Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies

Decadent chocolate fudge brownies loaded with chocolate covered pretzels and topped with chocolate chips and sea salt.

The fudgiest homemade brownies are so easy to make! Stuffed with chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate chips.

Have you ever tried the ultimate chocolate brownie recipe I shared last year?  One-bowl brownies, mixed up in less than 10 minutes, baked, cooled, and ready to devour in under an hour.  No mixer, easy clean-up, FUDGE city.  Seriously, I’m obsessed with this particular brownie recipe.

I went a little bonkers the other day and added dark chocolate covered pretzels to my beloved brownie batter.  I made the brownies for my best friend Marie, who we are visiting this weekend in Cleveland.  It’s her sisters wedding. Yep, wedding season is upon us!

Anyhoo, Marie LOVES salty/sweet desserts as much as I do and I knew she’d flip for these brownies.

Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies. These easy brownies are salty, sweet, and ultra fudgy!

So what kind of brownies are these exactly?  Well, you’re getting a super rich chocolate brownie stuffed with dark chocolate pretzels, topped with chocolate chips and sea salt. So yes, three different types of chocolate.  And yes, they’re a total chocoholics dream. 

You’re welcome. 😉

You’ll never believe it, but the brownies’ chocolate flavor is from cocoa powder, not pure melted chocolate. How these easy, quick brownies are so darn fudgy without a drop of melted chocolate is beyond me.  Perhaps it’s all the glorious butter and teensy amount of flour? Yeah, that’s definitely it.

Did you know? A brownie’s dense, fudgy texture is directly related to the amount of flour used in the recipe. I use as little flour as possible because I like my brownies rich, moist, and fudgy. If you prefer your brownies on the cakey side, I would add 1/4 cup more flour to this recipe. Play around with what you like.

Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies. These easy brownies are salty, sweet, and ultra fudgy!

Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies. These easy brownies are salty, sweet, and ultra fudgy!

Today’s brownies are much quicker than your average boxed mix. And they taste worlds better too.  You haven’t had a real brownie until you’ve made them from scratch. And luckily, making these homemade brownies is a breeze.

You need only 1 big mixing bowl, not 100 little bowls to stir this and that together and then add it to this and then whisk that. Blah blah blah. Less dishes is always a good thing for me. Especially since my sink usually looks like this. Now hiring: dishwashing fairy.

And! There is NO mixer required for this recipe. Just your arm muscles. 😉

Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies. These easy brownies are salty, sweet, and ultra fudgy!

The brownie batter is mixed up by hand in minutes.  The ingredients are familiar and easy: butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, eggs, salt, flour, chocolate chips, and chocolate covered pretzels.

I was in a bit of a rush before leaving for our Cleveland trip, so I bought the chocolate pretzels from Trader Joes to save some time. But don’t worry! You can always make your own chocolate covered pretzels. Or just use regular pretzels, without chocolate. Whatever is easiest for you! 😉

Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Besides being so fudgy, so easy, and so quick – you have the added bonus of smelling your kitchen as these glorious brownies bake. Oh my lanta. It smells like a bakery and a fudge kitchen – combined.

So what’s the taste verdict?  Well, when Marie and her boyfriend tasted one – they actually didn’t say anything but “wow.” They kept repeating it.

“Sally, wow.”

And you know what? I said the exact same thing (out loud, alone in my kitchen…) when I first tasted one too.  Ummm, it’s like eating pure fudge. You’re going to be verrrrrrry thankful you tried this recipe. It’s a keeper!

Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies. These easy brownies are salty, sweet, and ultra fudgy!

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Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies

Dark chocolate fudge brownies loaded with chocolate covered pretzels and topped with chocolate chips and sea salt.


  • 10 Tablespoons (150g) unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (74g) unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups chopped chocolate covered pretzels*
  • 1/3 cup (60g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished brownies out.
  2. Melt the butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl in the microwave. Melt in 30 second increments and stir after each time until the butter is completely melted. The mixture will look gritty. Set aside for a few minutes as you get the other ingredients ready. You don’t want the mixture to be piping hot.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition. The batter will be thick and look shiny. Add the flour, beating with a whisk until fully combined. Try not to overmix the batter at this point. The batter will be very, very thick. Gently fold the chocolate covered pretzels into the batter, leaving a few to sprinkle on top. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. You  may need to pat down the batter with your fingers to get it smooth. Scatter the chocolate chips and reserved chocolate covered pretzel pieces on top. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes and check the brownies for doneness. Insert a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out with only a few crumbs, the brownies are done. Bake for 3-5 minutes if the brownies look too liquidy. Do not bake over 30 minutes.
  5. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Brownies remain soft and fresh stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days. They won't last that long, trust me!

