Mangia! Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies

Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

If you read a foodie’s blog and they claimed at one time that they couldn’t go a week without a cookie what would you do?  You would make one of their cookie recipes of course!  At least that is what I did when I got assigned the oh so cute Chelsy’s blog Mangia!

But it’s not what I thought I’d make.  I was positive as soon as I got my email from our Secret Recipe Club super leader Debbi of Debbi does dinner healthy that I would be making Italian.  My heart sang at the thought, just like it did when I was first assigned Manu of Manu’s Menu (love that gal).

As  I cruised through her blog and started pinning recipes on my “secret board” (thanks Veronica for that idea) I ran across her little comment about being a cookie fiend.  And that particular cookie caught my eye.  It called for a bunch of ingredients that I really, really, no kidding really needed to use.  Let’s just say my pretzels were labeled: best if used by May 2012.  Yeah, I probably have had these for the last 2 years.

Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

Plus I had another good reason.  Ever do something you never ever in your whole entire life imagined doing?  It just so happens that I spoke these words “I’d like to start a community garden on the Air Force base”. And. I. did. it. With a lot of help from others, especially River City Harvest.

We now have 42 (300 square foot) plots, a children’s garden, planned berry garden and picnic area and composting.  19 trees and shrubs donated by Mike you are a gem).  The city is donating 18 yards of mulch for our pathways and our local master gardeners are volunteering their time.  This little seed of a thought bloomed in just a few short months!  My partner in crime Amber Gardener, the base housing community director has been a godsend!

All this is leading to these cookies; on Saturday we had our ribbon cutting ceremony/grand opening.  I made these cookies and some chocolate orange mini muffins (recipe coming as a guest post for The Heritage Cook  in June).  There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing families work together in a garden and chocolate smear on their faces.

MAFB Community Gardens Opening Day ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

MAFB Community Gardens Opening Day ©Rhonda Adkins 2013

MAFB Community Gardens Opening Day ©Rhonda Adkins 2013


MAFB Community Gardens Opening Day ©Rhonda Adkins 2013-4

I adapted Chelsy’s original double chocolate pretzel stuffed everything cookie to suit what I had on hand.  Because I used almonds and the recipe called for coconut oil, coconut and chocolate I renamed them with the Almond Joy candy bar in mind.  I didn’t have pretzel twists and obviously buying more pretzels was NOT going to happen, I just broke the sticks in half and laid them on top.

Since they weren’t this super cool stuffed cookie, I upped the attraction with a chocolate drizzle.  Chelsy, thank you for being a part of incredible day, the cookies were a big hit.

Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies ©Rhonda Adkins 2013



Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies
Yields 30
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  1. 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  2. 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 1/4 cup all-purpose baking flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  9. 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks (I used Ghirardelli Sea Salt Squares, 4 squares = 2.12 ounces)
  10. 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  11. 1 cup sliced almonds
  12. 42 tiny salted pretzels or small pretzels sticks broke in half
  1. 1 cup chocolate chops
  2. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla together on high speed, until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix on low speed, just until blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, coconut, and almonds.
  7. Drop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly and press 1 pretzel in the center of the dough or 3 broken pretzel sticks.
  8. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough and pretzels.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Slide parchment paper with cookies onto counter and let cool completely.
  11. Put chocolate chips in a microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating until chips are melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in coconut oil (do not use butter).
  1. These make a crispy cookie. If you like a softer cookie, turn the heat down to 350°F and check at 8 minutes.
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24 Responses to Mangia! Double Chocolate Almond Joy Pretzel Cookies

  1. Gloria R May 19, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    These sound wonderfully decadent…come to think of it. I think I’ll feel decadent tomorrow! (My hubby will appreciate that!!!) YUM 🙂

    • Giggles May 20, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Gloria, they are sinful but worth it.

  2. Sweet as Sugar Cookies May 20, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    What a cookie! Sweet and salty and chocolate to boot. Great pick for the SRC.

    • Giggles May 20, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Can’t go wrong with a sweet and salty combo!

  3. Tandy May 20, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Well done on the community garden! And these cookies look amazing 🙂

    • Giggles May 20, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Tandy, I’m amazed that the garden actually happened! We thought we would have maybe 10 sign up, but all the plots are full with a waiting list!

  4. chelsy May 20, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Rhonda, thank you so much for the blog love. I am soooooo glad you chose this cookie recipe…it seriously is by far my favorite. I love how you improvised…wouldn’t you know almond joy’s are my second fave candy…nxt to Reese’s PB Cups of course 😉 Also, I am super jealous of you getting to help with that garden. What an awesome concept. I am sure that your friends just loved you for bringing them these delicious cookies! They are beautiful pics by the way! Look scrumptious and I just had breakfast! Breakfast cookies anyone? haha! xoxo!

    • Giggles May 20, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      I’m with you Chelsy, breakfast cookies! Your site was wonderful had a good time lurking…

  5. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 20, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Almond joy is one of my fav American chocolate bars. These chocolate cookies are definitely a must-have!!! Mmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Giggles May 20, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      You are right, they are a must have for sure!

  6. Liz May 20, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Pure decadence! These look terrific!!!!

  7. Our Eating Habits May 20, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I too love that “secret” board, so handy! And I love cookies and pretzels, so man your post has me drooling just a little bit! Great Pick!

  8. Melissa May 20, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    These cookies look incredible! Great idea to improvise and use what you had on hand 🙂

  9. Erin @ Making Memories May 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Oh my! Your cookies look wonderful!!!

  10. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    These looks divine! Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  11. Veronica May 21, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    I’ve seen some awesome pretzelly cookies around lately, and these take the cake! And you’re pretty awesome yourself starting the community garden at the air force base! That is so incredible-you rock! And thanks for the shout out-glad the secret board is serving you well. 🙂

  12. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) May 21, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    That photo with the yellow flowers is just incredible Rhonda. And great sounding cookies. Nice SRC choice.

  13. Janice May 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Bravo, Rhonda, not sure how you manage to fit everything into your days–spearheading the community garden and baking treats for them and then writing about it all on your blog. Actually, to paraphrase Veronica, “you take the cake.”

  14. Jane, The Heritage Cook May 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I love these Rhonda! Beautifully shot (as always) and so creative!! I can’t wait to see what you have created for my blog-what an honor to have you guest posting!!

  15. Karen May 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I’ve seen some FB posts about the community garden, but I didn’t know that it’s your brainchild! Congratulations for that… I’m sure so many people who weren’t able to have a garden otherwise will be so happy! There’s a small community garden here and it’s always filled up every summer. I’m very thankful to have one in my backyard 🙂

  16. Jen @JuanitasCocina May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Cookies = need them now.

  17. Deanna Segrave-Daly May 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    With a title like that, how could you not like these cookies? I’m a sucker for anytime pretzels are paired with sweets. Congrats on the community garden – what a worthy project!

  18. Debra May 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Again, way behind in reading, hehe.

    Love community gardens. We went on an Audubon garden tour this weekend and there were two community gardens on the tour. They just oozed pride! Kudos to you for aiding in these ventures!

    (And, I have always felt that expiration dates were more of a suggestion than an absolute! ) 🙂

  19. Teri @ The Freshman Cook May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Love Almond Joy! What a great recipe!