Buckeye Pretzel Bites

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.

Buckeye Pretzel Bites // bakingyum.com

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.

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No-Bake Pretzel M&M Scotcheroos

The perfect sweet and salty no-bake treat: peanut butter rice krispie treats loaded with pretzels, topped with a chocolate butterscotch mixture, more pretzels, and a handful of mini M&Ms.

Let’s talk about these scotcheroos. You’ve probably had a regular scotcheroo before (which are just like these, except no pretzels or M&Ms). The best thing about a scotcheroo is the peanut butter/butterscotch combo. Hello. I could eat creamy peanut butter and butterscotch chips off of a spoon every. day. of. my. life. But then again, these bars are even more delicious and they only take minutes to make. The hard part is waiting for the chocolate to set, which is optional if you don’t mind melted chocolate schmeared all over your lips.Small-Batch Pretzel M&M Scotcheroos. Recipe makes just 6 bars! // bakingyum.comThe inspiration for adding pretzels and M&Ms to the mix came mostly from my insane love for sweet and salty treats. Oh, and also a very vague memory of making a peanut butter cheerio bar with a friend and her mom when I was younger, probably nine or ten. I have lots of cooking memories from my childhood years (post easy bake oven tantrum). The aforementioned cheerio bars were one of the times where my childhood cooking experiment actually ended up tasty. Unlike when I thought yeast and wheat germ were the same thing, or when I completely forgot flour in a batch or cookies, or another time when I added a 1/4 cup of salt to cookie dough instead of a 1/4 teaspoon. Yep, that happened. I really haven’t had a major mishaps like that in a while though, just as a disclaimer. After years of practice and mostly figuring things out on my own I’m pretty confident in the kitchen.  Continue reading “No-Bake Pretzel M&M Scotcheroos”

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad

A simple layered raspberry pretzel jello salad with a pretzel crust, a no bake cheesecake layer, and a layer of raspberry gelatin. This holiday side dish/dessert is the perfect balance of sweet and salty!

Raspberry Pretzel Jell-O Salad // bakingyum.com

I have to be honest, I have totally struggled with whether or not to post this recipe. Not because it isn’t totally delish and well worth posting, but because I took so many pictures and only one turned out semi-decent. Ahem… Continue reading “Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad”