I was going through my pictures today and found these Easy Pretzel Pumpkins. I was rather surpised. I didn’t make the treats, didn’t take the pictures and I didn’t know that my daughter had… but she did.
Several days ago, completely on her own, she asked if she could make a treat. And without any direction from me (or any Pinterest influence… I know there are several very similar ideas out there), she made these and photographed them (without telling me about the photographing part).
When I found the pictures, I knew I had to write about them. I was just so proud of her. She made a yummy treat (we won’t talk about how manyh I ate) and she took beautiful pictures. With no help. None.
Why is this so exciting? Sarah is 11 years old. And she already has her mind made up that she wants to be a baker/cake decorator just like me. She says her business will be named Sarah’s Sweets and she has already designed her business cards.
I couldn’t be more proud of her creativity, big dreams and her willingness to pursue them. While I’m bragging, let me show you a few more things.
A few weeks ago, she asked if she could bake a cake, decorate it, and sell it.
My Mommy’s heart was afraid she’d fail. I didn’t want her to do all the work and no one buy the cake. I didn’t want her to be hurt or disappointed. But more than that – I didn’t want to hold her back.
So I let her bake this cake, decorate it (using some leftover frosting I already had on hand from another order) and post it on Facebook:
And you know what? It sold. In fact, she sold two of them and had to stay up late baking and decorating the second one. She did all the work by herself. All of it.
And then a few days later… she asked if she could do one of my orders for me. Because the customer was a family friend and the cake design was totally up to me, I decided I’d let her try. She didn’t want to do roses again, so I decided we’d try for pom-poms (another fairly easy method of decorating). I knew if it started to go downhill, I could jump in and take over.
But guess what? She did it too! This time I helped some… she baked the cakes, I filled and crumb-coated (because it had this HUGE Oreo filling), and then she decorated. The only other help I offered was piping the “E” on top.
And then last week… the Pumpkin Pretzels. And the photos. She’s becoming quite the little entrepreneur!
Anyway – here’s how she made the pretzels. It’s so easy, it barely requires instructions.
She took pretzels and dipped them in melted orange candy melts. Then she laid them on wax paper and before the candy melts set, she added two green sugar pearls (we found them at Walmart also, on the baking aisle). And that’s IT!! And they were so yummy!! And cute, dontcha think?Print
- Melt the candy melts in a microwave save dish for 1 min. Stir and cook again in 15 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
- Dip the pretzels in melted orange candy melts. They’re easy to remove using a fork!
- Lay them on wax paper and while they’re still wet, add the green sugar pearls to the “top” of the pumpkin.
- Let them set and they’re done!!