I’ll start things off with a little confession…….. about 4 months ago I employed the services of a cleaning lady to come and
keep me sane , I mean help clean our house once a fortnight, with working part-time at the optometrist, running a family of 5, living out of town and running a Blog things were starting to become a little more overwhelming than usual.
And guess what……..she’s my little piece of heaven, some girls like pedicures, manicures and facials, me I like having my amazing cleaner, I feel like I have my very own fairy godmother (FGM)….seriously that’s how much difference her services make to my life. I will say when I first proposed the notion to Zadada all he could see were the $$$$$$, I said lets just give her a go, I’ll make the finances work (like I do with all our other expenses, anyone would think I was the accountant in the family, hahahaha). There is absolutely NO turning back now, I just love walking into the house after she’s been each fortnight even if the pristineness only lasts 5 minutes (thanks to 3 little kidlets), it’s psychological for me if I know certain jobs have been done I’m ok (no Mummy melt-downs), I think Zadada has noticed a slightly less frazzled Zamama……as the saying goes ‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’ (I’ll be sticking with that saying forever!).
You may ask why I’ve shared such homely information with you all? Well, I wanted you to know where my inspiration for these Mars Bar and Pretzel Cookies came from……….It was my FGM, we leave each other little ‘hello’ and ‘see you in another fortnight’ notes each round. Last week my FGM had left me a note asking if I knew of any good recipes for Caramel & Pretzel Cookies…..you see where I’m going with this, I did point my FGM in the direction of Pinterest but since the worm had been dangled I wanted to come up with a recipe of my own so I could share it with her and here we are! I’ve put a little twist on her caramel request and used Mars Bars sending these little cookies to the next level of yumminess!
I admit I may have a
slight MAJOR weakness for all things in the salty sweet department, see here, here and here. This little cookie ticks all the salty sweet boxes.
We had quite a few visitors come and go over the weekend and each time I set a plate of these freshly baked cookies out it came back empty! Even my Dad commented how delicious they were, and I take that as a real compliment because he’s not got a huge sweet tooth (although from what Mum said on Sunday, he’s been enjoying a few sweet treats of late, I think I’ve turned him).
Now to get baking……..
Here’s your how-to:
Mars Bar & Pretzel Cookies
- 200g butter, cubed and softened
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 Tablespoon cornflour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups pretzels, crushed (I purchased the 225g parkers mini pretzels and had some left over)
- Extra 36 pretzels for topping cookies
- 216g Mars Bars roughly chopped (I used the snack size 12 pk)
- 120g dark chocolate for drizzling over baked cookies
- Preheat oven to 160C fan forced, line 2-3 flat cookie trays with baking paper.
- Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Sift flour, cornflour, baking soda and salt over creamed mixture. Mix again on low speed or alternatively (if you have good muscle power) you can mix with a wooden spoon until evenly combined.
- Stir through pretzels and Mars Bars. Dough will be quite sticky but thick enough to handle.
- Using heaped teaspoons of dough, roll into a rough ball and sit on prepared cookie trays about 3cm apart.
- Grab your extra pretzels and gently press one on top of each cookie ball.
- Bake in oven for 18 minutes or until just starting to golden up.
- Cool on trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
- Melt dark chocolate in a microwave safe jug/bowl using 30 second blasts on high, stirring after each blast, you should have your chocolate melted by the 90 second mark.
- Spoon melted chocolate into the corner of a snap lock bag, snip off the corner and drizzle away all over your cooled cookies.
- Place cookies in the fridge for 10-15 mins to set the chocolate.
- Store cookies in airtight containers for up to 1 week, room temp is fine unless it's the middle of summer (that's if they last that long, 2 days and our 36 cookies were gone!)
Now tell me are you like me and love sampling a bit of raw cookie dough? I seriously can’t help myself!
And the big question, do you have melt downs if certain jobs don’t get done around the house? May I suggest a ‘FGM’.
Until the next time……..