Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Pretzel Bites

My husband and I are huge Ohio State fans and for the game tonight against the Kentucky Wildcats I decided against making regular buckeyes for these addicting Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites. I saw these about a month ago over at Two Tiny Kitchens and about fell out of my chair. A buckeye sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate! Seriously? I am all over it! The sweet and salty combination of these bite-sized snacks is incredible. Then the fact that it is a chocolate and peanut butter combination makes it even better! Even if you are not a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, whip up a batch of these simple bites and come back and let me know what you think! I promise you will find them as delicious as my family does! 🙂

Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Pretzel Bites

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

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Source: Two Tiny Kitchens originally from Foodaphilia

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83 Responses to Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Pretzel Bites

  1. jenna laughs says:

    OUT OF CONTROL. I seriously could eat chocolate covered pretzels every day. The salty/sweet thing gets me every time. And to add peanut butter to the mix? Be still my heart. Just added to my “have to try” list! Thanks 🙂

  2. Oh wow!!! These look amazing! I love the pretzel and peanut butter combo. These look so easy to make too. Love this recipe!

  3. OMG, this is way brilliant!!

  4. Julia says:

    Although I’ll be cheering for KY tonight (my only hope of winning my bracket pool), these look fantastic! I think I’ll be making some on Sunday!

  5. I had to do a double take because on my blog list both you and Elissa from 17 and Baking put these up today! They must be a huge hit if everyone’s hooked! I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I’ll always root for the Bucks! And eat endless amounts of chocolate and peanut butter.

  6. eva626 says:

    so mouth watering!!! i hv to make these!!! great post and the pics are to die for!

  7. I never get tired of peanut butter and chocolate:-)

  8. Tracy says:

    We are HUGE Ohio State fans over here and will be making these for sure! We’ll be using SunButter of course but man do these look good!!

  9. Sara says:

    I love the salty/sweet combination. These look so good!

  10. Cara says:

    Not an Ohio State fan at all….. perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I attend Penn State. But I LOVE Buckeyes (the candy) and there is nothing better than peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels!

  11. Michelle says:

    If I made those, I don’t think anyone else would get a chance to even try them. I’d keep them all to myself!

    Enjoy the game tonight 🙂

  12. Jenny says:

    I love the savory and sweet combination. So awesome 😀

  13. OMG these look so good! I will have to try them. Go Ohio!

  14. These are insane. The Ohio in me already loves Buckeyes, but I think you just turned it up a few more notches. These are great.

  15. Mary Helen says:

    Oh god. I think you’ve ruined me for all other snacks.

  16. Jun says:

    It’s definitely addictive!

  17. Maggie says:

    I literally just stumbled across your blog and the first thing I read was “Ohio State” fans. I am too!! Sad night for the Buckeyes but love the twist on buckeyes here.

  18. Sherry Greek says:

    I have never seen this before! I love it!

  19. I’m defintely not a Buckeye fan (go Penn State!) but I’d eat anything that’s peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels! Yum.

  20. the printer friendly version is great! thanks; this is an awesome recipe!

  21. I think we are living parallel lives. Similar blog titles, both Buckeye fans. I’ve never seen this idea before, despite living most of my life in Ohio. Brilliant!!

  22. These look fantastic! I made Buckeyes a while back, but this is such a clever twist on the candy. I will definitely be making these soon. I was devastated about our loss last night, but we’ll get ’em next year. Glad Sullinger is coming back. 🙂 GO BUCKS!!

  23. Lucie says:

    I have a complete addiction to chocolate-covered pretzels and only have them when I’m back visiting in the US. But these! Ahh! They will definitely be made in a French kitchen in the nearby future 🙂

  24. OH goodness this is so yummy on my list for the next party!

  25. muppy says:

    great idea, these look sooooo yummy!

  26. I know, right?! I saw these over at Two TIny Kitchen’s too and I about fell over! They are in my file ready to make! Mmm! Yours are so cute and chubby – delish! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was kind of surprised myself at how good the jelly bean cookies turned out. lol ♥- K

  27. All I know is that those are super adorable and I sort of want those right now. We’ll have to make those soon!

  28. Awwwhhh! I want one of those RIGHT NOW!

  29. Jenna says:

    I’m so trying these! Thanks for the recipe.

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  31. Dana says:

    These look incredible! I’m trying them out tonight for a work function tomorrow! 🙂

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  33. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    Great idea! Yum!

