Sweet and salty Christmas Pretzels are so easy to make! We're taking gluten-free pretzel twists and topping them with melted Hershey's kisses, holiday M&Ms, and festive sprinkles. These are the perfect poppable snack for your holiday parties.
Why This Christmas Pretzels Recipe is So Good
- This is a Super Easy Recipe - Check out the recipe for all the details, but all you need to do is line up the pretzels with the candy, and pop them in the oven to melt. It takes less than ten minutes to do this, and then you just have to be patient while they cool and harden.
- Simple and Festive - Holiday red and green M&Ms and your favorite Christmas sprinkles will jazz up these pretzels for the occasion.
- Sweet and Salty - I love the combination of pretzels and chocolate. It's hard to eat just one of these Christmas Pretzels!
Tips and Tricks for Making Christmas Pretzels
- You can use Kisses or Hugs - Actually, you can make Christmas pretzels with any variety of Kisses, although I'd avoid the ones with soft-filled centers as that could get messy.
- To keep this recipe Gluten Free - Note that not all varieties of Hershey's kisses are GF. Check the labels!
- If you decide to use different types of Kisses on the same tray, you may notice that some of them melt more quickly than others. I found that classic milk chocolate kisses need 3-4 minutes in the oven, while hugs only need 2-3 minutes, and get a bit meltier. It's probably better to use two trays if you are using different Kiss styles.
- Nonpareils are my favorite sprinkles to use here. They're tiny and crunchy! You can use any type of sprinkles you have on hand though - this is a great recipe to use up leftover sprinkles from your Christmas Cookie baking adventures!
- To Store: Keep these in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the fridge if it's warm in your house, for 5 days. The pretzels will start to get stale after that, no matter how you store them.
What to Serve With Christmas Pretzels
Add easy Christmas Pretzels to your holiday cookie trays, or include them in edible gifts for your friends and neighbors!
If you love chocolate and pretzels together, check out this recipe I found for a chocolate pretzel crust pie! Yum!
More Easy Treat Recipes
- No Bake Cornflake Cookies
- Gluten Free Tagalong Cookies
- Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
- Air Fryer Ranch Oyster Crackers
- Air Fryer Seasoned Pretzels
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- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mats
- 48 mini gluten free pretzel twists
- 48 Hershey's kisses or hugs, any variety
- 48 red and green M&Ms
- 2 tablespoons holiday sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 250°F/130°C. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Arrange the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet so that they aren't touching each other.
- Top each pretzel with a chocolate kiss.
- Carefully transfer the tray to the oven and bake at 250°F/130°C for 3-4 minutes, until the chocolate looks shiny and is starting melt, but is still holding its shape. Be careful not to bake too long!
- Moving quickly, gently place an M&M on top of each chocolate kiss, pressing the chocolate down. Top with the holiday sprinkles.
- Let the Christmas pretzels harden at room temperature for an hour, or speed up the process by placing the tray in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Some types of Hershey Kisses melt quicker than others. The classic milk chocolate one takes about 3-4 minutes. I’ve found the Hershey’s Hugs take 2-3 minutes and don’t hold their shape as well as the classic. If you prefer, you can place them on different sheet pans so you can watch the timing and pull the Hershey’s Hugs ones out sooner.
- If you are gluten-free, keep in mind that some varieties of Hershey’s Kisses are not gluten-free.
- You can use any sprinkles that you like for this recipe. I prefer the nonpareils because they’re tiny and really crunchy.
- You can store these at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days. The pretzels will start to get stale after that. For longer storage, you can refrigerate them, but again the pretzel will begin to get stale after 5 days.
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