Published On: Fri, May 18th, 2018

How to Make Holiday Pretzel Cookies

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Some planning ahead will make these Christmas cookies extra frugal. If you have Hershey’s Kisses, M&M’s or other milk chocolate candy from fall clearance sales, the cost of the most expensive part of this recipe is cut drastically.

How to Make Holiday Pretzel Cookies

Another way to cut down on the cost of these Christmas cookies is purchase the pretzels and small frosted cookies in bulk. Warehouse clubs like Sam’s or Costco usually have bulk cases of pretzels all year round, and small animal-cracker-type cookies in holiday shapes and frosted in Christmas cookie colors are usually easy to find in large containers after Thanksgiving.

Budget Hint: the pretzels and small holiday cookies keep well for next year if stored in airtight bags or containers in a cool place.

The amount required for each ingredient depends on how many holiday cookies you want to make.


Small pretzels, bow shaped. Small, grid shaped pretzels work too, but pretzel sticks do not.
Hershey’s Kisses candies, unwrapped, any flavor variation that does not have a nut in the center. May substitute other thick milk chocolate candy
Small holiday-shaped cookies frosted or decorated with green, red or white, such as tiny shortbread cookies (think animal crackers) in Christmas shapes.
Parchment paper, found in baking or plastic wrap aisle at most grocery stores
2 cookie sheets or jelly roll pans
Cooling racks, optional
Miniature or regular M&M chocolate candies, optional
Icing, optional


Please take care with hot pans and cookies.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Do not use foil in place of parchment paper.
Put sheets of parchment paper under cooling racks, if using. Otherwise, place sheets of parchment paper on a counter top or table where cookies can cool.
Place pretzels on lined cookie sheets.
Put a Hershey’s Kiss or other thick chocolate candy on top of each pretzel.
Bake for a few minutes, until the chocolate just starts to melt. Do not over-bake.
Remove from oven and carefully (don’t burn yourself!) place one small holiday cookie on top of each Kiss and gently push down so chocolate fills most or all of the pretzel holes.
Allow cookies to cool away from the oven. In the meantime, put together another batch of cookies on another cookie sheet.
While the next batch of holiday cookies are baking/melting, move the first batch from pan to cooling racks or parchment paper on table or counter.
Repeat these steps until enough Christmas cookies are created.
Allow cookies to cool for two hours or until chocolate is solid.

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