Let's be real here, Pinterest is a recipe-lover's paradise. It's an endless source of inspiration, drool worthy dinners, and exquisite treats that look to good to be true. Kind of like this one:
The only thing more enjoyable than feasting your eyes on the creations that abound in food blogs is making them appear in your own kitchen. Mix a little of this, stir in a cup of that... and whoa! In a few simple steps (plus maybe a few extra because you read the ingredients wrong and had to get creative) you have your own rendition of that awesome recipe you pinned last week. There's something rewarding about seeing the fruits of your labor (Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars in this case) that makes the first bite that much more satisfactory when you know you put the love and energy into making it when you could have easily picked up the store-bought version down the street. Feel free to use that line on friends when you share. They'll know it means you really like them ;)
Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars
Adapted from Top With Cinnamon
Yield: 20 bars
2 1/2 cups mini pretzels
1 cup Wild Friends Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed, light brown sugar
10 tbsp (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate
Line an 8 x 8" baking pan with foil, coat with non stick spray. Set aside.
Roughly crush 2 cups of the mini pretzels, either by pulsing in a food processor, or by putting them into a sandwich bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.
Combine the peanut butter, butter and sugars in a small bowl, then stir in the crushed pretzels.
Press this mixture evenly into the lined pan, and chill for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, temper (see notes) the milk chocolate and pour over the chilled peanut butter mixture, using a rubber spatula to spread it evenly and smooth it out. Tap the pan against a hard surface to even out the chocolate a bit more.
Place 20 mini pretzels evenly in a grid pattern on top of the chocolate (they'll be your guide for cutting the bars). Leave at room temperature until the chocolate has set.
Lift the foil out of the pan with the bars, peel the foil off, then using a sharp knife, cut into squares.
Finely chop the chocolate and put it in a heat proof bowl. Pour a small amount of boiling water into another, slightly larger bowl, let it cool a bit, then put the smaller bowl of chocolate into the larger bowl. Let it sit for a bit, and stir it around gently until it has all melted.
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