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The Wancko Cookie From Sigmund's Pretzel Has it All

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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

One of the dessert trends of the last few years has been to put pretzels inside all kinds of different sweets. Successful examples of this phenomenon include Big Gay Ice Cream's burnt pretzel bits with sea salt and a dark chocolate-dipped cone and Chikalicious Dessert Club 's salted pretzels with toffee popcorn and chocolate chips. Now it's time to add one more to the list.

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The "American Globs" cone from Big Gay Ice Cream.

Sigmund's Pretzel Shop's Wancko Cookie ($3) has been around for some time, but it's one of the best examples of pretzels used to improve a dessert. The Wancko is a dense, monster-sized cookie that contains peanut butter, large pretzel bits, and chocolate chunks. Imagine a big chocolate chip cookie with a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a half a bag of Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels thrown in.

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The texture is more crispy than chewy but those pretzels make it dense. Peanut butter adds a nice sweet and saltiness as well to the generously sized cookie.

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About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.com and an unabashed foodie nerdling. You can follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

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