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Jun 27

Patriotic Nutella Cookie Dough Dipped Pretzels

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Do you ever have those weeks days where you just cannot make up your mind? Getting dressed, eating breakfast, working out. All the decisions normally so easy and effortless now make you feel like a confused teenager just willing your mom to come and tell you what to do.

Yeah, last weekend I had a few of those days.

Most of it centered around this treat. Or, more accurately, what this treat should be.

I knew I wanted to do another patriotic post. I’ve known for weeks. I would say I had baker’s block, but that wouldn’t be true.

I had way, way, way too many ideas.

Pie. Cookies. Something with leftover blue buttercream. Pie again. Bananas? No. Strawberries! No. Maybe cookie pie. Marshmallows.


So many times I wanted to take out the dual personality that is my baker self and give her a large slap.

“Make up your mind, baker self!” I would have yelled at her. “Make a choice!”

So I finally did. {Make a choice I mean. Not yell and slap myself. I’m not quite ready for the loony bin yet. Close, but not until Jordan’ a teenager. Then I’ll revisit that issue.}

I decided to make something with star-shaped marshmallows. Went to three stores to find a bag.

And yes, you would be right when you’re saying to yourself “…but there aren’t any marshmallows listed in her title…”

Because there’s not. Not a marsh or a mallow in sight.

One aisle after the marshmallow aisle is the pretzel aisle, where I let Jordan choose what pretzels she wanted.

She chose the square ones. Which triggered my memories of stuffed pretzels everywhere.

And I changed my mind again.

And boy, am I glad I did.

Have you heard of Lindsay Landis’ book, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook?

Oh my goodness, it should be called Dorothy Loves Cookie Dough And She And Lindsay Could Be BFFs.

Anyway, I’ve been drooling over her recipes and photos for weeks now. But, of course, I cannot follow a recipe…so I adapted one of hers. I made Nutella Cookie Dough.

I sandwiched it between two pretzels.

And I dipped it in chocolate.

And I made them red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July. Go ahead. Make them. I dare you to eat just one.

Yeah, good luck with that.

I think all that indecision worked in this case. What do you think?

Patriotic Nutella Cookie Dough Dipped Pretzels


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 64 square shaped pretzels
  • 1 package candy melts (any color or flavor), or a combination of red, white, and blue melts


  1. Using a hand mixer, beat butter, Nutella, and both sugars until blended. Add milk and vanilla. Mix in flour and salt until just combined.
  2. Lay out 64 pretzel squares. Sandwich them with about a half of a tablespoon of cookie dough per pretzel pair. Chill until ready to dip.
  3. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip each square in chocolate, tapping off the excess and placing on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Chill to set. Decorate with drizzle, if desired.
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93 Responses to “Patriotic Nutella Cookie Dough Dipped Pretzels”

  1. Something Swanky posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm (#)

    Yum!!!!!! Oh, how I love anything with Nutella.

    And with a pretzel?? That’s perfect :)


  2. Back for Seconds posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#)

    I had a thought just last night to make cookie dough stuffed pretzels! Not nutella cookie dough, but still! They look dreamy, Dorothy. And you’re right, it’s totally better than peanut butter 😉


  3. allisamazing posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm (#)

    Oh my, those look fabulous!


  4. Aimee posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm (#)

    Ooooh Nutella cookie dough. Yep, I love you. It’s official.


  5. Abby posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm (#)

    Would it be wrong if I just omitted the pretzel? :) So yummy!


  6. Simple Girl posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm (#)

    These look soooo pretty! And, yes, Nutella is pretty much ambrosia in a jar. You can quote me on that :-)


  7. Hayley posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm (#)

    Indecision has never looked so creamy dreamy DELICIOUS. Nutella cookie dough? No wonder we’re BFFs! And good for you for being patriotic in the desserts department. I’ve been so half-assed about it lately and July 4th is next week and I’m like, super way behind. Ugh. I need like, eighty jillion of these to feel better about myself, obviously.


  8. sugarswings posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#)

    um, yum!!!


  9. Michelle posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm (#)

    OMG YUM! Nutella is my weakness. Like we’re talking hide the spoon and all evidence that i devoured the entire jar before the hubs comes home. And did you know that Costco sells 2 huge jars of it for like $9? Maybe I shouldn’t have told you that?

    ps– please let me know when you’re in the bay area! I’ve only made 2 friends so far so I will gladly accept any stalker, I mean, friend to meet up with haha! I will let you know if I venture out NorthEast!


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 28th, 2012 at 7:22 am

      I’ve seen those jars, and it was all I could do not to buy them! And for sure, let’s get together! I’m there as much as possible. :)


  10. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#)

    ummmm these are UNREAL!!!! pretzels + chocolate is like….. my version of sweet and salty heaven. Adding nutella cookie dough to the mix just like… sends me to the moon! i love lindsy’s book, i made her cokie dough fudge and cant wait to share it!


  11. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm (#)

    Festive, tiny, cute, salty + sweetness heaven. Love this!


  12. Nicole {WonkyWonderful} posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm (#)

    Those look amazingly delicious! I love Nutella … there is a link party dedicated to Nutella recipes today at OneArtsyMama so I’ve been seeing nutella yummies everywhere … it’s making me hungry :)


  13. Gloria posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm (#)

    look lovely!


  14. Susan posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm (#)

    Oh, why don’t we live closer! I love Lindsey Landis’ book and know I’ll go through a lot of recipes when my grands come in July. Cookie dough that is good to eat raw and you’ve gone and done this with pretzels and chocolate–genius, pure genius!!


  15. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#)

    Dorothy? You’re a genius. But you know that, right? Ohmygoshtheselooksogood!


  16. Kristin posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm (#)

    It probably goes without saying that “When in doubt, go for sweet AND salty”. Such an easy solution. YUM!


  17. Mikayla Sweitzer posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm (#)

    I’m editing your book title to Dorothy AND Mikayla Love Cookie Dough And we Could Be BFFs. It’s definitely up for writing. I’m so down.
    But really, I love the stuffed pretzel trend. Indecisive people for life!


  18. Lindsay Ann posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm (#)

    Those look amazing!!!


  19. Tonia L posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#)

    I am having major indecision right now about a recipe to make! But those do look amazing!


  20. Jocelyn posted on June 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm (#)

    I am so glad you were so indecisive for so long…because look what it brought to us!!! I heart you so much!!! Nutella cookie dough in pretzels wrapped in chocolate…nothing could be better than that right now!!!


  21. keri @ shaken together posted on June 28, 2012 at 1:17 am (#)

    Yum. Holy cow, YUM!! These will be made … oh yes, they will be made!


  22. Nicola posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 am (#)

    Yes yes yes! Nutella cookie dough? Count me in!


  23. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on June 28, 2012 at 6:11 am (#)

    you crack me up, I hate going to the store with a plan only to not be able to find what I need. But I must say, you turned out with a winner, yummy!


  24. Veronica posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am (#)

    You had me at “nutella cookie dough”! It could have been a picture of it on the floor and I would make up a reason to eat that… Haha these look much safer though… And germ free :) Such a fun, delicious recipe!


  25. Alyssa Rivers posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:50 am (#)

    These look like heaven to me! I cant wait to make them! I am a new follower to your blog! I would love for you to visit mine sometime!


  26. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

    Yum! I love the sound of these! Nutella cookie dough sounds incredible!


  27. posted on June 28, 2012 at 10:23 am (#)

    wow- yum! now this might be over the top, but what about biscoff/nutella cookie dough dipped pretzels… just saying =p


  28. Winnie posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:30 am (#)

    Oh Dorothy – these are sooooooooooooooo delicious looking
    I LOVE your decorations


  29. Raina posted on June 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#)

    I definitely have a recurring problem of trouble making up my Sounds like you came up with the perfect recipe, though. This look great and very patriotic and must taste delicious:)


  30. Natalie DeAmicis posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm (#)

    I just found your blog last week and I love it! I’m entertained by your writing style and your creations…ridiculous.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 28th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you! That’s so sweet of you to say; I’m glad I’m accomplishing my goal. :)


  31. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#)

    Those sound insanely good! Nutella Cookie dough??!! Too much temptation!


  32. Baking Serendipity posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm (#)

    I definitely think indecision worked in this cake! And I love reading about how inspiration strikes :) These look wonderful!


  33. Cathleen posted on June 29, 2012 at 10:17 am (#)

    You had me at nutella. I just bought a huge container of nutella, expecting to bake with it, but I ended up eating it right out of the tub in a couple of days… I’ll try to restrain myself next time I bake


  34. Dip It In Chocolate posted on June 29, 2012 at 10:58 am (#)

    YES!! Dororthy, these are brilliant. I completely credit your indecisiveness and Jordan’s outstanding pretzel-picking. You two make a good team!

    I totally feel like that, most days- So many ideas I need to get down on paper so I don’t forget. Usually I end up baking millions of treats in 1 week and then scrambling to give them away so I don’t need to buy new pants.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on June 29th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Welcome to my life right now! I have a half a pie, a bunch of these, and more in my fridge. Hello, gym.


  35. Angela posted on June 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#)

    Wow, I’ve never seen anything like these before (I’m British, maybe it’s a craze that hasn’t reached us yet). Definitely sounds like something I’d love though, and pretty food is always a winner with me. :-)


  36. Recipes We Love posted on June 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm (#)

    Yummy and so cute!!


  37. Cassidy posted on June 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm (#)

    Oh these look beyond delish!


  38. The Better Baker posted on June 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#)

    Ohmysoul! This looks divine…mouth melting…awesome! I don’t know how you contain all those wild creative thoughts of yours….and I’m so glad you share them too. These are just beautiful.


  39. Pamela posted on July 1, 2012 at 8:28 am (#)

    Oh my word Dorothy! Everyday you amaze me with your wonderful treats! Thanks so much as always for linking up to Heavenly Treats Sunday!


  40. Tracy posted on July 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#)

    These look incredible! Salty and sweet and everything good! :-)


  41. MyTwoCents posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:04 am (#)

    What a great idea, can’t wait to try!


  42. Liz posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:24 am (#)



  43. Deana posted on July 2, 2012 at 8:57 am (#)

    Featuring this on my top 10 Fourth of July Features over @ CountryMommaCooks……….have a wonderful Fourth of July!


  44. Heather Kinnaird posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:40 am (#)

    what a fantastic idea!


  45. Carole posted on July 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm (#)

    Very creative.
    I found you via Couponing & Cooking. I have linked in a post about retro prawn cocktails

    Have a great week.


  46. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey posted on July 3, 2012 at 5:30 am (#)

    They look so delicious & beautiful…..I love when plan comes together,lol :)


  47. Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors posted on July 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm (#)

    How amazing do these sound? And they are decorated so beautifully! We are going to love these, for sure.


  48. julie s. posted on July 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm (#)

    These look fabulous, and I’m very likely going to make them tonight! I have one question…do you have any tips on dipping them in the chocolate? I always have issues with that part of anything chocolate-dipped…thanks in advance!! :)


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on July 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! Oh, chocolate…*exasperated sigh* I find that melts are easier to work with than chocolate chips, and anything is easier than white! When I melt in the microwave, I do it on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring in between. If the melted candy seems too thick, I’ll add a teaspoon or so (per half bag) of vegetable oil to thin it out. (You can also use shortening.) The oil also helps the candy melt if you find it’s not melting like it’s supposed to. Good luck, and thanks for your comment! :)


    • Anonymous replied on July 4th, 2012 at 10:24 am

      How do you dip the pretzels? I’m thinking of using tongs… but I want to know for sure before i start dipping them.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on July 4th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I always use a spoon and a fork. A spoon do cover it, and then I pick it up so it is sitting on top the fork and tap to remove the excess. I also use the spoon to scoop away the drips on the bottom of the fork. Good luck!


    • julie s. replied on July 11th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      That was the tip I needed, about the actual dipping technique…I asked it wrong. Great tip!! I didn’t make these for the 4th, but plan on making them for a get-together with girlfriends tomorrow…with wine. Perfect. :)


  49. Alyssa posted on July 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Yum, nutella cookie dough sounds so good, and stuffed in a pretzel, wow! These look great!


  50. Jerri Rivers posted on July 5, 2012 at 6:44 am (#)

    Wow! These look amazing! Can you believe I still haven’t tried Nutella! But it’s definitely on my to-do list, along with this recipe now! As always thanks for linking up with me! Hope you had a great 4th of July!


  51. Six Sisters posted on July 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Gosh. These look SOO good! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! :) -The Sisters


  52. Rachel {} posted on July 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm (#)

    These look delicious! I just love salty and sweet together! I am featuring this on the blog tonight!!! Great job!


  53. Kaylee posted on July 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm (#)

    Those look killer! I bet they are the perfect combo of sweet and salty too. Thanks so much for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow night!



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  55. Sharon posted on July 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm (#)

    What kind of milk works best? 2% or skim?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 5th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I used nonfat, but any kind would work. 99% of the time I use nonfat because that’s what we drink!


    • Sharon replied on July 5th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Great thanks, skim it is!


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