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Heavenly Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Heavenly Chocolate Brownies with Pretzels & Caramel

It was Thursday, and every Thursday I have to pick up my daughter from school and take her to dance lessons. She is always STARVING right after school because they feed her lunch very early in the day, so I have to bring her a snack. Usually I try to make it healthy, and yes, I did bring her an apple and some corned venison, but I thought brownies would be a nice treat to top it all off.

There’s more to this story: for Christmas, my kids both got Ghirardelli milk chocolates with caramel filling in their stockings. Now they love milk chocolate – and they love caramel, but for some reason, they are not so fond of the caramel filled chocolates. So my daughter and I came up with this idea to break up the caramel chocolates and put them over brownies with some pretzels. We have been meaning to do this … but didn’t have a recipe for brownies that we liked and haven’t really had time … well, you know how life goes sometimes. You get so busy with things that little projects like this get swept to the wayside.

So I found a recipe for brownies from the Southern Lady Cooks and thought it was time to try out our idea.

Heavenly Chocolate Brownies with Pretzels & Caramel

Heavenly Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Adapted from the Southern Lady Cooks.

I added the chocolates before I baked them, then put the pretzels on top, but they completely melted into oblivion. I think the right way to do this is to put the pretzels on before you bake the brownies, then right after you take the brownies out of the oven, sprinkle with chopped caramel-filled chocolates (or caramel bits and chocolate chips) and a bit of sea salt. That’s my plan for next time I make these, anyway.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine or 12 tablespoons, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Broken pretzel bits
  • 5 squares of Ghirardelli caramel-filled milk chocolates, chopped
  • Coarse sea salt

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar and salt. Add the eggs, butter, and vanilla. Mix well with a spoon. Pour into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch baking dish and spread out evenly. Sprinkle pretzel bits over the top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Right after you take them out of the oven, sprinkle the chopped chocolates over top so that they melt onto the brownies and sprinkle with a bit of coarse sea salt. Let the brownies cool a bit before you try to cut them. Makes 9 to 12 brownies depending on size you cut them.

Part 2: the brownie saga continues …

Of course, after I made the brownies for my daughter, then my SON wanted brownies. But he didn’t want any of that caramel or pretzel stuff on HIS brownies.

So I asked my foodie friends on facebook what their favorite brownie recipe is and wow did I get a great list of brownie recipes! Here’s the list: I made the Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter for him.

Here’s a shot of the boy’s browned butter brownies. Really, I am not sure which recipe I like better … but my daughter and I really really really love the pretzels and caramel chocolates on top. I was worried the pretzels would get soggy, but they don’t! They stay nice and crunchy (for a day or two). The boy can have his plain chocolate brownies. We’ll do the pretzel thing.

Browned Butter Cocoa Brownies

This recipe was shared at Everyday Mom’s Meals and Thursday’s Treasures.

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7 responses

  1. oh my! I bet these are awesome! I love salty-sweet treats :)

    ~Melissa

    March 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

  2. Holy freaking amazing!! These look TO DIE FOR!! :)

    March 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  3. Seriously these are amazing. My favourite part? “the saga continues” lol.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  4. I love the salty and sweet combo. What an awesome mom you are to prepare these as a treat.
    BAM

    March 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

  5. Salt w/ chocolate. Nuff said. LOL Love it. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and see you again next Sunday!

    March 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  6. Totally making these…not sure when…this week? Oh, dear, you know how to push my buttons!! xxoxo Ally

    March 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  7. egg me on

    What a perfect dessert! So salty and sweet and amazing.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

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