Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel bites

We love these simple pretzel treats. We usually use pretzel squares as you can see in these photos, but regular mini pretzels work. They’re simple, quick, kids love helping, and anyone (of any age!) who has a sweet tooth will appreciate taste-testing. These peanut butter pretzel bites disappear fast, so don’t be alarmed if you’re making a 2nd batch right away!

The filling is similar to our peanut butter bars, but much creamier– which pairs perfectly with crunchy crisp pretzels.

For the chocolate, we usually use and recommend pure baking chocolate. Baking chocolate is sold in 4 ounce (113g) bars in the baking aisle. We usually use Ghirardelli or Bakers brand.

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chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel bites

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 30 bites
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Stuffed with a creamy peanut butter filling and dipped in melted chocolate, these salty sweet chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites are completely irresistible. We’ve never regretted making a double batch!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250g) creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 60 small pretzels (square or regular twists)
  • two 4 ounce semi-sweet chocolate bars, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. Make sure you have enough room in your freezer for the baking sheet or use the refrigerator in step 3.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter and butter together with a spoon or use an electric mixer. Stir or beat in confectioners’ sugar and brown sugar until a thick dough forms. Roll peanut butter dough into 30 small balls. If it seems really sticky and thin, add 1/4 cup (30g) confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Sandwich balls between two pretzels and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. While the pretzel bites are chilling, melt chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in 20 second increments in the microwave, stopping and stirring after each until smooth. Dip the pretzel bites halfway into the melted chocolate and place bite back on baking sheet. Refrigerate pretzel bites for at least 10-20 minutes to set the chocolate.
  5. Cover and store pretzel bites for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Bites can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Chocolate: For the best results, use two 4 ounce baking chocolate bars found in the baking aisle. We prefer Bakers or Ghirardelli brands. You can use semi-sweet, bittersweet, white, or even milk chocolate. Candy melts, chocolate dipping wafers (such as Ghirardelli brand) or almond bark work too. Do not use chocolate chips, as they contain stabilizers preventing them from melting into the proper consistency for dipping/dunking.

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37 Comments

  1. OMG! I made these for my daughter’s preschool teacher’s end of school gift. These treats almost didn’t make it t school. They are so divine. Seriously to die for. Sweet and salty. I love the peanut butter chocolate combo. I made mine with dark chocolate – so good!
    Sally – I am hooked to this site! Also made the funfetti granola for my daughter’s bday party – yum! The kids loved them!

  2. Sally L Roussel says:

    I ate something similar made with Bugles a few weeks ago. The peanut butter was added to the open end and then that end was dipped in chocolate. Bet you can’t eat just one….more like a dozen. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I was thinking of putting some of these in a decorated mason jar as a Christmas or party gift. Thank you from another food addict named Sally too 🙂

  3. Jennifer Rinehart says:

    I’ve made these twice now and they are so so good, I was worried that refrigerating the pretzels would make them soft and stale, but nope, tasty peanutty goodness. The only change I made was decreasing the sugar a tad and replacing the butter with cream cheese.

    Thank you for this lovely recipe!

    1. Hi Jennifer! I’m happy to hear that. Keeping them chilled does nothing whatsoever to the pretzels besides make them cold. I like your idea of using cream cheese instead. Will keep that in mind the next time I make these. Thanks so much!

  4. I’m making these today-can’t wait to try them! Thanks for your delectable recipes. My Pinterest page is full of them!

    1. Wonderful to hear Andrea! Thank you so much.

  5. I made these for our high school jazz band and they were a huge hit! One thing I did differently was I used the normal pretzel and dipped it in the other way instead of dipping half of its side i just dipped the front pretzel… if you undertand what i mean… I dipped the face of one pretzel instead of the side and they turned out perfectly! Thank you for posting this recipe because it was really easy and extremely yummy! 🙂

    1. I understand how you did it – and it sounds amazing. 🙂 You can’t go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels. Thanks Ashley!

  6. These were amazing! They were gone in 2 days. I only used 1 cup of chocolate chips, and it was fine. It was the perfect amount actually. I definitely will be making these in the future!!

