Big thanks to my sister, Kelley, today for sharing her great recipe for Pretzel Buckeyes. She was nice enough to give one to me yesterday and it was delicious! I loved the mix of chocolate, peanut butter, and salt. These are definitely a crowd pleaser :)
So I’ve become completely obsessed with Pinterest. I love all of the creative ideas for DIY crafts, home projects, and especially…wait for it…new recipes! Every day I come across a new food idea that I just can’t wait to try. The one that got me this week was Pretzel Buckeyes. If you’re from Ohio, you’re no stranger to the traditional buckeye candy.…a peanut butter sugar mix dipped in chocolate. So the idea of adding the salty pretzel to the mix sounded like pure genius to me!
I have some very fantastic friends who watch my pups when I have to travel out of town for work. Jen and Beth keep my two with their three, so I’m selling them short by saying they have their hands full when they have all five dogs at once. So to show my appreciation, I decided to make them a batch of the Pretzel Buckeyes. They are super easy to make and from experience with the traditional buckeyes, I knew they were sure to be a crowd pleaser.
To make these delicious treats, you need the following ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons softened butter
½ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 bag of regular pretzels
1 large bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
The Pinterest recipe says you need to use a standing mixer, but I don’t have one, so I use a hand mixer. Works just as good. Mix together the peanut butter and butter until combined. Add sugars and mix again until combined. Roll the mixture into balls, about a ½ inch in diameter and sandwich between two pretzels. You want them small but they need to big enough that when sandwiched, it fills the pretzel gaps. Place the pretzel sandwiches on a wax paper-covered baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
While the sandwiches are in the freezer, bring a pan of water to a simmer and cover with a metal bowl (a double-boiler works best). Melt the chocolate in the metal bowl and stir until smooth. I recommend melting about 1/3 of the bag at a time to prevent the chocolate from burning. Dip each pretzel halfway into the melted chocolate and replace onto the baking sheet. After each pretzel is covered place back in the fridge until the chocolate is set, roughly another 30 minutes.
They are that simple to create and make a wonderful gift idea or party treat. My friends were over the moon about them, and I have had numerous requests for the recipe. So give them a try and surprise the ones you love. Enjoy!