Sometimes, unexpected pairings can work together beautifully.
Peanut butter and apple mint jelly (don’t hate).
Navy and hot pink.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (FOREVER. AND EVER).
And sometimes, unexpected pairings fail miserably.
Me and my hot-tempered, work-out-a-holic ex-boyfriend (an ex for a reason).
Crocs and… well, anything.
Orange juice and toothpaste.
Just… no, you know?
Today’s treat is one of those unexpected pairings that works. It’s like dessert magic or something. Call me the Dessert Magician.
Baaaasically I was shopping at Walmart and (yet again) was struck by the intense need to impulse-buy random things in the seasonal aisle, including Pumpkin Spice cookie mix. I had no real intentions to do anything with the mix except to hoard it like a cookie-mix-hoarding-freak would, but then I found some Rolos.. and then some pretzels.. and some wheels started turning.
Okay, my cart wheels turned to the candy aisle to stockpile more gum (forever obsessed) and Tic Tacs (new obsession–I go through a pack in like, 3 minutes), but my mental wheels turned, too.
Now if we could just get Rachel and Ryan back together, life would be tremendous.
1 pkg Pumpkin Spice cookie mix, plus ingredients on back of package
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
About 24 Rolos, unwrapped
About 24 pretzels
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, prepare the cooking mix according to package directions, stirring in the pumpkin pie spice and additional flour. Portion heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough among each muffin cavity. Press to fill. Bake up for approx. 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the pan.
3. Take a wooden spoon handle and gently make wells in each cookie cup. Press a Rolo into the center of each well. Allow the Rolos to partially soften, then gently press a pretzel on top. Sprinkle with sea salt.
4. Allow the bites to set before serving. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, up to 3 days.
**Note: You may want to run a knife along the edge of each cookie cup to carefully loosen them from the tin. Do this after allowing the cups to cool slightly.
**I used regular-sized Rolos for this.**
Sweet, salty and spicy–these bites are the perfect treat! The gooey caramel oozes from the inside of a soft and spicy pumpkin cookie, and the smooth chocolate coating paired with the crunch of the pretzel and saltiness of the sea salt really brings it all together. It’s the perfect bite, people. Dessert Genie over hereeee.