Salted Chocolate Covered Pretzel Nutella Turtle Cookies
I feel like these are fitting for today.
Thanksgiving is in less than forty-eight hours, which means the holidays are in full swing.
I think everyone could use an easy recipe right about now.
But just because these cookies are about as easy as it gets, does not mean they lack in flavor or cuteness.
Because for one there is both caramel and nutella. These two ingredients together can never do any wrong. And they are both sitting atop a chocolate covered pretzel.
I am telling you, it does not get more simple or better.
The base of these cookies is just melted milk chocolate with pretzels pushed into it. For the pretzels I used thin Pretzel Crisps, which I think worked so perfectly for these. They are just the right size and shape.
You should be warned though, they are kind of addicting.
The chocolate covered pretzels get topped with a large dollop of nutella. And I do mean large. I was very generous with my spoonfuls.
It’s nutella, so I say go big or go home.
Ok, so now comes the turtle part.
Add two roasted pecans to each cookie and then spoon on some of the melted caramel. Oh man, things are getting good!
Then just drizzle with some more melted chocolate and sprinkle with some flaked sea salt.
If you have a little extra time I highly recommend making some vanilla bean flaked sea salt. SO good guys.
And your done.
I told you, idiot proof. You do not even need the oven, the stove, a mixer, flour or eggs. They are just simple.
But ridiculously good.
Any so incredibly perfect for the holiday’s.
Easy for entertaining, kind of awesome as a snack and ready in under thirty minutes. Yes, done in under thirty! It’s kind of a dream Christmas cookie too.
Oh, and I have found that people kind of go nuts for pretzels covered in both nutella and chocolate.
So my guess is that if your bring these to a party, you are probably going to quickly become the hit. Well, or at least the cookies will!
Honestly, I recommend doubling and maybe even tripling the recipe. I mean, it only makes twenty cookies and trust me, they go so fast… fast like Lighting McQueen.
Sometimes the simplest things are really the best.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
(Idiot Proof) Salted Chocolate Covered Pretzel + Nutella Turtle Cookies
- 10 ounces milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chopped, divided
- 20 pretzels
- 20 teaspoons large rounded nutella I really just eyeballed it
- 40 whole pecans toasted
- 24 caramels unwrapped I used Wether's Original
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream or canned coconut milk
- [flaked vanilla sea salt | https://dev.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-holiday-gifts-vanilla-bean-salt-vanilla-bean-sugar/] of flaked sea salt
Line a baking sheet with wax paper or a silpat.
In a microwave safe bowl add 8 ounces of the chopped chocolate. Melt the chocolate on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. It took me about one minute and 30 seconds.
Dollop about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate in a small circle (about the size of an Oreo) onto the prepared wax paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until you have made 20 or so dollops of chocolate.
Now take your pretzels and press one pretzel into each of the melted chocolate circles. This should push the chocolate circle out to about the size of a small-medium cookie. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes (or the fridge for 20 minutes).
While the chocolate hardens add the unwrapped caramels and the heavy cream or coconut milk to a microwave safe bowl. Melt the caramels the same way you melted the chocolate. Melt on 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. It took me about one minute and 30 seconds. Set aside and let cool at least 5 minutes before adding to the cookies.
Remove the chocolate covered pretzels from the freezer and spread about 2 teaspoons or so of the nutella (just eyeball it!) onto each pretzel and then press 2 toasted pecans into the center of the nutella. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Next spoon a little of the caramel over top of each cookie, covering most of the pecans.
Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave and drizzle each cookie. Sprinkle each cookie with the flaked sea salt and place the pan back in the freezer for 10 minutes (or in the fridge for 20 minutes). Serve cold or at room temperature. If your house is warm I recommend storing these in the fridge so the chocolate does not melt.
And this is one of those times.
I just happen to have everything on hand to make these, including those pretzels. And always have nutella and everything else 🙂 Girl. Amazing. pinned
Thank you, Averie! 🙂 Arn’t those pretzels so good? I love them!
This is So Perfect for a Non Baker Like Me. =)
Hope you make them. Thanks!
Oh wow. Think that is enough said!
Oh man, I’m addicted to chocolate covered pretzels. This is another excuse to have them! Love this, thanks.
Who could not love chocolate covered pretzels? So good!!
Simplicity is totally welcome at this moment in my life. I’m knee deep in Turkey Day food and can’t surface. These look amazeballs awesome.
Thank you, Jennie! Good luck with the Thanksgiving prep!!
PURE GENIUS. I love pretzel crisps, they are so versatile and this might be the best use of them I have ever seen! These remind me of Take 5 candy bars.
Thank you, Rachel!! I love those pretzel crisp too!
These look incredible! I’m just curious about one thing — how long can (and how should) these be stored? I feel like these could be the ultimate chocolate/candy/cookie to gift in a little box or tin.
These can be stored in the fridge or at room temp for up to 4 days, but probably even longer. I personally like them best at room temp, but only if they are left in a very cool area away from heat and sun. Otherwise I would keep them in the fridge so the chocolate does not melt!
Hope that helps and I hope you love these!
I love those pretzels! What a fun idea! Also, I just got the ingredients to make your cranberry sweet potato tacos – I can not wait to try those!
