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Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites

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Our homemade soft pretzel bites are one of the most popular recipes on our site. We love them and so does everyone else. When Amanda came to visit, we made pretzel bites, but with a twist. We took pretzel bites to a whole new level:)

I love Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. Every time I open the bag they disappear. I decided it was time we created our own Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites. We used our pretzel bite recipe and stuffed them with peanut butter. Oh, and we didn’t stop there. We also dipped them in chocolate. These pretzel bites are salty, sweet, and so much fun!

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Josh is the pretzel master. He usually does most of the work, I just join in for the eating part:)  So when I told him I wanted to make Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites, he was excited! Josh is allergic to peanut butter and can’t go near the stuff…so he thought he was off the hook. He thought he could hide downstairs while we made a mess in the kitchen:) Nope! We still put him to work! He made the dough for us and helped with everything but the peanut butter part.

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While the pretzel dough was rising, I put little dots of peanut butter in the freezer. When the dough was ready, we cut the dough into bite size pieces and wrapped the dough around the peanut butter. We put the bites in the freezer for 5 minutes and then boiled and baked them. Of course, we added sea salt to the top! I love a good salty pretzel!

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And I really love a salty pretzel with peanut butter inside. The pretzel bites are soft, chewy and filled with creamy peanut butter. They are good plain, but dunking them into warm chocolate makes them extra special. Pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate-all of my favorite things in one snack! I die!

I am so glad Amanda was there to help me eat these tasty little pretzel bites. We had so much fun making them and eating them!

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Oh, and there’s more, we also made Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzel Bites to go with our Salted Caramel Sauce! Visit Amanda’s blog for the pretzel recipe! Our kitchen was a pretzel factory!

Get your pretzel on and make these Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites. And don’t forget the chocolate! Dunking is the best part, minus the eating:)

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Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites

Yield: About 80 pretzel bites

Homemade soft pretzel bites filled with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate! Sweet, salty, and oh so good!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
Canola oil, for greasing the bowl
1 cup creamy peanut butter, for filling the pretzels
3 quarts water
2/3 cup baking soda, for boiling the pretzels
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling on pretzel bites
Melted chocolate, for dipping the pretzels, optional

Directions:

1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

3. Oil a large bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

4. While the dough is rising, line a baking sheet or plate with wax paper. Using an 1/8 of a teaspoon, scoop out little dots of peanut butter and place them on the wax paper. Freeze until hardened, about 30 minutes. Keep in the freezer until ready to make the pretzel bites.

5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites.

6. Working with 10 bites at a time (keep the rest of the bites covered with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out while you make the pretzel bites), press an indentation into each dough bite with your finger. Place a dot of frozen peanut butter on each bite. Wrap the pretzel dough around the peanut butter and pinch the ends until the bite is closed completely. Make sure you watch the peanut butter, if it starts to thaw out while you are working, put it back in the freezer for a bit. When all of the pretzel bites are made, place them on a baking sheet or plate and put them in the freezer for 5 minutes.

7. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and carefully add the baking soda. It will bubble up, so add it slowly. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. We did about 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or that is lined with a Silpat baking mat. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops lightly with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.

8. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature before serving. Serve with melted chocolate, if desired.

Note-the pretzel bites are best eaten the day they are made. You can store them in an air-tight container on the counter if necessary.

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87 Responses to “Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 8, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    This is just such an awesome idea! I LOVE PB and this is so perfect for me! The caramel sauce with the bites, or with chocolate sauce, seriously, I’d be in heaven! I love how you got super creative with even freezing the PB. Your hard work and dedication paid off. They’re amazing!

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom — March 8, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    Oh, my. This look amazing! Salty-and-sweet combos are my favorite, so this is pretty much heaven. Especially with those dips! Can’t wait to try them. :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — March 8, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    The TJs pretzels are a favorite in our house too. These look amazing. I think they would be gone very quickly after coming out of the oven.

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    Erica — March 8, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    Totally delicious! I want this instead of cake for my next birthday ;)

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria — March 8, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I have to agree with Averie…that was pure genius about the PB! Caramel AND peanut butter are two of my favorite things! You two are such a great creative team! You rock! Thank you for sharing these pieces of heaven with us today!

