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Christmas Tree Pretzels a Festive Treat

Christmas Tree Pretzels are a version of the classic pretzel twist. They are shaped into a Christmas tree shape, so stick with me. These green-plated treats will go great with that special tea or fondue set you got for your secret Santa. The main difference between the classic pretzel twist and Christmas Tree Pretzels is their shape.

Christmas Tree Pretzels a Festive Treat

Aside from that, the Christmas Tree Pretzels are a classic Christmas snack. They're crunchy and salty, with just the right amount of sweetness. With this delicious snack, you can enjoy the holiday spirit and a tasty treat all at once.

They're also easy to make and fun to eat, so gather your friends and family around the kitchen table to help you make these cute little treats!

Why You’ll Love Christmas Tree Pretzels

  • Christmas Tree Pretzels are festive, colorful, and fun! And, of course, they taste good. But what's not to love about these easy-to-make Christmas Tree Pretzel snacks?
  • First, they're festive. You don't have to be an art expert to know that these pretzels look like Christmas trees, so they're perfect for your holiday party or family gathering. And since they come in red, white, and green colors, they'll fit right in at any winter celebration.
  • They’re super easy to make, but they look like they took you hours. The best part is that they’re fun to eat, too! Kids will love them because they’re both sweet and salty (and sometimes even a little bit spicy!). Adults will love them because they’re not overly sweet and don’t have too much sugar in them (which makes them great for serving at parties).
  • They also make an excellent gift idea for teachers or neighbors. If you want to get fancy with it, you can even package these up in cellophane bags with a ribbon attached and give them as gifts which makes it customizable as well.

Aside from that, you can serve these as an added decoration on your holiday dining table before giving them to friends or families. What’s more about these pretzels is that they don’t require any baking skills. All you need is a little bit of creativity. If you have children, then this is an excellent opportunity for them to help out too!

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You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

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Equipment Needed To Make Christmas Tree Pretzels

Ingredients For Christmas Tree Pretzels

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How To Make Christmas Tree Pretzels

Step One – Melt The Chocolate

Microwave for 1 minute, stopping at 15-second intervals to stir the White Chocolate until it’s completely melted. 

When the Chocolate is melted, place a small amount of the chocolate in 3 small bowls (about a heaping Tablespoon), leaving most of the Chocolate in the large bowl.  

Step Two – Add Food Coloring

Place about 1/4 cup of the Chocolate in a medium size bowl, this will be for the Yellow color. 

In the 3 bowls, drop a drop or two of the Red food coloring gel into one of the bowls, stir, and drop Blue in another of the bowls and Purple in the last one. 

Stir the chocolate, and add a bit more food coloring to achieve the desired color. 

In a medium bowl, add the Yellow Food Coloring Gel, about 3 or 4 drops, and stir well to blend. 

Step 3 – Fill Christmas Tree Mold

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In the Christmas Tree Molds, there are indentations for the decorations that are on the tree. 

Using a small paint brush, fill the indentations in with Red, Blue, and Purple colored Chocolate.

Using a paintbrush, fill in the Star on top of the Tree with Yellow colored Chocolate. 

Step 4 – Melt Chocolate and Add Coloring

Allow drying for about 10 minutes. 

In the large bowl of melted Chocolate, add the Green Food Coloring to the Chocolate until you have the desired color of Green. 

Start with 2 or 3 drops, and add a little more if needed.  

Step 5 – Fill and Add Pretzel

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Fill in the Mold about halfway with the Green Chocolate, then lay the Pretzel in the mold and spoon the Green Chocolate over the Pretzel, filling the Mold.  

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Let the Mold sit for about 1 hour to set or harden the Chocolate. 

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Carefully pop the Christmas Trees out of the Mold, and lay them on Parchment paper. 

Step 6 – Add Decorations

Melt White Chocolate Almond Bark or any melting Chocolate in the microwave, drizzle it over the Pretzel Rods, then spoon/sprinkle the Nonpareils over the melted chocolate, and allow about 30 minutes for the chocolate to set. 

Keep the Pretzel Rods in a container until time to serve.  Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Pretzels Recipe

What to Serve with Your Pretzels

  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Sierra Mist, Lemonade, Iced tea, Smoothies

How To Reheat & Store

Best Way To Store Christmas Tree Pretzels

One of the most important things you can do with your Christmas tree pretzels is stored them properly.

The right way to store Christmas tree pretzels will help them last longer and stay fresh.

First, find a plastic container or a ziplock bag large enough to hold all of your Christmas tree pretzels.

Second, put the container or bag in an area where it will stay cool (between 48 and 55 degrees) but also get some sunlight each day (a window is ideal).

Avoid storing your Christmas tree pretzels in the refrigerator because this will make them soggy and harden up their texture.

Lastly, place your Christmas tree pretzels in the container or bag, ensuring that they aren't stacked on top of one another so that air can circulate properly.

This will allow moisture from inside each piece of candy to evaporate throughout the day so that it doesn't make everything else too moist!

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How Long Will Christmas Tree Pretzels Last In the Fridge?

The short answer to this question is that Christmas tree pretzels will last for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

The longer answer is that the way you store your pretzels depends on how long you plan to keep them around.

If you want them to last for a week or longer, be sure to store them in an airtight container so they don't absorb any moisture from the fridge (which can cause them to go stale).

If you don't have an airtight container, wrap each pretzel individually with plastic wrap before putting them in your fridge.

This will help keep moisture out while also keeping them fresh and soft.

Storing Your Christmas Tree Pretzels in the Refrigerator and Freezer

Can I Freeze Christmas Tree Pretzels?

Yes, you can freeze Christmas tree pretzels. However, it is not recommended to freeze them for longer than four months.

