Rolo and hug pretzels +free printable


One of my favorite things to make around Christmas is rolo and hug pretzels! I found this 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.

Pretzel hugs gift idea

These rolo pretzels and hug pretzels make great gifts for the holidays. The rolo ones are my favorite. Seriously so addicting! See my free printable at the bottom of this post.

pretzel hugs

rolo pretzels

These 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.

christmas pretzels

Then stick a festive M&M on top and you’re done!

Rolo pretzels

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

Rolo and hug pretzels +free printable


  • 50 rolos or hugs ( can do a combination of both as well)
  • 50 pretzels
  • 50 M&M's


Heat oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Place pretzels on baking sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped rolo or hug.

Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until chocolate begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either M&M, pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.

 Free download

Click HERE to download the set of free tags below. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer. Then 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! xo – Jamielyn

 So what’s your favorite holiday treat?

Looking for more holiday desserts? You’ll love these:

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Brownie strawberry Santa hats 

Brownie Strawberry Santa Hats

Meltaway cookies



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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kim posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm (#

    I love love love those Christmas hugs. You’re right, they’re the perfect treat to have the kids help.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm (#

      I love finding treats the kids can help with because they always want to help no matter what it is! ;)

  2. Cookbook Queen posted on November 22, 2013 at 9:10 am (#

    Can you believe I’ve never made either of these? They’d be so perfect for my neighbors!!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm (#

      They are so easy and yummy! Your neighbors would love them! :)

  3. Desiree @ The36thAvenue posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:30 am (#

    You are killing me! Looks delish!

  4. Kari posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:46 am (#

    So yummy! Funny thing, when I make these in my house with the rolos my kids call them reindeer poop!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm (#

      Haha, that’s too funny! Thanks for stopping by Kari!

  5. Kristyn posted on November 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm (#

    Simple and delicious – LOVE it! Thx, girl!! XO

  6. Jill posted on November 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#

    Luv these rolo pretzels. Where did you find the perfect glass jars w/green lids?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#

      Hobby Lobby! :)

  7. Tammy posted on November 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm (#

    Where did you find the adorable jar??

    • Jamielyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#

      Hobby Lobby! :)

  8. Tessa posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:26 am (#

    Great idea! Where did you find the small jars you used for Christmas hugs? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#

      I found them at Hobby Lobby! :)

  9. Judy F posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm (#

    I love this yummy treat. I’m going to make these a new holiday tradition. Some of the pictures show white candy. Do the rolo candies also come in white chocolate?

    • CorgiMom posted on December 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm (#

      The white ones with the stripes use Hershey’s Hugs. The peppermint hugs work great too!

  10. Nickyvw posted on November 27, 2013 at 11:24 am (#

    I love the hug pretzels! Btw, just a FYI. When you sign your last name to gifts or even Christmas cards, there should not be an apostrophe in it. The name is plural, not possessive. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment Nicky! I didn’t even realize I had an apostrophe on it until now…thanks for the correction! :)

  11. Margaret posted on December 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm (#

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to make some treats with my Grandchildren.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm (#

      These are a great treat to make with kids…they love pushing al the M&Ms in!

      • Sharon posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#

        I love these but I can’t find the square pretzels anymore! So disappointing. I’ve used others but the square ones are just perfect!

      • Jamielyn posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#

        Aww bummer! I have used others too, but I love the shape of the square ones!

      • Hope posted on September 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm (#

        square pretzels can be found at some Target stores. Do a web search for “Snyder’s of Hanover” (makers of square pretzels – called “snaps”), they have store locator. Look up snaps under your zip code.

  12. Kimberly posted on December 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm (#

    I can’t get the cute printable to work…

  13. Heather+@+My+Overflowing+Cup posted on September 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm (#

    I do love chocolate, caramel, and pretzels. Cute gift idea. Thanks so much. Pinned!

  14. Gale DiVeglio posted on November 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm (#

    I am having a problem printing your recipes.  Any suggestions?  I tried to print the recipe for Rolo & hug pretzels, but it came up blank.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm (#

      It should be working now! Make sure to press the print button at the top right of the recipe. :)

  15. fatima posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:30 am (#

    i really loved this decore

  16. fatima posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:32 am (#

    i really loved this christmas dessrt

  17. Ashley posted on November 25, 2015 at 1:54 pm (#

    So, I was so excited to do this for my family and friends but when I went to download the free printable it said it couldn’t be download because of errors. Is there any other way I can download it?

    • Community posted on November 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm (#

      I’m sending you an email!

  18. Ashley posted on November 25, 2015 at 3:07 pm (#

    How many jars (would you guess) would come from 50 Hugs?

    • Community posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm (#

      It depends on the size of jar you have. :)

      I think you should be able to fill two eight ounce jars with 50 hugs – possibly more jars than that.

  19. Rebecca posted on December 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm (#

    How long will these keep if made in advance? 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm (#

      These will definitely be good for a few days – or even a week or two – if kept cool. Not necessarily in the fridge, but also not in a warm kitchen. :)

  20. Brielle Frisina posted on December 8, 2015 at 9:28 am (#

    I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are the best DIY person to look up  to when I need it! THANK YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!