Pretzel Turtles

When I saw the pretzel turtles on The Pioneer Woman’s site I knew I had to make them! Who can resist salty pretzels with caramel and milk chocolate? My kids were having a couple pals over for a play date after school so I surprised them with these tasty and fun snacks. Needless to say, they all loved them! I think they thought I was pretty cool for a few minutes… maybe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the pretzels evenly on the silpat mat lined baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a piece of unwrapped caramel.

Place into the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until the caramel is just starting to melt. Watch carefully! Side Note: See what the caramel should look like in the picture below before you add the pecans). Remove from the oven and carefully place a pecan on the center of each caramel, pushing lightly.

Place into the refrigerator to set. While they are in the refrigerator, place the milk chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place into a pan of water over medium low heat. Stir often until melted. Turn the stove off.

Remove the tray from the refrigerator then remove the pretzels from the tray to a plate. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the melted milk chocolate onto the silpat mat then place the pretzel on top and push lightly. Repeat.

Once they are all done, place the rest of the melted milk chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Cut a super small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate back and forth over each turtle.

Place the tray back into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to set. Remove from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Side Note: If you try to eat them right out of the refrigerator the caramel will be really hard and it will be difficult/painful to eat. Trust me. Enjoy!

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Pretzel Turtles

Yield: 20+

Ingredients:

Mini pretzels
Caramels, unwrapped
Pecan halves
1 bag of milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the pretzels evenly on the silpat mat lined baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a piece of unwrapped caramel.

Place into the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until the caramel is just starting to melt. Watch carefully! Side Note: See what the caramel should look like in the picture below before you add the pecans). Remove from the oven and carefully place a pecan on the center of each caramel, pushing lightly.

Place into the refrigerator to set. While they are in the refrigerator, place the milk chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place into a pan of water over medium low heat. Stir often until melted. Turn the stove off.

Remove the tray from the refrigerator then remove the pretzels from the tray to a plate. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the melted milk chocolate onto the silpat mat then place the pretzel on top and push lightly. Repeat.

Once they are all done, place the rest of the melted milk chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Cut a super small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate back and forth over each turtle.

Place the tray back into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to set. Remove from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Side Note: If you try to eat them right out of the refrigerator the caramel will be really hard and it will be difficult/painful to eat. Trust me. Enjoy!

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21 Responses to “Pretzel Turtles”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — December 19, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    I got a bag of pretzels I want to use up, other than snacking on them. This is a wonderful recipe. Thanks Pam!

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    lenia — December 20, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    So cute and yummy!

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    Jenn — December 20, 2013 @ 4:19 am

    The perfect little snack… and although the wait time seems long :) these seem really easy to make!!

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    jane — December 20, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    If you want to make it really easy, use hershey’s caramel filled kisses. place kiss on pretzel, warm til melty, push pecan onto kiss. That’s it!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 20, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    I love pretzel turtles, because of how cute they are and how delicious!

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    S.Lynn — December 20, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    You can use an unwrapped Rollo candy in place of the carmel and chocolate, too.

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    Lia — December 20, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    How lovely Pam!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Jovina Coughlin — December 20, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    My grandchildren would love these.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 20, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    Love fuss free and delicious treats like this. Yum!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — December 20, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Oh my, sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy – what an amazing and simple treat! This is perfect for this time of the year when you need something quick and easy and fabulous!

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    Sarah & Arkadi — December 20, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    These look like so much fun to make!

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    Catherine — December 20, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Dear Pam, I like the Pioneer Woman too.
    My daughter would adore these. I am sure she will want to make them.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hugs, Catherine

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    ela@GrayApron — December 21, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    Fantastic idea. Playtime! :) ela

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    vanillasugarblog — December 21, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I would eat that whole plate!!
    Dangerous but very creative!

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    gloria — December 21, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    these pretzel look stunning Pam!!
    Hope you have a wonderful and lovely Christmas!

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    Kim in Md — December 21, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I saw this on PW’s site and have been wanting to make it. If your family loved it I know my family will, too!

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    Joanne — December 21, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    i would INHALE these. YUM.

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    grace — December 21, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    well, this couldn’t be easier! what a yummy little treat.

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) — December 21, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I’m such a sucker for caramel and love the sweet/salty thing going on here. Must give these a try. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — December 21, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    They sound absolutely delicious! I’ll have figure out a way to make them gluten-free! :)

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    Daniela — December 22, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    The little turtles are so cute!
    Love the combination of flavors : salty, sweet and the crunchy texture.

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