Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Pretzel Bites

My husband and I are huge Ohio State fans and for the game tonight against the Kentucky Wildcats I decided against making regular buckeyes for these addicting Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites. I saw these about a month ago over at Two Tiny Kitchens and about fell out of my chair. A buckeye sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate! Seriously? I am all over it! The sweet and salty combination of these bite-sized snacks is incredible. Then the fact that it is a chocolate and peanut butter combination makes it even better! Even if you are not a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, whip up a batch of these simple bites and come back and let me know what you think! I promise you will find them as delicious as my family does! :)

Peanut Butter "Buckeye" Pretzel Bites

A buckeye sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate!

Yield: 45 bites


1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips


Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat peanut butter and butter until combined. Scrape down bowl, add sugars and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without sticking to your hands. If needed, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip each pretzel bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Source:Two Tiny Kitchens originally from Foodaphilia

105 Responses to “Peanut Butter “Buckeye” Pretzel Bites”

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    Cynthia — December 20, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    I just found this recipe through! I’m making these for my Christmas even party! What a nice twist on buckeyes =)

    • Christina replied: — December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

      I hope you and your guests enjoy them! Let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Phyllis {LuxeFinds} — December 21, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them this week. :)

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    tinetta — December 28, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    These were soo good! Defintely a favorite this holiday season!

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them!! My family loves this recipe, especially around football season! :)

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    Dishin' With Daisy — February 20, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    A treat even a Penn Stater can love!

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    Kerri Malanowski — February 23, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I sprinkled clear sugar crystals on top of the chocolate before it set. It looked like salt! Great addition to this yummy recipe!

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    Mary — February 25, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    I think when I make them I’m going to use the small square pretzels. This way they are
    small and you can EAT MORE !

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    Christy — April 6, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I made them dipped in white chocolate, too….and they were so fantastic. Thanks so much for this super yummy recipe!!!

    • Christina replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed them Christy! They are one of my favorite football foods…I will have to try them dipped in white chocolate next time! :)

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    Maureen Mc Inerney — May 6, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    There ids a heaven right here, on earth! Sound sooooo great!

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    Kristen — May 18, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I made a double batch today. They are awesome. I’m having an issue with the chocolate “sweating”. I’m bringing them to two parties tomorrow… I don’t want them to be gooey. Any suggestions?

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    Laurie Lee — June 17, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    Couldn’t sleep tonight at all, so spent the night baking cookies to fill my freezer for my nephew’s graduation party next week. This recipe made 100 for me, so I spent a good amount of time rolling little balls and to be honest, peanut butter doesn’t smell as good at 3:30 in the morning as it usually does! lol Anyway, they turned out great and am sure they will be a popular addition to our giant cookie assortment at a party attended by MANY Ohio State fans! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Linda P — July 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    I made these and loved them. Living in Columbus OH, I can always use a Buckeye treat. I used waffle shaped pretzels and liked the look.

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    MindysWhimseys (@MindysWhimseys) — July 9, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    I just found this through Pinterest! Just the picture alone made my mouth water! I’m totally making these ASAP!!

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    Jill Pennigar — July 14, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Hi everyone! By the way, I love buckeyes. After watching my grandmother and my mother make them, I made my first batch at age 5! And so I decided to try these. And they were even better!

    But I also tried something different that I wanted to share with you all. Try dipping them into WHITE CHOCOLATE. Life changer!!

    • Christina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      Oh man…I bet they are incredible in white chocolate! I will have to try that next time I make them! :)

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    Paula — July 17, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    OMG, I am going to make these today!! My fiancé is one of the biggest OSU fans there is and he loves buckeyes. This is an awesome twist on them. O-H…

    • Paula replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 11:09 am

      Just another thought, during football season Walmart sells football shaped pretzels. I can’t wait for that.

    • Christina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      I-O :) I hope you enjoy them! I will have to look for the football shaped pretzels…genius!

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    Brandi — August 23, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    My “Soon to Be Husband” is from Ohio & of course a huge Buckeye fan! I think I am going to try these out & surprise him with these for opening day of Buckeye’s football!

    • Christina replied: — August 24th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

      Yea! Go Bucks! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :)

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    Matt — September 8, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Oh My Goodness! I made these for a “Chocolate Fest” fundraiser that I am going to tonight in Louisville to benefit the Louisville AIDS Walk and I am SO excited to take them! They were a little more labor intensive than I had planned, but the end result is YUMMO and I am sure they will be a big hit! This recipe made about 140 of these bad boys… though the 1 bag of chocolate chips was BARELY enough, some of them got skimped! 😛

    • Christina replied: — September 11th, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      Yay! What a perfect little treat for a chocolate fest! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed them! :)

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    Tamara — October 23, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    This is genius. I am a sucker for salty and sweet (I always mix half a bag of pretzels with a pack of M&Ms for a movie).

