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Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips

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At what point does it make sense for a person purchase a tuxedo? Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips have caused me to wonder.
  Homemade Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips Not that these pretzels are going to be receiving an invite to the Oscars anytime soon, but if and when foods do make the guest list, I believe Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips deserve a place right at the top—these fluffy, cocoa-scented soft pretzels are always dressed for a black-tie event.

The only person I know in real life who I suspected might own his own tux is my Uncle RD. He’s an architect who has lived abroad for the past 22 years, the most recent 17 being in London.  I emailed him to ask, and it turns out that he not only owns a tux—he is on his third since college and purchased a new one just last year. I know (logically) that RD doesn’t spend every night hobnobbing at Kensington Palace; however, the fact that he has worn out multiple tuxedos leads me to believe that his life is even more illustrious than I dared conjecture.

In this same email, RD casually assured me that owning a tux is a totally normal thing and I probably know multiple men who own their own; I just don’t realize it. I sincerely hope this to be true because, deep down inside…I’m dying to go to a ball! Where there are men in tuxes, surely there must be glamorous women in ball gowns, correct? Clearly my parents let me watch too much Cinderella as a kid.

Chocolate Soft Preztels
If I ever do wrangle an invite to a ball, I’m going the Rent the Runway route. I see no point investing in a ball gown long term, because I wouldn’t dream of being seen at two balls in the same dress. Since I’m sure a slew of party invites will arrive just as soon as I’ve attended the first, I’m glad I have my wardrobe strategy planned in advance.

While soft pretzels might not be an instinctual choice for a swanky black-tie event, premier Hollywood party planners should give Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips a chance. Can you imagine what a hit Auntie Anne’s would be at an Oscars afterparty? I can see the celebs clamoring over one another for a bite of that buttery, hypnotically-scented, soft pretzel goodness now.
Fluffy Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips I’ve adored soft pretzels since the fifth-grade. My mom would drop me off at the mall (a safe distance from the door, mind you) to “go shopping” with my friends. “Go shopping” in those days meant peruse Claire’s in search of new smiley face accessories and mood rings. This smiley face fetish represents one of many phases in my life where I must seriously question my fashion sense. Bangs are another.

In between rounds of sniffing the different lotions at Bath and Body Works (Do I go with the Freesia or the Sun Ripened Raspberry?), my friends and I would become exhausted and in need of sustenance. Auntie Anne’s came to the rescue every time.

Though shopping is no longer something I really enjoy (unless it’s Christmas shopping—I’m a crazy person who likes the mall at Christmas. Everything smells like pine trees and cinnamon, and Williams-Sonoma hands out free peppermint bark), my love for soft pretzels remains strong and true. I’ve dropped my Auntie Anne’s fetish in favor of homemade soft pretzels, which are healthier, equally irresistible, and don’t require me to fight off an old lady for a parking space.

Start to finish, Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are ready in less than an hour and require only 15 minutes of rise time. Rather than fussing with boiling the shaped pretzels in a baking soda solution (the traditional pretzel method), I use a quick egg wash to give the pretzels a glossy finish and texture. The dough is also incredibly fun to roll out and twist into pretzel shapes. I may dream of going to a ball, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy playing with my food.
Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Polka Dots Recap: I want to be Cinderella, I play with my food, and I love free samples at the mall. Basically I’m 12.

I baked Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips with my favorite yeast, Red Star Platinum. From my Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls to No-Knead Oatmeal Bread to Honey Swirled Coffee Cake, I simply cannot say enough positive things about this yeast. I bake with whole wheat flour in nearly all of my bread recipes, a practice which can result in a heavy, dense loaf if the right steps are not taken. Red Star Platinum helps ensure my final product is super soft and fluffy, and these chewy on the outside, tender on the inside Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are no exception!

With their soft, dark cocoa dough and fun white chocolate polka dots, Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are dressed for a party. I’m petitioning them for a red-carpet affair, but I’m equally in support of smearing them with peanut butter for a quick, tasty breakfast or snack. No ball gown required.

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Pretzels

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 pretzels

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Pretzels

Big and fluffy, these Chocolate Soft Pretzels with White Chocolate Chips are a must for soft pretzel lovers. The dough has a light cocoa flavor and the white chocolate chips are baked on both the inside and the outside for maximum chocolate impact. With no egg wash and only 15 minutes of rise time, these homemade soft pretzels will be ready in less than an hour!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (or substitute all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional, will intensify chocolate flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups to 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 large egg, for egg wash

