Announcing the Winner of the Home Cook Challenge Cookies Contest

Caramel Pretzel Bars
Buttery shortbread meets gooey caramel meets salty pretzels in cookie bar form. We love that the caramel calls for sugar, honey, and maple syrup; it creates a multifaceted sweetness that pairs beautifully with the pretzel's salt.MacKenzie Smith

A sweet and festive thank you to all our readers who submitted recipes to our Home Cook Challenge Cookies contest. We're pleased to announce the winning recipe, submitted by reader Joanne Choi of the blog Week of Menus, who will be receiving a $500 gift card to Sur La Table. Her winning recipe is one that appeals to the sweet-toothed and salt-loving alike: a shortbread cookie bar topped with a rich honey-maple caramel and crushed salted pretzels. It's a rich, sweet treat perfect for an afternoon snack with a mug of tea. See the recipe for the Caramel Pretzel Bars — and join us in congratulating Joanne!