Sweet & Salty Party Cookies. aka Salted Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel Corn Cookies. Nothing less for my lovely friend, Christina!
For those of you who don’t know her, Christina is the incredibly sweet blogger behind Dessert for Two. She is getting married soon and since she is such an amazing example of what a blogger should be, I knew we needed to celebrate. Krissy put together the pretty invitation and from there it wasn’t hard to get a group of bloggers to agree.
I’ve been emailing with Christina forever, but got to meet her in person when she came as my plus-one to a Foodbuzz Festival event last fall. She was just as awesome in person as she is on her blog. We even talked about her relationship with the Mr. and I could tell that an engagement was right around the corner:-)
I’m so incredibly happy for her and can not wait to hear all about their fabulous wedding. I just know there will be incredible food, lots of drinking and a whole lot of people there to celebrate a wonderful couple. Oh, and I’m pretty sure she is going to be one beautiful bride.
Want to know what else everyone else brought to the party? Check out the delicious dishes that the other bloggers contributed for Christina’s Virtual Bridal Shower!
Strawberry Macarons from Krissy
White Wedding Cake Cupcakes from Julie
Mini “I Do”-nuts from Tara
Moon Pie Cupcakes from Madison
Whiskey Walnut Blondies from Jenna
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Joanne
Lemon Cupcakes with Sweet Tea Frosting from Kristan
Chocolate Covered Cheerios from Shelly
Mini Coconut Cream Pies from Megan
- 9.25 ounces (~2 cups) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup / 1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 8.25 ounces (~1 cup packed) light brown sugar
- 3.75 ounces granulated sugar (~1/2 cup)
- 1 x-large egg + 1 x-large egg yolk at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) milk chocolate almond Hershey kisses (about 35), roughly chopped (can be substituted with chopped milk chocolate and unsalted almonds)
- 2.5 ounces (1½ cups) caramel corn (I used Popcorn Indiana) + ¼ cup additional
- Sea salt to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper or a slipat and set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, table salt and baking soda; set aside
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy
- Scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula; add egg, egg yolk and vanilla; beat at medium speed until well-combined
- Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture just until combined; stop mixer and scrape sides of the bowl with spatula
- On low speed, add in kisses and all but ¼ cup of additional caramel corn
- Use a medium cookie dough scoop and place scoops of cookie dough on prepared baking sheets 1-2 inches apart; press the additional caramel corn into top of dough and sprinkle each with sea salt
- Bake cookies 11-12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown
- Set aside to cool; best results if eaten same day (caramel corn begins to get a little stale) and store in an airtight container
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Lauren these look wonderful! Of course, knowing you they taste even better than they look. Can’t wait to give them a try!
Oh, Lauren! You make my cry most of all! I’m so grateful to have you as my friend! I’m so thankful for all of the love today. I’m in happy tears over here.
Thank you thank you!
xoxo x a million,
Oh man, how fantastic do these look?!? Nothing beats the sweet and salty combo for me in a dessert :)
These could be very dangerous!
omg, salty & sweet is the perfect combination for a cookie and perfect for this bridal shower!! thank you for putting it together :) now i’m craving everything sugar!!
Popcorn in cookies is such a cool idea! I love sweet-salty desserts.
Sweet and salty combos get me every time. I’m a total sucker and would be hovered over these devouring them with ferocity to make sure I got more than anyone else! MINE!!
I LOVE these Lauren. I am also a sweet & salty fiend and I can’t imagine anything better than all those delicious mix ins.
Funny how we also met at the Foodbuzz festival right after I got engaged! We really have to get together soon. Let me know what works for you! xo
I love cookies with even more treats baked inside…perfect for a party! Thanks so much for organizing us, Lauren–this was a great day. :)
Thank you for putting this all together Lauren!!! It was all you :). And you created the perfect party treat for Christina :)
Holy moly these look AMAZING! I would have never thought to put caramel corn into cookies. The idea is genius :)
oh these look AWESOME!! I am so missing cookies now that the holidays are over.
you can totally bring these to my bridal shower (someday). They look amazing!! Love that sweet and salty mix.
What a fun event and, of course, what amazingly delicious cookies you brought!
Caramel corn in cookies!? I love this!
The sweet and salty combo will never get old. Happy Bridal Shower to Christina! :D
Congratulations to Christina! (And to you for the willingness to share these cookies!) ;D
They all look sooooo gooooood!
Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Oh, I love the combination of chocolate and almond. And the sweet crunch of popcorn inside is so fun!
“Sweet & Salty” really caught my eye–my favorite flavor combination. I can hardly wait to sample the popcorn and delicate salt. What a nice way to congratulate Christina on her upcoming wedding!
Thank you, Vespa!