Isabelle Boucher

Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzel Bites

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After spending a good part of my early 20s working in Toronto’s Eaton Center, I get a little bit twitchy at the thought of spending any amount of time in a shopping mall.

The only thing that can lure me back in is the promise of a mall-style pretzel… I just love those pillowy-soft bites flecked with crunchy bits of salt, preferably with a side of peanut butter for dunking.

So I thought to myself, why not try making them at home, so that I wouldn’t have to brave the mall for a fix? And why not take it one step further by baking the peanut butter right into each bite?

I’m pleased to say this little experiment was an unqualified success. Hidden inside the perfectly golden-brown salt-speckled exterior of each mini pretzel bite, a peanut butter center awaits unsuspecting snackers. It’s all the goodness of my beloved mall pretzels, wrapped up in one perfect bite-sized bundle.

While I made these with Smooth Operator, the options are as endless as there are Peanut Butter & Co. flavors – for a sweet-and-salty treat, try these with Mighty Maple or Bee’s Knees, or satisfy your inner chocoholic with Dark Chocolate Dreams. Personally, though, I prefer salty simplicity of the version below.

Prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Yield: 100 pretzel bites

Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzel Bites


Pretzel Ingredients

For the dough
1 1/2 cups cups warm water
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons honey
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons salt

For baking soda solution
2 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda

For filling and egg wash
1 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt


Prepare the dough

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, butter, honey and yeast, and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until slightly foamy.

2. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt to the bowl, and mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Increase speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough comes together into a ball and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. The dough should feel slightly tacky and elastic – if it’s too wet or sticky, add more flour as needed, a tablespoon at a time. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and shape into a ball.

Pretzel Dough

3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl, turning over to coat all over with oil. Cover with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Shape and Fill the Bites

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two large baking sheets with oil or cooking spray.

2. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each one out into a 16″ rope.

3. Using a sharp knife, score each rope down the middle to create a trench, making sure not to cut all the way through. Using a spoon, spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter into the bottom of the trench.

Adding PB

4. Carefully fold the two halves back together, and firmly pinch the seam shut. Using a sharp knife, cut the ropes into one inch pieces, then pinch off the cut ends to seal in the peanut butter.



Cook the Pretzel Bites

1. In a large pot, prepare the baking soda solution by bringing the water to a boil and adding the baking soda.

2. Drop pretzel bites into the baking soda solution, working in batches of 10-15 bites at a time. Boil for 15-20 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towel to drain.

Boiling pretzels

3. Arrange the boiled pretzels on greased baking sheets. Brush tops with egg wash, and sprinkle generously with coarse salt.

egg wash

4. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, then allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a serving dish. For best results, serve the pretzel bites the same day they’re made.


These pretzel bites are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! What other fun peanut butter-centric snacks are you making for the big game?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator, the peanut butter used in this recipe.


– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 02/07/13 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Smooth Operator peanut butter. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzel Bites, 8.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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122 Responses to Peanut Butter Stuffed Pretzel Bites

  1. juli says:

    oatmeal PB chocolate chip cookies.

  2. laura says:

    PB hummus

  3. Teresa M. says:

    I’m going to make peanut butter cookies!

  4. teena jenkins says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

  5. Kay says:

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk cookies, yum!

  6. Amy says:

    Buckeyes!!! (always a good idea 🙂 )

  7. michele says:

    no bake cookies. pretzel bites sounds yummy

  8. Linda H. says:

    we still like PB & grape jam on saltines

  9. jenn lynch says:

    I plan on making buckeye candies

  10. Celeste Fland says:

    Those do look yummy, I am making peanut butter hot chocolate. It’s a nice way to get extra protein in my toddler.

  11. Harry says:

    Jar of Bee’s Knees and a spoon!

  12. Sarah says:

    PB&J sandwiches

  13. Georgiana says:

    Definitely peanut butter hummus dip!

  14. Ivan92116 says:

    PB Brownies

  15. Dean says:


  16. Jamie says:

    vegan banana splits topped with peanut butter and jelly.

  17. Judy says:

    Peanut butter on celery sticks; crunchy and refreshing!

  18. Josephine Jones says:

    I’m making pb fluffernutters, cookie dough surprise, and Elvis Sammie’s!

  19. Rajani Patil says:

    Fried peanut butter filled dough and coated with chocolate ganache

  20. rita l says:

    fluffernutter filled cupcakes!

  21. Patti says:

    Half time dessert of vanilla ice cream with warmed peanut butter topping. Yum!

  22. Krista says:

    PB cornflake cookies!

  23. Sandy says:

    Puppy Chow w/ extra peanut butter =)

  24. Alta L. Dillon says:

    Slap Yo Momma Cookie Bars! 🙂

  25. Alice says:


  26. Novelette says:

    Peanut butter chocolate chip hand pies

  27. Martha says:

    PB Banana Bread

  28. meaghan says:

    peanut butter banana oatmeal

  29. Sachin Patil says:

    Peanut butter cookies & PB sandwiches

  30. Philip says:

    These sound awesome. I’ll be making peanut butter hummous with orange juice and cayenne pepper.

