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Salted Caramel Brownie with Pretzel Crust

There is just something about sweet and salty desserts. I can rarely pass one up when it comes my way.

I have an aversion for coining anything “the best. . . “ but these are so close to being one of the best brownies I have ever had. The dark chocolate fudgy brownie is rich but not in that tongue-coating way that requires huge gulps of milk. The pretzel bottom crust is the bit of salty you need to offset any richness. And the final finish is simple, unfussy and totally indulgent drizzle of caramel and melted chocolate topped with a sprinkle of fleur de sel.

Are you ready?

Of course keep in mind I did my usual mixing and matching of BHG’s recipes. To get started:  (1) I used the crust from this brownie recipe and swapped out the oats for crushed pretzel (to bake follow the instructions for Ste  (2) For the brownie body I used this dark chocolate brownie recipe. (3) To finish with the drizzle, I melted 2-3oz of chocolate and melted about 10-13 caramel candies; placed each in a Ziploc bag and snipped off a corner and drizzled the caramel first then followed by the chocolate and a sprinkling of fleur de sel.

And that’s it, so get baking because this is going to be a great dessert for the Super Bowl. You can even make this two days in advance and keep it refrigerated up until 30 minutes prior to serving. You’ll want to serve this room temperature . . . and possibly with a scoop of ice cream—just say’n.

23 Responses to “ Salted Caramel Brownie with Pretzel Crust ”

  1. These look delicious. I’d like it if you combined all the directions/websites TOGETHER in what is now YOUR recipe for these brownies. Otherwise it’s really confusing going back and forth : (

  2. I totally agree with Lynn. It is quite frustrating having to jump from your own blog website to BHG and then still have more jumps to get the full recipe.

  3. Just post the recipe! So annoying!

  4. Lynn & Bec – thanks for requesting What2Cook for the combined recipe. I was like WHAT?? when I was reading and would never have thought to ask her to print her new and improved recipe! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  5. It doesnt seem complicated enough to skip around for exact..improvise..that’s how we roll in the kitchen..if u are into baking..i would make pretzle brownies and the drizzles topped w/possible crushed nuts/cooking doesnt have to be exact science..use ur imagination and improvise..brown/foot ball colored skrinkles..cut football shapes..coconut for lacing to make it look like a foot creaitive..recipe’s are a base for your creative and special touch! My thoughts.

  6. Naomi, thanks so much for posting all of your recipe in the comments above! I plan on trying it next week!

    Terri, there are strict recipe followers and there are creative cooks and bakers. The first time I try a new recipe, I usually follow the original recipe to see how it turns out and if I like it; then the second and third times I might experiment.


  8. The crust referred to is an oatmeal crust, there are no pretzels in it???

  9. what is fleur de sel? Never heard of it.

  10. I am always gobsmacked by people who complain rather than thanking someone for a recipe or using “please” and “thank you.”

    This looks amazing. I may have to make it for my next trivia night.

  11. Great sounding recipe~ Thank you for your creativeness. In response to some of the other comments…I copied and pasted all the parts to one word document to make a complete recipe. Easy to do so you don’t have to switch back and forth. I agree with Miss Bethie, stop complaining and just say thank you, figure out a way to use the recipe or don’t use it at all but keep negative comments to yourself.

  12. What size pan should you use?

  13. Wonderful recipe, but please, please, please re-write it and post the whole thing. Not helpful to have it formatted as it currently is. Also, you can substitute caramel sauce for the melted caramel candy.

  14. Since apparently it’s too hard for lazy people to follow a couple simple steps.. Here is a simple way to use this comined recipe:

    1/2 c flour
    1 c crushed pretzels
    1/2 c packed brown sugar
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/2 c melted butter

    Stir dry ingredients, then mix in butter with the dry ingredients. Pat mixture into bottom of an ungreased pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes

    any fudge brownie box mix will work.
    Follow directions on the box. Bake brownie mix on top of the crust you just baked.

    2-4 oz chocolate melted
    10-13 pieces of caramel candies melted

    Drizzle each on top of brownies.

    Add sea salt if desired. (Or fleur de sel) but wait until the chocolate and caramel are almost cooled, otherwise it’ll just melt into it.


  15. Yes you can use caramel sauce but it may not get hard enough and just be runny and messy….

    You should us an 11x7x1.5 inch pan

  16. Thank you for posting the detailed directions.
    FYI: I am not lazy. Your links would not open. Maybe in the furture if you are posting links to other sites you may want to make sure they are still up and running before you start calling names.

    I have these in the oven now and I’m praying they look as amazing as your photos

  17. Not lazy either. I also could not get the links to open, and although the recipe looks good, I had no idea of the method etc.

  18. Did anyone try to put pretzels on top as well before drizzling the caramel and chocolate? I’m wondering if it’s too much pretzel…

  19. Okay. So I tried this recipe as it is exactly written. My problem was the brownies recipe used here. I baked it in 11×7 pan and baked the brownies as directed. I even baked them an extra 5 minutes. I went to cut them this morning for a bake sale and the brownies didn’t seem to bake thru. The middle was not a chewy brownie but and soft, almost uncooked center. Did anyone else have this happen? Are they supposed to be dense and soft rather than chewy?

  20. Does this get baked in a 11 x 7 pan or a 9 x 13?
    Both pans were mentioned. That is the only part that I found confusing.

    My daughter saw something like this at the NCState café and thought they looked yummy. Thought we would give it a try.


  21. This was wonderful!!!

  22. this recipe will not print no matter how hard I try

  23. Thank you for a great guideline/recipe! I used a box brownie and substituted 1/4 whiskey for the water, followed the crust and instructions, and added 1/2 cup chopped pretzels after the carmel but before the chocolate drizzle…using them for a Father’s Day treat for all of the great men in my family. The whiskey makes them a very “manly” brownie Lol. Thanks again!
    Ignore the ugly comments…Mean people SUCK!

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