Jun
18

Pretzel Crust Brownies

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These pretzel crust brownies are life changing. They can pull even the most miserable human out of their downward spiral. They’ve got a killer pretzel crust and a fudgy dark chocolate brownie filling that could end all of the world’s sadness. But the kicker with these is the caramel topping with Fusion® Espresso and Habanero Sea Salt. The espresso sea salt provides a nice jolt to shake anyone free of gloom and doom, while the habanero sea salt has been known to ignite a little burst of motivation–like maybe even enough to get one to change out of those pajama pants. 

pretzel crust brownies with espresso brava & habanero sea salt

Like I said, life changing. I suggest whipping these up for any ladies (or gentlemen) going through a tough time. First give them sympathy, then give them brownies, works every time. Never underestimate what a healthy helping of butter and sugar can do to a shattered spirit. In my own home, I’ve dubbed these “break up brownies” and I’ve made them enough times that I’m actually starting to think that they’re factored into the breakup debate in favor of singledom.   

Pretzel Crust Brownies
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Pretzel Crust
  1. 1 cup crushed pretzels
  2. ½ cup all-purpose flour
  3. ½ cup packed brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. ½ cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine pretzels, flour, brown sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. 2. Pour melted butter into dry ingredients and press into 9X13 baking dish to form crust
  3. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, let cool
Brownies
  1. 7 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  2. ¾ cup vegetable oil
  3. ¼ cup water
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1 1/3 cups flour
  8. 2 pinches Fusion Espresso Brava Sea Salt
  9. 1/8 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. 1. Combined chocolate, oil and water in medium sauce pan on low heat until melted and incorporated.
  2. 2. Transfer melted chocolate to mixing bowl and combine with sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Add flour, salt, and cinnamon to mixture and mix until combined.
  4. 4. Spread brownie mix over crust and bake for additional 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. 5. Let cool for 1 hour
Caramel
  1. 1 bag of caramel candies, unwrapped
  2. 2 tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. 2. In medium sauce pan, melt down caramels with water on medium low heat
  2. 3. Once melted transfer melted caramel to large Ziploc bag
  3. 4. Snip corner of bag and drizzle caramel over brownies
  4. 5. Sprinkle sea salts over brownies and let cool for 2 hours before cutting
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Morgan Thomson

About the Author: Morgan Thomson

Morgan is our Customer Service guru at SaltWorks and a self-proclaimed foodie. She enjoys all things food from reading restaurant reviews to watching cooking competitions, which helps her sharpen her skills in the kitchen.

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  • In the instructions for caramel, #1 says to top with sea salts, but #2 says to melt only caramels and water. Do you salt the caramels prior to melting and then salt again after putting caramels on the brownies? Thank you.

    • Beth Morden

      Hi Candace!

      That was our mistake! You only salt after putting the caramel on the brownies. Hope you enjoy! It’s edited in the recipe now.

      Thanks!

  • Hi, something else, packed brown sugar… 1/2 of what? cup?

    • Beth Morden

      Sorry Candace! Yes, 1/2 cup of both, brown sugar and butter. I’ll fix that right now! Please let us know how they turn out and thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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