Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Preztel "Buckeye" Bites

My husband went to THE Ohio State for dental school.  In our years there, we got season tickets to the football game EVERY YEAR.  Ohio State=Football...in fact, Ohio=football!  It's hard to get out of the house on a Saturday in the fall and not run into hundreds of people dressed in scarlet and gray.

Anyhow, now we live on the other end of the country, and miss the atmosphere of the stadium so much.  We never miss a game, still wave our flag proudly outside our home, and don our apparel each Saturday.  We had some friends over for the game this last Saturday and wanted them to have some game day treats.  I opted out of the traditional Buckeyes (although extremely delicious) when I saw this recipe.  I'm a sucker for salty+sweet snacks.  And come on...a Buckeye sandwiched in a pretzel?!  Heaven :)  

To be honest, my 6-year old made these for us and did a FABULOUS job :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Preztel "Buckeye" Bites

1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat peanut butter and butter until combined. Scrape down bowl, add sugars and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without sticking to your hands. If needed, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip each pretzel bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Recipe Source:  Sweet Pea's Kitchen