Have fun with your friends and family by serving these trompe l'oeil chocolate pretzel cookies.
In this world, there are fancy, dainty, tea party cookies, and there are fun, childish, novelty cookies. These fall squarely into the latter category - not because of the flavor, which could rival any fancy treat, but the shape, mimicking pretzels, right down to the sprinkle of "salt."
Sure, it takes a bit more time to form the shape of these than just to drop tablespoons of dough on a cookie sheet, but the result is adorable and a real crowd pleaser. Brushing the cookies with a little water and sprinkling on raw sugar to look like "salt" is the final touch to take these cookies right over the edge of cute.
Amy Spiro is a journalist and writer based in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute's baking and pastry track, a regular writer for The Jerusalem Post and blogs at bakingandmistaking.com. She also holds a BA in Journalism and Politics from NYU.