Chocolate Pretzels

I have experimented a bit today …

The inspiration to make these cookies comes from Martha’s Chocolate Pretzels but I have changed her recipe quite a lot.

These pretzels taste like coffee, chocolate and cinnamon all together.

Quite pleasing combination, hm?

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To make these lovely pretzels you need:

1/4 cup (20 grams) cocoa

4 teaspoons instant coffee

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

10 tablespoons boiling water

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cup (220 grams) all-purpose flour

confectioner’s sugar to sprinkle on top

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1. In a small bowl, mix together the instant coffee, cocoa and cinnamon.

(OK, you are right, there’s no cinnamon in the bowl. My brain just doesn’t work so well in the morning and I tend to forget things. I added the cinnamon as the last step.)

2. Pour the boiling water into the bowl and stir thoroughly. Set aside.

3. Put the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer.

Mix until creamy.

Then add the egg, vanilla extract and salt and mix again.

4. Add the cocoa-coffee-cinnamon mixture and beat slightly.

5. Gradually add flour, and mix until a smooth dough forms.

6. Turn out on a lightly floured counter and form a ball.

Wrap in foil and refrigerate for about one hour.

7. Preheat an oven to 350 F (175 C).

8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

9. Shape the dough into a log and cut it into 18 equal pieces.

Form a small ball from each piece.

Shape the balls into 12-inch-long (30 cm) ropes.

10. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape (I recommend doing this on the baking sheet because it might get a bit awkward to transfer them onto the sheet).

11. Some granulated sugar on top. Here we go…

Bake for 10 minutes.

12. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

If you’d like your cookies a bit more festive you can sprinkle them with some confectioner’s sugar.

These cute and delicious pretzels can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

17 Responses to Chocolate Pretzels

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    Memoria says:

    Wow! They look perfect. Great process photos!

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    Becks, The Sketchy Cook says:

    I’ve never had a pretzel but after seeing these I want to change that! They look wonderful, and rather festive dusted with icing sugar :)

    Thanks for the recipe and the shots showing how to form them (the finished shape looks so simple but without directions I would probably get in quite a twist making them!).

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    Niki says:

    Wow, these look great! I never heard of chocolate pretzels! Def gonna try these! :)

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    Sandie (Inn Cuisine) says:

    These chocolate pretzels are adorable. Sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar, they’re just right for the season!

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    Thanks for the step by step on this one. I want to try these. I’m wondering what heavenly looking chocolate pretzels taste like now!

    Laura

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    Gala says:

    Sounds like the flavors go well together and the pictures a great too!

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    Jenna says:

    I’ve never heard of chocolate pretzels before. I may have to try these one time. Thanks.

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    Mrs Ergül says:

    This is so festive! I love this!

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    Shelby Lee says:

    Wow! You are so talented! Found you on Stumble, but have now bookmarked you for my return! :)

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    oneordinaryday says:

    Okay, that’s it.
    I’m adding you to my google reader right now!

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    Kneeliexete says:

    Excuse me for commenting OFFTOPIC but which WordPress theme are you using? Looks stunning!

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    Joy says:

    Hi, Petra. I just found this recipe. I hope to try my hand at making them today. Eventually I need to just make a commitment to try one of your recipes at least once a week so I can eventually get through them all! The hardest part is deciding!! I hope you are well!

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      zoomyummy says:

      Hi Joy!

      I am very well, thank you, I hope you are doing well too.

      Love the commitment you are considering!

      Happy baking to you and have a wonderful week!

      Love, Petra :)

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    Weekly Review 12/18/2011 – 12/24/2011 | Bake Break! says:

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