Easy Pretzel Turtles


Tis the season for goodies and it seems like people are always looking for quick and easy ones. It recently came to my attention that not everyone in the world has been introduced to the pretzel turtle and that’s just a cryin’ shame! This is possibly the easiest little goodie you’ll come across. They can be made in about 10 minutes and with only 3 ingredients. However here I’ll show you my little twists to take them a notch up and make them cooler than everyone else’s pretzel turtles. Because at Christmas time it’s all about one-upping everyone else, right?? Kidding people, kidding. Really though, these are great for satisfying your own sweet tooth or for making to give away. Either way they’ll be gone in a flash!

Easy Pretzel Turtles

small pretzels
Rolo candies – one bag has about 55 candies
Pecan halves – or optionally peanuts, cashews, and m&m’s
Optional: almond bark or white chocolate for drizzling

This is easy as can be! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet. I like to use parchment paper for easy handling, but you can also put them on foil, a silpat, or directly onto the cookie sheet.

Unwrap your Rolo candies and place one on top of each pretzel like a cute little hat.

Don’t they look like they’re just standing there waiting for an order? At least someone in my house stands at attention because heaven knows my children don’t!

Place pan in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Any longer is probably too long. You just want the chocolate on the outside to look glossy and melty, but they should still hold their shape.

Remove pan from oven and take a pecan and gently press it right into the center of the chocolate candy.

Keep going and be filled with joy each time you feel that gooey caramel squish out underneath your fingers. It’s one of life’s little pleasures.

Here’s where you can be creative. You don’t need to stick to pecan halves. I also love cashews and peanuts (I used honey roasted peanuts here). And for kiddos and those who can’t eat nuts or don’t like them, M&M’s make a great little topper, or those mini Hershey’s kissables are cute too. I always throw a few of those in for color and because the kids like them. And if it’s not Christmas time, use the colorful ones- they’re adorable!

If you want to get fancy you can give them a little drizzle of almond bark or white chocolate. Just melt some in a plastic baggie and nip the corner off to drizzle. A little goes a long way; I used a half a square of almond bark for half a batch and had plenty left over.

Now definitely do yourself a favor and eat a few of these babies warm off the pan. Mmmm… Wait for the rest to cool and harden before you pack or plate them up. I pop them in the fridge because I stink at the whole patience thing.

Also fun for parties to do them with all M&M’s on top.  Kids love how colorful and fun these are:

These are so cute that I love to package them in little peep-window boxes. You can grab some off of Amazon, or craft stores like Michaels.

Or just pop them in a bowl or on a plate for a party. Either way they’ll be gone fast! And just look how fancy-schmancy they look. No one has to know you whipped them up so fast 🙂

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These pretzel turtles are both super easy and super delish!

Easy Pretzel Turtles

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These pretzel turtles are deliciously easy. Actually, more like dangerously easy…


  • Small pretzels
  • Rolo candies – one bag has about 55 candies
  • Pecan halves – or optionally peanuts, cashews, Hershey’s kisses, M&Ms, or Reese’s Pieces
  • Optional: almond bark or white chocolate for drizzling


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place pretzels on lined baking sheet. (Works well with a silpat, tin foil, or parchment paper).
  2. Unwrap your Rolo candies and place one on top of each pretzel.
  3. Place pan in the oven for 3-4 minutes; until chocolate on the outside to looks glossy and melty.
  4. Remove pan from oven and take a pecan, peanut, chocolate candy, Hershey’s kiss, or whatever else you desire, and gently press it right into the center of the chocolate candy.
  5. Enjoy a few warm, then wait to cool and harden before you pack or plate them up.


  • Great tip: To drizzle, just melt some almond bark in a plastic baggie and nip the corner off for a homemade piping bag. A little goes a long way; I used a half a square of almond bark for half a batch and had plenty left over.
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  1. I used your printer friendly button for the first time today. WOW, am I impressed. It formats the recipe perfectly, allows me to modify and remove if I desire, and even offers PDF format so that I can save it to my hard drive. AWESOME! Thanks SO much.

