!)

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter (I use Smucker's.)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
3/4 cup crushed pretzels, divided (set aside 1/4 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and oats. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, unsalted butter, light brown sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla until blended.
4. Stir in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and 1/2 cup crushed pretzels.
5. Using a medium cookie scoop, form cookie balls & roll top of each ball in reserved 1/4 cup crushed pretzels. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and press down to about 1/2 inch tall cookie rounds.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes, until they just start to brown on top (will still be very soft to touch). Remove from oven and cool cookies on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Makes approximately 28 cookies.

To bake in bar form, spread dough into an ungreased 9 by 13 pan and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of crushed pretzels. Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes, until edges are golden. Cool completely before cutting.

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