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Simple Pretzel Christmas Treats (Easy Holiday Recipe)

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These pretzel Christmas treats are so easy to make. Not only does this easy Christmas snack recipe come together quickly, but it also makes for a great Christmas Cupcake topper.

Three pretzels decorated with green candy melts topped with sugar gems and snowflake sprinkles.

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If you are looking for a festive Christmas snack for the holiday season, then this recipe is for you! This salty sweet treat is sure to be a hit with the kids. They are also very easy for children to make on their own. Just follow these simple steps in the easy recipe, and your kids will be munching on tasty Pretzel Christmas Trees in no time.

Why You Should Make This Pretzel Christmas Trees Recipe:

  • It is an easy Christmas snack recipe that comes together quickly.
  • It is a great Christmas Cupcake topper that can make your holiday cupcakes more festive.
  • The kids will love making these Pretzel Christmas Trees.
  • Your kids can make this Pretzel Christmas Trees recipe on their own.

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy these Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Ingredients For Pretzel Christmas Treats

Ingredients for pretzel christmas trees sitting on a white table.
  • Dark green candy melts: These are the main ingredient for creating the Christmas tree look on the pretzels. They melt easily and provide a smooth, vibrant green coating that mimics the lush color of pine trees.
  • Bright green candy melts: Used in combination with the dark green candy melts, these add a nice contrast and depth to the color of your pretzel trees, making them visually appealing.
  • Pretzel dipping sticks: These serve as the base for your Christmas tree treats. They provide the crunchy, salty counterpoint to the sweet candy melts, creating a delightful taste balance.
  • Wilton Sweet Isomalt Sugar Gems, red and clear: These small, shiny gems serve as the decorative ornaments on your pretzel Christmas trees. The red and clear gems add a festive touch and a slight crunch to your treats.
  • White snowflake sprinkles: These sprinkles add a winter wonderland feel to your Christmas treats, imitating the look of fresh snowflakes on your candy-coated trees. They also add a bit of texture and sweetness to the final product.

Substitutions And Variations

  • If you do not want to use candy melts, you can also use milk chocolate chips or almond bark.
  • You can also use other types of salty pretzels, such as pretzel rods, mini pretzels, or square pretzels, in place of the sticks.
  • Feel free to get creative with your candy gem and sprinkle choices. Try using silver and gold sugar sprinkles on white chocolate Christmas pretzels for a more elegant look.
  • Get really creative and colorful by adding holiday M&M’s or festive sprinkles to the trees.
  • This recipe is easily adaptable to be gluten-free. Just use a gluten-free pretzel in place of the regular pretzel.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How to Make Pretzel Christmas Trees

Collage of melting dark green candy melts and assembling pretzel christmas trees.
  • Melt the dark green candy melts according to package instructions. (You can either melt over a double boiler or in the microwave. I prefer the microwave using a glass bowl. Be careful not to overheat; the candy melts will become chalky and difficult to use. If this happens, add a small amount of coconut oil and mix well.) (Photo 1)
  • Drape a pastry bag over your hand, fill it with melted candy, and cut the tip of the bag with kitchen shears. (Photo 2)
  • Place a piece of wax or parchment paper over a flat plate or tray.
  • Place the pretzel sticks on the tray, and drizzle the candy melts or melted chocolate back and forth, making the melted candy wider as you go in the shape of a Christmas tree. (Photo 3)
  • Immediately add some red and clear sugar gems and some white snowflake sprinkles. (Photo 4)
  • The green candy melts will harden rather quickly, so make sure you get your decorations on before the candy hardens. Try different shapes and designs to make different types of tree shapes.
Collage of melting bright green candy melts and assembling pretzel christmas trees.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the bright green candy melts for the remaining pretzel sticks. (Photos 5, 6 & 7)
  • Once all your candied trees are decorated, place them in the refrigerator to set for approximately 5 minutes. (Photo 8)
  • Once set, your trees are ready to be enjoyed.
Pretzel christmas trees sitting on a gold platter.

