Surviving Dinner: Christmas Baking Edition – Christmas Tuxedo Pretzels

Christmas Tuxedo Pretzels Baking With Kids

You know I’m all about cooking with my kids, but I’ll freely admit that the biggest drawback is that it often ends up looking like this.


Working mamas, I know you’re busy and starting to get stressed.  Christmas is about a week away and you’ve still got cookies to bake and memories to make.  But who’s got the time?

Here’s a quick, easy, low-mess “baking” recipe that even my not-quite-two toddler helped with.  And by “helped” I actually mean “helped“!  It really is that simple!  This is so effortless that you can even do it after work on a weeknight.  BOOM.  Holiday saved.


Christmas Tuxedo Pretzels

Waffle cut pretzels

Hershey’s hugs candy

Christmas colored M&Ms


1.  Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Unwrap the Hershey’s hugs and put them into a bowl.  Don’t scold your toddler when she pops one or two into her mouth.  You’ve just bought yourself 30 seconds of silence.  You’re welcome.  Baking is fun!

3.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place the pretzels on it in a single layer.

4.  Top each pretzel with a Hershey’s hug candy.

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5.  Place the baking sheet in the oven for 4-7 minutes.

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6.  Monitor it closely.  Remove the pretzels from the oven right before the hugs melt and lose their shape.

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7.  Top each with an M&M and allow to cool and harden.  If you have a toddler, they probably won’t be able to do this part but they can help by handing you one M&M at a time.  Or you can just let them eat the M&Ms and they won’t bother you while you do this step.

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8.  Hide them from your husband or else they’ll be gone in a day and a half.

Happy baking, everyone!

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