Peppermint-chocolate pretzel treats are one of our very favorite Christmas treats — to make and to eat — and the combination of M&Ms and peppermint Hugs makes that version extra sweet. In this version, I decided to play up the salty element instead, using milk chocolate Kisses and roasted peanuts.
That combination makes these less rich but even more addictive, and we’ll definitely be adding them to our list of annual treats and traditions.
- small pretzels
- Hershey Kisses, milk or dark chocolate
- roasted peanuts
Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
On a baking stone or cookie sheet, lay out pretzels. Unwrap Kisses and place one in the center of each pretzel.
Note: If you’re doing a mix of Kisses, you’ll want to make them in separate batches because they’ll melt at different speeds.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. Your Kisses will be shiny and should be soft enough that the peanuts sink into them easily when pressed on top. (If they’re not soft enough, they won’t stick to the pretzel on the bottom. But if you let them get to soft, they’ll puddle. The good news is they’ll still taste good either way!)
Pull them out of the oven and quickly begin pressing peanuts into the top of each one. The Kisses will be slightly melted, so expect this part to be a little messy for little ones.
Let cool completely.
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