I promise I’ll quit yammering on about this soon but seriously, my little girl is growing up in the blink of an eye!  She turned two just a couple of weeks ago and I swear, it’s as though some switch has been flipped over to big girl.  The last traces of baby are slipping away.  In yet another change to this effect, she moved up into the next age group class at daycare.  I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t stop myself from tearing up when her teacher told me there was room for her in the next class.  The transition went so smoothly, it’s almost as though nothing is different…for her, anyway.  We’ve grown so close to the teachers in her old class, it was hard to imagine not seeing them every day.  I knew I wanted to bring some sort of small gift to thank them for taking such great care of our girl, and as I always do, I wanted to bake or make them something.

Then I suddenly remembered a snippet of a conversation months ago with one of the teachers, when she said she wasn’t much for sweets but preferred salty snacks.  Obviously, not loving sweets is a foreign concept to me, but I wanted to think of something I could make that would satisfy both the sweet and the salt lovers.  This fit the bill perfectly.  These truffles have a crunchy pretzel-peanut butter filling that is coated in a smooth shell of bittersweet chocolate.  I topped mine with a peanut butter drizzle but you could also use crushed pretzels or just leave them plain.  The filling takes just minutes to mix up and a few more to roll into balls.  The coating should be pretty quick too, unless you’re crazy like me and prefer to temper your chocolate for coating.  Whatever way you decide to do it, you’ll end up with a bite-sized, salty-sweet, chocolate peanut butter treat.  The best kind.


For the filling:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups crushed pretzels

For coating: 
12 0z. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

For the drizzle:
1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp. milk
4-6 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar


  • 01

    To make the filling, combine the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, butter and pretzels in a medium bowl.  Mix well with a spoon until evenly combined and all ingredients are incorporated.  Roll the mixture into small balls, about 2-3 teaspoons worth each.  (You may need to clean your hands between batches to keep the mixture from sticking to your palms.)  Place on a baking sheet lined with foil, parchment, or wax paper.  Transfer to the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.

  • 02

    Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a bowl of simmering water, and heat until melted and smooth.  (Temper if desired.)  Dip chilled peanut butter-pretzel balls in the chocolate, gently shaking off the excess.  Transfer back to the lined baking sheet.  Chill to let chocolate fully set.

  • 03

    To make the peanut butter drizzle, combine the peanut butter and the milk in a small bowl.  Microwave briefly, about 15 seconds.  Add in the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth.  Adjust consistency as needed with additional confectioners’ sugar.  Drizzle over the coated truffles.  Let set before packaging or serving.


  • Obsessive Compulsive Baking Di

    Mmmmm these look delicious!
    I have never made truffles before so might just have to give these a go, thanks for the recipe.
    Leah x

  • Elizabeth Gorecki

    I can’t wait to try these! I love the sweet and salty combo too! I agree…our kids grow up way too fast :(

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These are beautiful!!

  • These sound sooo good!! Yum!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I love peanut butter pretzels, so I know I’d be in heaven with these. They’re beautiful, too!

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  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    These look fabulous Annie. I have half a bag of pretzels that’s been sitting on my counter for ages and I’ve been searching for a use for them…I think I just found it!

  • Your truffles look gorgeous! They sound so good too!

  • Courtney

    Nothing better than peanut butter + pretzels + chocolate!

  • bsivasai

    These look amazing! Can you use natural peanut butter or will it be too oily?

  • Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    These are right up my alley! I love the salty/sweet combo!

  • sara waters

    What do you use to dip the balls into chocolate? Mine never turn out pretty!

  • lissa

    Just to confirm my impression—crush the pretzels and then measure out 2 cups?These sound delicious.

  • I will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing Annie!

  • Peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate go together really well. These sound great!

  • Ashley Lockhart

    I can’t wait to make these! They would make the perfect hostess gift, too. Thanks for the recipe!

  • annieseats

    I just balance them on the tines of a fork and dip them in the chocolate. Nothing special, I think it just takes practice :)

  • Tracy

    I wish the parents of of my students would make me peanut butter pretzel truffles! I recently tempered chocolate for the first time and I can attest, it really is worth the effort and make the dipping so much easier. These truffles are gorgeous!

  • These are so beautiful and my favorite flavor!

  • annieseats

    Yep, you got it :)

  • Michelle Hudak

    I made something very similar to this, except with graham crackers instead of pretzels, and then sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on top, rather, than doing a drizzle. I thought they tasted just like tagalongs(girl scout cookies). I’ll have to try this pretzel twist next time!

    My Tagaolng truffles: http://beautifultastyfun.blogspot.com/2012/07/peanut-butter-graham-cracker-balls.html

  • Stephanie Bland

    So…all you have to do is melt the chocolate to a certain temperature, drop a chunk of tempered chocolate into the melted chocolate and stir it until it cools to a certain temperature, and then heat it back up?lol

  • annieseats

    Yep, that’s pretty much it. Sounds easy and it is, but it takes for.ever to wait for the temp to come down.

  • Oh man, these sound like a great mix of salty & sweet!

  • Megan Osborn

    I just made some similar truffles the other day! I love the salty sweet combo, especially in truffle form. These look amazing!

  • Leslie Green

    kids grow up waaaayyyy too fast! Love these. I would most likely eat them all!

  • This is soooo my favorite kind of dessert. I am attracted to sweet and salty desserts like bugs to a florescent light. Seriously, can’t resist.

  • Heidi

    Made these on Friday and they are absolutely delicious! The perfect combo of sweet and salty. Only modification I made because I didn’t have enough powdered sugar, is I sprinkled course sea salt on top instead of doing the drizzle. The whole batch was devoured in 2 days! :)

  • annieseats

    So glad you enjoyed them!

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried with natural peanut butter but I agree that it might be too oily. I suppose the only way to know is to try it and see what happens. Let me know if you do and how they turn out!

  • awilderm23

    Just made these – delicious! I added a bit of honey to the filling and topped them with crushed pretzels. I also found this neat method for dipping truffles on Saveur magazine’s youtube channel – ‘How to dip truffles with toothpicks and sytrofoam’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGeIbQfIISI. It was a little tricky with the pretzel filling but would definitely work with ganache! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Jenn Johns

    These look like a perfect salty/sweet indulgence!!

  • My girl turned 5 this year – how does it go by so fast??

    Not liking sweets is definitely a foreign concept to me too! I know one person who doesn’t like the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together…WHA?!! I think they were dropped on their head as a baby, possibly.

    Thank you for this one – looks delicious! I’ve failed every other time I’ve tried to make truffles (always seem to burn the chocolate) but I may get brave and try again. :-)

  • Hi Annie I love love your blog, and my husband lets me spend as much time on it as I want:) Just wondering if you know how long these would keep?

  • annieseats

    I think they would keep quite a while refrigerated, but please see the FAQ page for general food storage info. Thanks!

  • Thanks!

  • Wow Annie, these look delish!!!! Anything involving pretzels & chocolate I’m down with ;)