Valentine Pretzels by Bonnie – Feel The Love!

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Yikes! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  How about baking homemade treats that are sure to make you the most popular Valentine around? Oh, I can hear the excuses now: “I don’t know how to bake.”  “I don’t know what to make.”  “I don’t have time.”

Thank goodness you came to me.

If chocolate, caramel, and salty pretzels sound good, then I have a fool-proof recipe for you that can be put together in minutes. Yes, minutes!!! VALENTINE PRETZELS!

A popular version of this recipe uses small pretzel twists. The problem is the candy melts through the holes. So I found the perfect solution:  a product from Keebler called Town House Pretzel Thins with sea salt (No, they’re not paying me). Not only are they the right taste and construction – THEY’RE HEART SHAPED!!!

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VALENTINE PRETZELS

  • Keebler Town House Pretzel Thins – sea salt flavor
  • Rolo candies (or other caramel filled candy)
  • pecan halves, lightly toasted

You’ll need one of each per VALENTINE PRETZEL.

Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit.

valentine pretzels directions

Place crackers salted side down on ungreased cookie sheet. If you forget and lay the salted side up, don’t worry – I only place the crackers salted side down so that your tongue gets bathed in salt as you bite into the chocolate and caramel.

Top with unwrapped candy. Bake for approximately 4 minutes, until candy is soft but still retains its shape. Remove from oven.

Press one pecan half into each softened candy, firmly enough that the pecan embeds into the candy, but not so hard that the caramel comes squirting out.

Let cool either on the counter or briefly in fridge.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Bonnie Antonini

I’ve been cooking from scratch ever since I can remember. Frugal by nature (okay – cheap!), I just can’t see buying pre-made food when it’s so easy to make it yourself. Plus, when you prepare your own food, you know what’s in it. Since I’m also skeptical by nature (okay – a bit paranoid!), I worry what germs, bugs, and unpronounceable ingredients my family and I are eating. As an actress, I decided to merge my love of cooking with my love of being in front of the camera, creating an online show called VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR CARNIVORES ( vegcookingforcarnivores.com) – a show for people who like meat but want to eat vegetarian. The next step was blogging (vegcookingforcarnivoresblog.com), followed by tweeting (@vegcooking4carn). Geez – where does it end? I don’t preach vegetarianism – I’m just there for those of you who want good vegetarian food (which also includes desserts, by the way).

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