Brownie batter is adapted from Alice Medrich

Recipe Notes:

*You may use storebought chocolate covered pretzels, homemade chocolate covered pretzels, or regular pretzels without chocolate.

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  1. Jane on September 30, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Wow those choc covered pretzels look perfect, I have two parties this weekend and I’m making them for both.. I bet they will be a total success!! YUM.

    • Sally on September 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

      These brownies will disappear, for sure. I have no doubt about it Jane! Let me know how you like them.

  2. Sevimin Askanasi on September 30, 2013 at 3:14 am

    With photo looks yummy, calorie Although more than worth a try,
    happy cooking

  3. Abbie @ Needs Salt on September 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow Sally, these brownies look OUTRAGEOUSLY good! I love chocolate covered pretzels SO MUCH. And the addition of sea salt has got me virtually fan-girling over here! 😀
    Amazing recipe!

    • Sally on September 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Woohoo! I love your excitement over these brownies, Abbie! Thanks for pinning.

  4. Jennie @themessybakerblog on September 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Say what! Pass over that brownie plate 🙂

  5. Ari @ Ari's Menu on September 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I was already sold, then I saw those flecks of sea salt and about died.

  6. Cate @ ChezCateyLou on September 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I love my brownies to be fudgy and these look just perfect! Plus the addition of salty crunchy pretzels? YUM! PS I just pre-ordered your cookbook! Can’t wait 🙂

    • Sally on September 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Cate! Thank you so much for pre-ordering my cookbook. That makes me SO thrilled to read. Thank you!

  7. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain on September 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Chocolate covered pretzels are my mom’s absolutely favorite! AND SO ARE BRONWIES! Omg she is gonna flip when I send this over to her. These are gorgeous, Sally! 😀

    • Sally on September 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      How perfect! I mean how can you not just love either the pretzels or the brownies, Jess?! Hope she makes them for herself!

  8. Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) on September 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    These brownies are to die for! I’ve put pretzels in cookies and brownies before, but never the chocolate covered kind. Dark chocolate and salt is my absolute favorite flavor combination!

    • Sally on September 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Sounds like you need to try these out, Nora! They are right up your alley.

  9. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl on September 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    OMG. Love! Fudgy brownies are the best – and with chocolate covered pretzels and sea salt?? Perfection!

  10. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner on October 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Mmm, so fudgy and chocolaty! Love! I love adding all sorts of goodies to brownies to give them a different twist each time. I hope I could not eat all the chocolate covered pretzels before needing them for the recipe. 😉

    • Sally on October 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Thankfully I bought the pretzels 10 minutes before making the brownies. Or else they would not have stood a chance!

  11. traci on October 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I just pulled them out of the oven and can not wait to dig into them! They smell absolutely delicious!

    • Sally on October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I love how they smell in the kitchen, Traci. I hope you enjoy!

  12. Emily @ Life on Food on October 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Chocolate covered pretzels are the worst in the best way ever. I can never stop eating them once I start. In brownies, I don’t even know.

    • Sally on October 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Haha! I love how you described them. Best, but the worst. so funny and so true!

  13. Allie | Baking a Moment on October 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    This is my favorite brownie recipe too! I actually just posted about it a couple weeks ago. You are right, it is sooo fudgy & good! I love that you added chocolate covered pretzels and sea salt. Yum!

  14. Tasneem on October 8, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Hi Sally. Can I possibly omit the pretzels altogether? I’m from Zimbabwe and they are difficult to find here

    • Sally on October 8, 2013 at 5:52 am

      Hi Tasneem! Yep, that is so problem at all. You can leave out the pretzels altogether. Enjoy!

  15. Mercedes on October 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Chocolate covered pretzels just may be the most addictive and satisfying snack in my book, so these brownies are screaming my name!

    • Sally on October 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Choc pretzels are seriously the best. Agreed to that!!

  16. Margaux H on October 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I made these last night to share with a group this morning, and they were a big hit. I’ve been on a salted chocolate kick lately, and this is just the recipe I was looking for! You are officially my favorite food blogger — thanks for being great!

    • Sally on October 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Margaux, that means a lot to me! I love chocolate + salt together. What a combination!

