Over the holidays, I found and re-created this amazing little treat. It' a wonderful no-bake dessert for when you either don't want to bake something or are just too lazy and feel like mixing, rolling, and eating. :)
These little treats reminded me a lot of the Buckeyes that I made last year. The filling is really reminiscent of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and that's ok in my book. One difference I noted was that on it's own, the filling is a little grittier than I'd thought it'd be. This is from the brown sugar that you mix in. However, DO NOT worry about that. Once the crunchy pretzel and chocolate meet that peanut butter filling, it's amazing and you don't even notice.
Also, because it was Christmas and I was feeling festive, I dressed these up with white chocolate. Obviously, it was completely unnecessary, but if you have it around and want it - have fun! :)
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Yield 60 – 80 pretzel bites
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar (maybe more)
3/4 cup brown sugar (maybe more)
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
white chocolate for unnecessary drizzling, optional
Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with a fork or whisk, or in a stand mixer. Add the sugars and mix 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 a little more of each sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll (I used about 3/4 cup of each sugar).
Use a teaspoon measure to scoop the filling. Roll each portion into a small ball, 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 tray and repeat with remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Drizzle with melted white chocolate. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.
Source: Two Tiny Kitchens