Caramel Pretzel Turtles make a simple holiday gift |

Caramel Pretzel Turtles make a simple holiday gift

Caramel Pretzel Turtles are no-cook treats that can be given in a variety of attractive ways, such as wrapping them hard-candy style. (Larry Crowe / The Associated Press)

This four-ingredient, no-cook recipe is simple to assemble (perfect for getting children involved) and produces attractive, delicious treats for doling out at the holidays. For gift packaging, consider wrapping each turtle in cellophane, hard-candy style, then heaping them in cones fashioned from festive cardstock.

Caramel Pretzel Turtles

Preparation time, start to finish: 1 hour and 10 minutes. Makes 48 turtles

14-ounce bag soft caramels (about 48)

10-ounce bag pretzel nuggets

12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

2 cups toasted almonds, finely chopped

Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Set aside.

Unwrap the caramels. One at a time, place a caramel between two sheets of parchment paper (not the paper from the baking sheet), then use a rolling pin to roll it into an oval about 1/8 inch thick.

Wrap the flattened caramel around a pretzel nugget, pinching the ends to seal. Set aside on another sheet of parchment paper. Repeat with remaining caramels and pretzel nuggets.

In a double boiler over simmering water or in the microwave, melt half the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth. If using a double boiler, remove the pan from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and stir until smooth.

Place the almonds in a shallow bowl. One at a time, use a fork to dip each pretzel nugget in the chocolate to coat, tapping off any excess, then dip it in the almonds to coat. Set on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pretzels.

Let stand until set, about 3 hours, before packaging.

(Recipe from the December/January issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine)

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