Salty n' Sweet Jumble Cookies

Salty AND sweet? Gimme! Empty out your snack cabinets and throw all the pretzels, crackers, and chocolate you have into these yummy cookies. A recipe so versatile, you can make it again and again and never get tired of them!

Readers, help me. Have you ever been in a book club?!

Somehow I have joined two such clubs in the past week, and I'm really not sure what to do - besides drink, of course. Are we supposed to be examining the literary style? Exploring the cultural background that shaped character development?? Doing things other than just guzzling wine and eating cookies??? SOS!

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Today, I met up with my friends Alyssa, Lauren, Brigid, and Kait, for the inaugural meeting of our Arlington Ladies book club. For our first selection, we were reviewing "Alyssa's Bible" aka "He's Just Not That Into You," the book that inspired the movie of the same name.

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Now, call us basic all you want, but this book is God's word. As someone who has written extensively on all topics 'dating,' I'm always excited to see what kind of viewpoint a dating book takes. This one? Fairly cynical, which is a refreshing change from all the BS being pandered by the Thought Catalogs and Jezebels of the world. I was into it.

But did we do book club correctly? Well, if 'correctly' entails tanning getting incredibly sunburnt on Lauren's roof while we traded dating stories, then hell yeah. And if it doesn't? Fuck being correct. We had a blast, and it wouldn't have been the same without all of our snacks!

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We had a full spread of scones, fruit, egg muffins, and these bomb-ass Salty n' Sweet Jumble Cookies that I had made that morning as an homage to Lauren.

You see, Lauren is on a quest to find the perfect combination of salty and sweet. She's JUST like Odysseus, except wearing more clothing and with a healthier fear of the Gods. Thus, I knew that these cookies would be up against some stiff taste buds!

And, I'm happy to announce that they did NOT disappoint. Between us five girls, we did some SERIOUS damage on these suckers. So, whether you're having a book club, or hanging out with friends, or just want something incredibly delicious, try these out!

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Salty n' Sweet Jumble Cookies

To make these cookies, you will need:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 75 grams brown sugar
- 75 grams granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- Pinch salt
- Salty and sweet mix ins (Ritz crackers, pretzels, chocolate chips, etc)

To make the dough, combine your butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Add your egg and vanilla and mix until fluffy.

To this wet mixture, add your flourbaking soda, and salt. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined - you don't want to stir past that, or else the gluten will start to develop and you'll end up with a tough cookie!

Once your mixture has just come together, it's time to add your mix-ins! This is the fun part, because you can throw in whatever looks good. I used what I had on hand - half of a small stack of Ritz crackers (crushed), 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, and a handful of crushed yogurt-covered pretzels. Other good options would be nuts or seeds, chocolate covered pretzels, or m&m's, but really go crazy!

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Once you've added your mix-ins of choice, set that dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour and paint your nails a fun color. That's an order. You'll feel MUCH better afterwards, trust me.

When the dough has chilled sufficiently, preheat the oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper. Drop about two tablespoons of dough per cookie, and bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool a few minutes on the tray, remove to a cooling rack, and enjoy!

These go especially well with wine and gossip... just FYI ;)

XOXO,
Jess