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How to Make Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

Lauren Tilden
Sept. 3, 2013

A new twist on a beloved classic.

When it comes to baking, my thought is always the simpler the better. I'm all about break and bake, three ingredients maximum, and Betty Crocker. So when I went searching through my mother's recipes for a delectable treat to try, I kept seeing words like "sift," "egg wash," and "leave in the refrigerator overnight" - none of which suited my baking skills. I gave up on Martha Stewart's latest cookbook and headed into the kitchen to see what I could make. I must say, I'm very proud of my creation. These Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies are dedicated to all the no-fuss bakers (like me), taking on dessert one cake mix at a time.

Bake Time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Ghirardelli's Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Vegetable oil
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • ¾ Cup Store-Bought Buttercream Frosting
  • 4 ounces Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
  • 25 Mini Pretzels

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the baking chocolate in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 20 second intervals until it has melted completely.
  3. Coat the pretzels in the melted chocolate.
  4. Place the pretzels on a sheet of wax paper to dry. To speed-up the cooling process, put them in the refrigerator.
  5. Blend water, oil, eggs and brownie mix together in large mixer bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Scrape bowl and paddle and continue mixing for 30 seconds on low speed.
  7. Spread batter evenly into lightly greased 24x16x1-inch sheet pan.
  8. While the brownies are baking, mix the peanut butter and buttercream frosting until completely blended. Add more peanut butter according to taste.
  9. Let the brownies cool completely before frosting.
  10. Chop up the pretzels into smaller bits or place them in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to break them up.
  11. Sprinkle the chocolate-covered pretzel bits over the brownies.
  12. Brownies are ready to serve or can be placed in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Check out some more tasty treats in our 9 Easy Dessert Recipes from Care.com »

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