Rolo Pretzel Turtles Recipe




Update 11/17/11 An oldie but goodie! Perfect for the holidays. Kids love to make these. 

Update 12/8/09: I’m so thrilled to announce that I’m a featured blogger on Oprah ~ come see our Holiday Features!

I think this will be the first year in the history of Steamy Kitchen that I’m not hosting Christmukkah as planned. And honey, you have no idea how ecstatic I am! I just got word that my friend, Lisa, has offered her brand spankin’ new home for the event.

It used to be that my house was the default home for all holidays and dinners. You know how on “Desperate Housewives” Bree is the queen of all things elegant, gracious and homemade? I’m Bree, but without the elegance or the shiny, perfect hair. But because I’m not going to be spending the day in the kitchen covered in spills, splashes and sweat preparing a 10-course dinner, this year I get to be Gabrielle. Well, Gabby from last season, when she was all about glam and glitter.

And I’ve already got the perfect outfit in the closet. I’ve worn it only once before, about seven years ago. It’s an off-the-shoulder sexilicious dress, 4-inch candy-red stilettos and sparkly, drippy jewelry. Call me “haute mama.”

Just a slight problem, though.

I’ve got less than a week to lose 15 pounds and inflate my boobs to B.C. (Before Children) proportions.

Being a guest instead of the host of Christmukkah is such a rare treat that I’m determined to be Gabby. I can stuff, squeeze and shimmy into this ensemble with the help of a can of Pam spray. There will be no bending, squatting, eating or talking above a strained squeak. No running, dancing or helping in the kitchen. Basically, I’m going to just balance precariously in my lovely heels at the front door, pretend to sip a glass of bubbly champagne and greet guests as they shower me with compliments on how drop-dead gorgeous I look.

In case I momentarily forget that I’m not supposed to breathe beyond dainty puffs, and the straining zipper fails, I’m packing two rolls of duct tape in my purse as backup.

Rolo Pretzel Turtles Recipe


Rolo Pretzel Turtles Recipe

Servings: 8-10 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes

I'm giving you a recipe that would be fabulous for a party, something simple that even Gabby could manage in her heels! My girlfriend, Kelly, taught me how to make Rolo Pretzel Turtles, and I swear it's the best seven-minute candy fix. The chocolate and caramel in Rolo candies softens and oozes all around the salty, crunchy pretzel. Top it off with a pecan half, and it's a homemade treat that won't last long in a candy dish. Well, truthfully, they probably won't make it to the candy dish; Rolo Turtle Pretzels are addictive when they're warm off the baking sheet. Prepare to make a double batch! I usually buy four rolls of Rolos, a bag of mini pretzels and a bag of nuts.


Nuts - pecan halves (or any other type of nut)
Mini pretzels
Rolo chocolate candies


Preheat your oven to 350F.

Unwrap your Rolos - try not to eat all of them. Place pretzels on the baking sheet in one layer. Top each pretzel with a Rolo. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, until the chocolate just begins to melt. The Rolo candy should be soft but not completely melted. Remove from oven, carefully use a spatula to lift the pretzels on cooling rack and immediately squish the Rolo candy with a nut. ooohlala! Watch the caramel ooze out!




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Comments 35

  1. Janet

    Girl, get yourself some Spanx! They are THE only instant diet around! I always feel and look at least 5 lbs thinner after I put those on! After eating all of these candies, I’ll need 2 pair!

  2. Victoria

    Oh man, I remember when you posted this recipe originally (last year or so?). I made and ate these things like crazy. They were my crack, for a time. So bad for you, but so yummy 🙂

  3. Susan C

    My sister-in-law just made these and it was love at first bite. I was stunned and delighted when I found out how easy they are to make. She used the square pretzels, but I think they look much cuter (and turtle-like) with the twisted pretzels.

  4. Luna Pier Cook

    Pecans and slivered almonds sound good for this, but I think I might also try some whole meats of macadamia nuts on some. I love how the macadamia feels when I bite into it.

  5. Judy

    Spanx are your answer! They really, really work!!! You’ll look smooth and polished without the use of Pam!!!