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    Why d you torcher me on a Friday? I love TJ’s PB filled pretzels and now making them at home! Oh my gosh! I can only imagine how dangerous this would be! SO guess what? I”m making them on Sunday, while my Hubby watches NASCAR! Thank you for sharing and have a fab weekend!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Peanut butter stuffed pretzels are SO dangerous but I am dying to try your soft pretzel version!

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    Sues — March 8, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Such a great idea!! I have a feeling these are WAY better than the ones that can be bought in the store. They look absolutely delectable!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 8, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Oh how I love chocolate and PB! Add in your yummy pretzels and you’ve got a winner!!!

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    Vicki Bensinger — March 8, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I love Trader Joes pretzel bites and go there just to pick up a bag. So when I saw you mention these I knew I was in trouble. I’m going to have so much fun making these. Unfortunately it will take longer to make them than it will to eat the entire batch.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I know what I’m making this weekend!

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    Naomi — March 8, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    These look so good, Maria! I must make t his for my little guy. I know he’ll love them!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 8, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    These look so fun!!! I love the crunchy versions, but the soft pretzels sound absolutely heavenly!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — March 8, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I just fell in love with a pretzel. The crunchy peanut butter stuffed ones are dangerous enough but now I can have soft ones and dip them in melty chocolate? You are too evil.

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 8, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Peanut butter, chocolate and salty pretzels; these would be so addictively good!

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    Amanda — March 8, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Mind. Blown.
    I must make these!!! You two are genius.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 8, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Shut. Freaking. Up.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 8, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Wow. Just WOW!! There goes my diet. ;)

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    val — March 8, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Maria, these are beyond dreamy!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 8, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    What a fun day in the kitchen. These look dreamy!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 8, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    oh my gosh! the combinations are so perfect. poor Josh must be tortured not getting to enjoy all of these with you.

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    This is GENIUS. I would pop these into my mouth all the live-long day.

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 8, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    This is kind of a genius recipe. Like, totally amazeballs. It would be hard for me to stop at eating a handful…and I probably wouldn’t share! :)

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — March 8, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    What a wonderful idea! I also adore those TJ peanut butter filled pretzel bites! A soft pretzel must make these even more amazing!

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    Love these little pretzel bites! So fun!

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    nancy K — March 8, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Did you know that your blog is nominated on the About.com site for Best Food Blog?
    You haven’t mentioned it here so I thought perhaps you were unaware.
    The pretzel bites look yummy. I will have to try them soon.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 8, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Oh, wow! How delicious. Would you believe I’ve never made homemade pretzels. You’ve inspired me to do just that this weekend!

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    I am totally in love with both! Yum!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 8, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I about died when i saw these. they are AMAZING!!! They’re bite-sized so that means I can have more, yes? :)

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    HeatherChristo — March 8, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    These are seriously so awesome. I love it Maria, and my kids would freak out over this snack!

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    Marla Meridith — March 8, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    LOVE these little pretzels Maria!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — March 8, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    um… yes please!

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    Cookbook Queen — March 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    These are seriously too perfect Maria!!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 8, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    These look incredible! Love that you dip them in chocolate, perfect combination!

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    Kathy — March 8, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Wow! What a great idea! These looks wonderful!

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    We don’t hvae a TJ’s, but every time I am close to one I pick up a bag of those pb filled pretzels. Love this soft version at home, and the dipping sauces sound like a great pairing!

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    Amanda — March 8, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    I love, love, love these pretzels so much!! Had so much fun baking with you two!! :) I am craving pretzels now :) xoxo

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 8, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    These are so so great! Dipped in that chocolate? Yes please!

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    Susan — March 8, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    This is a beautiful combination here! I love dipping my pretzels in peanut butter, but you really can’t beat soft pretzels and I was hoping there’d be some chocolate sauce on the side!

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    Linda — March 8, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Know I would love them but husband would not. Wish I could try some you have cooked.

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