Kitchen Sink Cookies with Toffee, Pretzels and White Chocolate Chips

LAST UPDATED: Oct 31, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Oct 24, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

White chocolate chips, chunks of salty pretzels and toffee bits are combined to create toffee chocolate chip cookies that are the ULTIMATE sweet and salty indulgence. These crunchy and chewy Kitchen Sink Cookies are everything you’ve ever craved wrapped into one delicious cookie! 

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

You’re familiar with that old phrase, “everything but the kitchen sink” right? Well, these cookies are basically defined in the same manner! While I intentionally combined the flavors of white chocolate chips, toffee bits and broken pretzel chunks to mimic one of our favorite local flavor combinations, the basic concept of these cookies remains the same. Throw a wide variety of add-ins into this cookie recipe and you’ll still come up with something delicious! Hence, everything but the kitchen sink.  

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Annie Gunns, one of our favorite restaurants (that we frequent all-too-often) here in St. Louis, is the inspiration behind this particular cookie. It’s a crunchy, crispy and yet chewy, sweet and salty combination of flavors with the perfect pretzel topper. Seriously- don’t skip this recipe. Looking for the ultimate cookie exchange cookie? You’ve found it! 

I love to answer questions and give plenty of background information for readers, but if you’d like to head straight to the printable recipe, simply click “jump to recipe” at the top of this post! 

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White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White chocolate is defined quite simply by the lack of cocoa solids. It’s made of cocoa butter, milk and sugar- which means the flavor is a little sweeter, a little less complex. (In fact, it’s not really chocolate at all- with more of a vanilla flavor!) It’s true- white chocolate cookies aren’t really chocolate! Depending on your outlook on this subject, this is either a terrible idea or an amazing one- I will leave you to decide once you’ve tried these incredible cookies.

It’s perfect in combination with the other ingredients of these cookies- it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors and instead lets the toffee shine. It also contrasts beautifully with the crunchy, salty pretzels! Don’t get me wrong, these toffee chocolate chip cookies would be delicious with a more traditional milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chip, but it’s the very sweet addition of white chocolate chips that creates a different flavor profile I think you’re going to love! 

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Ingredients in These White Chocolate Cookies

These kitchen sink cookies are made with a few standard pantry staples and some additions that you might need to grab at the store. Are you ready? 

  • Butter- Room temperature butter please. I use salted butter but you can use whatever you prefer! 
  • Light Brown Sugar- The molasses in brown sugar keeps your cookies moist and chewy.
  • Granulated Sugar- Traditional white sugar is necessary for caramelizing and also adding a crisp finish.
  • Egg- these act as a binder in your cookie recipes.
  • Vanilla Extract– It’s so easy to make your own- but if you’re grabbing some from the store, make sure it’s pure vanilla extract and not imitation. The flavor is worth it! 

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  • All-Purpose Flour- no need to sift.
  • Baking Soda- the ticket to getting your cookies to rise.
  • White Chocolate Chips- as I explained above, they aren’t really chocolate but they are the perfect sweet vanilla bite of texture.
  • Toffee Bits- Caramelized bites of delicious chewy texture.
  • Crushed Pretzels- these create the best added salty crunch!

For the Grand Finale: 

  • Sparkling Sugar– Any white sprinkles or sparkling baking sugar will do- it adds another layer of crunch and sweetness to these cookies.
  • Sea Salt- This is one of my best baking secrets. I honestly think a little crunch of sea salt on the top of cookies is one of the best surprises! It’s a sweet and salty extravaganza! 
  • Whole Pretzels- You’ll need just one, or perhaps a couple more broken pieces, just to add to the top of your batter before popping into the oven.

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How to Make Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.Looking inside a mixing bowl, cookie dough with egg on top.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla just until incorporated.Looking inside a mixing bowl, kitchen sink cookies dough inside.
  5. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  6. Stir in white chocolate, toffee bits, and pretzels.
  7. Roll your dough into balls.
  8. Roll the balls into the sparkling sugar, then place on cookie sheets.White plate, cookie scoop to side, white chocolate chip cookie dough ball rolling in sprinkles.
  9. Add a crack of sea salt and top with another pretzel or pretzel pieces.Single cookie dough ball on white parchment paper, hands adding sea salt to the top..
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.White surface with a cookie dough ball topped with pretzel.

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Tips for the Best Kitchen Sink Cookies

A few tips to keep in mind with these cookies! 

  • These are a uniquely crunchy cookie that still have a touch of chew to them because of the toffee. If you like them a little softer, eat just after they come out of the oven. SO GOOD.
  • A little underbaked is better than overbaked- they will continue to harden after you’ve pulled them from the oven.
  • Don’t pack them into super tight, hard scoops of dough. Just lightly form and roll.
  • Only mix half of your pretzels into the dough- keep the rest back for adding to the top of the cookie before baking.
  • These will keep for up to three days in an airtight container.

Gold baking sheet lined with parchment paper, white chocolate chip cookies topped with pretzel on top.

Variations for These Kitchen Sink Cookies

Let’s mix up your mix-ins! 

  • Of course, as I mentioned before, you can switch the white chocolate chips out for semi-sweet, milk chocolate or even bittersweet chocolate chips. It’s your call- experiment! 
  • I like using the toffee bits that come pre-packaged, but you can also substitute with caramel or any other candy bits you’ll enjoy. 
  • Brown your butter before adding it to your cookie dough. You’ll never regret this extra step that adds an incredible layer of nutty flavor. 
  • Kitchen sink cookies can handle a little of everything! Feel free to add any random additions you have in your pantry- chocolate chunks, dried fruit, nuts, etc.
  • Need to double the recipe? Download my free printable measurement conversion chart for a kitchen tool that makes baking so much easier! 

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Printable White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Kitchen Sink Cookies with Toffee, Pretzels and White Chocolate Chips

White chocolate chip cookies with pretzels and toffee bits are the ULTIMATE indulgence. These Kitchen Sink Cookies are everything you've craved and more! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 194.97kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar granulated
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 1/2 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup pretzels reserve half for topping

After rolling into balls, you'll finish with the following:

  • 2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pretzels reserved

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla just until incorporated.
  • Stir in flour and baking soda.
  • Stir in white chocolate, toffee bits, and pretzels.
  • Roll your dough into balls.
  • Roll the balls into the sparkling sugar, then place on cookie sheets.
  • Add a crack of sea salt and top with another pretzel or pretzel pieces.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Notes

A few tips to keep in mind with these cookies! 
  • These are a uniquely crunchy cookie that still have a touch of chew to them because of the toffee. If you like them a little softer, eat just after they come out of the oven. SO GOOD.
  • A little underbaked is better than overbaked- they will continue to harden after you've pulled them from the oven.
  • Don't pack them into super tight, hard scoops of dough. Just lightly form and roll.
  • Only mix half of your pretzels into the dough- keep the rest back for adding to the top of the cookie before baking.
  • These will keep for up to three days in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 194.97kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.7g | Protein: 2.22g | Fat: 8.19g | Saturated Fat: 4.99g | Cholesterol: 27.05mg | Sodium: 200.87mg | Potassium: 44.97mg | Fiber: 0.39g | Sugar: 17.72g | Vitamin A: 196.44IU | Calcium: 21.9mg | Iron: 0.78mg
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