Sweet & Salty Party Cookies for a Virtual Bridal Shower

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Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies. aka Salted Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel Corn Cookies.  Nothing less for my lovely friend, Christina!

Christina Bridal Shower (4)

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

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.

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

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:-)

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

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.

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

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

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies


Sweet & Salty Party Cookies

Makes ~40 cookies

Ingredients:
9.25 ounces (~2 cups) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces (3/4 cup / 1 1/2 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 (1 1/2 cups) caramel corn (I used Popcorn Indiana) + 1/4 cup additional
Sea salt to taste

Directions:
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 1/4 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

Sweet & Salty Party Cookies
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25 Responses to “Sweet & Salty Party Cookies for a Virtual Bridal Shower”

  1. shelly (cookies and cups) January 14, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Caramel Corn INSIDE a cookie? Yes.

  2. Madison @ Espresso and Cream January 14, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Lauren these look wonderful! Of course, knowing you they taste even better than they look. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  3. DessertForTwo January 14, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    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!
    Love ya!
    xoxo x a million,
    Christina

  4. Tracey January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Oh man, how fantastic do these look?!? Nothing beats the sweet and salty combo for me in a dessert :)

  5. steph@stephsbitebybite January 14, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    These could be very dangerous!

  6. Julie @ Table for Two January 14, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    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!!

  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 14, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Popcorn in cookies is such a cool idea! I love sweet-salty desserts.

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver} January 14, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    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!!

  9. Audra@The-Baker-Chick January 14, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    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

  10. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    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. :)

  11. Krissy's Creations January 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you for putting this all together Lauren!!! It was all you :). And you created the perfect party treat for Christina :)

  12. Becky @ Olives n Wine January 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Holy moly these look AMAZING! I would have never thought to put caramel corn into cookies. The idea is genius :)

  13. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    oh these look AWESOME!! I am so missing cookies now that the holidays are over.

  14. Joanne January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    you can totally bring these to my bridal shower (someday). They look amazing!! Love that sweet and salty mix.

  15. Kathryn January 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    What a fun event and, of course, what amazingly delicious cookies you brought!

  16. Baking Serendipity January 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Caramel corn in cookies!? I love this!

  17. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 16, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    The sweet and salty combo will never get old. Happy Bridal Shower to Christina! :D

  18. Valerie January 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Congratulations to Christina! (And to you for the willingness to share these cookies!) ;D

  19. Fit Missy January 19, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    They all look sooooo gooooood!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs January 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Oh, I love the combination of chocolate and almond. And the sweet crunch of popcorn inside is so fun!

  21. Vespa Woolf January 23, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    “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!

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