Oh yes!! Hope you love the tacos!!
And thanks for the cookie love too! 🙂
Um, these look fan-freakin-tastic. I’d gobble all these up if I made them. They’re too easy to not make them and stuff my face with them!!
Haha!! This is SO true. You can make them in no time, but then they are ego in even less time! LOL!
I like these so much more than regular turtle cookies! And the idea of using a flat, thin pretzel is genius. Such a good idea. Gives just enough of that crunch factor, but the chocolate still remains the star of the show.
Thank you, Laura!! I could not agree more! 🙂
Wow these cookies are layers upon layers. And there’s no baking involved. Bonus!
Thanks so much!
These look fantastic! I love a no-fail dessert!
Thanks Julianne!! Did I see you were head to Summit soon?
I think if I made these I wouldn’t want to share! These look awesome!
Thanks Jessica! They are hard to share for sure!
Nom nom nom!! Gimme a handful of these!
Shut. The front. Door. Seriously, drool coming out of my mouth. WHOA.
Thanks so much, Sophie!!
Can I just skip the turkey and have, like, 137 of these?
Haha!! I bet your beer brined turkey is just too good to skip, so I would eat lots of both!!
Lol…idiot proof…love it. Love the step by step pics too. Such a good idea. Tasty and perfect to hand out for gifts for the holidays, as long as I don’t eat them all before the guests come. Hehe.
Thanks so much, Tina!
Wow those look insanely delicious! Perfect treat for this time of year 🙂
Happy Valley Chow
Thank you so much!
It’s only 7.30am and these are making me hungry for chocolate and salty goodness! What a great idea for last minute treats (or put them in bags for last minute gifts), or maybe I’ll just sit under my work desk and eat them all myself 🙂
Thank you, Amy! 🙂
AHHHHH the first two layers look like a little monkey face!!!!
Hah! They do! Thanks Katrina!
I started to laugh when I saw the second picture ’cause I thought they looked like Monkeys. Then, I read the comment above and saw someone agreed. Glad to know I am not crazy…except only crazy for these! Yum in my tum (I wish) as always Tieghan!
Thanks so much, Taylor!! 🙂
Wowwwwwza. These look soooo tasty. Brilliant.
I want to shove about a half dozen of these in my mouth, stat. Love!!
Thank you so much, Laura!! 🙂
Seriously Tieghan, can I come live with you? 🙂
Haha! If you dont mind a house full of complete craziness than yes!
You had me at Nutella! Yum, Yum! I shared this post on Facebook!
Thank you so much, Paula and for sharing too! That was so nice of you!! 🙂
I would eat all of these. My husband would love them. They have all his favorites.
Thank you!! These were gone in a day here!
Oh YUM! These look delish!!
Did you make the caramel yourself? I find the process intimidating and was considering using the kraft squares 😛
The caramel for this recipe is not homemade.
You say idiot-proof…somehow I forgot to add the coconut milk to the caramel-it does make a difference! These were still yummy, but the hard caramel made them a little tough to bite. Thanks for the recipe, it’s now a favorite Christmas treat!
Oh man! At least next time they will be better! 🙂
Thanks for making these and Merry Christmas!
In the main posting photo (so pretty), the chocolate on the bottom of the cookie is a different color (darker), than the chocolate you used to drizzle with. I like this and think it adds an extra dimension to similar type recipes. All that to say … what did you use on the bottom and what did you use to drizzle with, please? Oh, and one more question … how do you get your drizzle lines so nice and thin? Thank you kindly :o)
I actually used the same chocolate for both. The chocolate on the bottom is just hardened and cold, the chocolate drizzle is just melted and warm. Sorry if that was tricky. For the chocolate drizzle I add the warm chocolate to a sandwich bag and then cut just a tiny hole in one corner of the bag, then drizzle.
Hope that answers all your questions. Tieghan!
Thank you kindly! Your sandwich bag worked like a charm and my batch turned out picture perfect. My sis wants me to make a large amount of these for her clients as Valentine gifts for her clients. I was wondering if by chance you’ve ever calculated the approximate cost of your batch recipe. She’s my sis and all but since her companies writing the check, I’ll actually get to charge the going rate :0) whatever that my be. I never save receipts or I could do the match myself and just thought you may already have done so for yourself. Sis said after tasting, “These scrumptious masterpieces look just as if they came from ‘Needless Markup’ a.k.a., Neiman Marcus. :o)
Thank to add a order ingredients button in your recipe, i can find the best place to order the ingredients. But i think that the illustration pictures should be gone together with the instructions you give below. However, your recipe make me interested a lot
Thanks so much for the feedback and kind words! 🙂
These taste amazing – every bite has chocolate, Carmel, pretzel, pecan with a hint of sea salt. Really good and fairly easy to make. Loved that there is no baking involved! Had to look up a recipe to figure out best way to toast pecans.
I am so glad you loved this Corey! Thank you!
Can i use chocolate morsels in place of chopped/divided chocolate? Do you use semi sweet or milk chocolate? Thanks!!
Hi Meredith! Chocolate morsels will be great. I use semi sweet chocolate. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan