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It’s a sweet and salty Christmas treat that everyone will love. These Pretzel Christmas Tree Cupcakes are fun to make and fun to eat!
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These little Pretzel Christmas Tree Cupcakes have been waiting forever to end up on the blog. I love them so much and I’m kind of kicking myself for waiting so long to post these.
I actually made these and photographed them for the blog last year, but with having a little 3-month-old at the time, I just ran out of time during the month of December so I just saved them for this year.
I first saw these sweet Pretzel Christmas Trees over on Jamielyn’s blog, I heart naptime a few years ago and loved them. I thought they’d look perfect as Christmas cupcake toppers with these buffalo plaid cupcake liners. Then when I went to write up this recipe and post, I found out that I’m not the only person that thought that these Pretzel Christmas Trees would make cute cupcake toppers. haha It seems like a lot of bloggers had the same idea.
I don’t care though, I love them so much and I want to share them with y’all.
These Pretzel Christmas Tree cupcake toppers are easy to make and I’m going to show you how to do it.
How to Make a Pretzel Christmas Tree Cupcake Topper
(picture above for these steps, the written recipe for toppers and cupcakes is below)
- You need a pretzel stick 🙂 Lay it on a piece of parchment paper.
- Melt green candy melts, add to a piping bag. Snip the end of the piping bag. Pipe green candy melts in a zig-zag, starting at the top and working towards the bottom, making the “branches” bigger and longer as you work your way down the “tree”
- While candy melts are wet, add sprinkles.
- Let trees sit until hard or pop them into the fridge to harden faster.
That is all you have to do for the Pretzel Christmas Tree Cupcake toppers!
This is what they’ll look like in a cupcake….
This is what the back will look like when you’re done.
You can use these for any cupcake you want to! You can use a boxed cake mix for the cupcakes, a homemade recipe or store-bought cupcakes,
I’m adding my favorite cupcake recipe below and linking to a few more that you might like.
Pretzel Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Here are some other cupcake recipes that you might like to use with these Christmas Trees:
PRETZEL CHRISTMAS TREES
- 24 Mini Pretzel Sticks
- 12 ounces Green Candy Melts
- Small Christmas Sprinkles
- 24 Star Sprinkles (optional)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 egg whites
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sour cream (8oz container)
- 1 cup butter
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8 ounces Cream cheese
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
PRETZEL CHRISTMAS TREES
Lay mini pretzel sticks on a sheet of parchment paper, foil or a silicon mat. Make sure they're a few inches apart.
Melt green candy melts according to package directions.
Fill a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the melted chocolate.
Snip the end of the bag and pipe green candy melts in a zig-zag, starting at the top and working towards the bottom, making the "branches" bigger and longer as you work your way down the "tree"
While candy melts are wet, add sprinkles.
Let trees sit until hard or pop them into the fridge to harden faster.
Pre-heat oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt.
In the bowl of a mixer, mix together the egg whites, water, and vanilla. Mix on low for about 10 seconds.
Slowly add the dry mix a little at a time. Mixing on low until everything is combined.
Add sour cream and mix well.
Line a muffin/cupcake tin with paper liners. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full of batter. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Cream butter in the bowl of a mixer.
Add cream cheese and mix well.
Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing. Add vanilla and heavy cream and mix until combined.
For my cupcake icing, I used a piping bag, fitted with a 2D Drop Flower Decorating Tip and swirled.
Carefully remove trees and push the bottom pretzel "trunk" into the middle of each cupcake.
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