There's something fantastic about snacks that are easy to throw together, taste delicious, and work as the perfect gift. Chocolate covered pretzels have always been my go-to holiday treat, along with peanut butter balls. It never really occurred to me to combine the separate elements into one mega-snack!
But I recently stumbled across Sally's Baking Addiction, a gorgeous blog overflowing with jaw-dropping recipes. And most of them combine several of my (let's face it, everybody's) favorite ingredients: peanut butter, chocolate, candy, sprinkles, cake batter, fudge...endless cavity-inducing combinations that you wouldn't have thought of.
These peanut butter-stuffed pretzels are dipped in melted chocolate to create a dense treat that everyone will love. I made a double batch for father's day, packed them into cellophane candy bags, and presented them to my dad at his barbecue on Sunday. The other half of the batch went to Kevin's family, and everyone was raving about them.
The best part? They only take about 20 minutes to throw together! But you don't have to tell anyone that part...
You will need:
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 60 pretzels
- 1 semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate Baking Bar OR chocolate melts
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and peanut butter. Then add the sugars and stir until you have a thick dough that sticks to itself. If it is too sticky and hard to work with, add more powdered sugar.
Roll the dough into 30 small balls. You might want to roll out a few sizes of balls, smush them between 2 pretzels, and see how thick you want them to be.
Sandwich the balls between the pretzels and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
While the pretzels are cooling, melt your chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until there are no lumps. Take the pretzels and dip one half into the chocolate, then place back onto the baking sheet. Pop in the fridge for another 10 minutes to set, and then you're good to go!
I would store these guys in a cool, dry place, because they will melt. And trust me, you're going to want to treasure these babies, because they are so stinking good.
My only regret is not making a triple batch so that I could have had some to take home! Don't I deserve a treat too?