Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are the perfect blend of sweet and salty — with a sweet peanut butter filling sandwiched between two crunchy pretzels finished with a chocolate coating and topped with flaky sea salt. It’s the perfect quick and easy treat to satisfy your sweet cravings.
These pretzel bites are popular during the holiday season as friends and family share goodies with one another. Some of my other favorite easy goodies to make this time of year are Christmas Crack and Christmas Pretzel Hugs.
Why This Recipe Works
- Easy peanut butter pretzel bites recipe. With straightforward steps, this recipe is perfect for both novice and experienced bakers. You can whip up a batch in no time, making it an excellent option for last-minute treats or holiday goodie bags.
- Great for gift giving! We love using these peanut butter pretzel bites in goodie bags for kids’ teachers, friends, or neighbors as holiday gifts.
- Easy to make in bulk. Needing a bunch of little treats to give as gifts this holiday season? This salty treat is such an easy recipe to scale up and make lots of!
- Customizable. Feel free to use different types of chocolate, or top with colored sprinkles instead of flaky sea salt to make things more festive!
- Creamy Peanut Butter: To ensure a smooth and thick texture for the creamy peanut butter filling, use a traditional peanut butter. Natural peanut butter is extra oily and won’t perform the same.
- Unsalted Butter: Using unsalted butter helps us control the salt flavor.
- Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar adds sweetness while helping to thicken the filling. We’ll also add a touch of brown sugar to add a bit of texture difference.
- Mini Pretzels: You can use twists or square “snaps” pretzels. You may need more or less pretzels depending on the size or type you choose.
- Chocolate Chips: Feel free to use whatever type of chocolate you prefer: milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate.
- Make the peanut butter filling. Add 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter and 2 tablespoons butter to a medium bowl. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer. Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Mix until well combined (will be thick).
- Roll into peanut butter balls. Using a very small cookie scoop, portion the peanut butter mixture into small balls about 1 inch in size. Place each ball between two pretzels and gently press together. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Melt the chocolate. Add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on half power, stirring every 30 seconds, until fully melted and smooth.
- Dip the peanut butter pretzels in melted chocolate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Dip each of the chilled peanut butter pretzel bites in the melted chocolate (covering half of the pretzel sandwich). Place on the baking sheet, top each with a sprinkle of sea salt and let set. Enjoy immediately or use in holiday goodie bags or neighbor gifts!
Make sure the peanut butter filling is well-mixed and thick to make it easier to work with and prevent it from oozing out when assembling the bites.
With this in mind, natural peanut butter won’t perform as well.
Chilling the peanut butter-filled pretzel sandwiches for at least an hour helps them set and hold their shape when dipped in chocolate.
When melting the chocolate, use a microwave-safe bowl and be sure to stir it every 30 seconds to prevent burning or overheating.
For a professional touch, sprinkle flaky sea salt on top of the chocolate-coated pretzel bites while they are still wet to enhance the flavor and appearance.
You can also opt out of the flaky sea salt and add holiday-colored sprinkles for a more festive look!
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
Make-Ahead: You can prepare the peanut butter filling and assemble the pretzel sandwiches in advance, then refrigerate until you’re ready to dip them in chocolate. This allows for easier planning and quicker assembly when needed.
Storing: Store the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Layer them with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Freezing: If you want to freeze them for longer storage, place the bites in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag, separating the layers with parchment paper. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
While creamy peanut butter is recommended for a smooth texture, you can use crunchy peanut butter for added texture and a nutty flavor for the peanut butter filled pretzel bites.
If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use granulated sugar as a substitute for the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites.
Sea salt adds a delightful contrast to the sweetness, but you can omit it if you prefer a purely sweet treat.
Absolutely! Experiment with dark, milk, or white chocolate to suit your taste preferences.
To give pretzel peanut butter bites as gifts, place them in decorative bags, boxes, or jars, and consider adding a festive ribbon or personalized label for an extra special touch.
More Easy Treats
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
- Add the peanut butter and butter to a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to mix until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and brown sugar and mix until blended (mixture will be thick).
- Using a very small cookie scoop (I use a mini cookie scoop) portion the peanut butter mixture into 1” size balls.
- Place each ball between 2 pretzels and gently press together. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until mostly firm.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at half power, stirring every 30 seconds, until fully melted.
- Dip each chilled pretzel sandwich in the melted chocolate to cover half.
- Place on the parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and let sit until set, about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!