Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Pretzel Pumpkins for Halloween

Cute Peanut Butter Pretzel Pumpkins

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 bag mini pretzels
1 bag orange candy melts
Mini chocolate chips (if desired for decorating)

- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the peanut butter and butter until smooth. 
- Add the sugars and pumpkin pie spice and beat until well incorporated.
- Measure out about a tsp of the peanut butter mixture out and roll it into a ball with your hands.
- Sandwich the ball in between 2 pretzels and set aside on a wax or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Continue making sandwiches until all of the peanut butter mixture is used.  Transfer the cookie sheet to the refrigerator and chill for about an hour.
- Break pieces of pretzels for stems and set aside. 
- After an hour, transfer the orange candy melts to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 1/2 power for 30 seconds at a time, mixing well between each interval.  Continue until completely melted and smooth.
- Dunk each sandwich into the chocolate, using a fork to retrieve it.  Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to help remove excess chocolate.  Transfer pumpkin to the cookie sheet to set.
-  Add the pretzel stems to the top of the pumpkins and if you're adding jack-o-lantern features, gently press the chocolate chips into the chocolate coating before it has set completely.
- When all the pumpkins are dipped, transfer the cookie sheet to the fridge until ready to serve. 

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