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