Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeyes

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Buckeye Pretzels are peanut butter balls sandwiched between pretzels and dipped in chocolate, this is a salty-sweet twist on a classic!

If seeing the ever-popular Peanut Butter Balls (a.k.a. Buckeyes) waiting on a dessert table thrills you, then these salty-sweet bites of chocolate peanut butter happiness are going to be your new favorite!

Sweet and Salty Pretzel Buckeyes

The Christmas baking bug gets me every year and even though we will have an especially busy December this year, I want to make ALL the recipes.

It never fails that I’m flooded with ideas for new holiday treats all season long. If I’m still sharing Christmas recipes in January, you’ll know why.

Buckeye Pretzel Ingredients

  • creamy peanut butter
  • butter, softened
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • mini pretzel twists
Peanut Butter Fudge tucked into salty pretzels is a winner

How To Make Buckeye Pretzels

In the bowl of a mixer, beat peanut butter and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.

Roll into small balls (about 1½-2 teaspoons worth) and sandwich between two pretzels. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Salty sweet pretzel peanut butter balls

Place the chocolate in a deep bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals, until melted.

Dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to set.

I like these best when about half coated in melted chocolate. When I don’t want them to be quite so sweet, I just drizzle a bit of chocolate on top, or alternatively, pour chocolate over the top. However, you coat them, they’re delicious.

Bite-size Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeye Candies

Buckeye Pretzels

There’s just something irresistible about the chocolate + peanut butter combination, isn’t there?

Adding pretzels to that combination? and making it bite-size and snackable? That’s pretty much a guaranteed win.

PB Pretzel Buckeyes are a bite-size favorite!

These Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeyes are a twist on classic Buckeyes, one of the most popular recipes on this site.

Let’s be real, is there anyone anywhere who doesn’t love Peanut Butter Balls during the holidays??

Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeyes make great holiday gifts

As much as we love Buckeyes, it’s fun to mix it up sometimes too!

Try these Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies for a little extra crunch with your Buckeyes. And these Peanut Butter Balls with Graham Crackers taste just like Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Salted Peanut Butter Oreo Cookie Balls are another salty-sweet combination that you’re going to love as well.

Bite-size Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeye Candies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeyes

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Peanut butter balls sandwiched between pretzels and dipped in chocolate are a salty sweet twist on a classic!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 min
Inactive Time: 1 hr 39 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizers & Snacks, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 100

Ingredients 

  • cups peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups powdered sugar, about 1 pound
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 15 ounce bag mini pretzel twists

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a mixer, beat peanut butter and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.
  • Roll into small balls (about 1½-2 teaspoons worth) and sandwich between two pretzels. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  • Place the chocolate in a deep bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals, until melted.
  • Dip the chilled peanut butter pretzel balls into the melted chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to set.

Notes

I like these best when about half coated in melted chocolate. When I don’t want them to be quite so sweet, I just drizzle a bit of chocolate on top, or alternatively, pour chocolate over the top. However, you coat them, they’re delicious.

Nutrition

Serving: 1buckeye · Calories: 90kcal · Carbohydrates: 11g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 3mg · Sodium: 80mg · Potassium: 57mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 6g · Vitamin A: 31IU · Calcium: 6mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 11/28/17 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/8/21}

While we are talking peanut butter pretzel treats, this Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie looks delicious and these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars would cure any salty-sweet cravings!

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  1. Susan says

    Hi Mallory, I have more of a question then a comment. Do these need to be stored in the refrigerator and does the peanut spread when you bite into them?

    • Mallory says

      I would only store them for a day or so. They would keep better in the freezer for a week or so. the longer you store them, the more chance the pretzel will get stale.

  2. Jay says

    5 stars
    WOW! Did I say WOW!? I made these on Friday and they were outstanding…and addictive. I already had a great buckeye recipe (which is very similar to yours) that I’ve used many a time, so I adapted it to this recipe. The addition of the crunchy / salty pretzel and then dipping in chocolate was genius. The recipe generated over 60 treats, so I sent some with my wife to work, some with my daughter to work, and we were in and out of the refrigerator constantly eating them through the weekend. What a great joining of flavors and textures. Thank YOu!!!

  3. Chastity says

    I have been making these for the past 6 years.. Everyone is so excited when I make them… I use Snyder snap (square) pretzels and I use crunchy peanut butter for filling and I drizzle red & green candy melts over the chocolate to make them festive…

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