Inspired by the buckeye, a candy that is popular in Ohio (named because it resembles the nut of the buckeye tree). In these buckeye pretzel bites the peanut butter filling of that candy is sandwiched between two pretzels and then dipped and drizzled in dark chocolate.
These buckeye pretzel bites were the first ever small-batch treat that I developed a couple of years ago in a tiny two bedroom apartment with a squishy little kitchen. They’ve evolved over time, but I love them just as much now as I did that first time I made them.
They’re inspired by buckeye candy (which will heretofore be referred to as buckeyes, because no one I know calls them buckeye candy). Buckeyes are native to Ohio, where I actually lived for about five years when I was a teenager. I loved the place and the people. I often think about the years I spent there. It was during the time I lived there that I was introduced buckeyes. If you haven’t had one, that is so so sad. They’re a totally delectable peanut butter and chocolate treat.
Lucky for you, if you have never had a buckeye this recipe comes really close to the real deal. To make an authentic buckeye, you’d just roll the dough into balls and not sandwich them between pretzels. Then to dip them in the chocolate you’d stick a toothpick in the top and dip to cover the ball most of the way (but not all of the way) so that a small circle of peanut butter color still shows. Just google “buckeye recipe” if you aren’t sure what I’m talking about.
So instead of making the traditional buckeye, I just had to put a sweet and salty pretzel-y twist on them. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
- 1 tbsp butter, cut into cubes
- 0.5 oz white chocolate melts (such as wilton)*
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 24 waffle style pretzels
- 2.5-3 oz dark chocolate melts
- Melt the butter and white chocolate melts together in a small microwaveable safe mixing bowl. This should take approx. 30 seconds.
- Using a hand mixer, mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Alternately you can use a whisk instead of a hand mixer.
- Stir in powdered sugar until completely combined.
- Divide peanut butter mixture into 12 portions. Roll into balls.
- Sandwich each ball between 2 pretzels.
- Melt dark chocolate melts. Dip each buckeye pretzel bite into the chocolate, repeat with all 12. Drizzle with any additional chocolate.
- Let chocolate set, serve.