These delicious candies have a filling that tastes like peanut butter cups, sitting on top of a pretzel, and the whole shebang is covered with chocolate. You may use miniature pretzel twists or the newer square shape (as shown in the picture). Set up a production line and let the kids help.
Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Yield: 48 servings
1 cup of peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 Tablespoons) of butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup club cracker crumbs
2 cups of confectioners' sugar
8 dozen small pretzel twists or square butter snaps pretzels (about 4 cups, approximately 5 ounces)
10 ounces special dark chocolate (2 5-ounce bars)
1 ounce paraffin, shaved
Preparation:In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, graham cracker crumbs, club cracker crumbs, and confectioners' sugar on low to medium-low speed until well-mixed. Scrape sides often. Mixture will be very thick. Using your hands, roll mixture into small balls about the diameter of a dime and place each on a pretzel. Press down gently to cover the pretzel and place on a jelly roll pan. Repeat until all of peanut butter mixture is used. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to firm up. Melt chocolate and paraffin in the top of a double-boiler until smooth. Remove from heat. Swirl the tops of each of the pretzel candies in the melted chocolate, shaking gently to remove excess and return to the jelly roll pan with pretzel-side down. Refrigerate again to set chocolate. Store leftovers between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate.