Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

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From www.foodfanatic.com, by Sarah Grossett
Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

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I am a sweet-salty kind of girl. I love salt on basically everything, sweet or savory, but I definitely like it on a lot of sweet stuff. The weirdest food that I salt might be cranberry sauce. I don’t know how that started, but it did. Thanksgiving is even more sodium-laden for me than the average American.

My favorite sweet/salty combo is probably peanut butter and pretzels, if you count peanut butter as something sweet. It’s not super sweet, I guess, but I consider it dessert-ish and sweet… ish.

You know those big tubs of peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets that you see at Target and Sam’s Club? I could polish off the bulk of one of those in one sitting. I can, and have. Not ashamed.

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Well, some shame.

Either way, these truffles include sweet and salty, plus chocolate too.

I sometimes ask my S.O. to share his thoughts on the desserts I’ve made so that I can relay that feedback for you, dear readers. His descriptiveness and originality are never in short supply. He told me they were “delightful,” and that I can quote him on that.

I asked if he would like to elaborate. (Please???)

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He said that he really liked how you can taste every single component individually. You taste the crushed pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate individually, but that they also come together supremely.

A few notes about pulling these truffles together. First, the dough is pretty crumbly. The best way to get these to hold together is to smash and press the crumbs into a cookie scoop. Do you have a cookie scoop? It's an essential kitchen tool anyway, but practically a necessity for making these truffles.

After you press the crumbs into the cookie scoop and release the truffle center, just roll it lightly to let it warm up in your hands a little. Getting the butter and peanut butter a little melted will help glue it together better.

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Then, once you have your dough balls, freeze them SOLID. At least a few hours. Dunking in the chocolate will be worlds easier if they are thoroughly chilled.

It’s simple to whip up the truffle “dough,” they’re a no-bake treat, and they feature that epic combo of sweet/salty, peanut butter, and chocolate!

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 1/4 cups finely crushed pretzels, divided
  • 18 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat peanut butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and butter until combined.
  2. Add 3 cups crushed pretzels, beating until combined.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, form dough into balls. The dough is crumbly, so press firmly into the cookie scoop so that the dough adheres. Lightly roll the truffle dough in your hands to make sure they are smooth.
  5. Place in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours, but ideally overnight. You want them to be frozen solid.
  6. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the baking chocolate at 30-second intervals until melted and smooth.
  7. Using a fork or toothpick, dunk the truffles into the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess.
  8. Return to the parchment paper to set.
  9. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter chips at 30-second intervals until melted and smooth.
  10. Drizzle the melted peanut butter chips over the truffles.
  11. For garnish, immediately sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup crushed pretzels over the truffles.

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