Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel-Topped Brownies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel-Topped Brownies

(A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)

Brownie Batter Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup dark cocoa powder (like Hershey's Special Dark)

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Peanut Butter Filling Ingredients:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

a large handful of broken pretzels

coarse sea salt for sprinkling


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 11x7-inch baking dish

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa powder, flour, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and baking powder with a whisk.

3. Melt the butter and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate chips and stir with a whisk until they begin to melt. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the dry ingredients.

4. Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Set aside.

5. For the peanut butter topping, mix the 4 tablespoons melted butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla together. Spoon this over the top of the brownies. Drag a knife back and forth through the mixture to swirl it all together. 

6. Break a large handful of pretzels over the top of the brownie/peanut butter mixture, pressing them down gently into the batter. Sprinkle lightly with a little additional coarse salt.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove them form the oven when the center is still slightly underdone and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack.