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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: CHOCOLATE HALLOWEEN PRETZELS!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CHOCOLATE HALLOWEEN PRETZELS!

   This is another recipe from http://www.sprinklesandgrins.com .  Another quick and easy Halloween treat to make for a party or just because.











Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 24 Pretzels


Ingredients:


Pretzels 
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Icing
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
Betty Crocker® assorted Halloween candy sprinkles



Instructions:


1. Heat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until well blended. Add almond extract and egg; blend well. Add flour and cocoa; mix well.

2. Shape dough into 6-inch-long roll. Cut roll into 6 slices; cut each slice into quarters. For each pretzel, shape 1 dough quarter into 10-inch-long rope. Shape rope into U-shape; cross ends and place over bottom of U to form pretzel. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake at 325°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until set and firm to the touch. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.

4. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving, stirring every 10 seconds, until chocolate is melted and can be stirred smooth. Dip tops of pretzels in chocolate. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until chocolate is set before storing

Expert Tips:
Cocoa is notoriously lumpy. Before adding the dry ingredients to the dough, whisk or sift them together. Shape pretzels with just-mixed, room-temperature dough. Not enough time? The dough may be refrigerated for a later use, but let it warm to room temperature before handling.

Let the chocolate icing set completely before layering the cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container.

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