Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls are my go to item for any cookie exchange or party. They are simple and NO BAKE! But there are a few tricks and some minor adjustments I’ve made to the original recipe that I thought I would share since I get asked for the recipe often. I originally used this one, but like I’ve said, I’ve made some minor adjustments.
Sweet and salty combine to form the perfect bite-sized treat. What could be better then chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels!!
- 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 10 Tablespoons Confectioners Sugar
- 2 Tablespoon Room Temperature, Margarine
- 2 cup Pretzels, Crushed
- 1 pinch Kosher Salt (not in the original recipe but I like to make sure it’s salty!)
- Melting Chocolate
Combine peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, margarine, salt and crushed pretzels in medium-sized bowl. I don’t like the pretzels to be too small, I leave them chunky – I want to be sure you know it’s a pretzel. Use a hand mixer for about 1 minute.
Roll into 1″ balls and put them onto a tray. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Melt chocolate. This is where things can take a turn. I have tried all the different ways to melt chocolate and I found the best and easiest products to use. This is NOT a sales pitch – I’m not being paid. But I will accept free samples!! I have only found two brands of melting chocolate that work really well. The colored stuff does NOT work for me. I have tried, and I have gotten it to work, but it’s not easy and they never look professional. The best two brands I’ve found are:
- Plymouth Pantry Almond Bark – Vanilla or Chocolate (Found at Walmart)
- Candiquik Almond Bark – Vanilla or Chocolate (Found at Target or Walmart)
I have also made friends with a local chocolate shop, Peterbrooke Winter Park, and they will do the dipping for me! I love this option because their chocolate is amazing. However, I don’t always have time for them to dip!
So once you dip the ball, decorate them how you wish, but do it fast. With the balls being frozen, the chocolate will harden quickly. Once they are dipped, put them onto a parchment paper lined tray. Refrigerate until set.
Here’s the trick – I can only really find it leading up to the holidays. So I horde it like a crazy person. But I promise, it works great and I’ve never had a problem with it.
Depending on size, you will end up with about 24 balls. And I promise you this will not be enough for whatever party you are going to!!!