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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.

Reviews Add a comment

  • lucerobarry
    19 DEC, 2014
    These are super cute to look at. No flavor at all. They tasted like they needed a lot more sugar. I am not a sweet person and like dry unsweet things but blah. In the compost they go!
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  • Lisa Falk
    3 FEB, 2013
    These are absolutely horrible. So far everything all the Martha Stewart recipes I have tried have been very good, not this one, they went right in the garbage.
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  • BetsyFrenchie
    12 DEC, 2011
    these cookies are great. Not too sweet, has a satisfying crumble. I think they are very cute!
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  • barb07
    29 MAR, 2010
    These cookies are fun and flavourful if you don't skip the espresso powder. Make sure you use a good quality one (I like King Arthur's) - it helps boost the flavour of the chocolate and gives an underlying mocha flavour to the cookie. I added 2 tsp. of espresso powder instead of one. Try them again - they do taste really good :)
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  • DebbieDurham
    29 MAR, 2010
    My grandpa used to say "So glad we don't like all the same things, cause if we did every man would be after your Grandma!" Some of you act so shocked if there happens to be a recipe here you don't like!
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  • letmeeatcake
    29 MAR, 2010
    These ARE COOKIES, AFVet. They are just shaped like pretzels. If you read the ingredient list, you'll see that it makes a chocolate cookie dough.
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  • AFvet
    29 MAR, 2010
    These are PRETZELS, NOT cookies. How much flavor does a preztel have but the toppings?
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  • nuof
    29 MAR, 2010
    woooow thes is cute
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  • nuof
    29 MAR, 2010
    woooow thes is cute
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  • solberhl
    16 SEP, 2009
    utter disappointment. no flavor at all.
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