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Chocolate Pretzels

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150g/5oz/1 cups plain four
Pinch of salt
25g / 1 oz / cup cocoa powder
115g/4oz / cup butter, softened
115g/4oz/ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 egg white, lightly beaten, for glazing Sugar crystals, for sprinkling


Makes: 28


1. Sift the plain flour, salt and cocoa powder into a bowl. Set aside. Grease two baking sheets.

2. With a hand-held electric mixer, cream the butter. Add the caster sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Stir in the dry ingredients. Gather the dough into a ball and chill for 1 hour.

3. Roll the dough into 28 small balls. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Roll each ball into a rope about 25 cm/ 10 in long. With each rope, form a loop with the two ends facing you. Twist the ends and fold back on to the circle, pressing in to make a pretzel shape. Place on the greased baking sheets.

4. Brush the pretzels with the egg white. Sprinkle sugar crystals over the tops and bake for 10- 12 minutes until firm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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