Directions

  1. Make the Dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl), combine the white whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, sugar, yeast, instant coffee, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat water to the temperature directed by the manufacturer (Red Star Platinum is 120 to 130 degrees F.) Mix the ingredients on low speed or stir by hand with a wooden spoon, until combined.
  2. If using a standing mixer, switch to the dough hook. (If mixing by hand, continue with wooden spoon.) Mix in 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour until incorporated. Continue to stir in the remaining 1/2 cup all purpose flour, one tablespoon at a time, adding flour just until the dough is lightly tacky but no longer sticky. (All of the remaining flour may not be needed.) Knead dough for 5 minutes by machine or 7 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface. Knead in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips a little at a time, just until evenly distributed.
  3. Place rack in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  4. Lightly flour a knife and cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Then, cut those 4 parts into 2 parts each so that you have 8 pieces total. Lightly dust a work surface with cocoa powder. Roll each piece of dough into a long rope that is even in diameter and 20-22 inches long. Most of the white chocolate chips will gravitate towards the center of the rope, which is OK (white chocolate chips that are too exposed may scorch.) To form the pretzel, lay the rope horizontally, then pick up each end and draw them upwards as if you were forming a circle that connects at the top. About 2 inches from each end, twist the rope ends together to close the circle, forming a full twist all the way around (the rope that starts on the left should end on the left.) Draw the down into the circle, then adhere the loose ends to the bottom of the pretzel at the 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock positions. Repeat to make eight pretzels. Press the dough ends lightly to hold the shape.
  5. In a shallow bowl or pie dish, beat the egg and with 1 teaspoon of water and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to create an egg wash. Dip each entire pretzel into the egg wash, flipping to coat both sides. Place each pretzel on the prepared baking sheet and let rest 15 minutes. Pretzels will puff slightly.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the pretzels darken and an instant read thermometer inserted in the center registers 190 degrees F. Remove from oven. While pretzels are still warm, lightly press the remaining 1/4 cup white chocolate chips onto the outsides to decorate.

Notes

Storage Tip: Place pretzels in an airtight container or zipped-top bag for up to 4 days (though they will lose some softness) or wrap tightly in plastic, place in a zip-top bag, and freeze for up to one month.

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

48 Comments

  1. Is it weird that I have never had an Auntie Anne’s pretzel? my defence, we didn’t have it in Canada…so I had no way of trying them!
    However, Claires? Yes. Playing with food? More yes. Free samples? Best.
    I think I have to fill the pretzel void in my life with these. 2 kinds of chocolate is my life. Pinned!

    • WHOA Taylor. You need to go to the nearest mall and just go for it. I feel like Auntie Anne’s is a necessary splurge for any American at some point in their lives! My pick: Glazin’ Raisin. Cinnamon Sugar is also a winner. Holy cow, I’m craving one now just from typing that out, haha

  2. Auntie Anne’s have nothing on these pretzels! Goodness Erin this are fantastic! I can just imagine how fabulous they taste when they are slightly warm. I can say with some certainty, that I know absolutely know one who owns a tux! That’s sort of sad. No balls in our future!

    • Can we please just throw our own party as an excuse to get dressed up Tanya? I have a few old bridesmaids dresses I can bust out, plus it’s an excuse for champagne…and dip.

  3. These are amazing! Soft pretzels are such a weakness of mine, and with all this chocolate… game over.

  4. Chocolate pretzels!? Oh, mama. I’m in trouble with these! I’d eat like 15 with no shame.

  5. You’re right, you can’t show up at two different balls wearing the same gown. Most likely, you would see the same folks at ball #2 as ball #1 since it’s probably the same people that attend these events over and over, and we wouldn’t want you to be the talk of the ball. So, two different dresses and, of course, you’ll have to rent some jewels. I know no one that owns a tux. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having a few of these cute little elegant pretzels. Pinned!

  6. Wow, Erin, how decadent! Stumbled! :)

  7. Going to the ball, playing with food, eating free samples, and making chocolate pretzels…girl, I heart you! This sounds like the perfect way to enjoy life! I want to be 12 again!!!!

    • Just think Jocelyn: We could have our summer vacations back too! While I’m glad my days of scrunchies are behind me, I’d take a Disney princess-style ball any day of the week :)

  8. I would like my husband to own both a tux (hello, hotness) and a fireman’s suit. Firemen are my thang.

    Also, chocolate pretzels! Who thinks of these fabulous things? YOU!

    • GENIUS Karly. Plus, no actual fire required. Firemen were my thing until I accidentally set off my building’s smoke alarm and several older gentleman with axes showed up at my door and scolded me. A little TOO real, lol.

  9. Oh yum! Those looks so good and tasty!

  10. My brother in law got a tux for free after his groomsmen rented all their tuxes there for his wedding. And he’s always joking he has nowhere to wear it. Guys have it so easy, just get measured for the tux, rent it, pick it up, and put it on. Girls have to scour every store for the perfect outfit. Lucky guys : )

    • Um, Natalie, I think that you need to go on a double date with your hubs, sister, and brother in law and all get dressed up! You’d be doing your bro-in-law a favor by giving him an occasion to dust off the tux ;-)

  11. Haha Cinderella was definitely one of my all time favorites when I was younger. This recipe looks very unique, and I LOVE unique! Awesome job Erin! I’m gonna have to try these because I have never made pretzels. Hope you’re having a great Monday!

  12. I cannot think of any of my guy friends/cousins who actually own a tux – your uncle RD is an interesting chap!
    Also interesting are these pretzels! Girl, I have eaten pretzels dipped in chocolate before, but never have I had a chocolate pretzel WITH white chocolate chips! The number of these I could put away in one seating….

  13. Definitely have no need to Auntie Anne’s with these pretzels around! I’ve never tried making a chocolate pretzel before, love these!

  14. Haha Claire’s — I’m pretty sure I lived in that store as a teenager. I also invested in some killer Best Friends Forever necklaces, scrunchies and many other ridiculous jewelry trinkets I couldn’t live without. I’m pretty sure if these chocolate pretzels were a staple at Auntie Anne’s back then I would have literally never left the mall. Genius.

    • Nicole, how did I forget about the BFF necklaces???? I think I had at least 30, and I didn’t have half that number of friends, lol. At least scrunchies were semi-practical! <–did I really just say that?

  15. I haven’t ventured into the chocolate pretzel yet, but I will now.

  16. I have never had a chocolate pretzel…let alone to bake them. These look terrific, Erin.

  17. A chocolate pretzel is a genius idea. These look so freakin good. And second, my husband actually owns a tux … he’s worn it a total of two times (once at our wedding and once at another wedding that was super fancy). He had randomly bought it (which I never understood) but whatevs. lol He can be strange sometimes : )

  18. Any good celebrity would be willing to fight over these! Chocolate pretzels? Level genius! Haha, well, honestly, I think guys have it easier than girls. They can wear it more than once without much of a fuss. All tuxes look the same. All dresses do NOT look the same. :)

  19. And just when I thought soft pretzels couldn’t get any better. These look so good, Erin!

  20. I would venture to guess that NONE of the boys I know own their own tuxes! But maybe they’re just not as classy as these pretzels. I would totally vote for these babies for an Oscar!!

  21. Brilliant idea here…I have never thought to make chocolate pretzels. These looks delicious! I have to try asap :D

  22. oh my gosh these look so, so good! bon appétit has a recipe for dark chocolate waffles that reminds me of this…but the addition of white chocolate chips, drooling!!

  23. I’ve always had savory pretzels…this is a brilliant idea, especially for a chocoholic like me! Love love love! :)

  24. I’d love for my husband to own a tux so then I could wear my wedding dress monthly instead of having it sit in the closet. Haha we could frolick around DC and pretend we’re getting married at the White House :P Oh, I’m so weird….hand me a pretzel!!

  25. I’m an advisor for my sorority at the college nearby. They recently won a contest from Rent The Runway and got at $10,000 house makeover! The girls each got a dress and accessories – and they even brought in a makeup team to do hair and makeup! Super fun!!!
    If you do go to a ball … can I come too? I saw a TON of dresses I want to wear on the Oscar’s. Lupita Nyong’o was one of my absolute faves! And Idina Menzel’s (or Adele Dazeem if you are John Travolta – what the heck!?!) dress was stunning when she sang ‘Let It Go’.’ Just let me know the date and time … I’ll be ready! :)
    Ahhh … or I’ll just dream of wearing a fancy dress while I make some pretzels. My kids beg (or maybe I bribe …) for us to stop at Auntie Anne’s at the mall! It does help the shopping trip to go faster … but now I can make some deliciously healthy ones at home! Yay Erin!!! Thank you!!

  26. These pretzels…yes, please! Love that they’re no-rise. And I am so a Williams Sonoma sampler. The last time I went to one I was shopping off of a wedding registry. By the time I printed it from the kiosk in the store I’m pretty sure I had drank an espresso shot, munched on some chocolate, and – get this – they were firing up the demonstration stovetop for a pot of butternut squash soup. I think I spent the entire afternoon perusing (and eating)!

  27. YES YES the smiley faces on everything and bangs were one of my phases as well. Ahhh I had such an unhealthy obsession with Claire’s!
    Sadly enough, they don’t sell pretzels here (terrible, I know!!), so I never got round to become obsessed over them, you know. BUT I think they look delicious, and your chocolate version sounds even better. Carbs + chocolate?? I’m in!

  28. Erin, I am convinced we are the same person. Claire’s and mood rings, bath and body works, pretzels at the mall and, most importantly, not liking shopping that much now. And because I tried a similar chocolate pretzel recipe a couple months ago but gave up because I couldn’t get it sweet enough. So basically all this is to say that I’m super excited about this recipe (and I admire your persistence!). They look so delicious! And indubitably qualified for a black-tie event. :) Hope your week is going well!

  29. Gah, I LOVE making my own soft pretzels. Chocolate + white chocolate chips? Yes please!

  30. I’d actually love to be 12 all over again… no responsibilities, hardly any homework, dinner on the table every night, sleepovers, eating as much as I liked whilst staying thin-as-a-rail… ahhh. Being grown up sucks (well, except being able to drink wine, get married, travel unsupervised… those things aren’t so bad!). But… when I was an Aussie kid eating vegemite on toast, I had NO IDEA that soft pretzels existed. Particularly polka dotted, party-ready chocolate soft pretzels like these. Amazing. Maybe growing up isn’t so bad after all :)

  31. These pretzels look awesome! Love the chocolate – great idea!

  32. These look lovely. Thanks for the recipe.

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