I am cookie swapping it today with five other bloggers.

(total aside: technically I am pretzel swapping today on my blog, but let’s not split chocolate covered carbohydrates)

If you are visiting from Tamara at Citrine Living, welcome.

Her Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies look like something out of magazine.

If you stopped by here yesterday for hot chocolate you’d find this on our kitchen island:

Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Pretzels.

With a twist.

I wish I invented the Post-It note.

Or the lid that goes on your coffee to keep it warm with the little part that lifts up so you can take a sip.

Or the round machine that you turn on and leave the room and it vacuums itself.

Genius.  Pure genius.

Before all those inventions we had to add tape to our paper and hurry and drink our coffee before it got cold and waste valuable time vacuuming our rooms ourselves.

I didn’t invent any of those amazing innovations, but yesterday a little genius happened here, too.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.

Maybe that’s why the idea came to me.

After all, I’ve spent most of my life as a mom.

The twins and I turned up the Christmas music to volume 100.

Then I laid out pretzels, melted chocolate and sprinkles.

We used chocolate melts and vanilla melts and just melted the chocolate in the microwave.

We dipped the pretzels in the chocolate, using a knife to spread it almost to the end of the pretzel and then sprinkled it with the cutest sprinkles ever.

I found these at WalMart in the center aisle.

I bought a bottle of candy canes and a bottle of Christmas trees.

Don’t they make the cutest pretzels ever.

We also added mini chocolate chips and tiny sprinkles to the pretzels, too. Then we set the pretzels aside to harden and poured a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream.

But we were singing so loud and laughing so hard that our marshmallows melted before we could drink all the hot chocolate.

That’s when the brilliance happened.

Something so small, but so amazing all at the same time.

We stuck a marshmallow on the end of our pretzel and dipped it into the hot chocolate instead.

I know, right?

You don’t even have to say it.

Genius.  Pure genius.

Some people invent post-it notes.

Some people are chocolate-pretzel-candy-cane-sprinkle-marshmallow-dipping-inventing kind of moms.

So happy to be number 2. 🙂

And now?

For the next stop on the cookie tour, be sure and stop by Randi Garrett Designs.

She’s making Christmas Orange Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies.

Yes, please. 🙂

PS  You can visit the rest of the bloggers in the loop below:

Annie – Zevy Joy

Jen – Decor Gold Designs

Kelley – Kelley Nan

Tamara – Citrine Living

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  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Haha, I think I like your invention the best. I mean, what's not to like about chocolate covered, sprinkled, marshmallows stuck on the end pretzels? They look so cute and yummy! Merry Christmas!

  2. Image for Terri Terri

    I will be right over.... Is there any of those amazing and "Genius" pretzels left???? :) A Beautiful Christmas in the Kitchen with the Fam post !!!!! Merry... Merry... Merry Christmas to you !!!!!

  3. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Your pretzels looks so perfect! I need to know how. My boys and I just did the same thing. We used melted white and milk chocolate, dipped and spread with a knife then let the excess drip off. We then set them on wax paper and covered in sprinkles. The problem is the underside gets squished (is that a word?) and isn't as pretty once hardened. We also put crushed peppermint on ours. They are deelish! Thanks for any pointers. These are the easiest things to make and the kids love getting involved. My five year old says he is super good at "cleaning" up the sprinkles that do not stick :-)

  4. Image for Christina Fullerton Christina Fullerton

    That IS genius - and I will remember it forever, and attribute it to you of course!!! Thanks so much for sharing yourself and your gifts the way you do KariAnne, it is inspiring to me.? Merry Christmas!

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    How cute!! Now your genius is jumping to the culinary field :-) But do you know what I really need?? I love your mug cozies. Hubby drinks his coffee lickity split, I tend to daintily sip (I get distracted)on mine. You know, hot chocolate sounds pretty darn good. I think I'll make me a cup - I wish I had pretzels with marshmallows at the end :-( Have a wonderful day!! Hugs!

  6. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oooo...I love inventions like that! Yes, pure genius!! When I lived close to my kids and grandkids I used to make humungous gift baskets filled with stuff, including homemade goodies. It was so much fun coming up with something creative like that. If I still lived close, I'd be borrowing your genius invention ;-)

  7. Image for Pamela LePage Pamela LePage

    Your Pretzel look so yummy, well all the cookies look yummy ,Our Christmas staple cookies have been Oatmeal -butterscotch , And Short bread - peppermints sprinkled on top. might have to mix it this year. thanks, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Be Safe Hugs

  8. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Adorable story. Adorable sprinkles. Chocolate covered pretzels are an all time favorite of mine. I love all the cookie recipes shared on this hop. I'm revealing the secret I have learned about icing sugar cookies and I even made a video. Eek! Hope you have a very Merry Merry Christmas karianne. Nancy

  9. Image for Judy Jung Judy Jung

    KeriAnne the pretzels are adorable. I did this kind of thing for Fall one year, same affect! Everyone loved them. Took a whole tray to our Fall Chili dinner, big hit. But now I need to know where you got your "cup cozzies" They are adorable. Nothing better to protect your hands when you drink is hot.

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