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Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 9th, 2011 | Desserts
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The 5th Annual Peku Super Bowl party was a success.  An assortment of salty and savory snacks provided an evening of eating enjoyment.  We covered quite a range of preferences with our dishes.  From classic Buffalo wings to healthier (but still yummy) roasted green beans, our appetizers were enjoyed by all.  Plus, a plateful of brat turnovers  brought by our friends were found to be the perfect Wisconsin dish for the evening.

With all of these dishes, plus espinaca and chips, there was more than enough to fill our stomachs.  However, after an evening of eating foods that were salty, it did seem that a little sweetness might be a nice addition.  We wouldn’t need anything filling, just a little bite of sweet.  A cookie or truffle could have worked, but I was seeking something different and simple.

Thinking about our friend, OT, and his love of pretzels led me to thinking about how I could utilize them in a dessert recipe.  The answer came to mind as I peered through our pantry and saw a container of chunky peanut butter.  A little pretzel, a little peanut butter, and a tiny amount of chocolate could make a bite-sized treat that would soothe any sweet cravings we had.

These treats were incredibly easy to make and disappeared quickly from the serving tray.  In fact, I’m not sure if it took longer to make them or have them eaten.  Regardless, they will be a nice addition to my list of quick-to-make desserts.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls


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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup crushed pretzels*
  3. 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and pretzels. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Scoop heaping teaspoonfuls and form into balls.
  2. Place peanut butter balls on a plate, and return to freezer for at least one hour.
  3. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl, and place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook for additional 15 second intervals until fully melted.
  4. Place one peanut butter ball in chocolate, coat completely, and remove. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, and place on a waxed paper coated plate. Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls.
  5. When all are coated, place in refrigerator to allow chocolate to harden fully.
Notes
  1. *Measure pretzels after crushing.
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