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Chewy Toffee Pretzel Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Argh!  It has not been my week in the kitchen.  I am on my 5th batch of falafels, and I’ve lost count of how many batches of slow-cooker coconut lemongrass chicken I’ve made.  My slow cooker and I are not on speaking terms at the moment, which is OK because clearly we don’t speak the same language.

So…imagine my surprise when I give these guys a go, and everything worked out.  Not only that, but I ended up with some sweet-salty-chewy-fudgy-amazingness.  Whaaaa?

Chewy Toffee Pretzel Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Chewy Toffee Pretzel Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I’ve been obsessed with brownies since I made these White Chocolate Espresso Brownies.  Even though I don’t classify myself as a chocoholic, I’ve just had brownies on the brain lately.

I used the same base recipe for these guys, except I removed the baking powder.  I wanted this brownie base to be super fudgy and dense enough to support the toffee pretzel topping.  I baked the brownie base for a good 15 minutes, until they were cooked mostly through, but still moist enough to get a really nice, fudgy texture.

Then I spread the toffee layer on top and baked for another five minutes.  That toffee topping got so gooey and bubbly I was drooling through the oven door!  So was Kai, but that’s pretty normal for a 7-month old.

After removing the toffee-brownie goodness from the oven, I scattered broken pretzel pieces over top.  I realize I probably used the most clunky, ugly pretzels in the world, but you know what?  They are so salty and crunchy and tasted perfect.  So clunky pretzels it is!

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toffee pretzel brownies 4wm

The resulting brownie is fudgy, rich and chocolatey…chewy and sweet from the toffee layer…and salty and crunchy from the pretzels.

These guys are decadent.  I recommend cutting the 9X9 inch pan into 12 or 16 bars to make the serving size a little smaller.  That way the pan will last longer!

They are best served chilled, washed down with a nice, cold glass of milk.

Poor Kai.  He got to watch his mom eat one of these guys while he ate his lunch of pureed pears and prunes.  One day, little guy, you will get to eat real food.  I can’t wait!

Chewy Toffee Pretzel Brownies
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These salty-sweet brownies are so easy to make!
Serves: 12-16
  • ½ cup butter (unsalted, melted, 113g)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (110g)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (40g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour (63g fluffed, spooned & leveled)
  • ½ tsp salt
Toffee Layer
  • ¾ cup toffee bits (such as skor)
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup broken pretzel pieces
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line a 9X9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray thoroughly *don't forget the sides*.
  2. Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add to a medium bowl containing sugars and cocoa powder. Mix until no lumps remain.
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix into wet ingredients. Scrape batter into pan and bake for 18 minutes.
Toffee Layer
  1. While brownie base is cooking, combine toffee bits and corn syrup in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly for 10-12 minutes, until toffee bits are completely melted.
  3. Pour toffee mixture over brownies, leaving a small gap near the edges.
  4. Return to oven and bake another 5 minutes.
  1. Scatter pretzels over brownies, press gently into toffee if necessary.
  2. Cool completely at room temperature, then chill in the fridge for an hour or so before cutting into pieces.
Best served chilled.

Toffee layer adapted from Hershey’s

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  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic May 15, 2014, 3:35 pm

    These look amazing!! I love chewy fudgy brownies, and I’m definitely on board the sweet and salty train. I also like eating brownies chilled, with a side of cold milk :)

    • Denise May 16, 2014, 3:46 am

      Thanks, Bianca! I’m loving the brownies these days :)

  • Mary Frances May 15, 2014, 10:41 pm

    Is it bad that I think it is funny that you aren’t on speaking terms with your slow cooker? I totally relate :) Me and the oven are so not cool right now, like, I won’t even say his name. These brownies look beyond amazing! The fact that they worked is a sign to bring me a whole plateful. The toffee addition is my favorite part! Pinned!

    • Denise May 16, 2014, 3:47 am

      Ugh my slow cooker is in my bad books. Thanks for the compliment and for pinning :)

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 16, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Brownies are my weakness and I am drooling over these! Like I need one now! Love that you used toffee AND pretzels!

    • Denise May 16, 2014, 7:03 pm

      Thanks, Gayle :) They are so good together!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! May 16, 2014, 9:04 pm

    These look insanely delicious. Can’t believe I’ve never thought of combining brownies and pretzels – I bet they taste even better than they look. These are the perfect weekend snack. Now you know what I’ll be making later today :)

    • Denise May 17, 2014, 4:37 am

      Thanks, Kathi! I love love love salty-sweet, especially when pretzels are involved! I hope you enjoy them :)

  • Katie May 17, 2014, 11:21 am

    I am a huge fan of sweet and salty treats.. and these look just awesome. Bring on the clunkly pretzels :-) Pinning!

    • Denise May 18, 2014, 2:43 am

      Thanks, Katie! The pretzels aren’t the prettiest but they get the job done :)

  • Monet May 18, 2014, 3:59 am

    I’m so sorry that you’ve had a rough week in the kitchen. These are beautiful in my opinion so I never would have been able to tell. Thank you for sharing!

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