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60 Sweet and Salty Desserts

From salted caramel to pretzel gelatin salad, get the best of both worlds with these irresistible salty, sweet dessert recipes

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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. —Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan

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Salted Dark Chocolate TartTaste of Home

Salted Dark Chocolate Tart

When I was little, my grandpa always had a bag of caramels in his truck and a few in his pocket. Whether we were camping or going to a movie, I enjoyed sharing caramels with him. Now I try to put caramel in as many of my desserts as possible, including this sweet and salty tart. —Leah Tackitt, Austin, Texas

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Salted Cashew Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home

Salted Cashew Oatmeal Cookies

My son absolutely loves cashews, so I loaded my oatmeal cookies with them at Christmas—he loved them! The mix makes a great gift for friends, co-workers and teachers; all they have to do is add butter, vanilla and eggs. —Richard Hatch, Glen Burnie, Maryland

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Behr Track Cookie BarsTaste of Home

Behr Track Cookie Bars

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge in these ooey-gooey, salty-sweet peanut butter bars. A lot of people comment that the pretzels in the filling are a pleasant surprise. Just make sure to cut cookie bars small—they're super rich. —Megan Behr, Marion, Iowa

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Frozen Margarita MousseTaste of Home

Frozen Margarita Mousse

Who doesn't love a frozen Margarita? This creamy frozen mousse combines ready-to-drink margarita mix and whipped topping; it's easy to put together and the freezer does all the work. Garnish with additional crushed pretzels and kosher salt to enhance the sweet and salty flavor. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

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Flourless Peanut Butter ThumbprintsTaste of Home

Flourless Peanut Butter Thumbprints

I had been searching for a dessert to make for my brother's girlfriend (who is gluten intolerant), and I came across a naturally gluten-free dessert—a flourless peanut butter cookie. After tweaking the recipe a bit and adding Nutella and a sprinkling of sea salt, I finally found the perfect cookie for her. —Dana Hinck, Pensacola, Florida

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Chai Truffle TartTaste of Home

Chai Truffle Tart

My chai-flavored tart boasts chocolate and caramel layers tucked inside a salty pretzel crust. Truffles on top make it extra indulgent. —Chantal Bourbon, Montreal, Quebec

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Sea Salt Mint White Mocha CookiesTaste of Home

Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies

This recipe came from my mom's Grandma Alice, who taught her how to bake. Grandma Alice always had a fresh plate of warm cookies on her counter. I learned some of her recipes by heart as a child, and I've been making these since high school. They taste like Christmas.—Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel SauceTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

Truthfully, I want those cozy flavors of Thanksgiving throughout the year. This ice cream has just the right balance of spices, and no matter when you make it, you'll find yourself surrounded in the warmth and love that pumpkin pie has to offer. —Angie Stewart, Memphis, Tennessee

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Crunchy Chocolate ClustersTaste of Home

Crunchy Chocolate Clusters

This easy candy has a south-of-the-border flavor with cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Sweet, salty and crunchy, it's a great no-bake treat. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Chocolate Salted Caramel BarsTaste of Home

Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars

I love to experiment with different recipes and combine classic and new flavors. I've been making this shortbread for over 20 years and finally have found the perfect pairing! I love salted caramel, and of course I love dark chocolate, so I layered these two flavors with my favorite shortbread crust. It's melt-in-your-mouth good, and it is quickly becoming a favorite with my family, friends and customers! For even more gooey goodness, drizzle bottled caramel sauce over top. —Lisa Glenn, Sarasota

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Salted Caramel Walnut TartTaste of Home

Salted Caramel Walnut Tart

It took me a while to figure out a way to convert one of my favorite ice cream flavors into a pie—one of my favorite desserts. The result took quite a few tries, but in the end, it was so worth it. —Ruth Ealy, Plain City, Ohio

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Peanut Pretzel Toffee BarkTaste of Home

