Pretzel Crust Brownies

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Recently, I have developed an addiction to chocolate covered pretzels. I just can’t get enough.  I don’t really discriminate {although my personal fave is the Whole Foods dark chocolate ones}.

So as I was brainstorming blog ideas and thought I would play with my favorite combo – chocolate + pretzels, and then throw in a brownie mix or two. How could I go wrong?

Gather all of the ingredients.

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In a plastic bag, place 2 1/2 cups of salted pretzels {I used mini ones} crushed. I found it easiest to use a rolling pin over the bag to pulverize the pretzels.

Transfer pretzels to a bowl and add in 4 tablespoons of melted butter and 4 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well. Press the pretzel mixture into an 8 x 8 inch pan that has been covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

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Bake the crust for approximately 5 minutes at 325 degrees, just till you being to smell it.

Meanwhile, prepare your brownie batter.

In a large microwave safe bowl place 10 tablespoons of butter, 3/4 cup cocoa powder and  1 1/2 cups of sugar. Microwave on high for 1 minute, until the butter is melted.

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Whisk all of the ingredients together.

Add in 2 cold eggs. Making sure to mix well.

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Finally, add in 1/2 cup of sifted flour and beat into batter very well.

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Pour the brownie batter over the pretzel crust. Spread evenly with a spatula.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes {until a toothpick comes out clean} in a 325 degree F oven.

Allow to cool completely. Slice and enjoy! ** I actually like to freeze my brownies for about an hour after cooling, it ensures a perfectly clean line. Don’t be discouraged if a pretzel piece or two falls off the bottom – just pop it in your mouth :)

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Happy Baking!

xoxo.

Post by Ali: Papery & Cakery