Today would have been the perfect day to do nothing but sit on my couch and veg-out. My husband was gone and I had the entire house to myself. All of the windows were open and there was a beautiful breeze blowing across the living room and a pile of magazines that I’ve not had time to look through yet were calling my name… Oh, to put my feet up and do NOTHING for an entire afternoon. Doesn’t that sound glorious?
I’m afraid that’s not what I ended up doing. See, while making a batch of delicious peanut butter pretzel bites earlier in the morning for a Women On Mission meeting at church I kinda made a mess of my kitchen. (In that sentence the word “kinda” should be translated to “ginormous”). You’re probably asking yourself, “What kind of mess could she have possibly made? The recipe only has 6 ingredients!” I know. It’s hard to believe. Let me tell you what happened:
At first everything went smoothly. I creamed the peanut butter and sugars together without any problems. I even sandwiched the filling between the pretzels and dunked them into melted chocolate with ease. But after I’d arranged all of the beautiful little “bites” in my favorite Nell Hill’s bowl I remembered that in the cabinet just above my refrigerator I had several pumpkin bowls stored and thought, “One of those would be PERFECT”. This is where things started to go downhill. As I stood there on a chair pulling various bowls and plates out of the cabinet I realized I only had 5 minutes to get everything together and out the door. The bowl I wanted was, of course, the last bowl I was able to pull out of the cabinet. Rather than putting all of the dishes I had yanked out back where they belonged I decided to carefully arrange them on top of the refrigerator with the thought that when I returned from my WOM meeting I’d return them all to their proper places. What I didn’t realize was that all of the bowls and plates I’d so carefully balanced were resting on the freezer door. When I opened it up to grab my “bites” everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – came crashing down.
So, instead of sitting on the couch in front of my open window and catching up on all of my Martha magazines, I spent the afternoon searching for and picking up all of the glass and pottery shards that scattered across the floor. Oh, and mopping up a 1/4 bottle of Saki. (Note to self: never store alcohol, or any other liquid in shatterable bottles, on top of the fridge ever again.)
This is a recipe I found on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/165462411/
PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BITES
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp softened butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (maybe more)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (maybe more)
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Combine peanut butter and softened butter in a large bowl with a fork or whisk, or in a stand mixer. Add the sugars and mix to combine. At this point if the filling will roll easily into balls without sticking to your hands you’re ready to go. If not, add a little more of each sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll (I used about 3/4 cup of each sugar).
- Use a teaspoon measure to scoop the filling. Roll each portion into a small ball, then sandwich them between two whole pretzels. When all the balls are rolled and successfully sandwiched, stick the whole tray in the freezer for about half an hour.
- Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals (or melt in a double boiler like I did), stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate. Return to the tray and repeat with remaining sandwiches. When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely. Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.