Salted Caramel Brownies with Pretzel Crust


These brownies are a just-right combo of salty and sweet --they even have a pretzel crust!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
20 to 25 brownies


Brownie Crust

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup crushed pretzels

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup butter, melted

Brownie Body

  • 7 ounce unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • ¾ cup butter

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar

Caramel Drizzle

  • 2 - 3 ounce chocolate, melted

  • 10 - 13 caramel candies, melted

  • fleur de sel


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For bottom layer, stir together first 4 crust ingredients. Stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Pat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 11x7x1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate, butter, and the water; cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar to chocolate mixture; beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add flour, salt, and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan.

  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  5. For the drizzle, melt chocolate and caramel candies separately; place each in a Ziploc bag. Snip off a corner and drizzle the caramel first followed by the chocolate and a sprinkling of fleur de sel.

To Bake Ahead:

Prepare brownies as directed; do not cut into bars. Cover pan. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, cut brownies into bars and layer between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw brownies; add drizzle.

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