Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

If you're looking for a fun Valentines Day treat, but don't have a lot of time, these festive Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are perfect. They only require a handful of ingredients making them not only delicious, but simple as well.

I love chocolate and peanut butter don't you? It really is the best combination. Then add the saltiness and crunch of a pretzel and it ends up being the perfect sweet and salty treat.


I found these yummy little gems over on Pinterest a couple months back. I had every intention of making them for Christmas, but just plain forgot. Well, I needed a fun sweet treat for Valentines Day and these little babies immediately popped into mind.

I used a different peanut butter filling because the one listed was a bit gritty for my taste. I think it was from the brown sugar. Since the peanut buttery middle reminded me of a buckeye I just used my buckeye recipe instead. I think the end result was so much better.

I have to warn you these are so addicting and once you start eating them it's hard to stop.


I have included some easy step by step photos. Start by combining the confectioners sugar, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix well until it forms a dough. Using a small cookie scoop to make the little balls. Scoop out one scoopful of peanut butter mixture and then break in half. Roll each half into one ball. (I found this to be the perfect size).

Sandwich each one between two whole pretzels. Continue with remaining dough. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about 45 minutes.

Melt the chocolate almond bark in the microwave for 3 minutes on the defrost setting. Continue in 3 minute intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth.Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate. Add festive sprinkles.

When you have finished dipping all the pretzels, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely.


These festive little pretzel bites look so cute in clear holiday treat sacks. We will defiantly be giving some out for teacher gifts.



Valentine Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:
2 1/2 - cups confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 - cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 - cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - (12 oz) pkg chocolate almond bark, I prefer plymouth pantry
pretzels
valentine sprinkles

Directions:
In a large bowl combine the confectioners sugar, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well to form a dough (you may need to add a bit more confectioners sugar).

Using a small cookie scoop to make the little balls. Scoop out one scoopful of peanut butter mixture and then break in half. Roll each half into one ball. (I found this to be the perfect size).

Sandwich each one between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about 45 minutes.

Melt the chocolate almond bark in the microwave for 3 minutes on the defrost setting. Continue in 3 minute intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate. Add festive sprinkles.

When you have finished dipping all the pretzels, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the peanut butter bites in the refrigerator until serving time.

Recipe yields approx - 45 bites
Inspired by: Foodaphilia






19 comments:

VickiT said... #

Ooh yum. Those look awesome. I don't think brown sugar was needed in that recipe at all anyway.
I think the way you've done these are exactly the way I would.

Donna said... #

I remember seeing those. In fact I bookmared them. Thanks for the reminder. I think I know what the kids and I will be doing this weekend!

Served up with Love said... #

How cute are these...love how you changed the look for Valentines day. May just have to try these.

Susan said... #

I agree on the brown sugar, I made them for superbowl, and I thought the brown sugar was too much. I don't eat chocolate so I did not dip them, and they were still very good. I will be omitting the brown sugar next time I make them.

Damjana said... #

i love the recipe. if i make it gorgeous enough, i'm gonna give this to my valentine :)
so glad i found you via pinterest

Jackie said... #

Im inloved :)
with chocolates so much haha.. cant help it i want sweets thanks for sharing. Love the recipe so much :x

Leslie said... #

Ohh I remember seeing these on Pinterest! So cute!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said... #

Yes I do love chocolate and pretzels - yum! These are so cute and creative. Congrats on the Tasty Kitchen feature! Have a lovely week.

Enma said... #

I loved sweets.
this is a perfect post for my valentines. your so creative thank you for sharing this simple sweets post of yours :) looking forward for the next. see ya.

Andrea said... #

These look so cute and yummy. thanks for sharing.

Mary said... #

These really look cute and they are perfect for Valentine's Day.I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and reicpes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Miles said... #

nice so simple i also want that :)
happy valentines to all and hello readers :)

England Furniture said... #

Your Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites seem like a great snack for Valentine's Day or any day! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Lana said... #

I made your peanut butter bites for our Valentines Day dinner at our church and they were a hit! One little boy (he ate probably a dozen himself) wanted me to give the recipe to his mother. Thanks for sharing!

The Better Baker said... #

What a grandiose idea! Love the sweet and salty combo..these looks like adorable little pretzel sandwiches! Too cute!

Andi Williams said... #

I just made these for my daughter's Girl Scout troop Valentine party. Wow, these are amazing... the perfect PMS snack for Mom too!!!!

dealluver said... #

I needed a quick and easy treat for our youth group tonight. I have everything on hand to make these, I am so happy I saw the post. These will be perfect! Thanks!

Phyllis Atkinson said... #

Making these for a get together with some girlfriends....

Joy E. said... #

Thank you. Mine turned out beautiful and taste great! You helped make me the star of the Valentine's Party.