Christmas Pretzel Hugs

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    These Christmas Pretzel Hugs are the easiest holiday treat! Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes from start to finish. Perfect easy and inexpensive holiday gift idea!

    It doesn’t get any easier than this recipe for Christmas hugs. If you want to make a homemade holiday treat but aren’t in the mood for a big, elaborate recipe…these are perfect for you! You’ll also love microwave fudge, Oreo balls and sugar cookie truffles.

    pretzel hugs

    Christmas pretzels

    These pretzel hugs (also known as Christmas hugs, Christmas pretzels, pretzel kisses, etc.) are one of my favorite things to make around Christmas! I found this pretzel kisses recipe on the back of the candy bag several years ago and have been making them ever since. They are the perfect dessert for your kids to help with! They can line up all the pretzels, unwrap the candies and stick them on top.

    These hug pretzels make great gifts for the holidays, too! Wrap with cellophane and a bow or stick in a glass jar and add one of my adorable Christmas hugs tags (free download below). They are so delicious and seriously addicting!

    Christmas hugs

    Ingredients for pretzel hugs

    These pretzel kisses are made with just 3 simple ingredients! Check them out below.

    • Hershey’s hugs candies
    • Pretzels
    • M&M’s

    How do you make a pretzel hug?

    These pretzel hugs really are so simple to make. You basically just place the candies on top of the pretzels and warm them up in the oven for a bit. Then stick a festive M&M on top and you’re done! Scroll down for the printable Christmas hugs recipe.

    You can also stack another pretzel on top and make a rolo pretzel sandwich. ;)

    pretzel kisses

    Quick tips for pretzel kisses

    • These pretzel kisses can be made any time of the year. Just use different colored M&M’s based on the occasion.
    • If you’d rather use Rolo’s instead of Hershey’s hugs, you can definitely swap the candies.
    • Try adding another pretzel on top to make a rolo pretzel sandwich.
    • For a more festive Christmas flare, try using the candy cane Hershey’s kisses. You can top with Christmas sprinkles, too!
    • Sometimes I’ll top the pretzel hugs with a pecan half if I don’t have M&M’s on hand.

    Christmas pretzel hugs in a glass container

    Christmas pretzel hugs in a glass container

    Pretzel Hugs

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pretzel hugs
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 50
    Calories: 31
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    These Christmas Pretzel Hugs are the easiest holiday treat! Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes from start to finish. Perfect easy and inexpensive holiday gift idea! 


    • 50 Hershey's hugs candies
    • 50 pretzels
    • 50 M&M’s


    • Heat oven to 320°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
    • Place pretzels on baking sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped Hershey's hug.
    • Bake 2 to 4 minutes or until chocolate begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven and top each pretzel hug with an M&M. Allow to cool a few minutes if they're too hot. 
    • Allow to cool several hours and then store in an airtight container. 


    Feel free to use Rolo's instead of Hershey's hugs if preferred. You can also top each pretzel hug with a pecan half instead of a M&M. 
    To make a pretzel sandwich, top with an additional pretzel. 


    Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg

    Free printable for pretzel hugs

    If giving these pretzel hugs as a holiday gift, don’t forget to print out these FREE adorable Christmas tags!

    Instructions: Print on cardstock paper and cut out the tags. Then tie some bakers twine around a jar filled with Christmas hugs and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute and inexpensive gift! :)

    Pretzel hugs gift idea

    Happy baking! So what’s your favorite holiday treat?

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