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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and salty pretzels create a to-die-for truffle. It’s a little bite of decadence and a special indulgence for the holiday season.—Ashley Wisniewski, Champaign, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 cups crushed pretzels, divided
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening


  • In a large bowl, beat 1-1/2 cups peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, brown sugar, butter and salt until blended. Stir in 3 cups pretzels.
  • Shape pretzel mixture into 1-in. balls; transfer to waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip truffles in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to baking sheets.
  • Microwave remaining peanut butter on high for 30-45 seconds or until melted. Drizzle over truffles; sprinkle with remaining pretzels. Refrigerate until set. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 truffle: 176 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Maxx
    Jul 31, 2019

    This tastes amazing and was super fun to make! I recommend it to anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter with a soft, crunchy twist.

  • pstephens10
    Dec 9, 2018

    why are reviews calling these buckeyes? I plan to give them a try but don't call them something they aren't. I don't think Buckeyes have pretzels in them...

  • sd20
    Nov 22, 2017

    Wasn't impressed for all the steps involved so won't be making again. It looks like some others did enjoy them by the reviews so that's good.

  • Colleen
    Nov 22, 2017

    Made these yesterday. They are different but really good. They are not smooth like a traditional truffle and they certainly aren't buckeyes but the sweet and salty combination is really good. Chilling the 'dough' certainly is essential to a good outcome. I would definitely recommend these treats!

  • Linda
    Nov 20, 2017

    Sorry did not like these at all. The flavor was not good, did not taste like buckeyes that is for sure. Again I wish I could give a better rating.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jan 14, 2017

    These were so delicious! I took them to a party and everyone raved about them. I did not bother topping with the pretzels or peanut butter but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It does taste like a crunchy Buckeye. Highly recommend this recipe.

  • lettuceleaf
    Dec 28, 2016

    These are amazing! They are like buckeyes but better. The pretzel keeps its crunch even after they're stored a few days in the frig. Definitely will be a repeat holiday treat!

  • littleducky
    Jan 2, 2015

    great taste;no one will guess the center filling.