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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a food processor, FINELY crush the pretzels (think sawdust).
NOTE: You will need 6 cups of pretzel twists to make 2 cups of crushed pretzels
2. Mix pretzels, sugar, and butter until well-blended. Firmly press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely
3. Meanwhile whisk dry pudding mixes, milk and 3/4 cup peanut butter in medium bowl until well-blended, then stir in 3/4 cup Cool Whip. Set aside.
4. Mix 1 cup of your favorite jam (I used raspberry) with 1/4 cup of water and lightly spread over crust
5. Spread chocolate pudding mixture over crust
6. Beat remaining peanut butter and half the remaining Cool Whip in separate medium bowl until well-blended. Stir in remaining Cool Whip. Spread over dessert. Refrigerate 2 hours.
7. Put 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter in the microwave on high for 60 seconds or until melted. Stir chocolate. Dip 24 miniature pretzels one at a time and place them on parchment paper.
Let cool for 20+ minutes.
8. Right before serving, drop 1/8 tsp of jam in the center of each bar and top with pretzels.
I really enjoyed using JELL-O. I was impressed with how versatile it can be. Mixing it with cold milk and Cool Whip gave it this airy, mousse-like consistency that totally blew me away. It was so fluffy and I only stirred it for a minute or two! The pudding truly works with you, rather than fighting with sugar, cream, and egg at various temperatures to make chocolate mousse. I felt like I was in on a secret shortcut!
My friends loved it! I think this recipe is interesting because it's nostalgic. JELL-O pudding and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are like the sandbox soul-foods of our youth.. this dessert takes you back.
finely crushed pretzel
JELL-O chocolate instant pudding
creamy peanut butter
COOL WHIP, thawed
jam or jelly
miniature pretzel twists
semi-sweet chocolate chip
creamy peanut butter
jelly or jam
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