You guys… I found this pretzel recipe a while back and never made it… UNTIL NOW!! When I held my “Ingredient of the Week” contest on my Facebook page last Monday, my little one picked Dark Chocolate from the cup. As soon as she pulled this ingredient out, I knew I had to make a salty and sweet treat!!! So…. pretzel hand pies it is!
Thank you to my wonderful mother-in-law, Lisa, for this great ingredient suggestion. I am so glad you commented on my Facebook post with such a delicious ingredient! I have to admit… she made this recipe choice pretty easy this week. 🙂 Thanks Lisa!!!!
Seriously, who doesn’t love a salty soft pretzel? Well, I’m sure there is someone out there… somewhere… it doesn’t matter. I am a sucker for this salty snack. Every time one of my kids has some sort of sporting event, I ALWAYS run to the concession stand and check for soft pretzels! In fact, I’ll be working the concession stand this weekend and I plan to consume multiple soft pretzels.
After I decided to make these pretzel hand pies with dark chocolate, I knew I needed one more ingredient. According to my fam, the best ingredient paired with chocolate is.. wait for it…. PEANUT BUTTER!! Oh.. and it MUST be crunchy; texture is key. I did change up the pretzel recipe just a bit, so check that out in the recipe box.
I made sure to fill these little pups as full as possible without them exploding chocolate and peanut butter while baking. There are many ways to fill the pretzel hand pies and I’d have to say, I found chopping the chocolate worked best. The chopped chocolate allowed it to melt a lot quicker. It’s a good idea to mix the peanut butter with some honey to make it easy to spread. I wanted the shape of my pretzel hand pies to be a bit different. Instead of two rounds, I rolled out one round pretzel piece, filled it with chocolate and peanut butter and folded it in half.
When you dunk these beauties in the baking soda water, make sure to leave them in there for no longer than 25 seconds. I take mine out fairly quickly or else I find they have a very strong baking soda taste and they puff up REALLY big.
It is a good idea to place them about 1-2 inches apart. They do puff up a bit and you don’t want these salty-sweet treats to stick together, that would be cry worthy! Kidding, Kidding.. maybe not kidding. 🙂
These don’t take a very long time to bake, so keep your eye on them. The bottom can darken fairly quickly. I like to eat these when they are fresh and warm. The chocolate and peanut butter are still melted and smooth and the pretzel is warm and soft… great combo! There is a small (O.K. large) chance that I drizzled AND dipped my pretzel hand pies in more dark chocolate. Alright, alright, it happened.. I did it.. I dipped and drizzled and it was AMAZING!! You should try it, you won’t regret it! 🙂
Now go get some dark chocolate and start BAKING!!
-bye for now.