  31. Sarah Fulgi says:

    Peanut butter and apples

  32. vicki javamama says:

    Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip with Apple Slices & celery (1/2c PB, 4oz CC, 1/2c powdered sugar, dash of cinnamon..YUM)

  33. JR says:

    If only there was a way to get that yummy pretzel texture without the double-cooking method. Any ideas?

  34. Lyndie Barker says:

    I have a recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip bars, but truly, I will probably just pull out the plastic spoons and dig in!

  35. Jennie says:

    Peanut Butter Smores!

  36. Craig R. McNees says:

    I like to put peanut butter on my sugar free cookies, makes them so much better.

  37. Craig R. McNees says:

    i like it.

  38. Tara says:

    Spicy Peanut Butter Wings 🙂

  39. Lori C. says:

    Those look so yummy. I will probably make some peanut butter fudge for Sunday.

  40. Leni says:

    Have to have peanut butter cookies.

  41. Hannah says:

    As a college student without a good kitchen, I’ll be watching the game and eating some good, old-fashioned chocolate with peanut butter on top. Possibly some bananas, too.

  42. Jewels says:

    Grilled mini cinnamon and raisin bagels with smooth operator peanut butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey….. (wishing I had a panini press).

  43. Catherine says:

    peanut butter kiss cookies YUM!!

  44. Ann H says:

    Chicken satay with spicy peanut butter sauce – can’t wait to try these pretzel bites!

  45. Megan K says:

    Peanut butter squares! Easy, yummy, and always a hit!

  46. Shannon says:

    Ants on a log! (Celery with pb and raisins)

  47. Kara D says:

    I love peanut butter and pretzels together!

  48. Laura says:

    I hadn’t planned on making anything with peanut butter, but these look really good! Might have to try them one day when I’m feeling ambitious…

  49. Janice says:

    my girls have discovered peanut butter and celery, so a large tray of that, with some peanut butter kiss cookies. And no of course this recipe, which looks and sounds so yummy

  50. Eva Clare says:

    chicken satay with peanut sauce! yumz

  51. Karen Bartlett says:

    Can’t wait to try these! I love peanut butter and pretzels. Having a soft pretzel enveloping the peanut butter sounds heavenly!

  52. Renee says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these…maybe dipped in chocolate!

  53. Irene Chen says:

    Peanut butter cookies are always a hit!

  54. Javier says:

    Those pretzels look great! I can feel the crusty chewiness now!
    I think I’m gonna go for a peanut butter chocolate mud pie – sounds perfect for a 4th quarter delight!

  55. Jeff Amador says:

    I’m making white chocolate peanut butter & pretzel cookies…with sea salt! They are sooo good!

  56. Brittany W. says:

    I didn’t plan on making anything, however, these sound delicious & I may have to rethink my not making anything to make these!

  57. Troy says:

    peanut butter brownies

  58. Leslie C says:

    OMG, peanut butter and soft pretzels favorite in this house will be making later today, can’t wait yum!!

  59. Jeffrey says:

    Peanut butter cookie dough dip (eggless) for pretzels, graham crackers and fruit!

  60. Brian O says:

    Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches of course

  61. Amanda says:

    Well, as a mom of a two year old – I’ll definitely be making peanut butter crackers! 🙂 And hopefully some peanut butter brownies too! YUM!

  62. Linda F says:

    Peanut Butter Cookies

  63. Jason C says:

    Looks tasty.

  64. Jenna says:

    peanut butter and crackers! yummmm

  65. Debbie says:

    @Jeff, please post the recipe for white chocolate peanut butter & pretzel cookies. They sound delish. And @Brian – FRIED PB&B sandwich! OMG I make that all the time, just never fried!! I will be trying that also. How do you fry them?
    I wasn’t planning on bringing anything with me to the Super Bowl party, but these pretzels sound great. Did you ever make them with the ‘pre-packaged ‘mall’ pretzel mix?

  66. Tracey says:

    I’m making Butterfingers without the chocolate!!!

  67. April says:

    peanut butter dip!

  68. Kristen eby says:

    PB&Js for the kids 🙂

  69. Cynthia says:

    I am going to make them for Superbowl Sunday with White Choc PB and sprinkle them with powdered sugar!

  70. Chelsey Bybee says:

    Wow, peanut butter and pretzels=favorite!!! I’m making peanut butter banana bacon bread!!! Delicious!

  71. Ron M says:

    Monster cookies!

  72. Erin R. says:

    Oh, those are a beautiful sight. Peanut butter stuffed anything is A-Okay in my book. Imagine these pretzels sprinkled with Swedish pearl sugar in place of the salt…

    I think maybe some mini banana cheesecakes with peanut butter cookie bottoms are in order for this weekend.

  73. Ray says:

    I think I will be making this this weekend with my 2 yr old grandaughter. Looks like something we can have fun do together

  74. Bill says:

    I always used pretzel sticks to dip into peanut butter. This sounds like a great way to get both great tastes in one handy snack.

  75. Liz says:

    peanut oatmeal cookies

  76. amanda lennon says:

    wow do these look good!

