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:
- Caramel pieces
You can find the full ingredient list and recipe here, or check out my pin on my Just Desserts board.
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.)
I’ve had this pin sitting on my board for quite a while now, but I simply hadn’t made it. So the other day when I was craving something sweet, I looked at what recipes I hadn’t tried and which recipes I had the ingredients for. It was finally time for these pretzel bites to shine! You will need:
- Baking Soda
Check out the full recipe here, or my pin on my Just Desserts board.
My bites did not turn out as pretty as the picture did, but that’s okay. I’ve made these twice now, so obviously I was a fan of the recipe. My husband really liked them, thus the second batch later that same week. However, while the results were tasty, I had a few problems with the recipe.
One problem was that both times I felt like there was too much of a baking soda taste on some of the bites. I am fairly certain this has something to do with how long the bite was in the boiling water, but it was still a shock whenever I popped one in my mouth and it felt like I was licking a baking soda covered spoon. I guess this is more my fault than the recipe’s, but I did have less baking soda bite when I reduced the amount in the water with my second batch.
I also had difficulty rolling the dough into ropes to cut apart. The dough just wasn’t very elastic for me. I do think I might have been trying to make my ropes thinner than necessary, but even at the start my dough was uninterested in acting like a play-doh snake.
These drawbacks aside, this is still a great recipe. It is time consuming, and not what I would label “easy,” but still worthwhile. Obviously I’ve already made them twice, and I do anticipate making them again. This is probably a once a quarter sort of recipe for me.
Making pretzels is something I have wanted to do for a while, but just never got to doing. Then I came across this pretzel bun recipe and thought that it was finally time I give this a try. I don’t know why, but pretzels always scared me. Well, not any more! After the bread making I’ve been doing, these were a cinch! You will need:
- baking soda
Check out the original recipe, or see my pin on my Yum! Board.
This recipe was so easy to follow and easy to make. I was worried because I don’t have a stand mixer, so everything had to be done by hand. It really wasn’t a problem at all. It was just as easy as making bread dough by hand, and I don’t consider that all that difficult. It really makes me question why I ever thought making pretzels would be hard.
One problem I had was making my dough balls smooth. Even though the recipe didn’t say to, I turned my dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface because that’s what I had needed to do with my breads. I think that was my problem. That extra flour on the dough made it not want to stick together in nice, smooth balls. So most of my rolls have all these extra cracks in them. It’s not pretty, but it still tastes good.
Another problem I had was I don’t own a slotted spoon! (I know! Who doesn’t own a slotted spoon?!) That made fishing the dough balls out of the baking soda water a bit messy. USE A SLOTTED SPOON. Buy one (I will be). I ended up with some water on my baking sheet, and when I put it in the oven, it spilled onto the bottom of my oven and I had a lovely burning smell while I was cooking. Now I have to clean my oven again.
I will definitely be making these again. The husband has already asked me to make them again next week. I had originally made them to use as hamburger buns, but every night he has come home he has eaten one, so I will HAVE to make more if that’s what we’re going to use them for. There’s enough to have hamburgers for dinner tonight, so I think tonight’s dinner is going to be a real winner.
What are you waiting for? These things taste DELICIOUS. Get cracking! It does take some time from start to finish, but there’s a lot of down time while the dough rises and it is TOTALLY worth it.