Peanut Pretzel Toffee Bark

My toffee has been a traditional must-make treat for my family and friends for over 40 years. My Dad taught me to make great fudge from scratch but my toffee was his favorite candy and each time I make it, I think of him. —Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

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Salted Caramel & Nut CupsTaste of Home

Salted Caramel & Nut Cups

These indulgent cookie cups, with four kinds of nuts, have helped make many of my holiday get-togethers even more special. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Nut Fruit BarkTaste of Home

Nut Fruit Bark

Here's a sophisticated version of fruit bark. Dark chocolate turns into a rich mocha flavor with the espresso powder. If you're a fan of sweet-salty tidbits, make sure to use the sea salt. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

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Nutty Sticky Bun CandiesTaste of Home

Nutty Sticky Bun Candies

Save room on your holiday treat trays for these sweet and salty spirals. Oh, and hide some for yourself, too. They'll be in high demand! —Josh Carter, Birmingham, Alabama

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Maple-Bacon White Chocolate FudgeTaste of Home

Maple-Bacon White Chocolate Fudge

Tired of the same old fudge? Try my recipe with white chips, maple flavoring and bacon. Then be prepared to share the recipe! —Mindie Hilton, Susanville, California

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Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter BitesTaste of Home

Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Bites

My son Micah and I love peanut butter cups, so we made them into a new treat. We entered these peanut butter no bake cookies in a creative baking contest and won first place! —Autumn Emigh, Gahanna, Ohio

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Easy Peanut Butter & Pretzel PieTaste of Home

Easy Peanut Butter & Pretzel Pie

My crispy, salty pretzel crust just begs for a creamy no-bake peanut butter filling and a layer of chocolate ganache. — Gina Nistico, Taste of Home Food Editor

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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel TrufflesTaste of Home

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and salty pretzels create a to-die-for truffle. It’s a little bite of decadence and a special indulgence for the holiday season.—Ashley Wisniewski, Champaign, Illinois

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South Dakota Frito TreatsTaste of Home

South Dakota Frito Treats

Yep, they're made with corn chips! These salty sweets were a staple after meetings at the quilt guild I belonged to in South Dakota. —Carol Tramp, Wynot, Nebraska

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Strawberry-Lime BarsTaste of Home

Strawberry-Lime Bars

Our family loves fresh strawberries so I look for different ways to use them. This tempting, yummy dessert has sweet strawberries, tart lime, pretzels and cream cheese. —Alexandra Barnett, Forest, Virginia

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Salted Peanut RollsTaste of Home

Salted Peanut Rolls

A Christmas gift of homemade candy is always a hit with sweet tooths. I dip these peanut rolls in chocolate, but they're yummy plain, too. —Elizabeth Hokanson, Arborg, Manitoba

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Salted Caramel Cookie CupsTaste of Home

Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

When I brought these salty sweet cookies to a potluck, I overheard people talking about how wonderful they were. I'm not sure if it was the cookie, the caramel or the chocolate that they loved best.—Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

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White Chip Peanut-Pretzel ClustersTaste of Home

White Chip Peanut-Pretzel Clusters

With lots of crunch and sweet-salty appeal, these colorful goodies just can’t miss. Plus, the no-bake clusters require only six basic ingredients to assemble. —Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina

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Salted Butterscotch & Pecan No-BakesTaste of Home

Salted Butterscotch & Pecan No-Bakes

When I was deciding what type of cookie to make for a Christmas swap, I opted for something with coconut, pudding mix and salted caramel. Boxed, these could make a great gift as well. I like to drizzle caramel over the tops of the cookies before serving for a special touch. —Stacey Ritz, Sudbury, Ontario

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Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter CheesecakeTaste of Home

Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cheesecake

After a co-worker shared a recipe for a great bar cookie, I made it into a cheesecake using my standard recipe and tweaking it a bit. It’s a wonderful combination of sweet and salty. —Joyce Schamberger, Amboy, Illinois

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Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted PecansTaste of Home

