These white chocolate Christmas pretzels are an easy-to-make, deliciously sweet and salty treat that is perfect for the holiday season! Make a big batch of these white chocolate covered pretzel treats for a great edible homemade gift idea!
👩🏻🍳 Christmas pretzels are the perfect no-bake holiday treat
White chocolate covered pretzels with red and green sprinkles make a festive addition to your cookie tray. They are inexpensive, quick and easy, and require no baking.
You can even use them for homemade holiday gifts. They are perfect for neighbors, teachers, or coworkers! Make a big batch of these white chocolate covered pretzel treats and divide them between treat bags, mason jars, or cookie tins. Wrap a ribbon around them, add a nice tag, and you are all set with a thoughtful, delicious gift.
I also love to use these as an easy way to round out my Christmas cookie tray. I usually make a few batches of cookies that are a little more labor intensive, and then churn out a bunch of these dipped pretzels to sprinkle throughout the tray.
These are also good to use if you accidentally forget about your Christmas cookie exchange until the last minute and then need something super quick and easy to contribute. (Not that I have ever been in that situation - ahem! lol)
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- White chocolate chips - for best results, use chips that are for baking.
- Mini pretzel twists - you can use any pretzels, but the mini seem to work best to get the white chocolate to clump on nicely.
- Sprinkles - use red and green for Christmas, or any other colors as you wish.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Melt the white chocolate chips (see recipe card for 2 methods to do this).
- Dip about half a pretzel into the melted chocolate and place it on the parchment paper.
- Add the sprinkles on top of the chocolate before it hardens.
There are a couple of ways to melt the chocolate chips, however my preferred method is to use the microwave. I like to use 50% power, and I start by microwaving for 1 minute. Then I stir the chips, and then microwave again at 50% power, 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until they are melted.
Use a double boiler, or make your own using a medium saucepan and a heat-proof glass bowl. Bring the water in the saucepan to a low simmer, and carefully place the chocolate chips in the glass bowl inside the saucepan but on top of the water (make sure the water doesn't go over the sides of the bowl). Stir until the chips are melted.
Yes, you can. Candy melts have some oil in them which makes it easier to melt them without the chocolate seizing up. However, they might be a little tougher to find as not all grocery stores carry them.
If you accidentally introduced some water during the melting process, your chocolate might suddenly 'seize up' before you can use it. Or it's possible that you overheated the chocolate. Either way, it's sometimes possible to resolve by adding a teaspoon or two of boiling water and mixing vigorously. Another possible fix is to add a pat of butter or a bit of vegetable oil. I have actually not had much success with fixing seized chocolate, and I usually find it easier to just start over.
You are better off using the white chocolate baking chips, because it will set firmer. Once the white chocolate is melted, as it cools it doesn't firm up again as much and so your Christmas pretzels will be gooey.
💭 Top Tips
- You can place your baking sheet in the refrigerator to speed up the amount of time it takes for the white chocolate to set.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool area. I like to place pieces of wax paper between the layers of Christmas pretzels to help keep them separated.
- Be sure to let your finished Christmas pretzels harden fully before packaging them for gifts or storing them for later.
Make a big batch of these white chocolate Christmas pretzels and divide them between treat bags, mason jars, or cookie tins. Wrap a ribbon around them, add a nice tag, and you are all set with a thoughtful, delicious gift.
- Save this recipe to use all year round. Customize with different colored sprinkles - red and pink for Valentine's Day, pastel colors for Easter, red, white and blue for the 4th of July, black and orange for Halloween...you get the idea!
- Instead of sprinkles (or in addition to them!) , you can use chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or even crushed cookie pieces.
- Pretzels are great, but this would also work with shortbread cookies, Nilla wafers, etc. Check out my chocolate dipped potato chips for a neat option using with milk chocolate chips!.
- Use whatever chips you like - peanut butter, butterscotch, milk chocolate, etc. Make a few different kinds for a really impressive cookie tray or cookie exchange contribution!
- Instead of chocolate chips, use candy melts to change up the base color of this treat! You can buy candy melts in lots of different colors, such as this green and red Wilton's candy melt bundle.
🍪 More Christmas treats
🎄 More no-bake holiday dessert ideas
- No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies
- Easy No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
- No-Bake Reindeer Cookies
- Kahlua and Cream Fudge
White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels Recipe
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📋 Recipe Card
- 1 package white chocolate baking chips
- 1 package mini pretzel twists
- holiday sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Melt the white chocolate chips (see below for microwave or stovetop directions).
- Remove the melted chocolate from the heat. Dip one half of each pretzel into the chocolate and place on the baking sheet.
- Add the sprinkles on top.
- Place the chips in a microwaveable dish and heat on 50% power for 1 minute.
- Stir, then continue to microwave in 30 seconds bursts, stirring in between, until melted ad smooth.
- Use a double boiler (or make one by using a medium pot with simmering water and place a heat-proof glass bowl inside the pot on top of the water).
- Stir the chocolate chips while melting over the double boiler.
- You can substitute white candy melts for the white chocolate chips if you wish. Or you can use other flavors of chips - milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, etc.
- Make sure to let the dipped pretzels set completely before packaging them for storage or as gifts. You can place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to help speed up that process.
- Vary the colors of the sprinkles as you desire for different occasions or holidays.
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