Friday, September 3, 2010

Toffee and Pretzel Brownies

Oh I love these brownies!


The hubbie had his fantasy football draft party last weekend so I decided I just had to make something, even though he insisted pizza was fine. Like you, I am sure, I take every excuse I can to bake something, eat one (notice the missing one below, gulp), and send them out of the house. This is a great method, except when you really like what your sending away!



So I started thinking about football and boys. Boys like brownies. Boys like Pretzels. And just to change it up instead of chocolate chips I wanted to use toffee chips.



I was a little worried about the pretzels getting soft while baking, so I added pretzels to the top just in case and they look super cute this way (not that boys care what brownies look like). Nothing to worry about folks, the salty pretzel surprise added just enough crunch to the rich chewy brownie! The toffee chips melted slightly inside the brownies giving a sugary compliment to the salty pretzels.



I might just have to make these again, especially since I still have a bag of pretzels and an slowly disappearing bag of toffee chips.


Toffee and Pretzel Brownies

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup and 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup toffee chips
1 cups pretzels, broken

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and butter sides, set aside. In the top of a double broiler, or in a bowl over simmering water, combine together chopped chocolate bar and butter pieces. Melt and stir till smooth and set aside to cool till room temperature. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Once chocolate mixture is cool, add in brown sugar and vanilla. Add in eggs and mix well. Slowly mix in flour mixture, beating till combined. Stir in toffee chips and pretzel pieces. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove and cool before cutting.

If you want to add pretzels to the top, after pouring batter into prepared pan gently press 16 whole pretzels and bake as directed.


Have a great labor day weekend! I am off to Syracuse for a wedding, so let me know if anyone has suggestions on where to eat?!

40 comments:

  1. That's a fantastic idea! This will be my next brownie recipe.

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  2. whata a great idea with these pretzels!

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  3. Lucky husband! I want these!! A whole pan of them.

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  4. Wow, these do look awesome! I will have to give them a try for sure, these would be very hard for me to let leave me house! Places to eat in Syracuse, you might want to look into Alto Cinco or the Elderberry Pond Restaurant...Have Fun!

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  5. These brownies look wonderful. I love pretzels and chocolate together!

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  6. Love everything about this recipe! I'm so bookmarking this for my next brownie recipe to try! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  7. These are so cute looking. Love the combination of salty pretzel with chocolate.

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  8. Wow, these look wonderful! I bet the salt-sweet combination tastes just incredible. Thanks for sharing these with us, Debbie!

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  9. hey you know how boys like to eat, it still tastes great even if it doesn't always look pretty! But in this case the pretzel on top helped make it pretty....now my girls are more particular, so when I make these brownies for them, I will use the pretzel on the top!

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  10. I love the idea! Chocolate, caramel and salt seems to be very popular on the blogs those days! I think I need to give it a go :) Thanks for sharing

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  11. I would like to try these for one of our tailgates this year, go niners:)

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  12. Those look so good. I love the idea of pretzels in anything chocolatey. And it's so true, boys liking brownies and pretzels. My boyfriend's addicted to the new pretzel M&Ms and wants me to bake them into everything, lol. I can't wait to try these. He'll love them!

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  13. I love salty/sweet snacks... these sound so great!

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  14. I just LOVE pretzels with chocolate! The addition of toffee chips to this is a great idea, and sounds delicious! And I'm the same as you - find any excuse to bake, and then send them out of the house :)

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  15. Very cute brownies. I like the salty sweet mix. Sort of like a pretzel m&m but better.

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  16. Chocolate and pretzels are one of the world's most perfect combinations.

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  17. I love toffe chips...and pretzels! What a great idea! I'm gonna have to try this :)

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  18. Wowzers! These sound delicious! I'll definitely be trying them out soon :-)

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  19. Very cute! I think you made a good call putting the pretzels on top, and the toffee chips must marry well with the pretzels.

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  20. Great combination of salty and sweet and of course chocolate! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Brownies are always the perfect treat! I love the salty and sweet combo, they look delish.

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  22. Got to admit, I'm not a big fan of brownies, but the pretzels on top really make this for me!

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  23. These look delicious! I've been loving little twists on brownies lately, and am definitely holding onto this recipe :) I love that each individual piece has a pretzel on top...perfect presentation!

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  24. These look moist and fudgy. Yum. What a great idea to add a salty counterpart. Will have to remember that for the next time I make brownies.

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  25. I think I just got an idea for one of the things I can make for my baby shower :) Thanks..this is great. I love brownies too and topped with pretzel, I can imagine the sweetness and saltiness...YUMMMBO!!!

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  26. What a fabulous idea! I LOVE sweet & salty - what an awesome combination!

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  27. this looks delicious!! those were some lucky boys that night!

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  28. I love you idea of putting prezels on top! Not only does it look adorable, but the combination with the saltiness.. Mmm.

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  29. I'm a huge change of sweet and salty. Pretzels and chocolate are just a nice compliment for each other.

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  30. Yikes I can't think clearly in the morning. I'm a huge FAN (not change) of sweet and salty. Oops! lol

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  31. I'm in love with the idea of these. I'm a huge change, too! ;)

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  32. What a great idea. I love the salty sweet combination. :)

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  33. These sound absolutely amazing. Like a much better, homemade version of a Take 5 candy bar. Yum!

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  34. Congrats of FoodBuzz Top 9. It's a beautiful picture and it looks delishhh.

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  35. YUM! I stayed at my parents' house this weekend and my mom and I made these toffee and pretzel brownies. We will have to do these the next time I am there.

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