Don't want to make your own brownie batter? Use a mix 🙂
Brownie batter layer: (good fudgy brownie recipe just on its own)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla (not shown in video, but I put some in there)
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup crushed salted pretzels (I used the mini ones because these are the ones on the tops of the brownies, but you can use any size)
*If you want to used a brownie mix, prepare it according to package directions and stir in the chocolate chips and pretzel bits.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over the stove on low heat (or in a large bowl in the microwave).
Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla. Stir in cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in pretzel pieces and chocolate chips.
Pour batter into a greased 8×8″ baking dish that has been greased or lined with aluminum foil (lightly grease foil)
Peanut butter swirl:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
Stir all these ingredients together until smooth in a small bowl.
Spoon the peanut butter batter onto the top of the brownie batter and swirl the layers together slightly, leaving pockets of peanut butter layer.
Arrange 16 mini pretzels onto top of the batter 4×4 rows. Each pretzel will indicate one serving.
Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes until edges appear dry and center is set (not giggly). Don't overbake. Allow to cool.
Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 2 tbsp of butter (in microwave or on stove) and place in a plastic bag with the corner cut off.
Drizzle chocolate over the cooled brownies. Allow to set and cut into squares.
This recipe is a combination of two ideas/recipes.
The idea for the pretzels and the recipe for the peanut butter swirl comes from the betty Crocker website.
The brownie batter recipe was found on the food.com website.
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