Now that I have found three fun pretzel recipes, I’m pretty sure I need to add “Pretzel Recipes” as a category in my recipe file.
You know how it is. You buy a red car, thinking you are being unique, and suddenly all you see is red cars. You start collecting owls, and all you can see is owls of every variety. I went through a flamingo phase several years ago and I am still putting my flamingo ornaments on my tree. (Please, I am over this phase. Don’t send me any flamingos. I’m good with flamingos. Thank you).
Evidently this is my pretzel phase.
These sweet little mice are really easy to make. I especially like the fact that I don’t need the oven. With my oven full of spritz cookies, cookie bars, thumb-print cookies (you get the idea), I have no room for another recipe that needs the oven. This recipe only needs a few minutes of your microwave. Perfect. Kids can help make these, so it’s a perfect “can I help” recipe while you are shuffling pies, coordinating cookies and sweeping the flour off the floor (oh, maybe that’s just me).
Oh, and one more thing. Don’t name your mice. It’s hard to eat them if you do.
Christmas Mice - A Pretzel Recipe
- 12 Large Pretzel Twists
- 12 Vanilla Caramels
- 1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Cup White Candy Melts
- 12 Mini or baking M & Ms.
- Arrange 6 pretzels in circle on plate that has been lined with waxed or parchment paper. (You can also spray the plate with non-stick cooking spray).
- Place a caramel with a corner down on the center triangle of each pretzel.
- Microwave uncovered on high 15 to 30 seconds or until caramels soften slightly.
- Be sure not to overcook the caramel. It should be soft but still hold it's shape.
- This is NOT a good mouse candidate.
- Carefully press each caramel to fit the triangle space and pinch into the shape of a mouse nose. If children are helping you, be absolutely sure the caramel isn't too hot for them to handle. The caramels will be warmer (or even hot) on the inside.
- Place chocolate chips in 1 cup microwavable cup and microwave uncovered on medium (50%) for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute, until the chips are almost melted. Then stir until smooth.
- Fill a spoon overfull of chocolate and pour over the caramel and center pretzel triangle.
- I started at the top of the nose and swirled the chocolate in a circle until I covered the base. It was very relaxing. I think I hypnotized the mouse...you are verrry sleepy...
- Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the caramel and the center of the pretzel.
- Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until firm.
- While pretzels are firming, melt the candy melts according to directions. Stir until smooth.
- Place the melted candy melts in a decorator bag or strong plastic bag. Cut off a tiny tip from the end of the decorator or one corner of the bag.
- Using a little of the melted chocolate (if it has hardened, you can remelt), dab a bit on the nose and apply a mini M & M.
- Now you can decorate your mouse with eyes and whiskers.
- Add a little chocolate in the eyes for the iris (you can use the melted chocolate for this).