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 🙂

These pretzel turtles are both super easy and super delish!

Easy Pretzel Turtles

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


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place pretzels on lined baking sheet. (Works well with a silpat, tin foil, or parchment paper).
  • Unwrap your Rolo candies and place one on top of each pretzel.
  • Place pan in the oven for 3-4 minutes; until chocolate on the outside to looks glossy and melty.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. Yum! These look amazing. I have made pretzels with a Hershey Kiss and M&M before, but this takes it to a whole new level. I will be making some of these this weekend!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. I have made these once. My 17 year old son made another batch today. I posted it on facebook yesterday and 6 followers say they made it yesterday.

    I fear that Rolos are going to become scarce.

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

  19. Wow! I'm going to make these this week! They are so my style…easy and yummy! 🙂

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!


  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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!