Nutella White Chocolate Pretzel Bites

A couple weeks ago #1 came to me with a flyer from the PX and told me he circled all the things he wanted for Valentine’s Day.

Is this kid for realz?

I’m pretty sure I’ve never given the crazies actual presents for V-day. But I do get them cards and we have a special breakfast every year. And this year #1′s school finally lifted their ban on sending in homemade goodies to school, so I’m going to package up a bunch of these treats for his “Friendship Celebration” aka his Valentine’s Day class party.

I have no idea where the idea for these originated but I first came across them on Pinterest last Christmas. It seems like there are approximately 117 versions, mostly with peanut butter and dark chocolate. I think white chocolate works better for Valentine’s Day. And the Nutella? Well that’s my friend Amber’s fault. She’s living in Germany right now and she recently told me they have jars of Nutella mixed with white chocolate over there. Jealous! Also, I originally was going to make these with pretzel crisps but ummm…I ate all the pretzels crisps. I know, I know! But those things are addicting man! So instead I went with these mini square snaps I had instead.

DSC_4754To make these you need some white chocolate chips, softened butter, brown sugar, Nutella, powdered sugar, and pretzels. Any kind of pretzels will do. Round, regular, pretzel crisps (if you have more self control then I apparently do)…whatever you have just use them!

DSC_4761Throw the powdered sugar, butter, brown sugar, and Nutella into the bowl of your stand mixer. Only don’t really throw the ingredients in there…the powdered sugar would make a mess. But you know what I mean.

If you don’t have a stand mixer a regular hand mixer would work too. I guess you could also do it by hand if that’s not an option, but it would probably take a fair amount of elbow grease.

DSC_4772Mix everything together until it looks like coarse wet sand.

DSC_4775Then take one heaping teaspoon…

DSC_4784…and use your clean hands to compact the mixture. Form it into the shape of your pretzels. In my case that was obviously a square.

DSC_4790Then take a second pretzel and squish it (gently) down on top, like making a sandwich. Don’t press too hard or your pretzel will break! Don’t ask me how I know.

DSC_4800Now keep going until you run out of the Nutella mixture.

DSC_4806I’m not gonna lie…this part is kinda boring. And tedious. And after you do about ten you start to wonder if this was a good idea in the first place. Just turn on your favorite music, find a groove, and it’ll be over before you know it. And they’re worth it in the end…I promise!

DSC_4814Then melt your white chocolate. White chocolate is notorious for burning so make sure you read the directions on the package and follow them, since some brands may be different. Mine said to heat on 50% power for one minute, stir, and then heat in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring well in between. That’s exactly what I did and about three minutes later I had melted white chocolate.

DSC_4815You’re all smart cookies so I bet you can guess what comes next, right? Dunk!

DSC_4822This is where things started to get really interesting for me…and messy. #3 decided she was done napping and came to “help” me finish.

DSC_4848Hmmm Mom…I don’t think we have enough sprinkles.

P.S. Her lips are red from eating the sprinkles.

DSC_4845There that’s better!

DSC_4824The sprinkles are not optional. Nope.

DSC_4835After you’ve dunked and sprinkled these, make sure to lay them out on some parchment paper or a silpat. This makes it a lot easier to move them once the chocolate sets up.

DSC_4868My recommendation? If you are making these for a special event, make them at the last minute. They are hard to stop eating once you start! It’s amazing how fast they disappear. Enjoy!

Nutella White Chocolate Pretzel Bites
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 80 pretzels (any small flat kind, such as mini twists, snaps, or pretzel crisps will do)
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Place Nutella, powdered sugar, butter, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse wet sand.
  3. Shape a heaping teaspoon of the mixture into the shape of your pretzel. For example, if you are using square pretzels, make a square shape.
  4. Place the mixture on top of a pretzel and gently press another pretzel on top, as if making a sandwich. Repeat with remaining mixture and pretzels.
  5. Melt the white chocolate chips according to package instructions. Carefully dunk half of each pretzel bite into the melted chocolate and then dip into or shake on sprinkles. Place each pretzel bite onto the lined cookie sheet and let the chocolate set.
  6. Makes approximately 35-40 pretzel bites.

 

 

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, so many things. First of all, that bowl is FULL OF NUTELLA. That cocoa/hazelnut mixture they came up with is amazing! Then, you bring a whole level of genius to it by adding PRETZELS and making it into a delicious snack/dessert thing. As much as I like to steal a spoon full of it from time to time, it’s great to find the ingredient IN something else – so you don’t feel so bad eating it all. :D The melted, white chocolate – does food coloring work well in it? Just curious. The pink sprinkles (that “weren’t” eaten by your adorable daughter) make them so festive. Congrats on hitting it out of the park once again. :)

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