Want a sweet treat but not a lot of time? These pretzels shaped like Christmas trees take only minutes from start to finish! This is a cute and easy kids Christmas dessert — Get the recipe here!
Pretzel Christmas Trees
Every year when the holiday season rolls around, I have BIG ambitions! We’re going to decorate early! We’re going to decorate gingerbread houses! Make ornaments! Get all our shopping done in November!
And then I just seem to run out of time! (I mean, I don’t know how that could happen with 3 kids and a full-time business LOL).
If you can relate, then I’ve got just the holiday recipe for you! These Christmas Tree Pretzels require minimal prep, no baking whatsoever, and can be assembled in minutes! They are perfect to make with the kiddos because it is a holiday activity/recipe that you can do as a family. But I promise it won’t stress you out because they’re so easy!
First, you start with a pretzel rod (which looks just like a tree trunk), then you add drizzles of melted green chocolate to look like the greenery of a Christmas tree. Holiday sprinkles make it looks like its been festively decorated.
Who knew you could make something so pretty with just 3 simple ingredients!
Don’t these decorated pretzels really look like Christmas trees?! So cute! And so easy!
Related: You can also make these Pretzel Log Cabins with the same pretzel rods. It’s a fun alternative to gingerbread houses for Christmas!
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Kitchen Tools Used
- Cookie sheet or baking sheets
- Parchment Paper, wax paper, or Non-stick silicone baking mat
- Microwave safe bowls
- Plastic zip-top sandwich bag or disposable piping bag
What Can I Use Instead of Green Candy Melts?
We love these colorful candy melts because they make decorating candy super easy. There’s no mixing or dealing with messy food coloring. They are also formulated to melt smoothly, without streaking.
However, you usually have to get them at a craft store (such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby) or online, so if you’re pressed for time this might not be an option. But no worries!
You can also use white chocolate melting wafers and mix in green food coloring until you have the shade of green you like. You can also use white chocolate chips. However, if using chocolate chips, I would suggest adding a Tablespoon of shortening or coconut oil during the melting process. This will help them melt more smoothly.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mat.
Arrange pretzel rods on a baking sheet, about 3-4 inches apart.
Melt green candy according to directions on package. You can use either a double boiler or the microwave to do so. If using microwave, be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 20 second increments. Stir in between each heating, until smooth.
Pour melted candy into a zip-top bag and cut one corner of the bag, so you can squeeze the melted chocolate slowly onto your pretzels. You can also use a disposable frosting decorating bag.
Pipe the melted candy on top of the pretzels, using a zig-zag motion. Start at the top of the tree and work your way down, making your lines larger as you get closer to the bottom of the pretzel, so the green candy looks like a Chrsitasm tree shape. Leave 1/2 inch to an inch at the bottom to be the the tree stump.
While candy is still wet, coat with holiday sprinkles.
Allow the chocolate to set completely before attempting to remove from the cookie sheet.
- You can place the pan in the fridge or freezer to speed up the hardening process.
- I find that making tall, skinny Christmas trees helps them stay together better. Wider trees are more prone to breakage.
- These pretzel rod Christmas trees are big enough to make a festive holiday cake topper.
- Use pretzel sticks to make a miniature version of this fun Christmas treat! These can be enjoyed as dessert or as cupcake toppers!
- A squeeze bottle can also be used to pipe the melted chocolate. I prefer piping bags because sneeze bottles are trickier to clean. If using a bottle, I suggest soaking in hot water right away to prevent the chocolate from hardening inside.
More of our Favorite Kids Christmas Treats:
- Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls
- Peppermint Brownie Truffles
- Christmas Wreath Cupcakes
- Mini Santa Belly Cakes
- White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Kid-Made Mini Gingerbread House Cakes
- Rudolph Cupcakes
- Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread
- Christmas Puppy Chow
- Peppermint Bark Popcorn
Pretzel Trees Recipe (printable copy)
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Christmas Tree Pretzels
- Microwave safe bowls
- Baking sheet
- Silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- 12 Large pretzel rods
- 12 oz Green Candy Melts
- Holiday sprinkles
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mats.
- Arrange pretzel rods on the baking sheets, about 3-4 inches apart.
- Melt green candy according to directions on package and pour into a plastic bag. Cut one corner off the bag so it functions like a piping bag.
- Pipe the melted candy on top of the pretzels, using a zig-zag motion. Start at the top of the tree and work your way down, making your lines larger as you get closer to the bottom of the pretzel, so the green candy looks like a Chrsitasm tree shape. Leave 1/2 inch to an inch at the bottom to be the the tree stump.
- While candy is still wet, coat with holiday sprinkles.
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