Recipe: Elf Treats

I saw these floating around Pinterest via House on Hilltop and I knew they’d be delicious.  How could they not be – pretzels & chocolate?  Right?!  The original recipe uses round pretzels but I couldn’t find them anywhere so I just used mini twists.  They are super easy and end up looking adorable in all their chocolately goodness:The original recipe calls them pretzels treats or reindeer noses… I’m going with Elf Treats because it sounds cute :-)  These would be awesome to make with a budding chef, but Little Miss is still to young so I had to whip these up myself.  I’m hoping these will be a Christmas tradition though!

You’ll need a bag of mini twist pretzels, 2 bags of Kisses (or the 1lb bag), and a bag of Christmas colored M&Ms.  The first step is to unwrap all the kisses.  Try not to eat too many :-)  Then lay out the pretzels on a cookie sheet.  Load up the cookie sheet, but make sure the pretzels aren’t overlapping.  Then lay a Kiss on each pretzel; make sure the Kiss is centered over the middle twist.  Next, pop the cookie sheet (careful to not shake the Kisses off the pretzels!) into the oven.  Bake at 200 degrees for 2-4 minutes… just long enough to make the Kisses mushy.  Don’t overbake them because the chocolate will get dry and gross.  The way I tested the mushy-ness was by pressing an M&M into the center of a Kiss… if it gives way and lets you push the M&M all the way down, you are good to go.  If not, hang tight in the over for another minute.  Once the Kisses are mushy, pull the cookie sheet out and press an M&M into the center of each Kiss.  Press all the way down to the pretzel; the Kiss should spread out and fill the pretzel holes.  Once you’re done, pop the cookie sheet into the fridge to harden the chocolate & then try to not eat every single one :-)

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