Praline Pretzel and Pinecone Holiday Neighbor Gifts

neighbor gift

Small acts of kindness matter.  After moving into our home last summer my husband and I were overwhelmed at the generosity of our new neighbors.  They stopped by with cookies, flowers, and bottles of wine to introduce themselves.  It was a wonderful start to our new life and new neighborhood.  As a small thank you, we made these holiday neighborhood gift baggies full of yummy praline pretzels and a pinecone Christmas tree ornament from our cabin.

PRALINE PRETZELS – SO YUMMY!

praline pretzels

PRALINE PRETZELS

1/3 of a 16 oz bag skinny pretzels

6 TBSP of unsalted butter

between 1 /3 cup and 1/2 cup brown sugar

(The quantities above are enough for about 1/3 rds of a 16 oz. bag of pretzels.  Triple the brown sugar and butter if you want to make one batch to coat all the pretzels at one time.  I made three separate batches because I thought the smaller amounts would be easier to stir.)

Melt the butter and mix brown sugar into the butter.   Add about 1/3 of the bag of pretzels and mix together to coat all of the pretzels with the butter/sugar mixture.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Spread the pretzels out over the cookie sheet and bake on 325 for about 15-20 minutes.

PINECONE DECORATIONS

Items you’ll Need:

  • Small Eye Screws
  • Twine
  • Ribbon
  • Christmas Greenery
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush and plate or cup to put the paint in
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Christmas Tags
  • Clear Treat Baggies for the Praline Pretzels

ATTACHING THE SCREW

screw into pinecone

Hold the screw with your needle nose pliers and twist it into the pinecone.

ADD A HANGER

burlap tie onto pinecone

Cut a piece of twine about 16″ long.  Thread it through the screw and tie a knot to make a loop to hang the pinecone from a door knob.

FROSTING THE PINECONES

paint the pinecone

painted pinecones

Dab a bit of white acrylic paint to the ends of the pinecone to highlight it and make it look like snow.  Add chunky glitter to add some sparkle!

ADD SOME GREENERY

wire greenery onto pinecone

THEN WIRE ON A BOW

RIBBON

FILL THE BAGGIES WITH PRALINE PRETZELS

pretzel bags and pinecones

holiday housewarming

I think they look pretty cute even without the pretzels! (The ribbon and the tag are from Paper Source.) You can wire the pretzels onto the pinecone decoration using the twist tie. Then have fun playing Secret Santa with your neighbors!

Comments

  1. Joyce Morrow says:

    So delightful to read your blog! I’m going to make the pretzels and even try to make the pinecones – great directions, too. Best wishes for you and your this holiday season.
    Joyce

  2. Such a gorgeous idea! So glad to see you are posting again :) I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving 😀

  3. You are so talented. Love the pine cone. Just lovely!

  4. Julie Foster says:

    Hi Karen! Love this idea for my neighbors, too. Good neighbors are priceless! It is so nice to hear from you and enjoy some of your creative JuJu!

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