These cute dark chocolate Christmas trees are perfect for a party or a cookie plate!
They're an easy and festive treat that will be a hit with the whole family! They're simple enough that kids can help make and decorate them.
The combination of salty and sweet is such a great pairing - it will be one of your new family favorites.
Why You'll Love Chocolate Christmas Trees
These dark chocolate trees are easy to make and only require a few ingredients.
You can eat the trees on their own as a little treat or use them to decorate a gingerbread house, cake, cupcakes, or add them to a cookie plate.
You can decorate these trees however you like, but I think they're especially cute with some festive and snowflake sprinkles!
Ingredients You'll Need
Dark Chocolate - You'll need 5 ounces of dark chocolate. You can use either chips or a bar of dark chocolate.
Pretzels - You'll need about 15 to 20 pretzel sticks. Use the smaller pretzels, not pretzel rods.
Sprinkles - If you want to make the trees festive, you'll want a mix of Christmas sprinkles. I've linked the sprinkles I used below under the "Specialty Ingredients" sections.
Piping Bag - You'll need a piping bag or large ziploc bag to pipe the chocolate onto the pretzels.
Parchment Paper - You'll need two to three sheets of parchment paper.
How to Make this Recipe
Prep Your Space - Lay out your parchment paper and get your sprinkles and pretzels open. Once the chocolate has melted, you'll need to move quickly so get everything prepared.
Melt the Chocolate - Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes in a microwave-safe container. Pull it out every 30 seconds to stir it and make sure it's not burning.
Make the Trees - Pour the melted dark chocolate into a piping bag or plastic bag. Place the pretzels on the parchment paper with several inches between them. Snip the end off the piping bag. Pipe the chocolate onto the pretzels in a tree shape.
Decorate the Trees - Add the sprinkles to the trees with a spoon or your fingers.
Allow Trees to Harden - Let the trees set for up to two hours to harden. If you'd like this to go more quickly, place the trees in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Carefully peel the trees off of the parchment paper.
More Festive Recipes to Try
If you like holiday treats, you've got to check out our Christmas treats post and these other great recipes.
- White Chocolate Christmas Trees - These gorgeous salty and sweet treats are easy to make.
- Christmas Tree Appetizer - This delicious charcuterie platter is a perfect appetizer for the holidays.
- Hot Chocolate on a Spoon - Get cozy with some homemade hot chocolate spoons that are perfect for chilly days!
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Recommended Tools - You'll need a few feet or sheets of parchment paper. After you pipe the chocolate onto the pretzels you'll let them harden and then peel the chocolate off the paper. I don't recommend using plastic wrap or wax paper as they will both melt when the chocolate is poured on them.
Storing Tips - You can save these dark chocolate trees in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or on the countertop for up to a week. Do not freeze them (the chocolate will crack and the pretzels will be stale).
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- 5 ounces dark chocolate
- 15 pretzel sticks
- holiday sprinkles
- parchment paper
- piping bag
- Lay out your parchment paper and get your sprinkles and pretzels open.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes in a microwave-safe container until all the pieces are melted. Stir it every 30 seconds to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Pour the melted dark chocolate into a piping bag or plastic bag.
- Place the pretzels on the parchment paper with several inches between them.
- Snip the end off of the piping bag or plastic bag. Pipe the chocolate onto the pretzels in a tree shape.
- Add the sprinkles to the trees with a spoon or your fingers.
- Let the trees sit on the parchment paper and harden for 2 hours at room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, place them in the refrigerator to harden in 30 minutes.
- Carefully peel the trees off the parchment paper before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g