Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Sometime in February, while cruising around the web, I found a simple little recipe for a peanut butter pretzel sandwich dipped in chocolate. I made them for my sweetheart and my friends for Valentine's day, as they all adore the salty/sweet contrast as well as the peanut butter/chocolate combination. I enjoyed the treats too, but felt they were a little too rich and chocolaty (wait, is that possible?).
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Since then, I've played around with the technique of making these little candies and the ratio of filling to pretzel to chocolate. My favorite iteration uses the square or round "checker" pretzels, a combination of brown and powdered sugar in the filling and a mere half dip in chocolate. This dessert is a crowd pleaser, I've yet to meet someone who can stop at just eating one! I made them for the most recent Philadelphia Food Blogger Potluck and my housewarming this past Sunday and they were a huge hit at both parties.

1 cup of peanut butter (creamy works best)
2 Tbsp softened butter or margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar (you may need more)
3/4 cup brown sugar (you may need more)
Pretzels
1 bag good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60%)

Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the sugars and stir to combine. At this point if the filling will roll easily into balls without sticking to your hands you're ready to go. If not, add more sugar ( a little bit of each) until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
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Use a teaspoon measure, or a small cereal spoon to scoop the filling. Roll each portion into a small ball and set on a cookie sheet. I like to roll all the balls and then sandwich them between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about half an hour.

Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate. Return to the try and repeat with remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.
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Makes about 45 sandwiches.

37 Comments:

  1. Taylor said...
    Yay! I've been waiting for the deets on this recipe.
    Lisa said...
    Wonderful! I will be bookmarking these.
    j-me said...
    i cannot wait to make these. for reals.
    Dawn said...
    damn! now that's a snack!
    George Erdosh said...
    They do look great and original and I like your improvement about chocolate. There are recipes that are way too chocolaty. Like everything else, chocolate is best in moderation.

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    Karly said...
    Those are so cute! I bet they taste even better than they look!
    Ashley P said...
    i just made this recipe. it came out so good. seriously an amazing recipe!
    from my motorhome to yours said...
    oh man these are wild I have to make them, pam
    http://frommymotorhometoyours.blogspot.com
    Karoline said...
    This looks so good! thanx for posting, I'm going to try this one day.
    Nick said...
    Now these are something I can sink my teeth into E... My favorite snack/pastime is to dip pretzels into different jars/flavors of peanut butter, especially chocolate!
    DeAnne said...
    these look amazing, thank you! I haven't made them yet but know I'll be thanking you again once I do.

    ~de
    Jan said...
    these look obscene... in a really good way!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1WineDude said...
    I might have just short-circuited my keyboard drooling on it just now klnfkjsdlfjdfj kjsdfjsd jflkjd
    Steven Rogers said...
    Just made this and it tastes awesome! Thanks so much for posting this!
    Anonymous said...
    Made these for an Easter Party.
    They were a fabulous HIT!!
    Thanks for posting!
    Whyevernot55 said...
    I just made these last week - they DISAPPEARED. I took a bunch to work, a bunch to the barn, and left the rest in the fridge. They didn't last a day at work or the barn. SO amazingly good. I did end up with leftover melted chocolate, so I dipped strawberries, bananas, and plain ol' pretzels to use it up. Darn! ;)
    Aggie said...
    I would love some of these!! They look awesome!
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...
    OMG these look so DAMN good!! WOW
    Anonymous said...
    These look sooo yummy! I'll probably use a LOT less peanut butter filling tough; I have a low tolerance for super-rich desserts! No reason to cut down on the chocolate! :P
    Indian Writomania said...
    wow you have hell lot of good stuff, why do not you create your full fledged website ? :)
    Hugging the Coast said...
    I just know these will be delicious! What fun!
    Log Homes said...
    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Great post, you did such a nice job presenting the pictures too...I am definitely going to have to try that recipe this weekend! Thanks :)
    applecrumbles said...
    Love them. Great for a party. They look so good and I bet the taste is to die for.
    Cherry Blossom said...
    super pictures - adorable snacks... what a cool idea
    Katzilla said...
    I just made these for a bake sale :) Havn't tried them myself though! I'll let you know how fast they fly off the table!

    I made a double batch too, and yet I still only came up with 60ish ):
    Jess said...
    I honestly saw these, and immediately realized I had all the ingredients and went out to the kitchen to make them. I'm not letting the chocolate set, my family likes it when it's hot and gooey.

    But all around a great and simply idea.
    husk0483 said...
    I dipped the chocolate half in sprinkles after, and they look really pretty! Definitely looks like more effort was put into them! :)
    Anonymous said...
    I can't wait to try these for my next dinner party! They are perfect. So cute! I think the combination of salty and sweet is going to be perfect. Yum.
    -Jenny
    Kitchen Scales
    Anonymous said...
    I've made these multiple times, and my friends and I love them. Thanks for posting the recipe online!
    Cheryce said...
    My kids are making these for a batch of Christmas gifts for some family members. They look SO good! Can't wait to try them. :)
    Ani said...
    I am definitely making these for my sister's bridal shower this Saturday, but I was wondering how far in advance I could make them? Can I keep them frozen for a few days, or will they keep in the fridge for a week?
    Jennie said...
    YUMMERS! I posted about them on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

    JEnnie {Cinnaberry Suite}
    Anonymous said...
    Use holiday pretzels from Walmart - trees, bells, and stars... soooo cute for Christmas!!!
    --Meg said...
    These look delicious! Going to test it out tonight. Check it out, seemegcook.blogspot.com :)
    Susan said...
    Hi, I know this post is super old but it's one of my favorite recipes, (and my husband's!). Anyway, I'm new to Pinterest and just posted this on my board. Within 5 minutes it was repinned by 101 people, none of whom I know or who regularly follow me. Just wanted to let you know this recipe speaks loudly to everyone! You should add a Pinterest button to your recipes if you haven't yet, and get on a board! Thanks for a great recipe!
    Jess said...
    Thank you for the recipe. I posted it to my blog with a link back to this post. http://aqtforever.blogspot.com/2012/04/peanut-butter-pretzel-bites.html
    Anonymous said...
    How much peanut butter do you seriously need?

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