Chocolate pretzels with jasmine sugar

Chocolate pretzels with jasmine sugar

Sticky Fingers Green Thumb
Tara Pearce, Tim Hillier

A twisty treat dusted in springtime sugar. These pretzels are surprisingly easy to make – it takes little effort to roll and shape the dough and you’ll be rewarded with delicious chocolate biscuits that you’ll be whipping up for years.


Quantity Ingredient
125g unsalted butter
125g caster (superfine) sugar
1 egg, separated
60ml milk
250g plain (all-purpose) flour
3 tablespoons dutch (unsweetened) cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon water

Jasmine sugar

Quantity Ingredient
10g jasmine petals
110g raw (demerara) sugar


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl using a hand-held mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk (not the white!) and milk. With cool hands, gently work the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the mixture to form a dough, then divide it in half. Shape the dough halves into balls, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. While the dough is chilling, make the jasmine sugar. Using your hands, rub the jasmine petals into the sugar in a bowl until the petals are thoroughly mashed (you want to infuse every grain of sugar here with the jasmine flavour, so don’t be afraid to be rough).
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  4. Unwrap the refrigerated dough, pull off a marble-sized piece and roll it out into a thin rope on a lightly floured work surface. Lay it out in a semi-circle, then twist the ends up and over each other to make a pretzel shape. Transfer to the prepared baking tray and repeat until you’ve used up all the dough.
  5. Lightly beat the egg white together with the water to form a glaze. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pretzels with the glaze, then sprinkle over the jasmine sugar. Bake for 10–15 minutes until firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Sweet dreams

  • Plant your jasmine near a bedroom window. During the night, the temperature of the jasmine vine will drop, which triggers the opening of the flowers and the strongest release of perfume.
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