Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pretzel Peanut Bark.........12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies: Week 9

Pretzel Peanut Bark

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  Now the countdown to Christmas begins.  During this busy time, it's hard to find the time to make home baked cookies and treats.  This Pretzel Peanut Bark is perfect for this time of year.  It's easy, quick, only 3 ingredients and you won't be able to just eat one piece.  It's sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy.  So, put aside a little time this holiday season and make this homemade treat.  You will be thanked for it!


Peanut Pretzel Bark
Recipe by Paula Deen


18 (1-ounce) squares white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping Bar)
3 cups skinny pretzel sticks, broken into small pieces but not crushed, then measured
2 cups dry salted peanuts (I used Cocktail peanuts)


Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water until smooth, or melt in the microwave in a 2 quart glass dish. Microwave on high (100 percent) for 1 minute, stir, and microwave on high for 1 minute more. If necessary, microwave on high for 10 seconds more, and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in the pretzel pieces and peanuts. Stir well with a flexible spatula.

Spoon onto the prepared cookie sheet, spreading the mixture out so that ingredients are relatively evenly distributed.

Allow for the chocolate to cool for several hours or refrigerate for about 45 minutes, until firm. Break the bark into irregular pieces, like peanut brittle. Store in cookie tins, or package in Chinese food take-out cartons lined with waxed paper.

Spread mixture of pretzel sticks, peanuts and melted white chocolate on cookie sheet.  The bark will harden quickly in the refrigerator.

Close-up Pretzel Peanut Bark


Mom's Cooking Club LessonGift/Packaging Idea - I found these cute little Christmas tin buckets and treat bags in the $1.00 bin section at Target.  Place some Pretzel Peanut Bark pieces in treat bag and secure with twist tie.  Place in containers and share with teachers, neighbors, friends and relatives.  A treat made and packaged by you will bring such happiness to others.


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I will have to try this for treats to give to people. Love making homemade gifts!

Anonymous said...

I use the chocolate vs the white chocolate in mine but this is a yummy versatile recipe. I also start with the pretzels and nuts but am known to throw in crushed butterfinger or coconut in it too. Then drizzle a little contrasting chocolate drizzle on top and they are a hit! I think I'll make a batch for work on Monday! Thanks.

Lisa said...

What a fun looking treat and so perfect for munching. Whoever receives this from you will be delighted.

Shelby said...

Grumpy would chow this down in no time!

Anonymous said...

i think the saltiness of the pretzel would go fabulously against the white chocolate!

Aggie said...

This is great Jamie! I love the little buckets! This is my favorite kind of treat, sweet and salty. yum!

Patsyk said...

Simple treats like this are so perfect for this time of year! I love it!

Helene said...

Sounds like a great treat to make. Great idea for Christmas.

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