Before we talk about how delightful and easy these little pretzel turtles are, let's talk about wine! Why are we going to talk about wine? Silly question. Wine is wonderful. Yesterday was snowy and then it was rainy, but it was all cold. Nothing warms the soul more than a glass or two (or three) or cabernet sauvignon. Nothing. I was just telling Ruth how in the summer I only want to drink white wine and then I begin to ponder my heart's desire for red wine. However, winter hits, and I ONLY want red wine. Red wine may be my favorite. Sorry bourbon.
Anyway, I took a batch, version 1.0, to the Space Center for a staff meeting and they gobbled them right up; truly gobbled them up! The folks at the Space Center seem like pretty healthy eaters most of the time and I have noticed that those who eat the healthiest, tend to lose the most control around sweets. I love it! I'm not trying to make people be unhealthy, but I enjoy helping people lose a little control!
Version 1.0 was good, but it wasn't great. Here is version 2.0, and it is much, much tastier. An extra drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt make a HUGE difference; major flavor enhancers! This is one of the easiest recipes I've posted: start the oven, spread out pretzels, put a Rolo on top, warm for 5 minutes, put a pecan on top of that, and you could be done with a delicious treat. But take it to the next level with a dollop of melted dark chocolate, a little drizzle, and some sea salt. A perfect bite. It's ten minutes of your life that will bring your continuous joy!
One Year Ago - Eggnog Cookies
Easy Turtles Adapted from Pioneer Woman Yield - 30
30 small square butter pretzels 30 Rolos 30 pecan halves 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter sea salt for sprinkling
- Turn on the oven to 350 ˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay out 30 pretzels on the parchment paper and place one Rolo on each pretzel.
- Place in the oven for 4-5 minutes. The Rolos should be soft but not melted.
- Place one pecan half on each Rolo and squish down a little.
- In a double boiler melt the chocolate with the butter.
- Set up a second cookie sheet with parchment paper and spoon a scant half-tablespoon of chocolate in little circles. Place one turtle on each circle.
- Drizzle the turtles with remaining chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Place in the refrigerator to harden completely.