Expert Tips 

  • You can use other colors of candy melts for this recipe if you like. White, grey, and brown are all great colors to make these Pretzel Christmas Trees with.
  • If you would like the trees taller, simply add pretzel sticks until the desired height is achieved. Then, proceed with adding the melting candy to your trees.
  • If you would like to make these Pretzel Christmas Trees ahead of time, they can be stored for up to three weeks, perfect for prepping for a holiday party or as part of a Christmas gift.

Storing Tips 

These can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks. Be sure that you keep these Pretzel Christmas Trees away from heat sources so that they do not melt.

You can store these Pretzel Christmas treats in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

What To Serve With Christmas Pretzel Treats

These Pretzel Christmas Trees are a festive treat that pairs perfectly with a variety of holiday beverages. For the kids, serve these with a warm cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. Adults might enjoy these treats with a glass of eggnog or mulled wine. These also pair wonderfully with other holiday desserts, like gingerbread cookies or a slice of Christmas pie. For a complete Christmas-themed party, consider serving them alongside a Christmas ham or turkey dinner.

Pretzel sticks drizzled with melted green candy melts topped with candy gems and snowflake sprinkles.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use different types of sprinkles for the Pretzel Christmas Trees?

Absolutely! You can use a variety of sprinkles to decorate your Pretzel Christmas Trees. Feel free to experiment with different colors, shapes, and sizes to make your trees unique.

What if I have a nut allergy? Can I still make these treats?

Yes, you can. If you have a nut allergy, make sure to check the labels of all your ingredients to ensure they are nut-free. Substitute the almond bark with a nut-free alternative if needed.

Can I use white chocolate instead of candy melts?

Yes, you can substitute the candy melts with white chocolate. Just be aware that white chocolate may not color as brightly as the candy melts.

How can I prevent my candy melts from becoming too hard?

To prevent your candy melts from becoming too hard, make sure not to overheat them. If they do become too hard, adding a small amount of coconut oil can help restore their consistency.

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Pretzels decorated with green candy melts and candy gems to look like a Christmas tree.
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Simple Pretzel Christmas Treats (Easy Holiday Recipe)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 15 minutes
These Simple Pretzel Christmas Treats are so easy to make and are a great snack for your next holiday party. An easy snack for Christmas parties.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Melt the dark green candy melts according to package instructions. (You can either melt over a double boiler or in the microwave. I prefer the microwave using a glass bowl. Be careful not to overheat, or the candy melts will become chalky and difficult to use. If this happens, add a small amount of coconut oil, and mix well.)
    ½ cup dark green candy melts
  • Drape a pastry bag over your hand, fill with the melted candy, and cut the tip of the bag with kitchen shears.
  • Place a piece of wax or parchment paper over a flat plate or tray. Try different shapes and designs to make different types of tree shapes.
  • Place the pretzel sticks on the tray, and drizzle the candy melts back and forth, making the melted candy wider as you go in the shape of a Christmas tree. Immediately add some red and clear sugar gems and some white snowflake sprinkles.
    Wilton Sweet Isomalt Sugar Gems,White snowflake sprinkle,8 pretzel dipping sticks
  • The green candy melts will harden rather quickly, so make sure you get your decorations on before the candy hardens.
  • Try different shapes and designs to make different types of tree shapes.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the bright green candy melts for the remaining pretzel sticks.
    ½ cup bright green candy melts
  • Once all your candied trees are decorated, place them in the refrigerator to set for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Once set, your trees are ready to be enjoyed.

Notes

    • You can use other colors of candy melts for this recipe if you like. White, grey, and brown are all great colors to make these Pretzel Christmas Trees with.
    • If you would like the trees taller, simply add pretzel sticks until the desired height is achieved. Then, proceed with adding the melting candy to your trees.
    • If you would like to make these Pretzel Christmas Trees ahead of time, they can be stored for up to three weeks, perfect for prepping for a holiday party or as part of a Christmas gift.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 64kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 0.1g Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g Sodium: 19mg (1%) Potassium: 1mg Fiber: 0.02g Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin C: 0.01mg Calcium: 0.1mg Iron: 0.02mg

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