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Chocolate Pretzels


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).