Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pretzel Buttons

LeGreg's mom threw his brother an engagement party this weekend with a "sweet and salty" theme. I knew that I wanted to contribute, so I took to Pinterest to hunt down a little something to make. Pinterest never fails. 

I found these pretzel buttons and knew it was meant to be. What was NOT meant to be was easily finding those shaped pretzels AND the Hugs. Took a damn man hunt! In the end, though, it worked out. Other than taking the time to unwrap a million Hugs and sort out the colors of M&Ms, they were totally easy to make. I love that you can easily customize the colors. I went with green and yellow for their favorite baseball team, the A's. I made a couple with Rolos, from another baking project. They tasted good, but the caramel didn't melt down at all, so they didn't look as cute and squishy. 

 What you'll need:
  • square pretzels
  • Hershey's Hugs . You can use Kisses, too, but I think the Hugs taste better and they definitely soften up better!
  • plain M&Ms

Preheat oven to 200°.  If your oven runs hot you may want to turn the temp down to 170°. (I did 200)

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.  Place the pretzels on and top them with the hugs. 

Bake for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate is shiny and soft, but NOT melting - they should still hold their shape. (I did 4.5 mins. They looked shiny and soft, but started getting a little melty after I took them out. Tread with caution!)  

Carefully place an M&M in the center of each hug and press it down to spread the chocolate (you definitely want to press them and not just set them on top. Pressing helps shape it and keep the M&M in place. The one that I just sorta set on top ended up sliding to the side, so it had to be disposed of. In my mouth.).  

Allow to cool completely, a few minutes in the fridge works perfectly, and enjoy!

They were a huge hit! Cute and tasty and pretty impressive looking, if I say so myself.