Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Christmas Favorite, originally uploaded by jenib320.

My very favorite cookies. They are fun to make and super chocolaty! This recipe is from the Gold Medal Century of Success Cookbook from 1979.

Official Name: Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Twists
Unofficial Name: Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 375˚
2. Mix butter, shortening, powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla.
3. Stir in four, cocoa, and salt.
4. Take tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into pencil-like logs on a floured surface.
5. Form into a pretzel shape on an ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Repeat with remaining dough.
7. Bake for about 9 minutes.
7. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and let cool.

Chocolate Glaze:
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (1oz each)
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons water (I usually use milk instead)
1/4 cup topping (crushed candy canes, sprinkles, etc.)

1. Melt butter and chocolate squares in a medium/small saucepan over low heat.
2. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar.
3. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water (or milk) until smooth.
4. Either dip cookies into the glaze or swirl over them by dipping a spoon in the glaze and letting it drip onto the cookies (shown above). I usually do this on the cooling rack. I place a sheet of wax paper underneath to catch all the drips!
5. Quickly add desired topping.
6. Allow to dry for an hour or so before boxing up. This could be sped up in the fridge.

Enjoy! These are quick to make and they taste great. If you love chocolate (who doesn't?) you must try these! I like to make mine extra chocolaty by using milk in the glaze and then topping them with chocolate sprinkles! It makes quite a few cookies especially if you use about 1/2 tablespoonfuls. They bake the same but help stretch the batch!


  1. This looks so good! I love chocolate so I want to try this. :-)

  2. My mom used to make these every Christmas... I now make them for my kids (and myself!). They're great straight from the freezer with fresh coffee in the morning... so make a double batch!

  3. Love this treat! I have made toms of it last Christmas! Everybody loves it!
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