Bet You Can't Eat Just One!
Are you a fan of the salty/sweet flavor combo? Not sure what I mean? Okay. How would you answer the following questions: (1) Do you like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? (2) Do you like chocolate covered pretzels? (3) When you have bacon with pancakes or waffles, do you dip the bacon in the maple syrup? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are a salty/sweet fan.
Personally, I adore salty/sweet treats. Reese's peanut butter cups are my favorite candy. Even though I buy them for Halloween trick-or-treaters every year, for some reason the peanut butter cups just don't make it to the treat basket. Sorry kids.
Chocolate covered pretzels? Check! Here in Pittsburgh, we are blessed to have a local company called Sarris' Candies. Sarris' chocolate covered pretzels are the best you can buy IMHO. Period.
I love baking with the salty/sweet flavor profile. For a breakfast treat, I will sometimes make King Arthur Flour's recipe for maple bacon biscuit bake. A maple syrup and bacon topping is made and spread in the bottom of a baking pan, then topped with biscuit dough and baked. When done, the biscuits are inverted on a serving dish and the maple bacon topping drips down the sides of the biscuits. Yum.
One of my favorite cookies is salty sweet butter pecan cookies. Loaded with toasted pecan and butterscotch chips, the cookies are rolled in a sugar and salt mixture before baking. If you love salty/sweet treats, these cookies are for you. Find the recipe on King Arthur Flour's website. KAF's baker/blogger P.J. Hamel called these cookies the bomb. She's oh so right.
Last week, I discovered a new addition to my salty/sweet recipe folder - potato chip cookies. Yep. I said potato chips. The recipe is easy and highly rated so I decided to give it a try. As suggested by other bakers who have made the cookies, I used kettle cooked potato chips and added chocolate chips to the dough. The kettle cooked potato chips retained their crunchiness in the baked cookie instead of softening and disappearing. What do the chocolate chips bring to this party? They're chocolate chips. Isn't everything better with chocolate? Yes, even potato chips. Seriously.
I also sprinkled fine sea salt on top of the cookies before baking. That light addition of salt takes these cookies from really good to over-the-top spectacular. When you make these cookies, don't omit the final sprinkle of sea salt. One final tip, when you eat one of the cookies, turn it upside down so that the sea salt hits your taste buds simultaneously with the cookie. Pow! It may sound silly, but it actually does work. The cookies taste even better when you eat them upside down.
Are you a salty/sweet aficionado? Have any good recipes for salty/sweet treats? I would love to read them! In the meantime, try these potato chip cookies. Bet you can't eat just one!