Chocolate-Peanut Butter Acorns

Photo: Seth Smoot
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
3 dozen

This classic confection, traditionally made to resemble the nut of the buckeye tree, is reimagined as an acorn.


  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 6 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate

  • 36 branch-shaped pieces from mini pretzels


  1. Stir together peanut butter and butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Add sugar; work into a smooth dough with your hands. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  2. Using the palms of your hands, roll dough into 1 1/2-inch oblong "acorns" (you should have 36), flatten 1 end of each a bit with your fingertip, and place on a waxed paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Working with 1 acorn at a time, insert a toothpick into rounded tip, dip flat end into chocolate, then return to baking sheet. Remove toothpick, and insert a pretzel piece into the chocolate-dipped end of each acorn. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.

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