Sweets

Pretzel Turtles

I cannot even believe it’s December already! Where did November even go?!

Regardless of how quickly the month has flown by, it’s officially cookie season! I mean, sure, it’s also Christmas and winter and snow, and all that jazz. But more importantly, it’s time for cookies, cookies, and more cookies!

Even if this year’s cookie party looks a little different, it doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy our favorite cookies! Right?!

These cookies are probably the easiest cookies you’ll make in your lifetime. Maybe they’re more like candy than a cookie? What qualifies a cookie to be a cookie?! I’m not sure, I had them at a Christmas Cookie Party a long time ago, so that makes them cookies in my eyes!

I believe my mom was the one that actually made these! Funny how my mom believes she’s the worst cook ever when she’s the reason behind most of my favorite treats! My mom brought these to exchange at a cookie party with my family and these quickly stole the show. What’s not to like about a chewy caramel candy with a crunchy pretzel and roasted pecan on top!?!

This cookie is a lot more fun when made with someone else! I made these this year with my mom and it was fun to be together while unwrapping the candies, placing out the pretzels, and finishing with the pecans! You have to work a little quickly at the end while placing the pecans, so it just helps to have another person with you.

‘Tis the season for sweet treats, so you might as well start with these goodies!

I left measurements out of the recipe because you can pretty much use how much you’d like! It’s pretty much a 1:1:1 ratio! So make as many or as little as you want… But who really wants less sweets?!

Ingredients:

Square butter pretzels

Halved pecans

Chocolate covered caramel candies, unwrapped

Unwrap all of the chocolate covered caramels and place aside. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Place the halved pecans on a sheet tray and roast in the oven for about five minutes.

After the pecans have roasted, place them in a bowl to cool. Turn down the oven to 250-degrees. Line the pretzels on the sheet tray and top each pretzel with a caramel candy. Place in the oven for about 3-5 minutes. You want the candies to get soft but not melt fully. Take out of the oven. Immediately begin to place one pecan half on top of the candy and push about halfway down. The pecan should be firmly sealed in the chocolate and the chocolate should just about cover the pretzel.

If the chocolate still seems a little firm while you’re trying to push the pecan down, place them back in the oven for about a minute. Just watch them so they don’t melt!

Allow the candies to cool and the chocolate to harden back up!

That’s it! These cookies could not be easier to make and they are such a crowd pleaser! I promise you, if you bring these to any cookie exchange you will be the talk of the town! They are so delicious, with the salty pretzel and the chewy caramel candy and the crunch from the pecan! These are positively addictive!

-Holly Michelle

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