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No Bake Pretzel Cookies Recipe

If you’re looking for anew no bake cookie recipe, these No Bake Pretzel Cookies should be it! They're crunchy and have that fantastic salty-sweet combo, and are really easy to make.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword butterscotch chips, haystacks, no bake cookies, no bake treat, pretzels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 42 cookies
Calories 83kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost 15


  • 11 ounce bag butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups mini pretzels or roughly crushed pretzels
  • Maldon flake sea salt for garnish optional


  • Place the butterscotch chips and peanut butter into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir together. Continue to microwave on 15 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract until combined. Add the pretzels and stir until fully coated.
  • Line sheet trays with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or you can eyeball it, place 1-2 tablespoon sized mounds of the mixture, not touching.
  • As soon as you place one cookie down, sprinkle with the flake sea salt and repeat.
  • Place the sheet tray into the fridge until set, about 10-15 minutes.


  • These cookies are crunchy, sweet, salty. I love that you can mix up the chip flavors and make different versions of these cookies.
  • The flake sea salt adds an extra kick of salt but it’s not overwhelming. The butterscotch chips and peanut butter are plenty sweet to offset the saltiness from the pretzels and additional salt.
  • You can also use any salt you prefer to sprinkle the tops.
  • While they set up nicely, these cookies like most cookies of this style can be a little delicate so I do not recommend stacking a bunch in a container. Instead, layer them with parchment paper while storing.
  • The itty bitty mini pretzels make these cookies extra cute, however they can be made with any pretzels. I do suggest crushing them up a bit if they are any bigger so it makes the cookies easier to eat.
  • These are the pretzels I used.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg