Healthy Salted Cowboy Cookies

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Super gooey healthy salted cowboy cookies made with almond flour, oats, chocolate chunks, pretzels pieces, and a pinch of flaky sea salt. These homemade chocolate chip cookies are slightly crisp on the edges but soft and super gooey in the center. They only take 15 minutes to bake and are made gluten free and refined sugar free.

broken oatmeal pretzel cowboy cookies with gooey chocolate and sea salt

The best salted chocolate chip pretzel cookies

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are hands down my favorite baked good! They are just insanely soft, buttery, gooey, and melt in your mouth delicious. Addictive to say the least and definitely a childhood favorite.

It is kind of crazy how good these cowboy cookies are… let me just tell you; you will not be able to tell they are healthy AT ALL! Pretty safe to say, you will love these soft chocolate chip cookies are much as we do. Each bite melts in your mouth; they are slightly crispy on the edges but super gooey in the center. Plus, the chocolate chunks and crushed pretzels add the best crunch.

Seriously, healthy cowboy cookies are such a balanced and delicious treat to enjoy for dessert. This recipe takes like a bakery style cookie, is perfect for kids, athletes, and families. Once you test out this cookie recipe out, it’s hard to eat just one!!

inside gooey and soft shot of salted chocolate chip pretzel cookies

What makes these gooey chocolate chip cookies healthier?

I love making baked goods that taste delicious with good-for-you ingredients! And these homemade salted cowboy party cookies are as clean and nutritious as they can be without taking away from the gooey chocolate chip cookie taste. You only need a few very simple ingredients, all of which are healthier alternatives to what you’ll find in store-bought brands. There are no preservatives, no refined sugars, and random ingredients!

  • I used almond flour which is full of vitamin E and magnesium. It also makes these cowboy cookies gluten free.
  • Used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. By using this type of healthier unrefined sweetener, I am removing all refined sugars, and sweetening these cookies more naturally!
  • I used rolled oats which are full of fiber and a dash of protein. Make sure you use certified gluten free rolled oats if you need!
bite of pretzel chocolate chunk cowboy cookie

Ingredients in salted cowboy party cookies

You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients to get this easy dessert recipe going! I am all about simplicity and ease, so don’t worry, you won’t need to go to the supermarket and buy a lot of expensive ingredients. Here are the 10 ingredients you need to make these healthier gooey chocolate chip cookies:

  • Softened butter: First up, you’ll need 1 stick of softened room temp butter for these gooey and soft cookies.
  • Coconut sugar: Next, you’ll need 1/2 cup of coconut sugar instead of regular sugar.
  • Eggs: You’re going to need 2 eggs for this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: A dash of vanilla goes a long way and is a total must! You’ll need 1 and 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Almond flour: Instead of regular flour, we’ll use 1 and 1/2 cups of almond flour. Blanched almond flour gives the chocolate chip cookies a light texture; try to avoid almond meal!
  • Baking soda: Use 1 tsp of baking soda and remember that baking soda is not the same thing as baking powder.
  • Salt: Next, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Rolled oats: For this cookie recipe, you’ll need about 1/2 cup of rolled oats. Remember to use certified gluten-free if you need and do not substitute with steal-cut oats.
  • Chocolate chips or chunks: You’ll add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chunks. My favorite brand is Lily’s Chocolate Chips which are sweetened with stevia.
  • Pretzels: Crush up some 1/3 cup of your favorite pretzels.
  • Flaky sea salt: The final touch to these delicious salted cookies is a sprinkle of flakey sea salt on top.

Kitchen tools used

Healthy salted pretzel cookies are made using 5 tools and items. You are going to love how easy clean up is going to be! Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for this healthy dessert recipe:

How to make healthy salted cowboy cookies from scratch

Healthy salted pretzel chocolate chip cookies are incredibly easy to make! All you need to do is beat the butter and coconut sugar together with an electric mixer, add the eggs and flour, fold in the oats and chocolate chips, and then bake them! Here, I’ll walk you through each step of how to make these gooey homemade healthy chocolate chip cookies:

First, preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Next, using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, beat the softened butter and coconut sugar on medium-high. Should take about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Scape the sides with a spatula and add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat again on medium-low until just combined, for about 15 – 20 seconds.

After that, add in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on medium-low until just combined. Then, using a spatula, hand fold in the rolled oats and chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scooper or your hand, roll dough into equal-sized balls (2 Tablespoons of dough for each). Make sure to evenly space them out as they will spread a little. If the dough is too soft, I recommend popping it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.

Next, gently press a few crushed pretzel pieces into each cookie dough ball. Do not flatten into a patty shape. Then, bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the center is still a bit doughy.

Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, sprinkle with flaky salt, and enjoy the salted cowboy cookies warm!

healthy salted cowboy cookie dough balls before baking

Here are my top 5 tips and trick to making the very best, gooey, and soft salted pretzel chocolate chip cookies:

  1. Use room temperature ingredients. Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temp before beating them with a mixer. This will make sure you get the softest and gooiest cookies possible!
  2. Use a standard electric mixer or a hand electric mixer. This healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for an electric mixer. I highly recommend using one to whip the butter and achieve maximum softness.
  3. Avoid overmixing the cookie batter. The cookies might fall flat or break apart by over beating the butter, eggs, and flour.
  4. Do not flatten the cookie dough balls while you press the pretzels into the dough. Right before you bake these cookies, make sure to only gently press the crushed pretzel pieces into the balls. Check out the picture above for reference! If you are having a hard time, you can certainly place the cookie dough into the refrigerator or freezer for 15 minutes to firm up before baking.
  5. DO NOT overbake these cookies! They will look a little underdone when they are ready to come out of the oven, but trust me; these cookies will finish baking on the tray while they cool.

Storing & freezing cookies

Storing: If you have extra chocolate chip salted cowboy cookies, no worries! Simply store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 – 4 days.

Freezing: You can freeze the cookie dough balls for up to 3 months. Simply follow instructions when you are ready to bake them!

healthy chocolate chip salted cowboy party cookies

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Super gooey healthy salted cowboy cookies made with almond flour, oats, chocolate chunks, pretzels pieces, and a pinch of flaky sea salt

Healthy Salted Cowboy Cookies


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Super gooey healthy salted cowboy cookies made with almond flour, oats, chocolate chunks, pretzels pieces, and a pinch of flaky sea salt. These homemade chocolate chip cookies are slightly crisp on the edges but soft and super gooey in the center. They only take 15 minutes to bake and are made gluten-free and refined sugar-free.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar *
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/2 cup almond flour, packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/3 cup mini pretzels, crushed
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, beat the softened butter and coconut sugar on medium-high. Should take about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Scape the sides with a spatula and add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-low until just combined, for about 20 seconds.
  4. Add in almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on medium-low until just combined.
  5. Using a spatula, hand fold in the rolled oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scooper or your hand, roll dough into equal-sized balls (2 Tablespoons of dough for each). Make sure to evenly space them out as they will spread a little.
  7. Gently press a few crushed pretzel pieces into each cookie dough ball. Do not flatten into a patty shape.
  8. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the center is still a bit doughy.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, sprinkle with flaky salt, and enjoy the cookies warm!

Notes

If the dough is too soft, I recommend popping it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.

* Can substitute coconut sugar with light brown sugar.

TO STORE: in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 – 4 days.

FREEZING: freeze cookie dough balls for up to 3 months. Simply follow instructions when you are ready to bake them!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Healthy

Keywords: healthy salted cowboy cookies, healthier chocolate chip cookies, salted chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, salted gooey chocolate chip cookies, salted pretzel cookies

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  • Janet
    Posted at 07:13h, 18 May Reply

    Totally love this recipe!!!!

  • Manon
    Posted at 17:29h, 22 May Reply

    Hey ! Would love to try this recipe but any chance I could make it lactose free? What would you replace the butter with if it was possible?

    Thanks !

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 17:33h, 22 May Reply

      Hi Manon! I would use vegan butter or coconut oil (softened not melted) as a substitute.

  • Saskia
    Posted at 09:41h, 16 June Reply

    Super fun cookies and the pretzel was an amazing add-in crunch.

  • Brie
    Posted at 10:20h, 24 June Reply

    One of the best healthy cookies I’ve ever made! 11/10 recommend to anyone!!

  • Sally N
    Posted at 11:07h, 24 June Reply

    Highly recommend!!! Best cookies ever. Can’t believe they are made with almond flour!

  • Ariella Hamilton
    Posted at 22:17h, 27 June Reply

    These were delicious, and soft! I think it would be cool to also add Carmel into the mix but it was great anyway!

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