Peanut Butter. Fudge. Pretzel. Brownies.

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The best pairs in life are unexpected. Mac ‘n cheese on pizza. Tequila in beer. Justin Timberlake and The Lonely Island. The best of them all is the perfect trifecta: peanut butter, pretzels and brownies.

It was Erica’s birthday and bar was set high. I didn’t want to do something like the expected cupcakes or cake…but what’s better than cupcakes? I think I found it.

Peanut Butter Fudge Pretzel Brownies
Recipe from How Sweet Eats

  • 1 3/4 cups crushed pretzels
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cups chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  1. Mix together melted butter and pretzel crumbs – you’ll want to create the crumbs with a food processor or by crushing them with a mallet.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a square 8×8 baking pan and press pretzel crust into the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer until slightly fluffy. Slowly add eggs and then vanilla.
  4. Keeping the mixer on medium, add in cocoa, flour and salt. Mix for a few minutes until just combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips by hand in you’re using them. Then spread it evenly into your pan.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. When you have just a couple minutes left, melt the peanut butter.
  7. Stir in your powdered sugar and mix until there are no lumps.
  8. Remove brownies from the oven. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the top.
  9. Allow them to cool and then refrigerate for a few hours before cutting and serving.
I ate these brownies for breakfast, and I don’t regret it one bit. They were RIDICULOUS. Sweet, salty, chocolatey and peanut buttery. These brownies are so m.o.i.s.t and fudgey. Make these yourself because they really were not that hard to bake (even if you don’t have any special redheaded baking powers like I do).
I’m pretty sure Erica had a good birthday. Especially since a friend sent her these…
It’s hard to compete with Sprinkles Cupcakes.
So, what did we learn from this baking experience? Sweet and salty are pretty damn good together. Make sure you serve your dessert before the Sprinkles Cupcakes arrive. And don’t eat three courses worth of dessert in one day or you’ll feel really sick. No matter whose birthday it is.
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