Chocolate Pretzels

14 February 2010
by Phuoc

I can’t remember exactly where I got this recipe from but each time I make them they seem to impress those that I make it for. What I love about this recipe is that it is so easy and fun to make as you can decorate them any way you want to; and they make fantastic gifts! I recently made little takeaway boxes filled with these cookies along with candy canes and chocolate santas to give to my uni girls. I decorated the box with cute Xmas stickers that you could find in a $2 shop.

 

 

 

Recipe

Makes about 45

 

2 tablespoons boiling water

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup caster sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 cups plain flour, sifted

Chocolate, melted (for dipping)

 

  1. Mix water with cocoa powder to form a smooth paste.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla and cocoa paste to the butter mixture and mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  5. Add the sifted flour to the mixture and work into a soft dough.
  6. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F) and line trays with baking paper.
  8. Lightly kneed the chilled dough.
  9. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into sausages (1cm x 15cm) and form a pretzel; continue with all the remaining dough.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Dip cooled pretzels in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles, chocolate flakes or white chocolate (optional).
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13 Comments

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wow, I’ve never known how to make pretzels! Thanks for sharing the recipe, they look fantastic! 😀

  2. Phuoc

    Thanks Lorraine! Yeah they are quite easy, I sometimes get my little sister to help me shape them as well. Let me know how you go with them. Happy baking!

  3. Jen (jenius.com.au)

    Congrats on this new food blog! The pretzels look so cute 🙂

    I love thoughtful, crafty homemade gifts – this is a brilliant idea!

  4. chocolatesuze

    welcome to food blogging land! the pretzels look awesome esp the sprinkle one!

  5. Phuoc

    Jen: Thanks a bunch! I love giving baked good as gifts, it’s such a simple gesture but the expression I get when I give these to friends is priceless.

    Suze: Thank you, I’m looking forward to all that it brings.. 🙂

  6. Belle@OohLook

    Hi Phuoc – just dropping in to say ‘hi!’. Your blog is looking great!

  7. Phuoc

    Hey Belle! Thanks for checking out my blog. Hopefully I could provide more yummy treats in the future 😀

  8. Nook

    HEY PHUOC! OMG! The website is gorgeous~ hehe. I’ll definately be visiting often. I can vouch for the pretzels they’re awesome! =)

  9. Phuoc

    Thanks for popping by Nhung! You are the first non food-blogger to comment! YAY!

  10. Suzanne

    Hey Phuoc, these look great!!! I want to make some now!!
    Aww u made really thoughtful gifts for ur uni girls!! super cool!

  11. Phuoc

    Hey Suze. Thanks for your kind words. Do try them out when you have a chance.. Happy baking! 🙂

  12. Kristy @ ksayerphotography

    Those pretzels look really cute 🙂 and delicious!

  13. Phuoc

    Hi Kristy, thank you for popping by my food blog and for the lovely comment.

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