Pretzel chocolate brownies recipe

19 Oct

Pretzel chocolate brownie

For reasons yet to be fully understood I recently bought a huge packet of pretzels at the supermarket. I’m not a fan of pretzels at all so just chalk this purchase up to momentary madness. I don’t even think they were on sale. Every time I open the pantry they wink at me, taunt me, as if to say – now what? 

I felt like making brownies and I knew that the salty crunch of the pretzels would work really well. So here you have it: pretzel chocolate brownies recipe.

This recipe was based on ‘garbage brownies’ in the fun new cookbook The Sugar Hit by blogger and recipe developer Sarah Coates. I reduced the amount of sugar, and the cocoa powder.

Pretzel chocolate brownies

As a bonus this recipe requires only one big saucepan to mix it together in, a spoon, and a baking pan – which means less washing up. Winner!

Pretzel chocolate brownies. The Hungry Mum.


150 grams butter, diced

150 grams caster sugar

80 grams unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

2 eggs

50 grams plain flour

1 cup pretzels, plus extra to decorate

The Hungry Mum  Pretzel chocolate brownie


Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a 20cm square cake can with non-stick baking paper. Leave an overhang at two opposite sides for easy removal.

Melt the butter in a large pan over low heat then remove from heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla, cocoa, eggs and flour until everything is combined and glossy.

Roughly break the pretzels then stir in using a silver spoon.

Scrape into pan, smooth the top with an offset spatula then decorate with the extra pretzels.

Bake for 18 minutes – they should be starting to firm up around the edges but still look a bit undercooked in the centre.

Remove from oven, place on wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Pretzel chocolate brownie -


23 Responses to “Pretzel chocolate brownies recipe”

  1. cheergerm October 19, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    You had me at ‘less washing up’ and chocolate and pretzels (‘these pretzels are making me thirsty…😂). The boys love pretzels so this is on my to do list. Cripes, I need more hours in the day!

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      I am #TeamLessWashingUp – I freaking HATE it! I always find time for baking, often at the expense of more pressing jobs ie washing up 😉

  2. alexcellent October 19, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    These look great. Love the combo of salty crunchy and sweet. Am going to try to make.

    • The Hungry Mum October 22, 2015 at 1:27 am #

      Love a salty/sweet combo – and these brownies were delish!

  3. youthfoodblog October 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Great dessert and treat idea!

  4. varinaj October 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    My husband would straight up die for these. Not sure what that says about him.

  5. Beth October 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Omg! How cute are these?? Looks amazing.

  6. Sammie October 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Pretzels and brownies go together so well!

  7. ladyredspecs October 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    I’ve seen this idea pop up in a few places, I like pretzels especially if beer is involved, do they just add a salty bite to the brownie?

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      They add a lovely salty crunch. I also have a recipe on the blog for peanut brownies and they have the same sensation.

  8. deliciouslynell October 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    Sweet and salty. Yum!

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 20, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    That happens to me too. I buy pretzels for a recipe and end up with a lot left over!

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      The bags the pretzels come in are HUGE!!! No-one could get through them!

  10. My Kitchen Stories October 20, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Thats a good thing to do with winking pretzels. What are you going to use the rest for?. x

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      Ummm… no idea!!! Miss9 loves them, might set her to work on some to get rid of them 😉

  11. Shari October 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I bet pretzels and brownies go great together. I love that salty sweet combination. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

    • The Hungry Mum October 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

      Thanks Shari – it is such a super moist brownie and the crunch of the pretzel is WOW!

  12. hotlyspiced October 21, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    That’s a good way to use pretzels. I’m not a fan either – I find them very dry. I think eating them with a brownie is an excellent idea.

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      Cheers. Still have a Tupperware full of the damned pretzels…

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