  34. Trina says:

    I don’t have a stand mixer and was wondering the best way to mix this up without one. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Christina says:

      You can make these by hand, but you will definitely get your arm workout for the day! In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and softened butter by hand. Gradually add the powdered sugar and brown sugar, mixing and cutting in until smooth and the mixture can be shaped into balls. You can use a fork to ‘cut’ it in. Let me know how they turn out for you! 😀

  35. Jessica says:

    ah yay!!! These looks awesome–and definitely a fun spin on the beloved buckeyes:)

  36. Martha says:

    Go Bucks!! Big Ohio fan and these look wonderful! Will have to try these for sure because we love the Buckeye Balls, which are a family favorite at Christmas at our house

    • Christina says:

      My husband and I are HUGE Buckeye fans!! We were both born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and although we are living In Illinois, the buckeyes will always be our team! Go Bucks! 😀

  37. Faye says:

    I tried these tonight–they’re like mini candy bars 🙂

    Adding a little milk to the chocolate made the dipping much smoother and faster in the melting part. Oh–and one 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips was perfect in dipping two batches!

    • Christina says:

      I am sooo glad that you enjoyed these! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! They are really addicting! Thanks for the tip about adding the milk, I will have to give that a try! 🙂

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  39. Connie Mittermaier says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh – io
    I can’t wait to make these!!! Maybe not as dangerous as buckeyes!!

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  41. Sarah says:

    i’m so making these this weekend! my husband is a huge OSU fan (he’s from toledo) and we’re going to go visit some good friends who are even bigger OSU fans…they’ll LOVE them. and i love buckeyes but don’t really care about sports so the team… ehhh, whatever. 🙂

  42. vermontmommy says:

    These look wonderful. Almost too good. 🙂

    Is there a way to print the recipes? I know I must be missing it. Thank you.

  43. vermontmommy says:

    Um, yes there is. It says it in the big blue bold letters. So sorry. Ack!

  44. Have you tried using them with natural peanut butter? My husband’s family (who lives in Ohio) gave me a recipe for buckeyes, and it specifically states not to use natural peanut butter….but, I hate to use the processed stuff. Just wondering if you’ve tried it and if so, whether you’ve had issues with the oil separating?

  45. Jeanette says:

    I tried making these but could’t get the brown sugar to dissolve!!! so I just used my buckeye recipe

    • Christina says:

      I hate that you weren’t able to get the brown sugar to dissolve. I have never had that problem making these. I am glad that you used your own buckeye recipe instead, I hope you enjoyed them! 🙂

  46. Cynthia says:

    I just found this recipe through! I’m making these for my Christmas even party! What a nice twist on buckeyes =)

  47. These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them this week. 🙂

  48. tinetta says:

    These were soo good! Defintely a favorite this holiday season!

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  50. A treat even a Penn Stater can love!

  51. Kerri Malanowski says:

    I sprinkled clear sugar crystals on top of the chocolate before it set. It looked like salt! Great addition to this yummy recipe!

  52. Mary says:

    I think when I make them I’m going to use the small square pretzels. This way they are
    small and you can EAT MORE !

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  54. Christy says:

    I made them dipped in white chocolate, too….and they were so fantastic. Thanks so much for this super yummy recipe!!!

    • Christina says:

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed them Christy! They are one of my favorite football foods…I will have to try them dipped in white chocolate next time! 🙂

  55. Maureen Mc Inerney says:

    There ids a heaven right here, on earth! Sound sooooo great!

  56. Kristen says:

    I made a double batch today. They are awesome. I’m having an issue with the chocolate “sweating”. I’m bringing them to two parties tomorrow… I don’t want them to be gooey. Any suggestions?

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  58. Laurie Lee says:

    Couldn’t sleep tonight at all, so spent the night baking cookies to fill my freezer for my nephew’s graduation party next week. This recipe made 100 for me, so I spent a good amount of time rolling little balls and to be honest, peanut butter doesn’t smell as good at 3:30 in the morning as it usually does! lol Anyway, they turned out great and am sure they will be a popular addition to our giant cookie assortment at a party attended by MANY Ohio State fans! Thanks for the recipe.

  59. Linda P says:

    I made these and loved them. Living in Columbus OH, I can always use a Buckeye treat. I used waffle shaped pretzels and liked the look.

  60. I just found this through Pinterest! Just the picture alone made my mouth water! I’m totally making these ASAP!!

  61. Jill Pennigar says:

    Hi everyone! By the way, I love buckeyes. After watching my grandmother and my mother make them, I made my first batch at age 5! And so I decided to try these. And they were even better!

    But I also tried something different that I wanted to share with you all. Try dipping them into WHITE CHOCOLATE. Life changer!!

  62. Paula says:

    OMG, I am going to make these today!! My fiancé is one of the biggest OSU fans there is and he loves buckeyes. This is an awesome twist on them. O-H…

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  64. Brandi says:

    My “Soon to Be Husband” is from Ohio & of course a huge Buckeye fan! I think I am going to try these out & surprise him with these for opening day of Buckeye’s football!

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