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tom petty peanut butter-pretzel truffles

I've been having a Tom Petty summer. It seems like every time I get in the car, I'm listening to "Breakdown" or "Mary Jane's Last Dance."

And Petty's been strangely relaxing lately, like a drug.

So this is my edible ode to the 70's rocker.

Actually, it's Martha Stewart's recipe, with a few tweaks. But I did give it a sweet new name.

This is peanut butter at its best -- just a little sugar and salt to bring out its natural beauty. Pretzels add some crunch, too, and a little salt of their own.

Then all of those little balls of peanut butter bliss get covered in melted chocolate.

This is now my favorite peanut butter dessert.

I'm sort of obsessed with peanut butter. It's hard to have it in the house. Armed with a spoon, I'm usually able to convince myself that those few grams of protein in every tablespoon somehow make up for everything else in the jar's indulgent depths. 

And then I indulge. 

So delicious.

However, despite my love of peanut butter, I haven't found many desserts that can handle its sheer awesomeness.

Either the peanut butter is buried under a package of cream cheese, a ton of sugar or both, or the texture of the cookie or cake is all wrong.

This is different. It's awesome, super easy and so delicious.

Whip it together one night and see if you don't eat two or three or eight.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Candy

 adapted from Martha Stewart

makes about 12 to 15 balls

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • about 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (I used about 3/4 cup Hershey's special dark chocolate chips and 1 Hershey's milk chocolate bar)
  • sea salt, for sprinkling

Line a baking sheet with foil.

In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in pretzel pieces. Form filling into tablespoon-sized balls and place on foil-lined baking sheet. (If the peanut butter mixture is too soft to form balls, pop the mixture into the freezer for a few minutes to allow it to firm up a little first. My balls were more like rounded mounds.)

Chill peanut butter balls in freezer for 30 minutes.

Carefully melt chocolate in microwave, stirring every 15 t0 20 seconds, until smooth.

Dip peanut butter balls in melted chocolate and place back on pan. Sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on each ball. Chill the pan of chocolate-covered balls in freezer or refrigerator until chocolate is set.  Store in refrigerator.

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Reader Comments (26)

These truffles look amazing. Chocolate & peanut butter just go together, add in the pretzels, well, it's perfection. I can almost taste these truffles just by looking at your photos. Would make a great chocolate Christmas gift!

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Blair

I really like this recipe and the addition of the pretzels makes them extra special. Your pictures are stunning I have bookmarked this recipe, simply delicious! Buzz Buzz

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina@flourtrader

OMG my two favorites addiction things, peanut butter and chocolate love it... i will try it for sure :)

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

Oh my goodness, these look so tasty!
I'll have to try this recipe with gluten-free pretzels...yum, yum, yum!!!

xo Emily Lynne

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yummy! These look incredible!!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh Wow, what a cool blog and recipe!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

These are the most incredible things I've ever seen! LOVE chocolate peanut butter and pretzels. Thanks for sharing!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlida @ Alida's Kitchen

These look super yummy! I love the salty sweet combo I could eat a dozen of these in one sitting. =)

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey@Lindselicious

Peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. I'm not sure if there is a better combination! These look awesome!!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh wow! What a perfect combination of salty and sweet. I will definitely be making these :)

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLolly

MMM... l made something similar once but added mini marshmallows as well. Looks Delicious!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

LOL I like peanut butter too, but I usually stop at a teaspoon or two in a sitting. This sounds like and looks like a lovely truffle.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Eloff

Oh My goodness!!!! I am drooling! Next Chocolate craving I am making this!
From The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChandra Lane Sirois

I'm so glad I stopped by your site, wow! These looks absolutely delicious! I would love to give these as a gift, although it would be hard to share them, yum! Thanks so much for sharing, buzzed it! =]

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreeSpiritEater

These truffles look wonderful! I like the name.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Funny, I've been hearing a lot of "I Won't Back Down" this summer...and there is extra peanut butter in the house. It must be a sign. These look amazing!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Peanut butter and chocolate the perfect combination, a marriage made in culinary heaven.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

That looks rustic yet appealing. good work!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGirl Cook Art

These look amazing! What a great combo w/ the pretzels. I'd be addicted to these things if they were in my house. By the way...Tom Petty music, pure relaxation for me also, I love it. :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

Oh wow, these look incredible. Peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels - yum!

Nom. These look so good!

Wow these look ridiculously good. I would love to have a bowl sitting in fron tof me right now to munch on!

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Michelle

These look so good and dangerous!

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

One of my favorite flavor combos! :D

August 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiffany

I am going to put these on my must make very, very soon list. They look delicious and I too am a peanut butter lover.

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthejoyofcaking

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