This is Easy Christmas Treat #1 in the series “Easy Christmas Treats.” Easy Christmas Treat #2 will be featured tomorrow and then … well, that’s it for the series. It’s not a long one, sorry.

That I found the energy to make either easy treat sometimes feels like a Christmas miracle in and of itself. Women who have done this pregnancy thing more than once, I salute you. I am humbled by you, admire you and practically worship you. I’d curtsy in your general direction too, but then I wouldn’t be able to get back up without help.

So! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a  Hershey’s kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top. They’re so simple you can do most of the prep sitting down. And that I did.



And they’re good, too. Sweet and salty = score.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Total: 17 mins

Chocolate Pretzel Candies

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Sweet and salty = yum! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a Hershey's kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top.
Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 36 waffle-shaped pretzels
  • 36 Hershey's hugs (unwrapped)
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
  • or
  • 36 circular peanut butter sandwich pretzels
  • 36 Hershey's milk chocolate kisses (unwrapped)
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
  • Sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  • Lay the pretzels on the cookie sheet and top with a kiss.
  • Bake for 4 - 7 minutes, until the kiss or hug is soft but still retains its shape. One way to test is to poke it with a spoon; another is to pull them out at 4 minutes and try to top with an M&M; if it's still hard in the middle, give it another minute or two.
  • Pull from the oven and top immediately and quickly with M&Ms. If you're using the peanut butter sandwich pretzels and notice they don't have much salt, sprinkle the kiss with a little sea salt if you want.
  • Allow to harden - this will take a couple of hours, or you can transfer them to the refrigerator to speed up the process.
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