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Salty and sweet recipes needed- anyone make Bon Appetit Caramel Pretzel Blondies yet?

lillotis Dec 21, 2011 05:16 AM

Looking for a salty and sweet bar or cookie. Any favorites?

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  1. beetlebug RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 05:50 AM

    I'm going to make these in January. I think buttertart has made them and loved them. I want to add chocolate to the recipe. Initially, I thought about adding chocolate chips to the blondie part. But, after reading the recipe, I think I am going to use Trader Joe's dark chocolate covered pretzels instead of regular pretzels.

    1. roxlet RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 06:10 AM

      Yes, buttertart definitely made these and I believe posted about them in the WHat are you baking thread.

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        magiesmom RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 07:08 AM

        I like this basic blondie recipe ( very gooey and sweet) with salted nuts and sea salt on top. You could add pretzels or whatever too.

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          hotoynoodle RE: magiesmom Dec 22, 2011 06:16 PM

          i've made sk's peanut butter cookies and used chopped peanuts, crushed dark chocolate and smashed pretzels in the mix. killah good.

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          katecm RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 10:59 AM

          I've been intrigued by Joy the Baker's chocolate pretzel and peanut butter brownies: http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2010/...

          Also, these butterscotch cashew bars are exceptional. I top with a bit of extra sea salt. They're rich so I cut them into almost fudge-sized squares. http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/03/bu...

          1. blue room RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 11:23 AM

            Dorie Greenspan's Salted Butter Break-Ups !

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              lillotis RE: blue room Dec 21, 2011 12:43 PM

              Can I do these in Kitchen Aid mixer or does it have to be a food processor?

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                blue room RE: lillotis Dec 22, 2011 03:40 PM

                I'm bumping this back up, maybe someone more experienced will be able to answer your question. I'm not sure what to tell you myself.

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              HillJ RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 01:03 PM

              I just baked this recipe this morning along with the brownie with the pretzel crumb. Both are super easy 9x13 bar desserts and just the right combo of salty & sweet. The light and dark recipes look really nice on a party tray.

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                rstuart RE: HillJ Dec 22, 2011 09:41 AM

                Which brownie recipe HillJ? The Joy the Baker one? I definitely want to try the Bon Appetit one...

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                  HillJ RE: rstuart Dec 22, 2011 11:49 AM


                  rstuart, this one. Such a crowd pleaser!

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                    rstuart RE: HillJ Dec 22, 2011 12:24 PM

                    Thanks.. I printed it out a few days ago, glad to know it's a winner!

              2. Emme RE: lillotis Dec 21, 2011 11:23 PM

                i like to do Pecan Pie bars topped with coarse kosher salt or fleur de sel.

                or a cream cheesey based sugar cookie with white chocolate and topped with salted chopped pistachios.

                oh, or as i witnessed the popularity of last weekend... a ritz or saltine cracker topped with a dollop of caramel and a nice shaving of chocolate. nuts optional.

                1. gingershelley RE: lillotis Dec 22, 2011 10:13 AM

                  I LOVE these Salted Peanut Butter Cookies, adapted by Molly Wizenberg aka Orangette:


                  Delicious! Salty, peanutty, with chocolate chunks! I am taking frozen cookie dough of this recipe to our family retreat on the OR coast after Christmas to share with my teenage neice and nephews. Yummers:)

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                    sweetpotater RE: lillotis Dec 22, 2011 01:06 PM

                    Momofuku compost cookies. Very delicious, and not difficult like her other recipes are.

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                      Jeserf RE: lillotis Dec 22, 2011 05:54 PM

                      I make these:

                      But I used good boxed brownie mix :)

                      It's seriously the most amazing thing I've ever made and people beg me for the recipe - or to make more - every time I make them.

                      The ONLY recipe difference is that I 1) add a LITTLE more salt to the PB and 2) I mini food process the peanuts before putting them on the buttercream because it makes it easier to cut the brownies - I don't destroy them, just pulse them a few times.

                      Make them. You will thank me.

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