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Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups

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One of the best-selling candies, homemade and updated! These can be made in milk or dark chocolate, too. The crunch and saltiness of the pretzels make these even better than the original.

Ingredients

  • ½ cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • ⅔ cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips (milk Or Semisweet, Your Preference)
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 24 whole Bite-sized Pretzels

Preparation

Line your 24-count mini muffin pan with muffin liners. Set aside.

Into a small saucepan over medium heat, add the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar, stirring until melted, smooth and well-combined. Remove from the heat and begin to gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing well until the mixture comes together. Set aside and cool while you continue with the next step.

Melt the chocolate chips and the shortening in a microwave safe dish (I use a glass measuring cup), heating it in the microwave in 30 second increments and stirring between each increment. When it’s smooth stop heating it. Use a teaspoon and spoon chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner.

Using a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon, get a small amount of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disc. Place the disc of peanut butter on top of the melted chocolate and press down gently to encourage the chocolate to come up around the sides of the peanut butter. Spoon more melted chocolate on top of each of the peanut butter discs to cover. Press a pretzel gently into the top of each candy.

Refrigerate about 30 minutes until set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for serving. Or these also keep well in the refrigerator or freezer.

Note: You can make full-sized peanut butter cups out of this recipe using a standard-sized muffin tin and muffin liners. This would make 12 full-sized cups.

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

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4hmom on 11.2.2012

I can’t wait to try these. You have wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing with us! This photograph is awesome, too!

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mslaura022 on 11.9.2012

These were surprisingly easy and a great picnic take-a-long. My peanut butter mixture required a little more sugar and time in the fridge to speed up cooling. If I were to do this again, I’d make sure my peanut butter mixture was ready before melting the chocolate which hardened faster than expected. These are really tasty and look cute on a plate. Would also make a great gift or housewarming present.

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