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pretzel hugs.


ok, if you’ve been reading SBA for the past few months, you know i am a tad obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels.  they were the first “recipe” i ever made and quickly became my go-to for nearly every holiday.  the salty/sweet combination gets me every time. lately, i’ve been playing around with my beloved chocolate covered pretzels and created these:

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

   

today, i’m bringing you another spin off. pretzel hugs.


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are these not the cutest things you’ve ever seen??  not only are they adorable, they are SO easy.  this recipe is hardly a recipe.  stick a hershey kisses hug on top of a square pretzel. melt for 3 minutes. press an m&m on top.  done.  it takes less than 5 minutes to make these. then, you have to let them cool and the chocolate set.  or just eat them all when the hugs are all melty and gooey. mmmmmmmmm!

         

i chose green m&ms for st patrick’s day, but go with your fave color or use a color for any upcoming holiday.

aaaaaaaaand then i couldn’t NOT use pink m&ms. if you couldn’t tell by everything around you here on my site, i’m a tad obsessed with all things pink.

    

pretzel hugs

(categorized under cupcakes & fun sweets)
  • square pretzels
  • hershey kisses hugs
  • m&ms

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with wax paper or aluminum foil.  Lay however many pretzels you want to make on the sheet.
  3. Unwrap hugs and place one on each pretzel.  Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down (mine took about 3 mins, depends on your oven).
  4. While the pretzels hugs are in the oven, get your m&m’s out and ready because you will have to work fairly quickly after the pretzel hugs come out of the oven.
  5. Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press an m&m down on each one. (The hug should flatten out when you press the m&m in it.  If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.)
  6. Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 1 hour.  Enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these treats too ;)

chocolate dipped brownies

chocolate dipped brownies

chocolate covered pretzels

chocolate covered pretzels

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

mini chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

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chocolate covered pretzels

here is my original go-to recipe for chocolate covered pretzels.  i make them for nearly every holiday, using different colored sprinkles to reflect the holiday colors. i usually use honey-wheat pretzels but decided to do something a little different for valentine’s day.  making these could not be easier! i think white chocolate would look extra pretty with the valentine’s day sprinkles too. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the chocolate bars into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Take a pretzel and dip into chocolate, using a spoon to evenly cover 1/2 of the pretzel. Shake the pretzel a bit to remove any excess chocolate.
  4. Immediately cover the chocolate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.  I usually do this over a paper plate, to catch the sprinkles that miss the pretzel.
  5. Place each pretzel on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Enjoy!

ps: you might also enjoy my chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites!

 

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

thank you, pinterest, for giving me the genius idea of sandwiching peanut butter between my favorite thing on the planet: chocolate covered pretzels!

i’m really at a loss for words. there’s no way to describe these adorable little babies. they are simply amazing.  bite sized, salty, sweet, peanut buttery, crunchy, and chocolatey perfection.

betcha can’t eat just one. trust me. i tried.

chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites

makes 30 bites

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp softened butter (i used light butter)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • pretzels
  • 1 semi-sweet bakers chocolate block (in baking aisle- i prefer it over chocolate chips for coating)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together peanut butter and butter with a spoon.
  3. Stir in sugars until thick dough forms. (you will need some elbow grease for this!)
  4. Roll dough into little balls, sandwich between the peanut butter ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Break up the chocolate and melt for about 1 minute in mircrowave, stirring every 20 seconds.
  6. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bite back on baking sheet. Refridgerate the dipped bites for at least 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set.

sweet & salty caramel pretzel m&m blondies

i got the recipe idea from Bridget to make these babies. i LOVE chocolate covered pretzels, so i’m obviously a bit addicted to pretzel m&ms. have you tried them? they are amazing. enough said.

i changed it up bridget’s original recipe quite a bit because i wanted a rich caramel-y flavor to pair with the sweet/salty pretzel m&ms. i browned some butter and mixed it with brown sugar before adding some other blondie ingredients.  the browned butter makes a HUGE difference in any baked recipe, it delivers a rich, caramel and butterscotch flavor that is predominant in each soft & chewy bite. (you can read about my obsession to brown butter here.)

if you like salty/sweet, you’ll flip for these blondies.

INGREDIENTS

(categorized under brownies/bars)

adapted from here

  • 1 cup butter, browned (you may also use melted butter but i highly suggest browning it to get the caramel flavor!)
  • 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup pretzel m&ms
  • caramel sauce for drizzling (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir constantly.  Remove from heat immediately when the butter begins to turn brown (about 8 minutes).
  2. Pour browned butter into large mixing bowl.  Stir in brown sugar. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. To the cooled down butter/sugar mixture, stir in beaten eggs and vanilla.
  5. Sift flour into the wet ingredients and add baking powder and salt.  Mix well. Stir in pretzel m&ms.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and drizzle caramel sauce on top.  Set back in oven for about 5 minutes, until edges are brown and a fork poked in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow blondies to cool completely and cut into squares.  Enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these blondie recipes too 😉

funfetti cake batter blondies (my most popular recipe)

funfetti cake batter blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

oh, and i think you’ll enjoy these treats packed with m&ms too!

loaded sugar cookie bars

loaded sugar cookie bars

rainbow m&m cookies

rainbow m&m cookies

chocolate covered pretzels

my go-to treat for nearly every holiday 🙂

birthday

christmas

halloween

valentine’s day

I typically use honey wheat pretzels, just because they are my favorite but any type of pretzel will do (i used Synder’s Olde Tyme Pretzels for the valentine’s day pretzels above).  You can get creative and use toppings other than sprinkles like crushed oreos, crushed candy canes, crushed nuts, or mini m&ms.  I just like to use an excessive amount of sprinkles. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, break up the chocolate bars into small pieces so they melt easily.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir for about a minute.  The chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, microwave in 10 second increments until all is melted and smooth.
  3. Take a pretzel and dip into chocolate, using a spoon to evenly cover 1/2 of the pretzel. Shake the pretzel a bit to remove any excess chocolate.
  4. Immediately cover the chocolate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.  I usually do this over a paper plate, to catch the sprinkles that miss the pretzel.
  5. Place each pretzel on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refridgerate for about 10 minutes for the chocolate to harden.  Enjoy!



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