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Chocolate Pretzels

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A sprinkle of coarse sanding sugar is the embellishment on these sweet versions of the salty snack.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon good-quality instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Stir cocoa and espresso powders into the boiling water in a small bowl until dissolved; set aside. Meanwhile, put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Reduce speed to medium-low. Mix in egg, then cocoa mixture. Gradually add flour, and mix until a smooth dough forms. Turn out onto a piece of plastic; pat into a square. Wrap dough, and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

  2. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll into balls. Shape balls into 12-inch-long ropes. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Brush cookies with egg wash; sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until dry, about 35 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

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