Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

If this recipe leaves you with a sense of deja vu, do not be alarmed. It is indeed very similar to my recipe for Buckeyes, with the only additions being that of the pretzels and the little Christmas sprinkles. Think of it as my regift to you on this day before Christmas Eve; my second go-round with the same recipe, yet not quite. It is my "I'm up to my eyeballs in Christmas preparations so I don't have time to blog about anything else" offering to you so that you'll have something to read upon your visit here today.

Truth be known, you all are out racing around like chickens with your heads cut off as well. Who am I kidding.... I'll be lucky to have anyone even reading this today. But if by chance you're one of those people who has EVERYTHING FINISHED (I say that with much envy and disgust, of course) please enjoy this recipe for cute little peanut butter pretzel bites.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

4 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TBSP shortening
1 bag waffle pretzels

Cream together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and stir to combine well. Place dough between two sheets of waxed paper and roll to a little less than 1/2" thickness. Trim edges so you'll have a straight rectangle. Cut dough into 1" pieces.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Stir until smooth. Dip pretzels into chocolate and lay on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with glitter or other candy decorations if desired. Place pretzels in freezer for a few minutes to firm chocolate.

Place one square of the peanut butter mixture between two pretzels to form a sandwich.



22 comments:

Frieda said...

These look positively dangerous...er, um yummy! You found my sweet spot combo with choc/peanut butter. Beautiful job!

Moogie said...

Mags, they are adorable little mouthfuls.

Linda said...

These are little cuties! My DH was asking why I haven't made any dipped pretzels this year! Well, here we go!

Karen said...

Cute! Nice addition to a cookie plate and very festive looking.

HoneyB said...

You are just too awesome and creative. I LOVE these! Grumpy and I dipped pretzels tonight but all we did was sprinkle some of the holiday sprinkles on them!

Mags said...

Frieda: Definitely dangerous!

Moogie: Thanks!

Linda: Great use of leftover melted chocolate.. dip pretzels!

Karen: Thank you:

HoneyB: Awww... thanks.

theprofessionalpalate said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say how great these recipes are! Can't wait to see more.

June said...

Everything finished! Who ya' kiddin' Mags - I've barely started. Just couldn't miss reading my buddy's blog today. These look wonderful - great idea! Merry Christmas my friend.

Johna said...

YUM!!!! I have to try these. I am so glad I stumbled on here today. I am NOT done with everything, but, hey, who says I can't wrap the last couple things before they all get up tomorrow? LOL!
Merry Christmas!!!

Natalie said...

I just discovered this blog through tastespotting.com and all of your recipes look like something I would love to try. Great pictures and instructions! Excited to be a new follower!

Mags said...

Thanks for all of your comments. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very cute... I am a fan of all things chocolate + pretzel. Yum!

Beks said...

These look adorable and so moreish. Damn! they don't sell those shape pretzels in the UK. What a shame! I can make them with normal pretzels it would just be a bit more fiddly, I have a feeling that they'll be worth it though!

unmacaronrose said...

Yes! I have a whole bag of pretzels leftover from making antlers for my reindeer sugar cookies. I've been trying to figure what to do with them. You've given me the perfect solution. Thanks!

Megan said...

Those look delicious!! I was trying to figure out how the pb filling could look so perfect and then I saw that you roll it and cut it. What an awesome idea! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh Dear! I'm so glad no one gave me anything like this... I wouldn't be able to stop until I'd finished the entire thing. There is just something about chocolate with pretzels that is so irresistible. Yum!

Megan said...

I love these. They would be perfect little morsels to give away at Valentines. Bookmarked for Febuary. I need detoxing in January! ;-/

stephchows said...

I'm just getting around to checking blogs again too!! and MAN DO THESE LOOK GOOD!!!!

Hope you had a fantastic and funny holiday :)

Amanda said...

Man! See what i get for not just clearing my reader? instead I decide to go back and see what I missed and find these. YUM!

Donna said...

These are wonderful. I think my children would love love love them! And they are so very cute!

Broncobetsy said...

This has me thinking of making peanut butter and Ritz Cracker sandwiches dipped in chocolate. I bet these would be heavenly if you sandwiched the PB between the pretzels then dipped the whole shebang in chocoalte!

gdawg90 said...

These look so tasty! Can't wait to try it...I was looking for something quick and easy for a last minute treat for a gathering, and when I came across this it was perfect. Thank you for sharing.