Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies With Pretzles and Caramel Bits--A Flop and a Fix!

. This cookie has been on my short list for ages. I finally had pretzels and I knew I had Caramel bits so I was ready to create. All went well until I went to put the caramel bits in the bowl. I tasted one and was sure this was not how they really tasted. I looked at the date--they expired March of 2011. So they found their way to the trash.
 No problem--I always have a big block of Peters Caramel to make caramel apples and dipped pretzels. So I just chopped up tiny squares of caramel and dropped them in the batter. Everything look good--till I baked them. The block of Caramel must lack the substance that keeps the little caramel bits, in bits. They didn't taste terrible but they certainly were not worthy of sharing.
Actually my sweet neighbor happened to drop by and gladly took the not so good looking batch home for her boys (they are at the 'eat anything age'). I also sent her home with some good cookies too.
At this point I was tired and ready to scratch the whole mess. Hubby to the rescue--he didn't want to see me end on a fail so he went to Walmart and purchased a fresh bag of Caramel Bits. The cookies turned out perfect and I was happy. He took a bag of cookies to a neighbor and she immediately called me for the recipe. So yes they are yummy. Use the right kind of Caramel Bits and they will turn out perfect.
Save your brick of Peter's Caramel for dipping apples or pretzels!
Enjoy these yummy cookies from one of my favorite blogs--Dessert Now Dinner Later, thanks Amber.

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/8 cup sugar
3/8 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup stick pretzels, broken into thirds
1/2 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a stand mixer cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and egg. Mix well.
Combine salt, baking soda and flour, gradually add to wet mixture. Mix until combines
Fold in pretzel pieces, caramel bits and chocolate chips with a spatula
Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
Printable Recipe


Amber @ said...

Hey Cindy thanks for the link. So sad that your block of caramel made a big mess for you. Sounds like you have a sweet hubby to be your cookie hero :) Glad you liked them!

Paul & Kaytie said...

These look so yummy! I will have to make these for my visiting teaching families. I'm not sure how Paul would like the pretzels but I can't wait to try them.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Cindy, these sound fantastic. That husband of yours gives credence to the old song, "It's so nice to have a man around the house" :-). I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Yum! I'm so glad you persevered and gave these another shot! I think I have a partial bag of those caramel bits in my pantry...hooray!!

Deb A said...

I like that you shared your story about making the cookies.... I'm sure they taste delicious!

Krista said...

I love the sweet and salty combination of these cookies! As always you deliver! I just pinned these and know they will be a hit when I make them :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

Grandma Scott said...

I haven't heard of caramel bits. I don't know how I missed them being a little caramel lover. Could I make them with Kraft Caramels cut up ?

Grandma Scott said...

I haven't heard of caramel bits. I don't know how I missed them being a little caramel lover. Could I make them with Kraft Caramels cut up ?

Erin said...

Ha! They sound wonderful. How could you keep caramel bits in your pantry since 2011? I would have surely gobbled them up years ago =o) Your second batch looks delish. Lucky neighbor to take home the first batch! I want to be your neighbor!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cindy, a savoury and sweet treat - never made anything like this but the recipe certainly looks tempting - zhanks also for the tip about the right kind of caramel to use! And how nice that you always share with neighbours and friends.