Monday, August 27, 2012

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Easy Recipe: Sea Salt Almond Caramel Pretzel Bites


A salty sweet taste combination is one of my favorites to enjoy.  I had always meant to try making something with pretzel snaps.  Of course it needed to be something tasty, but simple, like all the other recipes I share.  Just as with brownies, I always have fun experimenting with adding different ingredients.  Since our 5-1/2 year old daughter has recently been asking me to buy almonds after her first taste of a traditional Chinese almond cookie, I decided that almonds should be included in our little experimental sweet treat.  I also opted for traditional caramels without any chocolate because the thought of buttery caramel with warm almonds made me drool.

Recipe:  Sea Salt Almond Caramel Pretzel Bites

INGREDIENTS:
caramel cubes
almonds roasted in sea salt


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Step 1.  On a microwave-safe plate, place a pretzel snap and top it off with a caramel cube centered.

Step 2.  Test out the length of time it takes for the caramel cube to soften in your microwave without melting.  (Mine took 25 seconds, but all microwave times vary.)  You want to heat the caramel long enough so that it is warm and soft, but is still a cube.  If your caramel has started to turn into a puddle or has started to bubble, then try again using less time.


Step 3.  Once your timing has been perfected, microwave the desired amount of pretzel snaps topped with caramel on a microwave-safe plate.

Step 4.  Then immediately push a whole sea salt roasted almond into the top of each warm caramel.

Step 5.  Allow to cool for a minute and then serve immediately while still warm.


Each one of these are meant to be one adult bite-size serving.  I could not believe how delicious the scent of almonds in warm caramel smelled.  These would be great to make during the holidays because your house would smell so good for your guests.


Thank you to Snyder's of Hanover for providing the pretzels used in this recipe.