As much as I love to bake, I don’t generally make nine thousand different types of Christmas cookies. I’m actually pretty boring when it comes to Christmas cookies. I make my mama’s super delicious butter cookies, some peanut butter blossoms, and I always, always, always make buttons. Buttons really aren’t cookies though, and, actually, I don’t personally make them. I recruit my kids for that.

Buttons are the simplest treats you can make, they take minutes to prepare and bake, and then you just have to wait for the chocolate to harden up. My four year old and nine year old can do these completely by themselves.  Best of all, people just gobble these up!

All you need are round pretzels, also called pretzel rings, Hershey kisses, and m&m’s.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pretzel rings out in a single layer. Plop a Hershey’s kiss in the center of each pretzel and bake at 200 degrees for about 5 minutes. The kisses hold their shape, so don’t wait for them to melt or you’ll burn your chocolate! Remove from the oven and smoosh an m&m right down on top of the Hershey’s kiss. Let them cool long enough for the Hershey’s kiss to harden back up and then go ahead and devour all of them.


Go make these. Your holiday just isn’t complete without them!

I’ll be back later in the week to share the recipe for those scrumptious little chocolate cookies covered in powdered sugar “snow” that you see in the above photo!



Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 40 pieces
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy Christmas recipes, family recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Calories: 37 kcal

Buttons are the simplest little holiday treat!


  • 40 pretzel rings
  • 40 Hershey's Kisses
  • 40 M&M’s


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay all the pretzel rings out and place a chocolate candy in the center of each ring.
  3. Bake for 3-4 minutes or until the chocolate is shiny and wet looking.

  4. Remove from the oven and immediately press an M&M into the top of the chocolate and smoosh it down so that the chocolate fills the center of the pretzel.
  5. Cool completely before removing from the pan.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Updated to add: A lot of people have emailed me to say that they are having a difficult time finding the pretzel rings. I always buy the Kitchen Cooked brand, but even then I can only find them for a few weeks around Christmas. If you can’t find the rings, just buy the little square grid shaped pretzels (I think they are made by Snyder’s) and put the kiss right on top of the pretzel. They won’t look like buttons, but they are just as cute and yummy!