these salty sweet Chocolate Covered Pretzel Reindeer will bring smiles and fun to your holidays! a fun kid friendly craft for your cookie gift trays!
Chocolate Pecan Reindeer
About this time in the holiday celebrations, I am spending my days baking. I gift cookie and candy trays to a long list of loved ones. I also bring bakery boxes to parties, deliver to the cancer tower at the hospital, and I cannot forget the mail person and delivery drivers.
Each year, it seems I attempt to outdo my previous plates of treats. Adding last minute recipes as I think of them, forgoing the plan of the day to bake more!
Kid Friendly Activity
These Chocolate Covered Pretzel Reindeer fits the bill for that last minute add on. Not only are they incredibly quick and easy, these sweet and salty bites are super tasty!
Kids of all ages cannot help but smile at these.
If you don’t mind being covered in a mess of chocolate, assembling these sweet deer is a fun craft activity for kids. Set up assembly stations for each child (or adult – come on, it’s fun!), complete with a small bowl of sprinkles, a bowl of chocolate, pretzels and pecans and their own baking sheet or piece of parchment.
Have the kids break the pretzels and even set up how the reindeer might look, before dipping in chocolate. (This is also a good way to judge how much room you need for each reindeer on the parchment!)
Sweet and Salty Recipe
Do you love that sweet and salty combination as much as I do? The salty pretzels and the roasted pecans are the perfect pairing with chocolate, in my humble opinion.
…and look how delightfully cute these deer look, piled up on an assortment of cookies and truffles!
A Chocolate Covered Pretzel Reindeer is a must for all holiday cookie trays.
happy holidays, kids!
- Line baking sheets with parchment. Have forks for dipping into chocolate.
- Prepare the ingredients: arrange unbroken pecan halves, have pretzel sticks ready (break some into smaller pieces for antlers), and pour sprinkles into a bowl.
- If kids (or several cooks) are making these, set up baking sheets, forks, and ingredients for each.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Remove from heat.
- Carefully dip the flatter side of each pecan into chocolate. Place on prepared (parchment) baking sheet, leaving enough room above each pecan to build antlers.
- Dip long pretzels into chocolate. Place above pecan halves as antlers. Dip smaller pieces of pretzel in chocolate, and place on long pretzels to complete the antlers.
- Quickly top with sprinkles before the chocolate is dry.
- Repeat with each pecan.
- Set aside to dry completely, at least one hour.
- Store in a covered container. Enjoy within one week.
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Serving Size:2 pieces
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 60
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Kristina is spabettie! She discovered a love of cooking at an early age, and founded spabettie in 2010 to share vegan recipes. As the sole recipe developer and photographer, Kristina turned her culinary training into sharing flavorful and vibrant vegan food! She loves dachshunds, karaoke, drums, and travel.
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