Sunday, December 11, 2016

White Chocolate Pretzel Turtles

White Chocolate Pretzel Turtles
We have some white chocolate lovers in the family so I decided to make some white chocolate pretzel turtles for their Christmas treats. These are simple and quick to make. I learned two important lessons; make sure you use soft caramels and high quality chocolate. We really don't need to discuss the details - haha! You can also make them gluten free if you use gluten free pretzels. These are delicious!



Ingredients:
36 pecan halves
36 pretzel twists, mini
36 soft caramels, I used Werther's soft caramels, 2 packages, unwrapped
1 bag chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips, melted

Directions:
  • Toast the pecans in a 325F oven for 5 minutes then set them aside to cool.
  • Place pretzels on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Place one unwrapped caramel on each pretzel.
  • Bake for 5 minutes in 325F oven. They should look shiny and soft but not melted.
  • Remove from oven, keep them on the cookie sheet and lightly press one pecan on each caramel covered pretzel.
  • Let them cool. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  • I melted my chocolate on the stove using a glass bowl over a pan of water (a little less than half full with water). It's similar to a double boiler but make sure you take your time. Don't let the water in the pan touch your glass bowl or the chips will get too hot. No one wants clumpy chocolate. 
  • I lined another cookie sheet with parchment paper for my chocolate.
  • I used 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate for each turtle.
  • Place one pretzel in the center of each dollop of chocolate. 
  • I cooled mine in the refrigerator then placed them in an airtight container.
  • I made another batch using milk chocolate and it looks like I'll need to make more before Christmas! Enjoy!

Love and peace,
~ Tammi


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