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
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?!