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!
Step 1: Assemble ingredients
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
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
Into this mixture add a lightly beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Step 4: Add flour gradually
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
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
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.