Sunday Baking: Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day. You love it or you hate it. And though I am not a big fan of the made up holiday myself, I still like to reap the benefits of it. You know, tons of chocolate, baked goods, and even getting dressed up to go out with your girlfriends.

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite little treats to make that involves no baking and nothing to hard to accomplish. These Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites are amazzzingggg and can be decorated Valentine’s Day themed (or not if your against Valentine’s Day, your call). My sister found this recipe a few years ago and we are all still obsessed with it. It’s the perfect sandwich of pretzels with (eggless) cookie dough between them, dipped in chocolate.

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Recipe: (From Sally’s Baking Addiction)
yield: 20 – 25 PRETZEL BITES

                                                                        Ingredients:

img_12451/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sgar
2 Tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
40-50 pretzels
fullsizerender8 oz semi-sweet
chocolate, such as
Ghirardelli
1 teaspoon shortening, optional


Directions:

1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the
butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together on medium speed until light and
creamy. Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Turn the mixer off and add the flour and salt. Mix on low speed at first, then turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until combined. The dough will be thick and crumbly, just keep mixing until it comes together. Mix in mini chocolate chips.

3. Roll the dough into balls, about 2 teaspoons of dough per sandwich. The amount of dough per sandwich may vary; it depends how thick you want each dough filling. Sandwich balls between two pretzels and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes.

4. While the pretzel bites are chilling, break up the chocolate and melt with the shortening for about 1 minute in mircrowave, stirring every 20 seconds. The shortening is used to thin the chocolate out. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bites back on baking sheet. Refrigerate the dipped bites for at least 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set. Cover and store pretzel bites in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Not only are these super easy to make, but they are insanely addicting. You get the taste of cookie dough without the nauseating feeling of eating too much raw egg. Let me know what you think of these if you try them out & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Talk to you soon,

Ariana

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