Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

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These tasty treats are chocolate pretzels with a chocolate glaze topped with crushed peppermint candy. They make great holiday gifts since they look great, keep for a long time and ship well. And you can have a lot of fun with it, too, making whatever shapes strike your fancy!
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Step 1: Assemble ingredients

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Assemble pretzel dough ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup hot water
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Dissolve cocoa, cream butter and sugar

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Combine the hot water and the cocoa in a small bowl and stir to mix. Let sit while you work on the butter mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar. This'll be easier if your butter is pretty soft -- you can warm it up in the microwave if you like. You can use either a wooden spoon or an electric handmixer (I just used a spoon).

By now, the cocoa should be fully dissolved in the water and warm, not hot. Add it to the butter mixture and stir well.

Step 3: Add egg and vanilla

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Into this mixture add a lightly beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Step 4: Add flour gradually

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Add flour about a half cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. It should start looking like dough now!

Step 5: Form a choco-log, refrigerate

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Cut a piece of wax paper about 12 inches long.

With your hands, form the dough into a log about 10 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Roll it up in wax paper to cover it and place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until it's firm enough to handle.

Step 6: Slice your choco-log

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Cut roll into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Take each slice and form it into a ball with your hands. Rubbing the ball between your two hands, make the ball into a long "snake" about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
knocknock2 years ago
lookie good !
Shany1203 years ago
Mmmmmmmmm NOM NOM! :D
C18H21NO45 years ago
These look so good!! I'm going to favorite this and try to make this next Christmas.
AzureEyes6 years ago
hi there, love your instructable...especially when i saw one of the last pictures... is that the Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster? (if so, you should post your picture on the website) touched by HIs noodly appendage
depotdevoid6 years ago
Looks delicious, you get a vote from me! I've always wanted to eat a flying spaghetti monster. By the way, I'm Matt's little brother Ian. I met you a couple of times when I was like, fifteen.
tinysandwiches (author)  depotdevoid6 years ago
Hey Ian! Long time no see. I see your forehead glows now. Good for you! I like your painted cookies, too. Those look like fun!
Congratulations on the contest! My forehead glows with delight.
pokiespout6 years ago
This makes me miss living with you.
tinysandwiches (author)  pokiespout6 years ago
Yes, but do you miss the baked goods or the wee-hours-of-the-morning Boggle games?
Can't it be both? But this gives me a brilliant idea which I am passing along to you. EDIBLE BOGGLE. Make it happen. Seriously.
1up6 years ago
Awesome! +1 vote for you. ;) These look very tasty.
omnibot6 years ago
Ohhh .. tasty .. extremely so.