  2. Wow… another great recipe! Did you see you made the Pioneer Woman's top 20 referenced websites for favorite recipes?

    Pretty amazing since she received over 19K comments asking for favorite online recipes.

    Congratulations! One of your recipes was one of my favorites.

  3. Made these a couple weeks ago, with every intention of sharing with friends and neighbors. Yeah, that didn't happen! Made a second batch and delivered them as soon as they were cool, because my hips can't afford to eat even one more!

  4. I've made these for two years now using the waffle pretzels and the microwave rather than the oven. I'm so happy to know how to one up everyone else with these these Christmas!!! THanks! (good chuckle). Boring me would not have thought to try to change up the recipe any…dah!

  5. I love these!! I have the pretzels and rolos waiting to be made. These will go into our peanut brittle bowls! 🙂

  6. I've got a gazillion of your ideas and recipes I want to try. But these will probably be the grand prize winner since I can make them [hopefully] with the kiddos for their teachers. I love the m&m's idea, since half my family is allergic to nuts! Thanks for sharing, and making everything look delicious in the process.

  7. you guys have the best ideas. I made the pizza bites last week and I have been trying to figure out what to make for teachers/ neighbors this year. I always make linzer cookies (which I still will) but I like to try easy new ideas too that I have not seen before to add to the linzers. This sound great-yet addictive!

  8. I practically ran to the kitchen to make these with my daughter after seeing the recipe this morning. Why have I never heard of these before?! Could there be a better use for Rolos? I doubt it!

  9. I LOVE these! So simple, and so brilliant, like most things you girls do. I totally want to do these for neighbor gifts. THANK YOU! 🙂

  10. Oh Sara!
    You have GOT to be kidding me!
    Those look so YUMMMMY!
    Love the salt with the chocolate! And you make those look so easy to make in your pictures!
    Oh! Just lovely!

  11. Oooh, I love making these! I never get to use nuts because my hubbie is allergic, but maybe I'll just make a batch for myself! By the way, did you gals notice you were one of the top 20 most referenced recipe sites on one of Pioneer Woman's giveaway the other day? I'm not surprised. I'm glad so many people are finding your site because it's fantastic!

  12. I made these a few weeks ago, and yours are so much lovelier than mine. I am going to pout now. You always make such beautiful things!

  13. Thanks for the reminder about these! I've only ever made them with pecans on top, so now I have a few more ideas to try!

  14. I love making these! If Rolos are a bit hard to find you can also use Caramel Hershey kisses, though you don't leave them in the oven as long because they melt faster than Rolos.

  15. I have been lamenting the fact that I don't have the time this year to bake like i usually do. These will be PERFECT treats for friends & neighbors!!

  16. I just have to tell you how incredily excitd I was to see this recipe posted. I had these one time & couldn't get enough of them. I have been wondering ever since what they made them with. How simple is that??? THANKS!

  17. Wow, I just did this with my 4 and 5 year old and we had so much fun. They literally took under 10 minutes from start to finish…just my kind of project and no messy clean-up. This is a new favorite! Thanks!

  18. I made 2 batches today. My "mini" pretzels look bigger than yours, so the chocolate & caramel don't cover the whole pretzel. My kids taste-tested them & ate 2 apiece, so they must be good!

    Do you store these in the fridge or at room temp?

  19. I was looking for something quick and easy to accompany the gift cards I bought for the kids teachers. Found it! Thanks so much!

  20. MMM cute and tasty too. There are just not enough treats using pretzels, if you ask me. I was putting choc. covered pretzels in cookies! P.S. LollyChops sent me, and boy am I glad! OMT: I would love to have me a blendtec or anything else you are giving away!

  21. My daughter Lucy, who doesn't like nuts or M&Ms, suggested putting another pretzel on top and making little sandwiches. We tried this and my kids love them!

