Christmas Tree Pretzels are a quick and easy, no-bake Holiday treat. Enjoy them alone or put them on top of cupcakes for a fun Christmas topper. With only four ingredients Christmas treats don’t get easier or cuter than this.
These adorable Christmas tree pretzels are such a fun no-bake treat for the holidays! Everyone loves chocolate covered pretzels, so why not make them look like a Christmas tree? Christmas baking is just the most fun time of the year for our family kitchen.
The kids love to get involved too, so having some no-bake recipes on hand is always great! That way, they can make something all on their own without the oven or stove-top.
Cornflake wreaths are another fun no-bake treat we make for Christmas, and they look So cute next to these Christmas tree shaped pretzels. Christmas desserts like these just get me into the spirit of the season. Who wouldn’t feel a little Christmas joy when looking at these cutie little Christmas trees!
Why You’ll Love Christmas Tree Pretzels
- You only need 5 ingredients for this recipe, and they’re all shelf stable. Buy them ahead of time and you can make no bake Christmas treats whenever you want!
- Prep and decorate this recipe in just 10 minutes. Then let them set while you take care of other tasks or do fun holiday activities!
- They are perfect to hand out as gifts to friends and family. Wrap them in a cute cellophane bag with Christmas ribbon as a sweet homemade treat to gift.
Ingredients for Christmas Tree Pretzels
- Pretzel sticks – My biggest tip for this recipe is to grab multiple bags of pretzel sticks. Then you can be sure that you’ll have plenty whole pretzels and not a bunch of broken half pretzels that you can’t work with.
- Christmas sprinkles – Look on the seasonal aisle and baking aisle at your local grocery store to find Christmas sprinkles.
- Rainbow sprinkles – Use both rainbow sprinkles and Christmas sprinkles to mimic the ornaments on a Christmas tree.
- Dark green candy melts – The dark green color works best to mimic a pine tree, but you can use a different shade of green if you prefer!
- Candy stars – Check your local hobby store for candy stars. If you can’t find some, then order them online.
How to Make No Bake Christmas Tree Pretzels
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or tape down some parchment paper onto a clean countertop.
Place pretzel rods about 3 inches apart on the parchment paper. Line them up and leave equal distance between each pretzel.
Pour the green candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl and then place into the microwave. Heat on 50% power for one minute, then remove and stir.
Place the candy back into the microwave and heat on 100% power in 30 second increments until creamy and smooth.
Scoop the fully melted candy into a piping bag and snip the end off. Pipe a zigzag pattern on each pretzel stick, starting at the top and heading toward the bottom.
Gradually make the zigzag pattern larger, creating a triangle Christmas tree shape. Make sure to leave about a ¼ of the pretzel rod uncovered to mimic a tree trunk.
Decorate the chocolate with sprinkles while wet and place a candy star at the top. Let the chocolate harden for about an hour, then carefully remove the set Christmas tree pretzels from the parchment paper and place onto a serving tray.
Serve and enjoy!
How to Store No Bake Christmas Tree Pretzels
Once these chocolate Christmas tree pretzels are fully set, transfer them to an airtight container. It is best to use a sturdy container instead of Ziplock bag so that they don’t break in a bag. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.
I do not recommend refrigerating leftovers since rapid temperature changes can cause the chocolate to sweat and may make the pretzels stale.
What can I use if I can’t find dark green candy melts?
If you are unable to locate some dark green candy melts, use white candy melts and add green food coloring once fully melted. You can also look for candy melts in a different shade of green! And who’s to say you have to have a green Christmas tree? There are trees of all colors now, so feel free to use an unconventional color if you want!
What can I add to christmas tree pretzels?
Add a few mini M&Ms to mimic large ornaments! You can also get some small snowflake sprinkles to give your tree some fun snowflakes. Add some white sprinkles with those snowflakes and you’ve got a snow-covered tree!
Can I move the pretzels into the fridge to help them set more quickly?
Yes! If you need your Christmas tree shaped pretzels to set more quickly, just pop them into the fridge for 15-20 minutes. The cold will help the warm candy melts to set more quickly.
- If you can’t find candy stars, use a yellow M&M in place of the star!
- It is important to make sure your parchment paper lined baking sheet is not bent or on an uneven surface. Keep it flat and even so that the melted candy does not run off of the pretzels.
- When drizzling the chocolate over the pretzel rods, don’t clump the chocolate up. Keep a little space in between the zig zags so the chocolate doesn’t puddle.
Christmas tree pretzels are such a fun no-bake treat. Always a crowd-pleaser and such a simple recipe to follow!
More Christmas Recipes You’ll Love
- Make Christmas Crack this holiday season and you’ll finally understand what all they hype is around this recipe!
- Christmas Cupcakes are a bit reminiscent of Whoville! Just adorable and so tasty too!
- Christmas Snickerdoodles are the best way to make this classic cookie themed for holidays.
- Poke cakes are a great way to add flavor and color to the inside of a cake, and this Christmas Poke Cake does just that!
- 12 ounces dark green candy melts
- 30 pretzel sticks
- Rainbow and Christmas sprinkles
- Candy stars
- Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the pretzels about 3 inches apart on the baking sheet. Line them up in rows, leaving equal distance in between.
- Place candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and melt at 50% powder for 1 minute. Stir and melt at 100% powder for an additional 30 seconds until melted.
- Place the melted candy into a piping bag. Cut a small hole in the end. Pipe a zigzag pattern across each pretzel stick. Start with a small zigzag at the top and continue to graduate until you reach the bottom to make the effect of a pine tree. Be sure to leave about ¼ of the pretzel uncovered for the tree trunk.
- Decorate with sprinkles and place a star at the top of each tree. Allow to harden for at least 60 minutes. Carefully remove from parchment and place on your favorite serving tray.