The easiest Chocolate Covered Brown Sugar Espresso Spiced Pretzels. These chocolate-covered pretzels are what I call a “foolproof” dessert for the holidays. Made with salted pretzels, butter, vanilla, brown sugar, espresso, and chocolate. These treats are oh-so delicious! Each pretzel is sweet with notes of vanilla and espresso. Kind of like your favorite holiday latte, but with a salty pretzel crunch. Nothing not to love about these salty, sweet chocolate-covered pretzels. They’re deliciously easy, a wonderful dessert to serve up at parties, or to gift away to friends!
First Friday of November and I have one of our easiest Thanksgiving recipes yet! Yes, these always come out looking impressive and taste even more delicious.
The idea came to be pretty naturally. I was speaking with my mom and going over some ideas for our holiday dinners. Including the Thanksgiving family dinner that we’re hosting in Colorado this year. We both were saying how we wanted things to be simple and not feel fussy. I went over ideas for sweet desserts with her, and of course, she gravitated towards all the sweet chocolate treats on my list.
One of her favorite ideas was these pretzels. She mentioned that they sound delicious and could be great for easy snacking throughout the holidays. They would also be cute to package up to send off to loved ones or to bring along as a fun edible hostess gift!
I asked if she felt like the concept was too simple, but she reassured me that part of the excitement over this recipe is just how easy they are to create!
I thought I would test them out for our 2023 Thanksgiving menu and they turned out so yummy. We’re actually kind of obsessed with them. I’m looking forward to making these for Thanksgiving. They would also be great to package up and include in my Christmas cookie box this year!
Onto details – these are simple
Step 1: prep and bake the pretzels
For this recipe, I used a bag of salted pretzel twists. My personal favorite is the large twists, but you can use pretzel rods or mini pretzels too. Both are great for gifting!
Now, mix the pretzels in a big bowl with butter and vanilla. Then arrange the pretzels on a baking sheet.
Step 2: the espresso sugar
Mix brown sugar with instant espresso powder. I also love to add a pinch of cinnamon for warmth. I probably use 1/2 a teaspoon or so.
Generously sprinkle the sugar over each pretzel.
Step 3: bake
Bake the pretzels to caramelize the butter and the topping.
Watch the pretzels closely towards the end of baking as the sugar can burn if your oven is too hot.
Step 4: the chocolate dip
When the pretzels are cool enough, dip them in melted chocolate. I used chocolate chips but semi-sweet, dark, or milk chocolate pieces work nicely too.
Now freeze the pretzels to quickly set the chocolate. At this point the recipe is complete. You can arrange them in a cute box for serving or package them up for easy homemade holiday gifts!
I made a big batch of these just yesterday to share with my family and they’re officially in love with the flavors.
It always seems to be the simpler desserts that are truly loved the most!!
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Chocolate Covered Espresso Pretzels
Servings: 22 large pretzels
Calories Per Serving: 98 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.2. In a bowl, toss the pretzels, with melted butter and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the brown sugar, espresso powder, and cinnamon (if using). Toss the pretzels with half the sugar, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each pretzel with any remaining sugar.3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the pretzels are lightly caramelized. Watch close as the sugar can burn. Remove from the oven, let cool. 4. Melt the chocolate. Dip each pretzel in melted chocolate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pretzels. Freeze for 10 minutes, until set. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.