These adorable white chocolate Christmas trees are perfect for a holiday cookie plate or to top a cake or cupcakes.
They're an easy and festive treat that will be a hit with the whole family!
They're simple enough that you can make them with kids and you can get creative on how to decorate them - mixing different types of sprinkles.
Why You'll Love These Homemade Christmas Treats
These white 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.
I know they'll be a new family favorite because they're so fun to make. They're a great combination of salty and sweet as well as being the cutest holiday treat!
Ingredients You'll Need
White Chocolate - You'll need 5 ounces of white chocolate chips. White chocolate can easily burn in the microwave or on the stovetop when you melt it. I highly recommend using chips instead of a bar of white chocolate as they melt easier.
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 gallon 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 white 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 or plastic 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 Holiday Treats to Try
Make sure to check out our whole Christmas treats post if you love holiday baking and entertaining. Here are some of our favorite festive recipes.
- Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bites - beautiful and delicious treats with jeweled pomegranate arils.
- Hot Chocolate on a Spoon - stay cozy with homemade hot chocolate spoons with tiny marshmallows.
- Christmas Fruit Wreath - this beautiful edible wreath is the perfect appetizer.
- Dark Chocolate Christmas Trees - these adorable homemade chocolate trees are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Specialty Ingredients - Make sure to use a type of white chocolate that can melt. I highly recommend white chocolate chips over a bar of white chocolate. They melt quickly and burn less easily.
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 white 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 white chocolate chips
- 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 white 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: 2mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g