Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

I can’t believe it took me so long to share these peanut butter pretzel brownies with you! I made these weeks ago, but somehow didn’t get around to posting them until now. This is the ultimate brownie – a soft and fudgy chocolate base topped by a crumbly peanut butter layer, then covered with chopped up peanuts, pretzels and peanut butter chips. Doesn’t that sound good?? And somehow they tasted even better than I imagined. The textures and flavors are incredible together. This brownie has it all – it’s sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy all at the same time. I have no doubt you’ll love it as much as we did!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

Yield: Makes 16 brownies


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (3 ounces) chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup broken pretzels
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped lightly salted peanuts
1/2 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9-inch square (or an 11" x 7") baking dish and set aside.

For the brownies: In the microwave, on 50% power, microwave the butter and chocolate chips until melted, stopping to stir every 30-60 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into the wet ingredients just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.

For the topping: Combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, half of the pretzels, and vanilla until smooth. Spoon this over the top of the uncooked brownies and swirl the two batters together with a knife. Sprinkle the remaining pretzels, peanuts, and peanut butter chips over the top of the brownies, pressing them down lightly. Sprinkle the top of the batter with a little additional sea salt.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, with a few moist crumbs attached. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting.

from the King Arthur Flour Baking Sheet

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15 Responses to “Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies”

  1. 1

    Simply Life — April 11, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Oh wow! this is filled with all my favorite ingredients! I would devour these :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 11, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    This is gorgeous Megan. I think I need this in my life. Today.

  3. 3

    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — April 11, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Oh man, do these look good! These brownies have so many great textures and flavors going on!

  4. 4

    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 11, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    mmm I lvoe the sweet & salty, Megan! These remind me of my peanut butter pretzel brownies – which I must make again soon. Chocolate + pretzels + peanut butter. Heavenly trio!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — April 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    This is the kind of dessert that I just need in my life. Like, immediately.

  6. 6

    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 12, 2013 @ 5:56 am

    Oh yum, your brownies look so delicious!

  7. 7

    Kathy — April 12, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    The brownies look wonderful! The flavors remind me of a buckeye!

  8. 8

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 12, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I think a pan of these brownies needs to make an appearance in my house asap!

  9. 9

    Julia — April 12, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Pretzels + brownies! I love this.

  10. 10

    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 12, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    that topping!!! incredible! definitely making these :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 13, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    These brownies look awesome :) love the sweet & salty combination!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 14, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    These look insanely amazing!!!

  13. 13

    April C — April 15, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    I made these tonight, except with chocolate chips instead of peanut butter. I can’t wait to taste them tomorrow!

  14. 14

    Cindy Harris — April 17, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    So many of my favorite flavors! I’ll make them soon.

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    Julie — March 12, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

    I’ve made these twice in the past two weeks. I doubled the recipe to make it in a 9X13″ pan and then brought more than half to work. They were a very big hit! Some of the rangers work different shifts but all commented the next time they saw me. I didn’t have any peanuts on hand so added some chocolate morsels to make up for it but still the sweet & salty came through. Thanks for this recipe Megan.

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