Sweet pretzels , recipe for chocolate pretzels , spiced biscuits covered with chocolate , which have nothing to do with the famous Bretzel bread , but only remember the shape , as for Danish butter biscuits .In this case, a dough similar to that of Lebkuchen is used , specifically that of gingerbread cookies with honey , based on rye flour, honey, sugar, eggs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves . They sure make a lot of Christmas.
It had been a long time since I wanted to prepare chocolate pretzels , since I have seen them in the supermarket for years and I always buy them: they are the Lebkuchen Brezel by Bahlsen , which offers a whole line dedicated to biscuits prepared with the Lebkuchen dough, which is however similar to that of Gingerbread .
How can I explain them to you? Sweet Pretzels are soft spiced biscuits , with this cute shape reminiscent of Pretzels, and coupled with chocolate , they are truly fabulous ! My husband is crazy about it! Especially the chocolate. with the spicy notes of cinnamon , it really suits us! I recommend you try them as soon as possible. Here is the recipe for sweet pretzels, the chocolate pretzels that will make you fall in love.
Sweet bretzels: recipe and preparation
For the dough 250 g rye flour 125 g acacia honey ( or wildflower )
100 g granulated sugar 40 g butter 1 egg ( medium ) 5 g bicarbonate
1 tablespoon of water 1 pinch of salt For the spices 5 g ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger Half a teaspoon ground cloves Half a teaspoon cardamom ( powder )
How to make sweet pretzels
To prepare the sweet pretzels, you will first have to prepare the dough , a spicy and soft shortcrust pastry, which must rest overnight in the refrigerator , to be perfectly workable, as is done for Mostaccioli .
Traditionally, rye flour is used , but the version with half rye flour and half 00 or spelled flour is also very popular . If you don’t have it, you can also use 00 flour , adding 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa to give it some color.
The spices should be used in powder form and mixed together in a small bowl. On sale there are also Lebkuchengewürz , the spices to prepare this kind of biscuits. If you have it, you can replace all the spices with 1 heaping tablespoon of this preparation .
You can find the pretzel mold online, on Amazon, by clicking HERE . It is an ejection cookie cutter , very convenient to use.
The recipe for sweet chocolate bretzels is quite simple . Even the kneading of the dough is really convenient and fast . It is easily done by hand , without using the planetary mixer.
Place the various spices in a small bowl and mix briefly.
In a saucepan , combine the honey, sugar, a tablespoon of water and the butter into small pieces . Transfer to the heat and heat over medium heat , stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and is no longer visible. Keep aside.
In a large bowl, pour the flour and add the baking soda, spices and a pinch of salt . Mix the ingredients together.
Mix flour and spices – Chocolate pretzel recipe
Take back the mixture of honey and sugar, now warmed and add the egg .
Combine the Egg – Bretzel Cookie Dough
Stir to make it absorb and pour it all over the flour .
Mix the liquids with the powders with a fork, then knead by hand , first in the bowl, then on the lightly floured work surface. It is normal for the dough to be very soft .
Stir in the spiced cookie dough
Form a ball and wrap it in cling film. Refrigerate overnight .
Ready-made sweet Bretzel dough
The next day, take back the spiced shortcrust pastry, which in the meantime will have compacted, and turn on the static oven at 180 ° C. Take half of the dough and place the rest in the refrigerator, just for easier processing.
Roll out the pastry on a floured sheet of parchment paper, using a rolling pin, to a thickness of 5 mm .
With the 6 cm Bretzel-shaped cookie cutter , cut the various shapes and place them gradually on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper , quite spaced.
Continue like this until the first pan is filled with your sweet pretzels.
Bake the pretzels in a preheated static oven at 180 ° C for 10 minutes . They should be just golden and soft. Remove the pan from the oven and wait for them to cool and take on consistency before moving them.
Continue in the same way, until the dough is used up.
Form the sweet pretzel
Coarsely chop the dark chocolate and melt it in a double boiler or microwave.
Read how to melt chocolate .
Take one sweet pretzel at a time and dip it into the chocolate .
Dipping cookies in chocolate – Bretzel sweets recipe
Rotate it on both sides using a fork. Then remove it from the chocolate, let the surplus chocolate pour a little and place it on a wire rack . Continue like this until all the pretzels are covered with chocolate.
I recommend that you beat the wire rack lightly to facilitate the pouring of the chocolate.
After about ten minutes, gently transfer all the sweet pretzels onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lifting them with a fork, so that they do not stick to the wire rack and let the chocolate dry completely. You can also put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes .
Once the sweet chocolate pretzels are ready, you can create gift boxes with cellophane bags or place them in tin boxes . Your pretzels are ready! Aren’t they cute?