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Easy Chocolate Pretzel Donuts Recipe


This Chocolate Pretzel Donuts recipe makes bite-sized desserts full of sweet and salty flavors that come together in a snap. And since you can use donut holes from your favorite small bakery or local coffee house, the work is practically done for you!

Donut Holes dipped in chocolate and crushed pretzel pieces on a wooden block.
Let’s make this easy sweet and salty chocolate pretzel donut hole recipe!

Simple Chocolate Pretzel Donuts You’ll Love

This chocolate pretzel donut recipe made with store-bought glazed donut holes, chocolate, and crushed pretzels is perfect for a wedding or baby shower. It is a quick bite-sized dessert you and your guests will love.

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Honestly, I love simple desserts. Why? The sooner I can finish making it, the sooner I can eat it.

So simple, and no-bake, which means I can enjoy the party too!


Ingredients to make chocolate and pretzel dipped donut holes on a table with a wooden block in the background.
This is what you will need to make chocolate pretzel donut holes.
  • Glazed donut holes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Pretzels

While these would work with a box of donut holes you find at the grocery store, I highly suggest swinging by your local mom-and-pop donut shop to pick up some fresh ones.  

I’m certainly not going to risk life and limb and attempt to fry my own donuts.  So I buy them and then jazz them up. Easy. Delicious. Fattening. Perfection.

How to Make Chocolate Pretzel Donuts

Three donut holes dipped in chocolate and crushed pretzels on a piece of white wax paper on a white table.

Step 1

Crush some pretzels and melt some chocolate.

Step 2

Dip donut holes into the chocolate and then into the crushed pretzels.

Step 3

Pop in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes.

And then shove them in your face.  Next time I might even get more gluttonous and cover the WHOLE thing in chocolate and pretzels.

Close up of 2 donut holes that have been dipped in chocolate and crushed pretzels on a wooden block with more donut holes on the table below.

Bite-sized things are just so cute.  And did you know when you eat cute things they have fewer calories?  Ok, I totally made that up but it sounds like it should be true.

Pretzel pieces stuck to chocolate on the bottom of donut holes on a white table with wooden block stand in the back.

What is true is that this easy donut hole hack is simple and versatile. It will fit any occasion and comes together quickly when you have guests. Even your kids will love them.

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Chocolate Pretzel Dipped Donuts Recipe

These chocolate pretzel donut holes are made with your favorite donut shop glazed donut holes, chocolate, and crushed pretzels. It is a quick bite-sized dessert that's perfect for entertaining.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 3681kcal
Servings: 6 servings


  • Microwave safe glass or bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper



  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Crush 1 cup of pretzels with a rollng pin.
  • Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass bowl, 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stirring after each interval.
  • Quickly dip each donut hole in chocolate and then into the pretzel crumbs.
  • Place each donut hole on your parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes until set.


Nutrition values will not be accurate because the program did not have an ingredients option for donut holes. 
You can also add mini chocolate chips, nuts or other types of crushed items like cookies or chips to make these dipped donut holes more unique! 
You can make your own donut holes at home if you prefer, but using store-bought keeps things quick and easy. 


Serving: 4donut holes | Calories: 3681kcal | Carbohydrates: 762g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 1224mg | Sodium: 7641mg | Potassium: 1303mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 458g | Vitamin A: 1848IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 865mg | Iron: 33mg
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This post was originally published on October 17, 2012, and has now been updated for clarity and a recipe card was added.

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  1. just the name of this post alone made me hungry! can’t wait to make these..i love your cute blog and am following! XO emi

  2. These are awesome and I totally buy that they have less calories. ;)

  3. I might steal this idea…

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