Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Kathryn Donangelo
No-bake Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels make a delicious sweet and salty snack or dessert. Peanut butter filling is stuffed between two pretzels, then dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles. These can be made for any holiday or occasion!
CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS
If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you will fall in love with these Chocolate Dipped Pretzels that are stuffed with peanut butter. Made in less than 30 minutes and makes a great last-minute holiday treat.
Looking for a gift idea? These peanut butter pretzels make an easy edible gift and everyone will be sure to love them!
Add these teasy treats to a goodie bag, jar, or treat box for teachers, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone you want to make feel special. You can even ship these treats to friends and family as a sweet holiday surprise.
A quick and easy dessert is always a good idea for any occasion. These pretzels are crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolatey, and eye-catching. Once you put these treats on a platter, they will go fast!
- Peanut butter: creamy works best. I do not recommend using natural peanut butter.
- Powdered sugar: used to sweeten the peanut butter dough and bind the ingredients together.
- Butter: unsalted preferred since peanut butter already has added salt.
- Brown sugar: either dark or light brown sugar will work.
- Vanilla extract: enhances the peanut butter flavors and pairs so well with chocolate. Vanilla extract: enhances the peanut butter flavors and pairs so well with chocolate.
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips: you can also use milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, or a combination of both.
- Mini chocolate chips: used for the peanut butter dough. You could also use regular chocolate chips or a chocolate bar and chop it. I find the smaller chocolate pieces work best for the dough.
- Pretzels: the standard mini-size pretzels are perfect for this recipe. You could use any size you prefer. Squares, circle pretzels, other shapes, or large pretzels. The yield count will vary.
- Sprinkles: totally optional and can be any color for any occasion or holiday.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS
Melt chocolate: Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwavable safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Dip and add sprinkles: Dip the pretzel sandwiches half way in the melted chocolate. Add sprinkles (optional) and place on lined baking sheet. Let harden on the counter or the refrigerator. Enjoy!
- Add sea salt, mini m&ms, or chopped nuts to the chocolate instead of sprinkles.
- Make these into gluten-free treats by using gluten-free pretzels.
- Use vegan chocolate and butter to make vegan treats.
- Drizzle white chocolate on top of the semi-sweet chocolate for an extra chocolatey twist.
- Instead of adding mini chocolate chips to the peanut butter dough, add chopped up Reese’e pieces if you’re a peanut butter lover.
THESE TREATS ARE
- Quick to make so you can whip these up anytime you need a dessert or snack!
- Perfect for freezing.These pretzels freeze well so you can make these months in advance if needed.
- Easy enough for kids to help make or assemble. Let them add the sprinkles or help roll out the peanut butter balls.
- Great to make year-round. Simply switch out the rainbow sprinkles for holiday-themed sprinkles such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas.
- A great addition to parties or can be made into party favors.
Refrigerator: These can be stored in an airtight container or storage bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Freezer: Chocolate dipped pretzels stores really well in the freezer. Store in an airtight container or storage bag for up to 3 months. If you keep them in the freezer longer, they may start to show white on the chocolate which is from the freezing process. They would still be ok to eat, but may not look as pretty.
HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE
I’ve had issues melting chocolate for years! I could never get it right and 99% of the time I would end up with thick, over-heated chocolate. Well, it’s a lot easier than I thought, my friends.
There are two options:
- Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15- second intervals. Mix it with a spatula, then continue to microwave for another 15 seconds. Repeat until chocolate is completely smooth and melted.
- You can put the chocolate in a double-broiler. You will have less of a chance of burning the chocolate with this method. If your chocolate hardens, you can always reheat the double-broiler and melt the chocolate again.
Whichever method you decide, always pay extra close attention to the chocolate since it melts quickly.
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup powder sugar
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter; softened and divided
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 36 mini pretzels
- sprinkles; optional
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer or stand mixer until combined. Add the mini chocolate chips and mix again until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed in the dough. The peanut butter mixture will resemble a cookie dough.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to place the prepared pretzels. Roll 1 tablespoon of peanut butter mixture into a ball and place between 2 pretzels to form a sandwich.
- Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwavable safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Dip the pretzel sandwiches half way in the melted chocolate. Add sprinkles (optional) and place on lined baking sheet. Let harden on the counter or the refrigerator. Enjoy!
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or storage bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- To store in the freezer, place pretzels in an airtight container or storage bag for up to 3 months. If you keep them in the freezer longer, they may start to show white on the chocolate which is from the freezing process. They would still be ok to eat, but may not look as pretty.