Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

Jennifer, Bake or Break

Sweet and salty treats are always a winner. These brownies combine the sweet of chocolate-y, peanut butter-y brownies with the saltiness of pretzels.

Don’t discard the crumbs when you chop the pretzels. Use those in the brownie batter for little bonus salty bites!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies
By Jennifer
Yield: 16 2-inch brownies


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
6 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chopped pretzels


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper (or foil), leaving a couple of inches of overhang on two sides. Grease parchment.

Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at half power in 30-second intervals until butter is melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Stir to combine. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Add sugar to butter/chocolate mixture, and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20-30 seconds, or until it can be easily stirred. Add to chocolate mixture, and mix until combined.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in about 3/4 cup of pretzels.

Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Place remaining pretzels over the top of the batter, and press down gently into the batter.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Using overhanging parchment, lift brownies from pan onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.

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  1. Editha said:

    I really like to bake and cook this peanut butter pie looks so delicious I wish I have it now