    1. Glad you love these! We can never get enough of them. I love the salty/sweet!

  7. Made these today. Quick easy yummy!! I dipped some in skor bits

    1. Love that idea!

  8. we made a version of this with white chocolate and light blue sprinkles for a Bridal Shower…they were gone before we knew it…then was asked to make some for the wedding…again…gone, so this is a winner, winner.

    1. Oh I just love them with white chocolate Elaine!

  9. I made these last night for post tree decorating treat…so delish and easy! Thank you!

    1. These make a great treat – for anytime! Happy you loved them. Thanks Beth!

  10. I’ve made them today and let me say, it’s definitely one of the most delish things I’ve ever eaten!!! I love pb and I think the combination with chocolate and pretzels is just PERFECT! Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

  11. I have made these before for two different parties. They are such a hit, they disappear within minutes and people are begging for the recipe! This one is a winner everytime!

  12. Made these today but with a twist. I added 3 shots of jack Daniels whiskey to the peanut butter mix. Taste great and has a kick.

  13. Just made these and they are DELICIOUS. Going to hide them from my family and keep them all for myself! 🙂 Another amazing recipe, Sally. You’re the best!

  14. In the process of making these now, I cheated a little and added 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips in with the pb

  15. These were fab!  I hate to be “that” person trying to make everything healthy 🙂 but I have to share what I tried cause it worked out super well!  My hubby and I have been trying to avoid processed sugar so instead of adding any sugar, I just added about 4-5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup.  I remember reading somewhere that mixing it vigorously with natural peanut butter makes the pb harden up.  And it worked!  It definitely was still too soft to roll into balls, but I just scooped it on a pretzel with a spoon and it held really well.  I continued following the recipe as written and they were fantastic!  Just had to share in case anyone’s looking to cut down on some sugar.  Thanks!!

  16. Can you freeze these chocolate. Covered peanut butter pretzels? If so, for how long?

    1. Absolutely. Up to 3 months.

  17. Once froze and defrosted, do they sweat? Will they stick together?

  18. Hi! I’ve made these several times now, and they are always a hit. Thank you for sharing this recipe 😀
    The only change I made the first time was to use already-chocolate-coated pretzels, because I had no chocolate to melt at the time. :/
    But it turned out so great that the next time I experimented and used the vanilla-yogurt-covered pretzels instead!
    We couldn’t decide which way we liked them more so we finally settled on a chocolate pretzel on one side and a yogurt pretzel on the other.
    Bonus: two colors makes the plate so pretty!
    Thank you again.

  19. Betsy McMillin says:

    Just made these for afterschool treats…amazingly yummy!! I followed the instructions and they turned out perfectly. Definitely going into my “Tried and True, Make Again” pinterest board!! Thanks!

    1. YAY! I’m so happy they were a hit!

  20. I hunted and hunted for this recipe. One of my coworkers frequently brings in treats, and he has brought these in twice. So delicious. I will make for holiday treats, and know my family will love them.

  21. It calls for unsalted butter. Can u use regular butter ??

    1. Unsalted or salted butter is OK for these peanut butter pretzel bites. No changes to the recipe needed.

  22. If frozen and thawed, will the pretzels taste stale? I need to make a dessert for a very large crowd and want to start on them a few days early. I need to impress and don’t want them to end up soggy or stale.

    1. Hi Tiffany, If you thaw them overnight in the fridge rather than leave them out at room temperature to thaw, they should still taste great! Going from frozen right to room temperature could cause condensation which could make them soggy.

  23. Hi Angeline! To sweeten the cookie dough. The brown sugar adds that quintessential cookie dough flavor and confectioners’ sugar helps keep the dough thick.

  24. Can semi-sweet chocolate chips be substituted?

  25. Do you have to refrigerate these? Making these for a treat at the shore with a house full of folks…. I was hoping to leave them out on the table for the purpose of grazing

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Susan, They should be fine if left out for the day. However if it’s warm in the house the chocolate may begin to melt/get soft but you can always just pop them back in the refrigerator if that happens. Enjoy!

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