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

My kids and grandchildren love this cracker candy recipe. The neighbor kids rush right over when they find out I have them. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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Crispy Pretzel BarsTaste of Home

Crispy Pretzel Bars

I often make a big batch of these peanut butter-flavored cereal bars on days that I don't want to heat up the kitchen. Kids especially love them, so they're great for picnics, potlucks and school bake sales. —Jane Thompson, Eureka, Illinois

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Beer and Pretzel CaramelsTaste of Home

Beer and Pretzel Caramels

Beer and pretzels are a natural combination—mix them with smooth caramel and you have an awesome candy. The guys will go wild over these crunchy, chunky chews. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Brownie Affogato SundaesTaste of Home

Brownie Affogato Sundaes

We can’t resist brownie sundaes. I combined an affogato (coffee-based beverage) idea with a brownie to get this decadent sundae that mixes it all in there: warm, cold, sweet and salty. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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M&M & Pretzel CookiesTaste of Home

M&M & Pretzel Cookies

Kids and grown-ups adore these sweet, chewy and crunchy cookies. Add more candy for M&M's lovers, or toss in a few additional pretzels for that extra-salty bite. —Madison Allen, Destrehan, Louisiana

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Salted Cashew & Caramel ChewsTaste of Home

Salted Cashew & Caramel Chews

Nothing says "welcome home" like warm, gooey, chewy cookies right out of the oven with a cold glass of milk—mmm, heaven. You don't need a plate. Just grab and go. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

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Pretzel Gelatin DessertTaste of Home

Pretzel Gelatin Dessert

This is one of my mother's absolute favorite desserts. The salty pretzel crust is the perfect complement to the sweet cream cheese filling. —Erin Frakes, Moline, Illinois

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Salty-Sweet Peanut TreatTaste of Home

Salty-Sweet Peanut Treat

Who knew slow cooking could transform chocolate, peanuts and pretzels? When the clusters are done, we tuck them into mini muffin papers for a takeaway treat.

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Caramel Pretzel BitesTaste of Home

Caramel Pretzel Bites

I created this recipe wanting to make my own version of a pretzel log dipped in caramel, chocolate and nuts from a popular candy store. These are smothered with homemade caramel. —Michilene Klaver, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Salted Caramel Cappuccino CheesecakeTaste of Home

Salted Caramel Cappuccino Cheesecake

After spending years living in Seattle, I’ve become a coffee junkie! I had to relocate across the country for a time, so I created this cheesecake with the flavors of salted caramel, coffee and espresso. It lifted me up on days when I felt blue about leaving one of the world’s great coffee destinations. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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Pretzel DessertTaste of Home

Pretzel Dessert

Save both time and money with a big batch of this sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy treat. Any dessert that is left over is super the next day, too. —Rita Winterberger, Huson, Montana

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Sweet & Salty Truffle PieTaste of Home

Sweet & Salty Truffle Pie

Homemade truffles—a little bit sweet and a little bit salty—will keep you coming back for more. Store extra truffles in the fridge.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin

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Loaded-Up Pretzel CookiesTaste of Home

Loaded-Up Pretzel Cookies

Coconut, M&M’s and salty, crunchy pretzels make these loaded cookies unlike any you’ve ever tasted—or resisted. —Jackie Ruckwardt, Cottage Grove, Oregon

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss CookiesTaste of Home

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Guests will stand in line to kiss the cook when these treats are served! For a change of pace, try them with chunky peanut butter, too. —Canada60, Tasteofhome.com Community

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Pineapple Pretzel FluffTaste of Home

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

I often bring this special salad to potlucks, and everyone goes crazy for the sweet and crunchy combination. Be sure to add the pretzel mixture right before serving to keep it crispy. —Beth Olby, Ashland, Wisconsin

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Chewy Salted Peanut BarsTaste of Home

