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Make your own chocolate covered pretzels at home to stick in cookie trays or simply snack on!
Friends!! It is upon us!! Christmas/holiday cookie baking season is HERE, and I, for one, could not be more excited.
If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that in 2015, I started a 12 Days of Christmas Cookies tradition here at FAF, and last year, despite having a small child (and nursing him, learning how to mom, figuring out life, etc etc etc), I made it happen then, too.
Little did I know, having a toddler this year meant it was actually even harder to get this all nailed down, but things are looking good and if all continues to go as planned, you’ll have 12 brand new cookie recipes here between tomorrow and just before Christmas to add to your baking repertoire and share with your loved ones.
I have 7 of the 12 done, and 2 of them were done in July, so… Send cookie baking vibes ASAP. Yikes.
In all reality, I should have no problem busting out cookies in the next few weeks, because let’s face it… The holiday season is all about those treats. Isn’t it?
A time to indulge, share recipes near and dear to our hearts with those we love, and a time to put all of those cookies together in one nice neat package to hand off to someone to show them just how much you care.
But what’s a cookie tray without other treats, eh?
A couple years ago, I brought you gingerbread RKTs to help fill some nooks and crannies in your cookie trays, and this year, it’s all about the chocolate covered pretzels. Why? I’ll tell you why. Because chocolate covered pretzels are the epitome of Christmas to me, and I have my full time job to thank for that.
PEOPLE LOVE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS
You see, I work for a company that supplies products to lots of people. That means that we, in turn, have a lot of people who love us. And also lots of people who work for/with us like accountants, banks, product distributors, chemical waste removal companies, and many more people who like to shower us with goodies around Christmas.
In fact, we all love when December rolls around, because just about daily, there’s bound to be a treat in the lunch room from such and such a company, thanking us for working with them and inviting us to share in some holiday cheer.
Literally whenever we hear the doorbell ring in December, we hope for another treat.
Yes, it is that exciting.
We get all sorts of things: cookies, cakes, candy, fruit baskets, nut assortments, and, our favorite, chocolate covered pretzels.
Guys, I can’t even tell you which company sends them every year, but I CAN tell you that when they hit the kitchen, it is an absolute mad dash to grab one.
In a company of about 50ish people, a tray of 2 dozenish chocolate dipped pretzels doesn’t last long, and when one of us spots it or gets word of it, we merely have to utter the words “pretzels” and everyone knows what’s up.
We have been known to actually hoard pretzels for coworkers who are either out of the building or tied up with work just because it is that devastating to miss out on the pretzels.
So yeah. Chocolate covered pretzels = Christmas to me.
HOW DO YOU MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS?
Making your own chocolate dipped pretzels at home is actually as easy as melting some chocolate and dipping pretzels into it. Truly. That easy.
But the reason I’m bringing them to you now is
1) so you have a reminder that they are a thing and they are adorable additions to cookie trays and
2) tomorrow, I’m going to show you how you can use your chocolate covered pretzels in cookies to make the most wonderful cookie to kick off any cookie party I’ve ever seen in the history of cookie parties.
So get to melting and dipping and decorating (or leaving plain, whatevs), because we’ve got major cookie baking and tray assembling to do– got it?
Homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- 4 ounces quality chocolate coarsely chopped*
- 12 large classic pretzels approximately 2 and 1/2" in diameter
- sprinkles nuts, additional melted chocolate, or assorted decorations, if using
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place the chopped chocolate into a small heat proof bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove, and stir very well. Heat in 10 second increments, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is completely smooth. You may also place the chocolate in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
- Place a pretzel into the chocolate and, using a fork, cover the pretzel completely in chocolate. Lift pretzel out of the bowl and gently tap the fork on the lip of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place the pretzel on the prepared baking sheet and cover with sprinkles (or other decoration, if using). If you'd like to decorate the pretzel with drizzled chocolate, wait until pretzels are completely set before melting new chocolate and decorating.
- When you are finished dipping your pretzels or you have filled a baking sheet, refrigerate pretzels for about 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden. Remove from refrigerator and allow to continue setting at room temperature. Once chocolate is completely set, cover pretzels tightly and store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.