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Friday, December 18, 2009

Another Great Treat for the Holidays!

I'm linking up to Foodie Friday over at Gollum's with a great tasting easy-peasy treat!

When you're done here, head over there and see what everyone else has cooked up.

Pnut Butter Pretzel Nut Clusters are one of my all time favorite treats. They are seriously addictive, and you'll love 'em as much as the kids do!
If you're looking for a quick and easy treat, this is a surefire winner. Takes about 20 minutes to make start to finish. They last forever, so you can even make them up to 10 days in advance.

Let's jump right in. Here's what you'll need:
2 lbs of white bark chocolate (do not skimp here or you'll taste it in the end result)
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of Rice Krispies
1 7oz jar of mixed nuts (I don't like regular mixed nuts, so I buy little bags of nuts that I like and add to the mixed nuts. You need the saltiness from the mixed nuts)
1 bag mini marshmallows
2 cups of straight pretzels, broken in half
Wax Paper
A strong mixing spoon
An extra set of hands to help you stir when it gets hard (trust me, you'll see what I mean real quick)
A large pot

Pull out a few bowls and get all of your ingredients ready to go. Tip: I break the nuts up a bit by putting them in a baggie and tapping them lightly with a coffee cup. Large pieces of nuts are hard for a lot of people to eat.

Now you're ready to start making these little treasures!
Lay out your wax paper on the counter before you get started.
Turn the stove on medium-low and put your large pot on the eye. When the pan gets heated, toss in your white chocolate bark. (I use morsels because they melt quicker.)
Note: When you get to this point, there's no stopping, so be sure you won't have any interruptions.

The chocolate scorches really easy so make sure you keep stirring until it's fully melted. It helps to have someone there that can hand you the ingredients or toss them in for you.

Once the chocolate is all melted, add in the peanut butter, and continue to stir until it's blended together and very smooth. You don't want any lumps.

Ummmm. I can taste it already.
When it's blended smoothly, start adding your ingredients.
Toss in your Rice Krispies and stir.

Then add the nuts.

Next, toss in the marshmallows. This is where you'll need that extra set of hands. Trust me on this.

Honeeeyyyy! can you come here a minute? Now throw those pretzels in and let him finish all that hard mixing for you.

See how yummy this looks?

That's all there is to it! Once you get everything covered up good with the creamy chocolate/peanut butter mix, you're ready to start dipping out the spoonfuls onto the wax paper. I suggest using a small spoon to do this. otherwise they can get really big. (Ok, so I used foil and a cookie sheet, but only because I had to throw these in the fridge so they'd set up quicker.)

Let them set until you can pick one up without it separating. You can freeze these for later if you want, but it's not necessary. I put all of my extras in a foil pan and covered it really well with plastic wrap. I made mine on the 11th, and they're still really fresh. I've even packed these up and sent them in the mail before, and they always arrive fresh. In fact, I'm mailing some today.

You're done!! Enjoy a few right now!

Happy Holidays!!


  1. These look so good,I may just have to add them to my Christmas yummies,LOL.Thanks polly for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  2. Polly~~~~

    These looks so yummy. I keep adding more and more to my list of sweets to make and this I can't pass up!! Thanks so much!

    Happy holidays! :-)


  3. Polly,
    Did I miss how many calories? As if I care...LOL! Just sent you an email. Hope all is well!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  4. Those look delicious and fun, Polly. I'm lovin' all the good recipes I'm finding on my favorite blogs this year. I even posted one on my blog, just to add to everyones sugar fix.

  5. I could probably eat the entire recipe myself which is OK except then I would have no little treats for my friends for the holidays:) Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Polly,

    Yummalicious! Thank you for this fabulous recipe, I can't wait to give it a try! Your photos are wonderful!!

    Love and hugs,

  7. My SIL makes these and they are sooo good!


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