Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth, and then beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped pretzels.
Scoop the dough in about two tablespoon scoops and place a caramel piece in the center of each scoop, forming the dough completely around the caramel. (Cut your caramels into about half-inch pieces if they're the long kind.)
Place the dough onto the baking sheet, spacing them about two inches apart and press a whole pretzel into the top of each cookie and sprinkle each lightly with salt.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let the cookies cool until they are set up enough to remove from the baking sheet and transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. (Some of mine were oozing caramel, so I cooled them upside down.)
Store cookies in an airtight container.
Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies https://spiceupkitchen.net/2020/07/16/its-time-to-get-salty-about-your-sweets/ July 16, 2020 "Spice Up Your Life" by Lindsey Young