Chewy Salted Peanut Bars

My rich bars are studded with the all-American peanut. I like to think famed peanut farmer Jimmy Carter would approve. —Ann Marie Heinz, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Peanut Butter Cream PieTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

During the warm months, it's nice to have a fluffy, no-bake dessert that's a snap to make. Packed with peanut flavor, this pie gets gobbled up even after a big meal! —Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia

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Pecan Caramel Candies

Salty and sweet, these candies are the perfect little snack. Form a kitchen assembly line with your kids, and the making becomes just as fun as the eating. —Julie Wemhoff, Angola, Indiana

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Potato Chip ClustersTaste of Home

Potato Chip Clusters

Just three offbeat ingredients add up to one unique, delectable, no-bake treat. These super-easy, sweet-and-salty candy clusters make for merry munching during holiday trips or parties. They travel well in containers without melting or getting soft. —Donna Brockett, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

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Peanut Butter Cookie CupsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

I'm a busy schoolteacher and pastor's wife. I wouldn't dare show my face at a church dinner or bake sale without these tempting peanut butter treats. They're quick, easy to make and always a hit. —Kristi Tackett, Banner, Kentucky

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Peppermint Pretzel DippersTaste of Home

Peppermint Pretzel Dippers

A friend made these treats and gave them away in pretty canning jars. The combination of sweet, salty and peppermint is just right. Try dipping them in white candy coating and rolling them in crushed candy canes for variety.—Michelle Krzmarzick, Redondo Beach, California

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Salted Pecan Shortbread SquaresTaste of Home

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, Oregon

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Peanut Butter Sheet CakeTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

A minister's wife gave me this recipe...and my family loves it. It's a great treat to share. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas

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Salted Toffee Cashew CookiesTaste of Home

Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies

When I get toffee bits, butterscotch chips and cashews together in one cookie, the sweet and salty combo is nearly impossible to resist. —Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota

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Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee CrispsTaste of Home

Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

My "crispers" are the ultimate combination of salty and sweet. They never last long because—trust me—they're addictive! Make the recipe the way it's written or sprinkle on any treats you like. —Jennifer Butka, Livonia, Michigan

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Peanut Butter Pretzel BarsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

My secret to these rich, no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut butter and chocolate pairing. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

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Salted Soft CaramelsTaste of Home

Salted Soft Caramels

Velvety smooth homemade caramels have a sprinkling of kosher salt to create a sweet-salty sensation. Best of all, these caramels don't call for each to be wrapped in waxed paper or plastic wrap...a very tedious chore. The hot caramel is poured into miniature muffin liners instead. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chocolate Pretzel RingsTaste of Home

Chocolate Pretzel Rings

If you like chocolate-covered pretzels, you'll love these simple snacks. They're fun to make any time of year because you can color-coordinate the M&M's to each holiday. —Kim Scurio, Carol Stream, Illinois

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Dark Chocolate Bacon CupcakesTaste of Home

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

These adventurous cupcakes were a challenge by friends that turned into a great success. Use extra-smoky bacon to really get the salty, rich flavor. —Sandy Ploy, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

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Salted Caramel CupcakesTaste of Home

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

To help balance the sweetness of the brown sugar cupcake, we created a unique salty frosting. It's the best of both worlds! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Salt & Pepper Caramel CupsTaste of Home

Salt & Pepper Caramel Cups

With sea salt and pink peppercorns, these sophisticated treats will wow your guests. The festive little cups look and taste like they came from a pricey confectionery. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Salted Peanut BarsTaste of Home

Salted Peanut Bars

You’ll never look at Rice Krispies Treats the same way again after trying these nutty three-tiered cookie, marshmallow and cereal bars. —Denise Kirsch, McLeansboro, Illinois

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Chocolate-Covered ChipsTaste of Home

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Whenever I give these candies as gifts or serve them to guests, they're conversation starters! The savory-sweet combination makes a tempting treat. —Marcille Meyer, Battle Creek, Nebraska

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.