Caramel Pretzel Cookies

I love salt and sweet together.  It’s just a good combination.  And when that’s what you’re craving, you want it NOW.  I was having one of those “now” moments when I found this recipe.  I ran to the store and got straight on making a batch.  Here’s what you will need:

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Caramel pieces
  • Pretzels

You can find the full ingredient list and recipe here, or check out my pin on my Just Desserts board.

caramel pretzel cookies


Did I like this recipe?  Let me present the evidence:  I ate the entire batch in a three day period, I made a second batch, I ate all of those as well.

These cookies are SO GOOD.  Even using the whole wheat flour, I could not stop eating them.  They are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.  Plus, they are super easy to make!  Seriously, instead of reading the rest of this review, you should be on your way to the store to get the ingredients to make these cookies.

Here are some tips I picked up from making my second batch:  break the pretzel sticks into thirds or smaller for better incorporation into the batter (in the first, pictured batch I only broke them in half).  You do not need the chocolate chips.  I left them out of my first batch because I wasn’t feeling like chocolate (I know), but I did put chocolate chips in my second batch.  I kind of liked them more without, but your mileage may vary.  Finally, enjoy them with a nice cup of black coffee.  The bitterness of the coffee is a great pairing for the salty and sweet.

Seriously, why are you still reading?  Go make these cookies!

(If you made these cookies and the soft chocolate chip cookies and took them to a party, you would probably always be invited to every party ever.)


Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking is one of my favorite things. Back when I lived in IN, I would bake a batch of something and take it in to work to share.  Here in AZ, I bake a lot less frequently because I don’t have coworkers to share with.  When I do bake, I tend to half the recipe so there’s not as much.  This recipe, though, looked too good to not make a full batch. For these cookies you will need:

  • Flour
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sugar
  • Cream Cheese

Yes, that’s right-cream cheese!  Get the full recipe here, or check out my pin on my Just Desserts board.

soft chocolate chip cookies


Even though it looked delicious, I was a little bit wary of this recipe because I’ve been burned before by recipes that claim to make “soft” cookies or “the best” cookies.  I really wanted these to work out, though, so I went for it and made the full batch instead of halving it.  (Also, my judgment might have been impaired by a serious cookie craving.)  So, I went to it, hoping for the best.

Turns out, I didn’t need to worry at all because these cookies are seriously amazing!  They absolutely make wonderfully soft cookies.  A full batch of cookies takes a while to eat around here, and days later they were still soft and delicious.  They practically melted in my mouth.  This recipe made me a believer-cream cheese CAN go in cookies, and it will rock your world!

My mom used to host a holiday cookie party every December.  The idea was that you come with dozens of one type of cookie (one dozen per participant), and go home with just as many cookies, but all different dozens.  Every year someone wouldn’t show up and there would be an extra dozen or two of a cookie and everyone would “fight” for the best ones.  This would definitely be one of those cookies everyone would fight over!

I absolutely will make these again when I am dying for a chocolate chip cookie.  If you’re looking for a cookie to make this holiday season, give this one a try!

Pumpkin Cookies

When I opened up my blog today, ready for a new week and a new post, I realized I forgot to post on Friday!  I was so excited about my birthday (which was Saturday), that I forgot to do several of my normal Friday activities!  Sorry everyone!

The weather here continues to be perfect fall weather.  On Saturday we did some geocaching.  (Have you ever done that?  It’s so much fun!). The weather was just right for a sweater but no jacket.  So, I thought that a perfect fall recipe was in order today!  For these pumpkin cookies you will need:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Sugar

Get the full recipe on my pin on my Just Desserts board.  This recipe is from Thirty-One, the home-party bag and organizer company.  Clicking on the pin takes you to their website (but sadly not the recipe).

pumpkin cookies


These cookies were super fluffy.  I was shocked at how soft they were.  I added a touch too much baking soda, and you could really tell, so don’t make that mistake!  I wish I had been able to make the frosting, but I didn’t have the ingredients on hand.  The cookies are fine without the icing, but I can tell that the frosting would really add to the overall flavor.

Cooking these cookies was a snap.  Everything came together easily and quickly.  My only problem was storing the cookies.  Even though I only made a half batch, there were still a lot of cookies.   My cookies stuck together in my normal cookie box.  I think some wax paper in between layers would have really helped.  That said, the cookies didn’t last long, and I wasn’t disappointed when I pulled out two cookies instead of one.  There cookies are a perfect fall recipe, and they go great with some hot tea or cider.  (My favorite?  Eating them with a hot chai tea latte!)