Caramel Pretzel Bars

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

Buttery shortbread meets gooey caramel meets salty pretzels in this cookie bar, the winner in our December 2011 Home Cook Challenge recipe contest. Creator Joanne Choi (whose blog is A Week of Menus) says she developed the recipe in the course of looking for a sweet-salty cookie that would still be safe for those with nut allergies; we love it because the caramel calls for sugar, honey, and maple syrup, creating a multifaceted sweetness that pairs beautifully with the pretzel's salt.