Pretzel Pumpkins Recipe
Cute and yummy Halloween treat!
That’s right. Halloween food can be CUTE.
I am always a big fan of the sweet and salty combo of chocolate-covered pretzels. Add in some sweetened peanut butter and a cute pumpkin theme and you’ve got these little gems – perfect for Halloween or Fall!
Make these pretzel pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns by adding a face! Melted chocolate, frosting, or food marker might work well.
You can even try dipping these peanut butter pretzels in red candy melts to make apples for back-to-school or hearts for Valentine’s Day. Sounds like a fun idea to me!
The ingredients are mostly simple and easy to find. I just pick out some green M&M’s from a bag of the milk chocolate variety, but any small green candy should work. I find the orange candy melts in the candy/cake decorating section at Walmart, but you can probably also find them at craft stores.
Mix together some creamy peanut butter and powdered sugar, then spread it onto the pretzels. I use about a 1/2 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture for each pretzel, and I ended up getting 39 pretzel pumpkins with this batch.
If your candy coating seems too thick, try adding vegetable shortening, a 1/2-teaspoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Right after dipping each pretzel, gently and quickly place the candy stem where you want it before the candy coating sets.
To help keep the coating crisp and the peanut butter mixture set, I like to store these pretzel pumpkins in the freezer. You can probably store them just fine in the refrigerator or at room temperature too.
This recipe is slightly adapted from Wine and Glue. Thanks!
Pretzel Pumpkins Recipe
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 40 pretzels
- 40 green candies for stems
- 6 ounces orange candy melts
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a medium bowl, beat the peanut butter and powdered sugar together until creamy. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon over each pretzel, placing them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place the pretzels in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set the peanut butter mixture. Meanwhile, melt the candy coating according to the package instructions.
- Take two pretzels at a time out of the freezer and dip them in the candy coating. Quickly place a candy stem at the top of each dipped pretzel before the coating sets. Let set and serve!
I like to store the pretzel pumpkins in the freezer.