Rolling some balls

I've often mentioned my love of Pinterest and how its prods {that's a nice gentle word right?} me to do things. Its ... just .... so .... pretty. But, often it is also delicious. I saw a picture several weeks ago for these peanut butter pretzels and pinned it instantly. Chocolate? Pretzels? Peanut Butter? Yes please sir.

So, on the celebratory day for the premiere of Keeping up with the Kardashians.... I went to town. It was quite the cooking day {see Sunday dinner post}, but these pretzels were pretty easy. A great activity for kids, should you have any laying around that like to rolls balls and dip their fingers in chocolate.

The recipe is pretty easy {scroll alllllll the way to the bottom} and I'll definitely make it again but perhaps with a few modifications.
peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar... sinful
all ready to roll some balls.... sticky hands.
Ready to go swimming in some chocolate....

All dipped!
So, while I thought these were great they are a "two bite" snack for sure. Also, not portable exactly. I wouldn't take them to work with me unless I had a cooling unit available. The peanut butter part could get a bit melty / sticky / not fun.
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar {I used more than this}
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Pretzels
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips {I added a bit o' shortening}
I think one thing my mom finds really annoying about my cooking is that I don't keep track of how much I put in of anything. I definitely didn't use a bag of chocolate chips... that's for sure. Specific directions? 
  1. Mix the first four ingredients together {PB, butter, sugars}
  2. Add more powdered sugar until the dough won't be "sticky" when you roll it into balls. For me, this was probably like at least 1/2-3/4 cup.
  3. Smoosh the PB balls between two pretzels and toss them in the fridge to harden a bit, like 30 mins.
  4. Melt the chocolate - either in the microwave or via a double boiler method. I toss in a smidge of shortening to make the chocolate a little bit more smooth and thin. Again, I don't measure but maybe like 1 tsp of shortening for every cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Dip those babies in the chocolate. Cool.
  6. Eat them. Made like 20ish treats.
Simple huh? Next time I do it, I'm skipping the brown sugar all together. It made it just too sweet. I'll use all powdered sugar like I do for my traditional PB balls.

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