There are certain kinds of treats in this world that aren’t expensive or difficult to make, but are the best-tasting, melt-in-your-mouth little nuggets of salty sweet goodness. That’s exactly what you get with this easy pretzel turtles recipe.
While Aunt June spent three days making her famous Baked Alaska, you will have spent next to nothing in time and money on the sweet treat of the century. We know from test-kitchen experience—you’ll have to display only half of your pretzel turtles because they’ll be gone in a flash. A secret stash is the only way you’ll be able to save some for later. Meanwhile, Aunt June’s culinary creation will be melting on the buffet.
When you’re shopping for supplies, keep in mind that a bag of Rolo candies contains about 56 pieces of candy. If you have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership, try buying the pecans there—especially if you’re making this recipe for the masses.
Gift pretzel turtles to all of your neighbors, kids’ teachers, all of your friends, family and beyond. Be sure to include a warning label though—because once they start nibbling on these, they won’t be able to stop!
Easy Pretzel Turtles Recipe
- 1 bag mini pretzel knots
- 12 oz bag Rolo candies
- 1 large bag pecan halves
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Choose approximately 50 unbroken pretzel knots and 100 of the best-looking pecan halves.
- Space the pretzels evenly across the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Unwrap the Rolo candies and place one candy directly in the center of each of the pretzels. Carefully move the baking sheet to the oven, careful not to allow the candy to fall off of the pretzel. Bake for 2−3 minutes, just until the chocolate on the outside of the candies is shiny. The object here is not to melt the candies, but to soften them just slightly.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and press 2 pecan halves into each soft candy. You will find that the bottom of the candy will be pressed down into the holes of the pretzel and the 3 ingredients bind themselves together. Repeat until all of the turtles are complete.
- Move the baking sheet to the refrigerator or freezer to chill for about 10 minutes to firm up the chocolate and caramel before trying to move the turtles. Once they have solidified, transfer the candies to a plate or bowl and watch how fast they disappear.
We used Rolo Candies in this recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment with mini peanut butter cups or something similar!