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Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

For the last few years, we have had a cookie exchange with the girls at work. Every year, I try to make my own cookie. Last year, mine turned out so bad that I had to throw them away. It was a really simple recipe, so I’m not sure what possessed me to attempt to make a cookie from scratch this year.  I followed the recipe EXACTLY the way that I found it on The Diary of Dave’s Wife website.

We also do a gift exchange at the party.  I brought a leopard print santa hat and an iTunes gift card.  I LOVE doing white elephant exchanges, but I always stress about what I’m going to bring.  I have decided that everyone needs gift cards, so that is going to be my new go to for the future exchanges.  At first I got the movie Elf and a thing of syrup in the exchange, but someone ended up stealing that from me. They didn’t want the syrup, so I ended up going home with syrup, a bottle of wine, and a corkscrew with a mustache top.

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Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, (softened)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Kraft caramel bits
1/2 cup crushed pretzels

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

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cream the butter and sugars together
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Add egg and vanilla and blend it all togetherIMG_4447

Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and saltIMG_4448

Stir in the chocolate chips, caramel bits, and crushed pretzels
Drop the dough on to a cookie sheet. The cookies don’t spread a lot, so you can put them fairly close together.  I kind of smooshed them down a little bit on the cookie sheet and then added salt on top of them.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until kind of browned around the edges.  (Don’t over bake)
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Katie-bug Lady bug

My beautiful niece turned ONE today! It’s hard to believe that she has been in our lives for only a year. She has brought so much joy to all of us. I love it when I can get a little smile out of her. I’m so excited about staying with my parents this week so she can get to know me better and hopefully want to let me hold her more!! My sister did a great job with the birthday party. The lady bug theme was perfect for her!!

The K with a lady bug was so cute. These were the best cookies. I usually don’t even care for cookies, but these were amazing!!

These were the cutest lady bug cookies.

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The kids got little backpacks with goodies inside. The girls got lady bugs.

The boys got caterpillars. They ordered these through H&B sports at (214) 641-4897

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These were cute little appetizers. They are just crackers, herb cream cheese, cherry tomatoes cut in half, black olive halves, and decorating gel to make them look like little lady bugs. I helped decorate them.

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