Place the pretzels on a tray that has been lined with parchment paper or wax paper and lay another sheet of parchment paper or wax paper on top of them.

This will help prevent sticking when freezing.

Next, put the pretzels in the freezer for two hours before transferring them to an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

If you forget to do this step, don't worry! Just double-wrap them in plastic wrap, and they'll be fine.

More importantly, label your container/Ziploc bag with the date so you can remember how long they've been in there!

How To Reheat Christmas Tree Pretzels

Reheating Christmas tree pretzels is simple. You can heat them up in the oven or microwave, depending on your time and how much you want to use your oven.

If you're looking for a more hands-off approach, reheat them in the microwave.

Just place them on a plate with a paper towel underneath.

Heat them for about 30 seconds at a time until they're hot and fragrant.

On the other hand, if you want to do it in the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then place the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 5 minutes or until they're warm.

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Christmas Tree Pretzels FAQs

What are Christmas Tree Pretzels?

Christmas Tree Pretzels are a seasonal delicacy that is typically sold around the holidays.

These festive treats are made from the same dough as classic pretzels but are shaped into adorable Christmas trees and then baked in an oven.

The baked pretzels are then sprayed with edible glitter, creams, decorations, as well as colored sugars to give them their festive appearance.

Is there anything I should know before I make it?

First, be sure you have all of your ingredients on hand and ready.

You don't want to be scrambling around looking for something in the midst of baking these delicious treats!

Second, don't overbake them.

They should be golden brown when you pull them out of the oven, but it's better if they're still a little pale in color than if they're too dark.

Third, make sure you've got good-quality ingredients on hand.

The better the ingredients, the better your finished product will be!

More importantly, use parchment paper to line your baking sheets, this will help keep the pretzel dough from sticking and make clean-up so much easier!

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Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these Christmas tree pretzels ahead of time and freeze them.

Just bake the pretzels and let them cool completely before putting them in an airtight container or baggie.

Once they are cool, you can wrap them individually in plastic wrap or put them all in a resealable plastic bag.

They will keep for up to a month in the freezer.

When you are ready to serve your pretzels, pop them out of the freezer and let them stand at room temperature until they are thawed enough to eat (they will be soft but not mushy).

You can also bake frozen pretzels at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until heated through.

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  • Crispy pretzel chicken with honey-mustard sauces

Talk about a great idea, these Christmas Tree Pretzels are so much fun to make, and they're so festive. 

These would be a great addition to brighten up a Buffet Table, wrap in cellophane, and lay at each place setting as a Favor, or they would make a terrific Hostess gift. 

Where ever you decide to place or gift these, they'll make a wonderfully festive surprise. 

Make sure to keep this one in your favorites!

Christmas Tree Pretzels Recipe

Christmas Tree Pretzels Recipe

Yield: 12 Christmas Tree Pretzels

Christmas Tree Pretzels

Christmas Tree Pretzels Recipe

Christmas Tree Pretzels are a version of the classic pretzel twist. They are shaped into a Christmas tree shape, so stick with me. These green-plated treats will go great with that special tea or fondue set you got for your secret Santa. The main difference between the classic pretzel twist and Christmas Tree Pretzels is their shape.

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of White Chocolate Almond Bark
  • Food Coloring Gel for Chocolate - Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Green (See link for Colors made to color the Chocolate)
  • 1 package of Pretzel Rods
  • Christmas Tree Mold
  • 1 container of multi colored Nonpareils

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, place the White Chocolate Almond Bark, breaking it into pieces. 
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute, stopping at 15-second intervals to stir the White Chocolate until it's completely melted. 
  3. When the Chocolate is melted, place a small amount of the chocolate in 3 small bowls (about a heaping Tablespoon), leaving most of the Chocolate in the large bowl. 
  4. Place about 1/4 cup of the Chocolate in a medium size bowl - this will be for the Yellow color. 
  5. In the 3 bowls, drop a drop or two of the Red food coloring gel into one of the bowls, stir, and drop Blue in another of the bowls and Purple in the last one. 
  6. Stir the chocolate, and if needed, add a little more food coloring to achieve the desired color. 
  7. In a medium bowl, add the Yellow Food Coloring Gel, about 3 or 4 drops, and stir well to blend. 
  8. In the Christmas Tree Molds, there are indentations for the decorations that are on the tree. 
  9. Using a small paint brush, fill the indentations in with Red, Blue, and Purple colored Chocolate.
  10. Using a paintbrush, fill in the Star on top of the Tree with Yellow colored Chocolate. 
  11. Allow drying for about 10 minutes.  In the large bowl of melted Chocolate, add the Green Food Coloring to the Chocolate until you have the desired color of Green. 
  12. Start with 2 or 3 drops, and add a little more if needed.  
  13. Fill in the Mold about halfway with the Green Chocolate, then lay the Pretzel in the mold and spoon the Green Chocolate over the Pretzel, filling the Mold.  
  14. Let the Mold sit for about 1 hour to set or harden the Chocolate.  Carefully pop the Christmas Trees out of the Mold, and lay them on Parchment paper. 
  15. Melt White Chocolate Almond Bark, or any melting Chocolate, in the microwave, and drizzle it over the Pretzel Rods, then spoon/sprinkle the Nonpareils over the melted chocolate, and allow about 30 minutes for the chocolate to set. 
  16. Keep the Pretzel Rods in a container until time to serve.  Enjoy!

Notes

See the link to Oil-Based Food Coloring Gel.  The Oil-based food colors will not thicken or ruin the melted chocolate like regular food coloring gel can. 

This will allow you to be able to work easily with the chocolate without it thickening from the Food Colors. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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