    Sprinkling with just a pinch of sea salt would make this even better because pretzels are not always salty enough.

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    Shelly — December 2, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Awesome and I can’t wait to try them. I love twists on the traditional buckeyes. And the coolest part is, that i live in Peoria too. Thanks for the awesome recipies, will be trying more soon!

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    Christina — December 10, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Thank you for these. My daughter and I made them for a cookie exchange. They turned out great! We made them with gluten free pretzles so my wonderful Mother-in-Law can eat them too!

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    Melinda — January 3, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    First, congrats on your baby! We share a birthday! Next year it is on Thanksgiving. I’m an avid Buckeyes fan, living in GA for now, but make it back for the football season. Love buckeyes and plan to make these soon! Go Bucks!!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 22, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Just noticed your photo posted on a Facebook page and they do not link to your site. They put up the entire recipe. Thought you might want to know!

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    Bren — January 22, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Fantastic! My son and I made these the other night and had so much fun. I read through the comments and also found the football shaped pretzels and used toffee bits on half of them. Used a whole bag of chips. Made a total of about 120 (after all the taste testing was done). Was gone in 3 days! To make these a LOT less labor intensive I took about a golf ball sized amount of mixture (more when you get the hang of it) and rolled between my hands like play doh to make a snake. Cut into the size pieces you want and smoosh between the pretzels. No need to roll individual little balls. Went a whole lot faster. Thanks!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 24, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Either they now added you as the source for the photo/recipe, or I overlooked it the first time.

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    Chocolate lover — April 14, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    My mom and I would make a similar kind of recipe- use the square pretzels, place a hershey kiss on top, put in oven at 350 for 5 minutes until the hershey kisses are soft but not melted and then right when they come out you stick an m&m on the top of the hershey kiss and let cool. Amazing! No peanut butter but same idea with the sweet and salty! We’ll definitely try these too!

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    Noel S — June 22, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    I made these yesterday and they are delicious! My friends all demanded the recipe so I linked them to your site. I could eat these all day! Thanks!

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    Jessica — November 29, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    Big Ohio State game tomorrow against That Team Up North, I was looking for a different buckeye recipe on Pinterest and I think this will be it! Thanks!! OSU fan in Central PA!

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    Michelle Drozdibob — March 21, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    I make these often with an assortment for wedding receptions. Most always one of the first kinds to go! I make 4X the recipe.

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    Lynne AlBchara — April 15, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Love them! This recipe worked up easily and they are delicious! I made them for my Mothers weekly Bingo group. Quick and tasty… You’ve gotta try them!

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    Vanessa — September 6, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    I’ve made these for the first two OSU games of the season-they are awesome
    And a great variation on the traditional buckeye. People (me?) can’t stop eating
    Them!!! I omitted the brown sugar the first time to keep it more like a traditional
    Buckeye and I think I prefer it that way. The brown sugar made it too sweet and
    Grainy for my taste. Super delish tho–and a new staple to our OSU game days &
    Tailgates. Thanks so much for an easy & tasty recipe! :)

    • Christina replied: — September 13th, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the pretzel bites, Vanessa! I’ll have to try leaving out the brown sugar next time I make them. Go Bucks! :)

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    Trill Mix — December 19, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    I would use the official buckeye candy peanut butter recipe to sandwich between the pretzels. I used the one on this site and because of the brown sugar it turned out sooo gritty!

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    Erica — January 23, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    In response to Christie @ Pepper Lynn, I wanted to say that I made these with natural peanut butter. They were really good, but yeah, after sitting out all day, it did seem like it was starting to separate and they were getting really soft and squishy. I kept them in the fridge after that and they were totally fine. I just let them warm up for a few minutes before eating them because they are better closer to room temperature than fridge temperature.
    Another comment I have is about the brown sugar. Some reviewers said that it didn’t dissolve or that it seemed grainy. So what I did was melt the butter in a sauce pan and stir in the brown sugar. I whisked it for a minute or so and then added the peanut butter and the powdered sugar, whisking right in the saucepan. Mine still had a bit of a graininess to it, but not noticeable unless you were looking for it.
    I didn’t bother rolling balls after the first few….too time consuming and it’s getting smashed anyway. Somebody suggested rolling a snake and cutting it into pieces. I did something more like that. Much faster.
    Great idea, great recipe, will definitely make again. Yummy!

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