You know what’s good? A chocolate-covered pretzel. You know what’s great? When you mash up said pretzel and put it on top of a pan of brownies.
I didn’t have many cravings while pregnant with Eggroll, but I did find myself eating a lot of pretzels dipped in chocolate because, why not? Talk about your sweet and salty perfection. Once spring hit (and I was supposed to be thinking about eating clean…oops), I looked for a recipe for chocolate-covered pretzel brownies to turn a tasty snack into a delicious dessert. Alas, I came up empty-handed.
Friends, it is a crime against humanity that there are not more chocolate-covered pretzel brownie recipes out there. The combination really can’t be topped.
I slaved away all summer doing the dirty grunt work of perfecting this recipe. It’s a rough job, I tell you.
Honestly, I still can’t say I am 100% in love with the brownie part. When I first asked friends for their suggestions, even my semi-professional baking friends said they make theirs from a boxed mix. I didn’t want to do that and instead tried ones from Rachel Ray, Smitten Kitchen, The Dessert Bible, and Joy of Cooking. The Joy of Cooking’s version tasted the best, but didn’t have that deep, vibrant color Deb at Smitten Kitchen was able to get. I guess what I’m saying is, use my brownie recipe below if you like or just use your favorite and focus on the topping portion of the recipe.
Pro-tip: Did you know that for the most part, you can interchange what size pan you use for brownies, no matter what the recipe calls for? If you want them chewy, go for the 13 X 9 pan. For cakey, go square.
No matter what brownie you use, this potluck-perfect dessert will be a hit. Just make sure to leave one at home or you’re bound to miss out.
P.S. I tried many different ways to crush the pretzels and the easiest way seems to be to put them in your baking pan and smash with the bottom of a sturdy drinking glass. Use a baggie and a rolling pin instead at your own peril.
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