    The rolo pretzels look great too!!!

  6. Big Boys Oven

    OMG! Your Rolo Pretzel Turtles looks so glamarous and so divine, I sure wish you can get Santa to fly some over to us in Kuala Lumpur. We had been busy late, miss reading your posts will do now! 🙂 Have a great joyly Christmas! xxx

  7. Debbie Learman

    OoOoOo Yummmm…I just made these! wow..soooo good!
    the only change I’d make is to leave them on the silPat while they cool, so you won’t lose any of the dripping choc or caramel, I’d hate to see my chocoholic-friend make these, as she’d be licking the plate! LOL

  8. Dawn in CA

    My sis-in-law was in the same “lose 15 lbs and gain 2 cup sizes” a few years ago at New Year’s. Solution? Spanx, of course. But also… a small sock rolled up under each boob inside her bra. Crazy? Yes. Works? Surprisingly, yes! Plus it gave us something to laugh about all night long. Yeah, we’re a little wacky out here in No. Cal., but at least our sock-boosted-boobs look good. Not that I’D ever try anything like that…

    p.s. – voted for ya. Good luck!

  9. giabella designs

    I see that Spanx is the answer but where exactly does it (the flab/muffin top/FAT) all go? I can just see putting on some Spanx underwear and it would flatten out my tummy but it would all spill out over the top! Nice not to cook every now and then huh?

  10. jonathan

    How emasculated I am to find myself on a blog where the commenters are offering ways to reduce tummy-bulge and increase cup sizes. But, I do love food, so…
    Try these Rolo/Pretzel thingies with Dove chocolate caramels on the square shaped snap-style pretzels. The chocolate is a little bit better quality (creamier) than Rolos, but that’s just one man’s opinion.

    You’re on your own with the girdle and bra thing, however. I can offer no opinion on that, and really wouldn’t know where to begin either 😉

    (And, you got my vote on the Marx Food contest, Jaden, but according to the site statistics, you’re ahead by a few hundred noses in that race.)

    Happy New Year.

  11. Carrie Hasson

    oooh the rolo goodness! i had no idea that those cute little candies (that fit so nicely tucked away in my 4 yr old daughter’s beautiful new purse) had so much potential!

  12. Lynn

    I heard about these yesterday from the grocery store check out lady who saw the square pretzels I was buying (to make the famous Chex® Mix). She raved so much about this recipe that I took my bags to the car, and went back in the store to get the Rolos® and pecan halves. I made a few last night (but I used some pecan pieces I had already opened), and they were very easy to make. She suggested sauteing the pecans in butter before placing them on top of the melted candy (excellent tip). They are good… and addictive – it’s that salty/sweet combo that works so well. I’ll make the rest to take in to the office for my department Christmas gathering tomorrow. But the next time I make these, I think I’ll take Jonathan’s suggestion and use the Dove® brand or something with better quality chocolate. I’m sure the majority of people who use Rolos® will think they taste just fine (and they do), but being a Toblerone® fan, I could tell that the Rolos® were the “weakest link”.

  13. Stephanie

    My volunteer group made these for a workshop and they’re heaven. Being a dietitian, I thought they were a bit sweet. I partially froze the rolos and cut in half. Baked with the carmel side down. They melted faster so watch your bake times. Now I taste the salty more than the sweet and that works for me. A bit more work but HALF the sugar and still a very tasty treat.

  14. Kim Bee

    I love this! I am a huge fan of Rolos. Used to always buy them at the rink when the kids were small and I spent all my free time freezing my tush off at the arena. Rolos made it worth braving the cold. This is a really unique idea. Totally trying this one, but I will not be dressing up like any housewives, unless there’s any new ones who wear sweats or p.j. bottoms while they cook.

  15. Barbarainnc

    Synder makes a pretzel called Snaps. They are small and square. I like to toast my pecans a little, before putting them on top of the Rolo. You can not stop eating these!!!

  16. Ricka Doerr

    Picked up contents for Rolno Pretzels yesterday. What a delicious snack. Drool just thinking about them.

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