Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Looking for a tasty, yet simple no bake dessert to serve? Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are it! Calling for just 7 ingredients, including creamy peanut butter and bittersweet chocolate, these bite-sized peanut butter desserts are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

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I’m always on the lookout for easy, no bake desserts for the summertime because, well, who enjoys turning their oven on during the hottest months of the year?

And I think I’ve found my treat of the summer in this recipe!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bite Recipe

These Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are simple, delicious and perfect for sharing. They are wonderfully balanced, too, walking the line between salty and sweet. (And let’s be honest: This is one of my favorite flavor combinations!)

Also, if you’ve got kids, they’re fun to make with your kids. Yes, it’ll take a little extra time, but it’s a fun activity to do together and pretty kid-safe.

side view of peanut butter chocolate sandwiches

No matter what you’re serving this for or who you’re sharing it with, these bite-sized desserts are going to make you and your people VERY happy. 

Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make, and THAT is a huge win!

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites Ingredients

All you need are 7 ingredients to make these, and chances are, you might have some of ‘em at home already…

You’ll need…

  • Peanut butter—we keep natural, unsweetened creamy peanut butter in our house and use it in this recipe. Its consistency is a little runnier than conventional peanut butter, so if you’re using conventional peanut butter, you’ll probably need more of it for this recipe.
  • Brown sugar—I used dark brown sugar for the extra molasses flavor, but you can use light brown sugar if that’s what you’ve got on hand. The combination with the peanut butter is a delight!
  • Powdered sugar—also known as confectioner’s sugar, there is no replacement for this ingredient. This thickens up the peanut butter mixture, as well as adds sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract—the real deal kind, please and thank you. We just need a little bit of it to add some vanilla aroma and essence into the peanut butter base.
  • Mini twist pretzels—these are going to be our pretzel base, and I highly recommend the mini ones because they make for the best bite-sized treat.
  • Chocolate—I used bittersweet chocolate to dip my pretzel bites into because it’s my favorite, but you can use whatever type of chocolate you like best, whether that’s milk, semisweet, bittersweet or dark. I do not recommend making this recipe with white chocolate.
  • Salted butter—this will melt into our chocolate glaze. 
melted chocolate on peanut butter pretzel sandwiches

How to Make Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

  1. First, line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. This will prevent the bites from sticking to the sheet pan and also make for easier cleanup.
  2. Line the baking sheet with the mini pretzel twists. (You’ll need 76-80, so make sure you’ve got enough! I’ve also found it’s easier to set these out beforehand so that when you’re rolling the peanut butter filling that it goes more quickly.)
  3. Measure the peanut butter, dark brown sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla into a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients together until combined and crumbly.

We want the peanut butter mixture to be able to stick to itself and form a ball without sticking to your hands. 

  1. Use a teaspoon to measure out the peanut butter mixture. Gently form into a ball.
  2. Place the peanut butter ball onto one of the pretzels, and press another pretzel on top to form the sandwich.
  3. Repeat until all the bites have been made, and then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. While the pretzel bites chill, melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave. I like to heat it in 30-second bursts until the chocolate is completely melted. 
  5. Dip the chilled bites into the chocolate, and place back onto the baking sheet. 
  6. Chill for another 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is set, and then enjoy!
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Tips and Tricks

  • Make them in advance. This is an excellent recipe for entertaining because it’s EASY and also can be made days in advance. Just make whenever it’s convenient for you and keep them in the fridge until it’s serving time.
  • Mise en place. Get everything out and set up before you start making the peanut butter filling. This includes setting out the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet. I know it sounds like a hassle, but trust me when I say the process will go faster if you’re not fishing out pretzels after you’ve got the peanut butter mixture made.
  • Switch it up. If you don’t like bittersweet chocolate, feel free to use another type of chocolate instead.
  • Dress them up. Once the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are dipped in the chocolate, you can add a sprinkle of sea salt, colorful sprinkles or even chopped peanuts to add texture and color. 
  • Get fancy with it! For these photos, I chose to dip the pretzel bites, but you could easily drizzle the chocolate over the pretzels for a different (and fancier!) look. You could also dip the bites, then drizzle with a different type of chocolate, like white chocolate.
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Storage and Freezing

Once the chocolate has set, transfer them to a food safe storage container and keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.

They also freeze well as long as they are stored in an airtight container.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bite Recipe

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With just 7 ingredients, these EASY Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Great for snacking!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 38

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Line up all the mini pretzel twists on the baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Measure the peanut butter, dark brown sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla into a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients together until combined. It will be crumbly, and that’s OK. Pinch a bit of it and see if it forms a ball, as well as sticks to itself, without sticking to your hands. If it does, you’re good to go. If it’s too crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and mix again until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Use a teaspoon to measure out the peanut butter mixture into your hand. Gently form into a ball.
  • Place the peanut butter ball onto one of the pretzels, and press another pretzel on top to form the sandwich.
  • Repeat until all the bites have been made, and then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • While the pretzel bites chill, melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave in 30-second bursts until melted. (You could also do this in a double boiler.)
  • Dip the chilled bites into the chocolate, and place back onto the baking sheet.
  • Chill for another 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is set.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings!

Notes

These Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Variations and ideas to change these up:
Use different chocolate. If you don’t like bittersweet chocolate, feel free to use another type of chocolate instead.
Dress them up. Once the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are dipped in the chocolate, you can add a sprinkle of sea salt, colorful sprinkles or even chopped peanuts to add texture and color.
Get fancy with it! For these photos, I chose to dip the pretzel bites, but you could easily drizzle the chocolate over the pretzels for a different (and fancier!) look. You could also dip the bites, then drizzle with a different type of chocolate, like white chocolate.

Nutrition

Calories: 54 kcal, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 42 mg, Potassium: 34 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 10 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 4 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Erin Parker
Calories: 54
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter pretzel bites, peanut butter pretzels
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close up of peanut butter pretzel sandwiches with chocolate
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was such a quick and easy dessert that does not disappoint! Loved the balance of sweet and salty; the best way to cure my sweet tooth, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    I think this is my new favorite snack. The salty, sweet combo is the best. I am making another batch this weekend.

  3. 5 stars
    The perfect combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy. They’re the ultimate snack for satisfying all your cravings. I can’t get enough of them!