    1. Thanks for the pretzel top idea. We have severe nut allergies and M&Ms can have peanut trace. Hershey kisses are labeled safe, but my son broke out in hives once after eating those. I was trying to think of what else I could use as a topper.

  22. So, I made these and they were amazing, but I also tried it with reeses cups, and it was so good! It tasted like a take 5! Thanks so much for all of your good ideas!

  23. i made these for my christmas party this past weekend and everyone RAVED about them. they were so cute and easy to make.. thanks so much for this awesome idea!!

  24. I made these this weekend and they are super yummy! My 3 year old even helped by unwrapping the rolos and putting them on the pretzels.

  25. You have seriously caused a Rolo shortage in Utah County! I live in Springville and the closest Costco that still has Rolos is Lehi. And my nearest Sam's club is out too!

  26. thanks for this easy fun recipe. My 7 year old son helped me and he had a ton of fun. I used christmas M&m's and cashews witht he white choclate on top. Very cute, I know the people who are getting them in there cookie box will love them!

  27. I just finished making these with my 3 and 5 year old daughters and they are great! They were super easy and very, very delicious. My husband is upset that I wasn't making these for us so I suppose I'll have to get a couple more bags of rolo's and make some more! 🙂

  28. I cannot believe I had never heard of these until this post! They are incredible. I made them tonight using holiday shaped mini pretzels and peanuts. Yum! One tip for the lazy, like me. Buy a big case of the rolo candy rolls at Sam's Club, then you don't have to unwrap a zillion individual rolos. I made three pans tonight and used about half of the box so it will be easy to use them all up with another night of making them.

  29. I am convinced that the lowly pretzel is the world's best cookie in disguise. This is not the first pretzel treat recipe I've seen.

    These are awesome!!!! I couldn't find Rolor so used Milky Ways.

    OMG! I am in heaven because I got so fat from eating these and had a heart attack and died.


  30. My daughter and I just got done making these with red & green M&Ms. She has nick-named them "Chocolate Volcanoes". I was going to give them to friends on Sunday…but I don't think they are going to last two whole days! SO yummy!

  31. I just finished making these and they are yummy. Can't wait to bring them to work on Monday….hoping it stops snowing!
    Happy Holidays and thanks for the great receipe!

  32. I will definitely have to try this! What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing this. I may have to add a touch of white chocolate to mine. I adore it paired with pretzels!

  33. Thanks so much for this little recipe idea. While I was home for Christmas, we made these with my 2 1/2 year old niece and it worked out great. She loved helping lay out the pretzels, unwrapping the rolos, and laying those out too. But her favorite part was pressing the nuts and candy on top of the melted rolo when we pulled them from the oven. They are so easy that even a 2 year old can make them! I took some cute photos of her helping…great memories. 🙂 Thanks!

  34. Perfect gift for Military! I sent these to my son who is in the Navy and currently stationed in Japan. He LOVES them and so does his friends. They ship very well and stay fresh.

  35. I just made these today as a thank you gift. I now think I will be doing them for my wedding favors! They were so very easy that even the fiance could help without messing them up to badly 🙂

  36. I have made these before using hershey kisses and M&M's, but seems that once they leave the frige the chocolate melts – do the rolos work better? I want to give them away as gifts, but don't want a melty mess.

  37. I'm going to make these as the not-so-healthy snack for my 3rd grade son's class for their fall treat day.

    I think I'm going to use candy corn on top though; to make it look more festive!! 🙂

  38. ohh, meant to mention – also got some cute halloween cupcake liners and will put a treat or two in each! how cute, huh?

    will have to post pics when I do them!

  39. As a follow-up…

    I ended up making these for my son's class and instead of nuts or M&Ms, I used a candy corn on top! SOOO cute!!! (wish I had thought to use pumpkins, but alls well that ends well).

    very cute 🙂 Will post a pic or two on Facebook

  40. I LOVE pretzels+chocolate+caramel! It's the perfect combination, but I hate to dip pretzels and homemade caramel takes FOREVER! These little things are perfect, thanks for posting them!!