  77. Julie F says:

    I am so going to try this soon.
    And I will be making peanut butter cup cookies for the Superbowl.

  78. Keri says:

    Peanut Butter mini ice cream sandwiches (vanilla ice cream swirled pb, sandwiched between chocolate graham crackers)

  79. Francisco says:

    For the health conscious: ants on a log.
    For the rest of us: peanut butter and banana pie

  80. Stephanie J says:

    Peanut Butter and Jelly bars. YUMMM

  81. Samantha says:

    Oh, I love those things. & what better than to make them from scratch instead of the processed store bought varieties.

  82. Makayla Weil says:

    Homemade peanut butter cups! (milk and dark chocolate)

  83. Carol Johnston says:

    For Cristmas I made peanut butter fudge,was so good,I LOVE peanut butter in so many ways.

  84. Danielle Campos-Anderson says:

    I made these and they are delicious!

  85. nikole says:

    you gotta be kidding me, these rock!
    time to go shopping 🙂

  86. Shawnne says:

    Will definitely have to try these..we love pretzels and love PB & co. peanut butter…so it is the best of both worlds! Instead of us buying expensive pretzels in the mall or theme park..we can make our own for a special treat. For Super Bowl Sunday, we are making peanut butter chocolate chip sandwich cookies with peanut butter sandwiched in between.

  87. David Haug says:

    Waffles with Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams for the big game day breakfast! No White Chocolate Wonderful or Might Maple at local stores, and I REALLY want to try them!

  88. Jill G says:

    Yum. I just printed this recipe and put it front and center in the kitchen. l hope somebody gets the “hint” and makes these while I am out!!!

  89. Crystal says:

    Peanut butter cookies!

  90. Carly says:

    Peanut Butter Brownie Dip… in the shape of a football!

  91. gina says:

    Well now Im making these. They will be great with the peanut butter and celery sticks that my kids love. Thanks!

  92. Joy says:

    These look so good… I am making this. I love baking with peanut butter! I would probably make peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes

  93. Ray S says:

    Peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

  94. lizz tramatano says:

    Going you make then this weekend!!

  95. Brenda P says:

    Mixing peanut butter with quick white topping and dipping pretzels in it!

  96. Alexi says:

    Hoping to make some of my own yummy peanut butter snacks this weekend! Maybe some delicious cookies. Thanks for the chance to win!

  97. Lauren says:

    These look incredible!! I would love to try the recipe with chocolate peanut butter!

  98. Renata says:

    Peanut Butter Brownies!

  99. Shannon says:

    Definitely chocolate-PB-oatmeal no-bake cookies! So quick and easy to make, and everybody loves them!

  100. Jess L says:

    Maple peanut butter popcorn! It’s not butter, but it’s yummy!

  101. Julie says:

    Wowee, these look GOOD! Way better than store bought! I’m going to have to try these for Superbowl, or I was thinking peanut butter/choc chip cookies – made with your chocolate peanut butter….ohhh double chocolate!

  102. Lia Simpson says:

    Peanut butter cream pie.

  103. Cat says:

    Peanut butter cookie dough dip with crackers for dipping. Peanut butter and celery on the fruit and veggie snack tray.

  104. Cindy says:

    This look awesome! Can’t wait to make them.

  105. Susan Christy says:

    My most requested dessert ever – peanut butter and chocolate swirl brownies.

  106. Briana says:

    I’ll be making peanut butter/ chickpea dip for some chocolate dipped pretzels!

  107. Wen says:

    Peanut butter cookies are a favorite here. These stuffed pretzels look pretty good too!

  108. Sarah says:

    Making a big batch of puppy chow (aka muddy buddies) – cereal coated in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar. Yum!

  109. Candace Braun Davison says:

    I’ll be making a white chocolate peanut butter dip ( with sliced apples, pretzels, and marshmallows for dipping.

    I’ll definitely have to add these bites to my must-bake list! They look INCREDIBLE!

  110. Sara says:

    Grilled peanutbutter, nutella and banana paninis! Yum!

  111. Tiffany Sorrell says:

    No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders! would LOVE to try the white chocolate

  112. Jillian says:

    I’ll be making ants on a log with chocolate chips and cocoa powder!

  113. Kelly Zdrowak says:

    I tried this peanut butter and jelly preworkout oatmeal for breakfast and it was soooooooooooooo good!! i’ve never gotten so much energy for a workout before out of one breakfast. It’s low in calories too. (that’s the link for it)

    i love your blog

  114. Jordan says:

    I am making homemade peanut butter ice cream sandwiches!!

  115. Janice says:

    peanut butter cookies

  116. EM says:

    Peanut Butter Smores!

  117. Amy says:

    muddy buddies

  118. Ttrockwood says:

    I made my favorite sweet potato peanut butter and black bean chili

  119. sowon park says:

    peanut butter and honey sandwiches!!

  120. Ro Bajsert says:

    Sadly “NONE” –found your sight too late but “DO” love the dark choco p.nut butter. Can’t find it in my area of NJ. 🙁

  121. Kim says:

    Peanut Butter and Honey!

  122. Sara says:

    peanut butter yogurt dip!

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