8 Holiday Pretzel Recipes That Parents Can Make With Kids

Infuse some crisp, crunchy fun into parent-child cooking time with these playful and tasty pretzel recipes that kids, and kids at heart, will devour and adore. We tapped Pretzel masterminds at Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps for sweet and salty (and yes, there will be chocolate!) recipes that create easy-to-make edible treats (that also work great as handmade gifts). Be prepared to get your crunch on.

1. Chocolate peanut butter pretzel crisps bites

Chocolate-covered pretzels | Pretzel Crisps

Recipe Courtesy of Jessica Segarra, TheNoviceChefBlog.com


  • 48 original pretzel crisps
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Fluer de Sal, to taste

Directions: In a stand mixer, combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar till well combined. Roll peanut butter mixture in 1 inch balls and smash in-between two pretzels. In a medium bowl, microwave semi-sweet chocolate in 15 second increments, until melted.

Line countertops with wax paper and dip half of pretzel sandwiches in melted chocolate and set on wax paper. Sprinkle with fluer de sal and let chocolate harden. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

2. Chocolate peanut butter pretzel crisps fudge

Pretzels with brownies | Pretzel Crisps

Recipe Courtesy of Nikki Dinki


  • 2 1/2 cups original Pretzel Crisps, broken into pieces
  • 6-8 original pretzel crisps, whole to top
  • 1 (14 Ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 Ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (10 Ounce) bag peanut butter chips (reserve 2tbs for top)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a pan over medium low heat and stir until chips are completely melted. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Let cool slightly then add Pretzel Crisps pieces, stirring to combine.

Add peanut butter chips and stir until combined thoroughly. Pour into a 8.5-by-11 inch pan and pat down to make fudge even. Arrange whole Pretzel Crisps and extra peanut butter chips on top. Let harden at room temperature or in the fridge. Cut and enjoy! 

3. Dirt dessert

Dirt pudding on pretzels | Pretzel Crisps


  • Original Pretzel Crisps
  • Chocolate spread
  • Oreo cookies
  • Gummy worms

Directions: Cover Pretzel Crisps with chocolate spread. Top with crumbled Oreo cookies and a gummy worm.

4. Pretzel Crisps wreaths

Pretzel wreaths | Pretzel Crisps


  • Original Pretzel Crisps
  • Green candy melts
  • White chocolate melts
  • Food coloring

Directions: Break Pretzel Crisps in half and dip into green candy melts or white chocolate and food coloring. Layer them into a circle as you dip them, then cover in sprinkles. Sprinkles can match your holiday color!

5. Chocolate Santa hat Pretzel Crisps

Santa hat pretzels | Pretzel Crisps


  • Dark chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
  • Red candy melts
  • White candy
  • Sprinkles
  • Sanding sugar

Directions: Dip Pretzel Crisps in red candy melts. For pointed hats, drizzle a triangle extending off of the top of the Pretzel Crisps. Once hardened, drizzle a line across bottom and shake white sprinkles or sanding sugar on top. Shake off excess. Use any white candy and glue to tip off hat with more candy melt.

6. Chocolate rice cereal treats

Pretzel rice krispie treats | Pretzel Crisps


  • Original Pretzel Crisps minis
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups any rice cereal
  • 6oz or 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions: Combine corn syrup and sugar in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, mixing well. Add rice cereal and stir until well coated.

Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray and set aside. Melt chocolate morsels in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly and then spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until almost firm and then press Original Pretzel Crisps Minis into the chocolate on top. Cut into squares once cool.

7. Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Pretzel Crisps Brownie Trifle

Source: Pretzel Crisps

Recipe courtesy of Recipe Farm


  • 1 box fudge brownie mix
  • 1 – 4 ounce bag Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 packages (3.9 oz.) chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 tub (11 oz.) whipped topping, divided
  • Crushed peppermint, for garnish

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan). Grease pan with butter or nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, mix brownies as directed for fudge brownies, using water, oil and eggs. Bake as directed. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Once brownies are cooled, cut into 1-inch cubes and set aside.

Then in a medium bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes with whisk for 2 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping. Place ½ of brownie cubes in 2-qt. bowl. Top with a layer of Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps, followed by half of the pudding mixture and another layer of whipped topping. Repeat all layers. Sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint and one whole Pretzel Crisps. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

8. Pepperminty Pretzel Crisps parfaits

Parfaits | Pretzel Crisps


  • White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
  • Decorative sprinkles
  • Whipped cream
  • Cubes of cake

Directions: In a mini jar, layer decorative sprinkles, homemade whip cream, broken pieces of white chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Crisps, and cubes of cake. Optional: Use food coloring to dye your whip cream and cake for your favorite holiday color for a more festive look.

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