    I made them today using lightly salted peanuts and drizzled them with white almond bark and boy oh boy are they yummy! (and look fancy too!)

    I placed them right non the pan since I didn't have any parchment, when they cooled they were sticking SOOOOO bad. I was beginning to worry I had ruined 3 pans worth of treats. BUT I turned on our gas stove and quickly ran the bottom of the pan over the flame, honestly maybe 3 seconds worth of time, and wallah!! They melted just enough to loosen from the pan. What a relief. I didn't want to make more nor did I want to end up with 3 pans of broken treats that my waist line doesn't need 🙂

    Love these, love your blog. Thanks!

  41. I know this is an old post but I wanted to say these are so yummy and easy (and yes, totally addicting!):) My son and I made some of these and put Peanut Butter M&Ms on them. Yum!! I love peanut butter/caramel/chocolate together.

  42. I just want to say that part of me hates you. I made 80 of these in, like, 10 minutes. And they were gone nearly as quickly. And now I need to keep a bag of rolos in my pantry for occasions when I want salty chocolate snacks. *sigh*

  43. I LOVE these! I made some the other day, and they were all gone within 2 days! I was wanting to make some for a couple friends/co-workers, and I'm wondering how long they last for? If i make them tonight, will they still be good next wednesday? Thanks!

  44. Ok, I've made these twice now (thank you!) and I wanted to make them for Christmas goodies.

    But – I couldn't find any ROLOS!! 🙁

    I did buy caramel filled kisses…. would these work? Or should I scout another store for the rolos?

    thanks ladies 🙂

  45. Jenn–Oh, holy night, I'd die if I couldn't find Rolos. 🙂 Honestly, I'd keep looking if you can–the caramel in the caramel kisses is pretty runny (like if you break the kiss, it will all come out, but if you cut a Rolo, it'll stay solid). My worry is that it won't be able to hold up and it will make a huge mess.

    Good luck! 🙂

  46. that's what I wasn't sure of… whether or not the caramel in the kisses would hold up…. phooey!

    I scouted another store today and… NO ROLOS!

    Everyone in my area must have found your blog and been buying them up for these treats! lol

    Will try again this week – good thing with these is they are SO easy and quick to make that it's no big deal to make them last minute.

    btw – I found red/white/green candy corn 😉 Gonna use those on top!

    1. All of the above! They all work. I personally love a toasted pecan, but I’ve used all sorts and never had one I didn’t like 😉

  47. I just whipped these up to add to our teacher gifts and oh my…..they’re SO good! Thank you so much for such an easy and scrumptious recipe!!! Now I just hope that I’ll have some left over for their gift boxes! 😉

  48. I just made these … They aren’t even cooled yet, but I am really wondering if any are going to make it to our neighbors! 😉 Thanks! They’re delicious and super simple!

  49. I have to say I tried this recipe tonight to the tune of three bags of rolos! They are fantastic! So much faster than traditional turtles! I did half red & green m&m’s and half pecans and they taste terrific! Love your blog!

  50. I made these last night and brought them in to work today. Big Hit! So super easy – the hardest part was unwrapping all those Rolos.

  51. I just whipped up a batch and they’re so easy to make!! I added almonds, cashews or peanuts on mine and they taste soo good… Thanks!

  52. If you buy the Rolos in the roll in the checkout lane I believe they are not individually wrapped so it makes things go a little quicker and you don’t have to unwrap each candy!

  53. I make these all the time with m&m’s and never thought to make “turtles” which are my absolute favorite candy of all time! Thank you!

  54. I’m soooo gonna make these…we’re in the middle of a move (yeah, whose bright idea was it to remodel a house to move into it right at Christmas?) so I may have to forego sleep in order to make them happen, but I will, and I must! 😉

  55. Please tell me how long I can store these in airtight containers. I want to make them ahead of time as gifts and was just wondering how long people stored them. Thanks so much!

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