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Sift together flours with other dry ingredients except sugar. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Then fold in chocolate chips. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for 24 hours. This is done so flour has time to absorb the liquid.
Make balls the size of a golf ball. Press dough ball into crushed pretzels on the top. You can make them smaller if you like but would have to adjust cooking time.
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By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Combine the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and the shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave until the chocolate is melted, stirring after every 20-30 seconds. When chocolate gets overheated, it thickens and becomes unworkable, so watch your chocolate carefully! Take it out of the microwave when there are still unmelted chips remaining, and stir until the final chips melt.
If dipping pretzel rods, hold a rod by one end and dip it in the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. If you are dipping pretzel twists, drop the whole pretzel in the chocolate and submerge it slightly. Use a fork to pull the pretzel out of the chocolate.
Shake the chocolate-dipped pretzels several times to remove excess chocolate, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. If you are using sprinkles or small candies, sprinkle them on when the chocolate is still wet. Repeat with remaining chocolate and pretzels. Place the pretzels in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate.
If desired, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the pretzels for a decorative look. Briefly return the candy to the refrigerator to set the white chocolate before serving
By mc4lifes from Sydney, NSW
I simply melt white or milk chocolate bricks (found in the baking section of the grocery store) in the microwave for about a minute. Dip the pretzels in the chocolate and put them on waxed paper on a cookie sheet.
Then find your birthday party decorations, and pull out all your decorative sugars and other cake decorations. Ask your children to decorate the pretzels however they like.
After they cool off, the fun is tasting them all and deciding which ones you like best.
By Marci L. from West Monroe, LA
On a microwave plate put about 10 pretzels and a candy melt on top of each. Microwave for about 40 seconds. Remove from microwave and using your finger push the candy melt down onto the pretzels so it sticks. Candy melts will be slightly melted. With spatula move pretzels to waxed paper to cool.
They look very pretty and taste good. They make inexpensive gifts in a transparent gift bag tied with a pretty ribbon or served on a plate. What could be easier?
I bought one of those large containers of pretzels at BJ's and used 3 bags of candy melts (red, white and green) and made over 300 of these one afternoon. I used the 3 bags of melts but only half of the container of pretzels, which are great eaten by themselves as a low-fat snack. Enjoy!
By Happy from Hockessin, Delaware
Small pretzel sticks make great skewers for bite-sized appetizers - nothing to throw away.
This is a pie crust made out of pretzels, margarine and Splenda. We do not use margarine, but prefer to use butter. That is the only difference I have really made to this old recipe. Sometimes I prefer to use honey instead of either Splenda or sugar.
Great dessert with what I think is a 'summer' flavor.
These are a favorite of my husband. He will eat them almost as fast as I can make them!
Take some pretzel sticks and stick them into the heated chili beans. Stand them upright onto a plate and serve The pretzel stick acts like an edible toothpick.
Place on prepared cookie sheet and freeze at least 30 minutes till frozen solid. Then melt semi sweet chocolate chips as above and dip each pretzel 1/4 the way up the white chocolate dip...
Place pretzels on greased baking sheets in a single layer. Place chocolate kisses in center of each ring. Bake at 275 degrees F. for 2-3 minutes until chocolate is softened.
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A few months ago I had some mini pretzel rounds that were sandwiched together with what appeared to be caramel and then covered in icing with sprinkles. They were absolutely delicious. It was a catered event so I couldn't get the recipe.
Does anyone (Robin) have any ideas on how these are made or perhaps you've had something similar and know how to make them. I'd appreciate it. I want to make a batch to give as a gift. Thank you
By Kathy from Sylvania, OH
I would melt the caramels in the microwave until soft, then spread them on the pretzels, and top with another. Then I would just dip them in melted chocolate wafers, set on foil and put sprinkles on; then let them set. You could probably even just put a half of a caramel on one pretzel, then bake them at about 250 until the caramels start to "sag", then pull the tray out and quickly cover with another pretzel.
This sounds like a nice combination!
Sounds good and quite easy, especially putting a caramel on a the pretzel and melting in the oven.
Sounds a bit like the pretzel squares with melted Rollo candies we had around Hallowe'en, addictive!
I have a easy recipe that is good, use a small pretzel twist, put a hershey kiss or hug on it and fill a cookie sheet with them.put in oven until they are soft and then press a red or green M"M on them and let harden and you have a yummy treat. Here are some of the treats I made last Christmas.
The easiest way to make them is to put the small pretzels on a large baking sheet and top each one with a Rollo caramel. Bake at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and squash another pretzel on top of the Rollo so the chocolate and caramel ooze through the top pretzel. When they are cool you can remove them from the baking sheet and dip them in warmed frosting or spread some frosting over the tops and decorate. They are great with just the Rollo and pretzel.
drmeidl, you should place your picture in the Thriftyfun contest. I love the idea of using cookies like Nutty Buddies for Santas. Pretty presentation.
The recipe calls for 2 cups pretzel rods, crushed. I want to use pretzel sticks or other forms of pretzels I have on hand. How do I substitute?
By Jean F
I dont think it should matter as long as you crush them to measure 2 cups worth. Im guessing they just feel it would be easiest to use the rods but 2 cups of crushed pretzels are 2 cups of crushed pretzels regardless of their original shape.