Mama Mia – how about these for a hump day treat?
I remember the first time I tried a buttery, salty pretzel crust underneath a dessert. Oh gee, it must have been over a decade ago. I admit, at first I was skeptical, but from the first bite, I was hooked. The saltiness from the pretzels adds something amazing to sweet, rich desserts, and you can use this easy crust to dress up so many different sweets.
I used Pretzel Crisps for both the crust and to top these brownies. I like ‘em because they are flatter and crispier than a typical pretzel, so biting through the crust and topper is super easy. They also show up really well on the top and make a cute decoration!
This version of these brownies uses a homemade brownie recipe, and also a made-from-scratch caramel. If you’re in a pinch and need to whip something together more quickly, you can absolutely use your favorite brownie mix and pre-made caramel sauce. If you can’t find Pretzel Crisps (check the deli section of your grocery store – that’s where they are at my local grocer!) then regular pretzels will absolutely work as well!
These brownies are an excellent reason to try our homemade caramel sauce that we shared earlier this week – you will only need to make half of a recipe to cover your brownies, but there are many uses for caramel, so don’t be afraid to whip up the whole batch and experiment!
|Caramel Pretzel Crunch Brownies||
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1¾ cups crushed Pretzel Crisps
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- ½ recipe of homemade caramel sauce (link in post)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8×8 glass or light metal casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
- Crush Pretzel Crisps however you like. You can use a food processor, or you can place them in a ziploc back and relieve a little stress with the smooth side of a meat tenderizer. I like to crush the pretzels in two parts, making one part almost a powder, while keeping some small pieces in the other part. This’ll help the crust stick together.
- Combine melted butter with pretzels and press into the bottom of baking dish. Press evenly into the bottom. If pretzels seem loose, drizzle a bit of extra melted butter.
- In a bowl, beat together ½ cup of butter with sugar until fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Mix until combined.
- In a different bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined.
- Use a spatula to spread brownie batter over the top of the pretzel crust.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean (you want the brownies to be fudgy, not dry)
- Allow brownies to cool, and then drizzle with homemade caramel, top with an additional Pretzel Crisp, cut into bars, and serve!
Pretzel Crisps Giveaway!
Now for something fun!! We’re giving away a lil prize pack! All the info about the loot and how to enter can be found below!
ENDS: 11:59pm Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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