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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Christmas

I love a good Christmas cookie. Growing up I remember my mom making sugar cookies and letting us decorate them with royal icing. Between the sugar and the creativity it was kid heaven. But now that I'm a bit older I'm always in need of changing up the traditional Christmas cookie. One year it's 7-layer cookies, the next it's cake balls. This year I decided to really shake things up and make a treat that's not even technically a cookie. 

Christmas-y chocolate dipped pretzels. Salty. Sweet. Oh yum!

I decided to use whatever chocolate I already had on hand. We rarely eat candy, but somehow we always seem to wind up with a lot of it. I used Hershey's bars leftover from late August s'mores nights and tossed in some dark chocolate truffles I've had in the pantry for several weeks now. 


Warning: don't try to melt your chocolate in the microwave- it's way too easy to burn it. In college I worked in a gourmet chocolate store and if there's one lesson I've learned it's that burnt chocolate is not a treat. 

I melted my chocolate on the stove top. I poured the chocolate into a sauce pan and on very low heat just let the pan warm up as I stirred the chocolate. After a few minutes I turned the stove top off so as not to let it over heat and burn the chocolate. 

Christmas sprinkles!

I found these in the dollar section of Super Target for yes, you guessed it, a dollar. 

Dip the pretzels in the melted chocolate (I used a spoon to help me scoop some of it onto the pretzels). Then dip your tasty chocolate covered pretzel in some festive sprinkles.
My thoughts at this moment: do I really have to wait for it to dry?

Lay your pretzels on aluminum foil and allow to dry for about an hour (or you can put them in the fridge to quicken things up).
While classic Christmas cookies are always in style, if you're looking to bring something just a little different to a cookie swap these are a great option. I bagged them up in tiny plastic treat bags, tied them with ribbons and have been giving them to friends, family, and co-workers. Oh, and eating plenty myself. 


15 comments:

SarahinSC said...

Love these! Making these is a part of our Christmas tradition!

Romance In A Glance said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I may try these for Christmas! I learned myself before about melting chocolate in the microwave, LOL. Love this idea :) Makes me hungry. I'm having a Christmas give away if you're interested! ;) Happy Tuesday!

Bethany said...

Sarah- thanks! I'm glad you will be adding these to your Christmas tradition...enjoy!

Romance In A Glance- Glad you enjoyed this post!

Me said...

All I need are pretzels and I can do this! So much fun!

Bethany said...

ME- Thanks! I hope you enjoy making them (and eating them too!)

Branson said...

Oh so yummy!! And great photos too! :) Found you at the Cookie Exchange!

Allison said...

I just made these with almond bark but chocolate sounds better! :)

Bethany said...

Branson- Thanks for stopping by from the Cookie Exchange. I'm glad you like the photos too :)

Bethany said...

Allison- that sounds like a tasty variation! I hope you enjoy making these :)

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Oh my goodness....chocolate & pretzel has been my obsession for the past year. Can't wait to make these! And, I have those sprinkles from the dollar section also! Thanks for linking up!

Bethany said...

Mel- honored to have you stop by, I love your blog! I hope you enjoy these and thanks for hosting such a fun link up. Looking forward to the next one!

Beth Bryson said...

Hello! I like your blog and, this recipe looks YUMMY!!!!! Have a great night!!!! Beth @flairforhome.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by! These are yummy...I can't eat just one!

Molly at Duchess of Fork said...

I really shouldn't be reading this on an empty stomach. I love chocolate covered pretzels. They remind me of my Granny's house. :)

Bethany said...

Molly...I'm honored to have you stop by, your blog is great! And I'm with you on not reading this post on an empty stomach ;) Thanks for hosting a fun (and delicious) link-up party!

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