Salted Caramel Cookies

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies |

Hi friends!  Are you guys gearing up for the holiday baking season?

I am in full swing for sure.


I try and pin down the recipes that I will make for my holiday baking way ahead of time…too many times have I decided to try new recipes for my big baking day, only to end up covered in flour and cookie tears.  It kind of takes the fun of the day.

I wish I could say that I am a lemonades from lemons kind of a girl, but it’s the holiday season and I really shouldn’t lie.


Annnyway…baking holiday cookies has always been a huge tradition in my family, especially the decorated sugar cookies.

But, I have been blessed with a house full of boys who don’t seem to value the art of the cookie decorating as much as they do the cookie eating, so I have switched up my cookie menu a little bit to cater to their lack of desire as well as my lack of patience.  Baking quick cookies that come together without a bagillion ingredients or steps is the best way for all of us to enjoy the day…that’s what it’s all about, right?


Which leads me to these cookies.  Salted Caramel Cookies… actually they are Salted Pretzel Caramel Cookies, and they are fantastic! I got the recipe for these over at the Eagle Brand site..there are some really fun recipes over there!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies |

You have a chewy sugar cookie, loaded with salty pretzel bits and topped with the most delicious caramel sauce, made using Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.IMG_4786What I love even more about this recipe is that you microwave the sweetened condensed milk to make the caramel…just be sure to use a deep bowl, otherwise it will bubble over.  Trust me on this. *ahem.

After you cook your sweetened condensed milk in the microwave you will have a golden caramel that you can spread right on top of your cookies!

I added a nice sprinkle of flaked sea salt on top to give it some extra saltiness.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies |

I got this recipe from EAGLE BRANDHop over for the recipe!

50 Responses

  1. These look beyond awesome! I love the whole sweet and salty thing so, so very much. And that caramel sauce! I got my baking love from my grandmother and great aunt, who taught me early on that you must always have at least one can of sweetened condensed milk on hand for yummy things just like this!

  2. Cynthia Bauman

    Mmmmm! Salted caramel on a sugar cookie?! Perfection! These will be a perfect & simple addition to my Christmas Party’s “Cookies & Milk for Santa Buffet”. Thank you!

  3. OMG I almost used those slate namecards in my last recipe!! I LOVE them and I was so excited when I got mine in the mail!
    My favorite holiday baking memory is always my grandma making the pumpkin pies. She makes them from scratch and they always turn out perfectly! She makes them deep-dish with tons of pumpkin filling, so if I’d followed the recipe myself, they would never turn out the same. Perfect.

  4. Kim C

    My grandfather always made a ton of Christmas cookies and there were a few different kinds as well. My favorite holiday baking memory would be when I decided to make my grandfather’s cookies one year and bring him some for a change.

  5. Starla Bates

    I make new memories every year, but back in 2010 everything was just wonderful. My whole family, my dad helping to bake which is RARE, and Nana being the leader. I love it!

  6. Brenda

    Those looks good!….and I didn’t know about making sweetened condensed into Carmel in the microwave….can’t wait to try that.

  7. Wanda

    Eaglebrand ALWAYS has wonderful recipes and new ideas…and to think my neighbor stocks her pantry with green beans. Not my household…we stock Eaglebrand condensed milk and Jello pudding. You know the real necessities of life!!!!!

  8. Hi,
    Thanks for the contest!! I love your page…
    However, I’m not sure I understand the contest rules.
    I click on the pinterest link and can repin items from this album:
    (Sweeten the Season Pinterest Holiday Promotion)this part I get…

    But this part of the instructions don’t make sense, cause on my end there is a broken link and I find NO form to fill out except this Leave a Reply form.
    Sorry I am confused. Please help!

    thanks in advance for the reply,

    1. Shelly

      Just follow the board “Sweeten the Season” and to enter you have to leave a comment or reply in the form with your favorite memory surrounding holiday baking!

  9. Lori

    I always baked with my mother. We baked for weeks and weeks during the holidays for our house and the church.
    I now do the same with my children and have for the past 19 years.

  10. My favorite memories about Christmas baking are with my daughter. Ever since she was a baby we have made cookies for “Santa” and she has helped through the whole process. Well, she is 17 now and I still love to bake Santa’s cookies with her.

  11. Brittany

    I have made these twice where they did not turn out. 2 sticks of butter was way too much and they turned out flat and crumbly (which is fortunately how my husband likes them so at least they were eaten). My store only carries the Betty Crocker brand of sugar cookie mix so this may be a factor. Finally the 3rd time I decided to only use 1 stick of butter (as that is what the directions of the cookie package called for) and added 1/4 cup sour cream to add some extra moisture for the added pretzels. I also put in the egg and vanilla as the original recipe called for. I chilled the dough and cooked each batch for about 11-13 minutes and they turned out perfect! I also did not use the eagle brand “caramel” – it was difficult to work with and I didn’t care for the flavor. Costco was sampling some caramel sauce and it was delicious so I bought that and used it instead. Thanks for the inspiration, I love all things salted caramel!

  12. Sonia

    I made these yesterday for my girlfriend cookie bake and they did not turn out. They were flat and nothing like the photo. While they did have a good taste they did not present very well. I followed the recipe exactly so I am not sure what happened. Should I have added flour to the mix? I got the worst cookie award first time ever this year.

  13. Ashley

    Love the cookies, but the caramel out of the condensed milk did not work for me. It just congealed instead of melting? Any tips for that part would be great!

  14. Lexy

    I attempted making these last night and like others had horrible results. 1c of butter is way too much. The first batch I baked off just melted into a pool of goo. I added about a cup and half of flour to the second batch and while slightly better they still pooled out. If i try I again I am going to use 1/4 of the butter suggested and cross my fingers.

    1. Shelly

      THat’s so odd that the recipe has given a few of you problems. The recipe is from the Eagle Brand website, so I didn’t write it, but I did make it and it turned out perfect! So sorry!

  15. Jodi

    These were delish but I’m not sure if the Carmel is supposed to be real sticky and I wasn’t sure how to store. I put them in between layers of wax paper and they stuck.

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