  17. Tasha on October 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    My 5 year old and I just made these while daddy BBQed supper. I think her favorite part was breaking up the pretzels! They are still in the oven, but boy do they smell good (even Auntie Emma who doesn’t eat sweets–crazy lady–loves the smell!)

    • Sally on October 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

      They smell wonderful in the oven, don’t they? I want to make them everyday just for the smell. And then of course – tasting them. I wish I had a little helper in the kitchen to assist in breaking up all the pretzels 🙂

  18. Tasha on October 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Well, my teenage son just came up and woofed back half of the brownie! I guess it’s a go! lol

    • Sally on October 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Haha! Love it. Happy they are a hit!

  19. Melissa on October 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    HI! These looks AMAZING!! Can I double recipe and bake them in a 9×13 pan? Would cooking time be any different? THANKS! =]

    • Sally on October 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Melissa, yes you sure can double the recipe for a 9×13 pan. (recipes meant for 8×8 baking pans fit perfectly when doubled in a 9×13)

      I am uncertain of the exact baking time though. It will be longer. Keep an eye on them. Same oven temperature.

  20. Latha on November 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hi sally…i don’t have a metal pan……but i have aluminium pan….can i use aluminium pan for making brownies?if i can do it,how much time should i keep it in the oven

    • Sally on November 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      These brownies will be just fine in an aluminum pan baked at the same time and temperature.

  21. Wadad on February 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Can I double this recipe and bake it in a 9 by 13 pan?

    • Sally on February 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      You sure can. I’m unsure of the baking time exactly.

  22. Stephanie Hopkins on March 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Hi, I had to make my own chocolate covered pretzels as they only sell them in teeny weeny bags for a fortune here in England. Unfortunately, as soon as I added them to the mix, the chocolate all fell off the pretzels. Do you think I should’ve tried freezing them to harden the chocolate better onto the pretzels? The mix wasn’t warm to the best of my knowledge. Am sure they will still taste fab 🙂

    • Sally on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      I’m sure they will still taste incredible, Stephanie! The chocolate didn’t break off of my pretzels (thought in some spots it did) when I added them to the batter. Freezing should help, yes!

  23. Ami on March 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Hi Sally,
    I baked these brownies today for my family and these are absolutely fantabulous…… brownie i ever had. Replaced chovolate covered pretzels with dark chocolate kitkat and made a toffee caramel topping.

    • Sally on March 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I have never seen dark chocolate kit kats! I love dark chocolate, so I’ll have to look for them. So happy you enjoyed these brownies! Thanks for reporting back, Ami.

  24. Sylvana on March 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Hi Sally, made these brownies a while ago and they were a HUGE succes!
    Now I want to make them in a mini muffin pan for a party so I don’t have to slice it 🙂 But should I adjust the recipe, like the baking time?

    • Sally on March 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

      To bake these are mini brownie “bites” – the baking time will be very short! About 10 minutes, give or take.

  25. sarah on April 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I need a quick, homemade brownie recipe and this will be perfect! I’m making a brownie pizza. I’ll use regular pretzels, bake the brownie in a round stone, then spread melted white chocolate on top and sprinkle with crushed pink berry burst oreos and pastel speckled pb m&m’s! (for Easter dinner tomorrow).

    • Sally on April 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Sarah, how creative! I bet it will be delicious. I’ll have to try something like that sometime. Happy Easter!

  26. Stephanie Rock on April 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This recipe took brownies to a whole new level! I baked these this week and it was so good. My entire family LOVED it. Thank you Sally, for making the world a sweeter place. 😀

  27. Kristina on May 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this brownie recipe! It’s always a huge hit at gatherings.

    It’s my best friend’s birthday this weekend and she is a huge brownie fan but also loves smore’s. Do you think it would work if I were to substitute the chocolate covered pretzels for crushed graham crackers to mix into the batter?

  28. Margaux H on May 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I made this recipe this afternoon — sans pretzels — for a Memorial Day party with my mom’s side of the family. My dad loved them so much that he asked if I’d make them again tonight for tomorrow’s celebration with his family, then he helped me put them together. A new dessert staple in our house, for sure! 🙂

  29. Tina on August 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Sally! I’ve made this brownie recipe many times and absolutely love it! I’m making some brownie ice cream sandwiches and would love to use this particular recipe for my brownie base. Do you know if these brownies would freeze well? Thank you!!

    • Sally on August 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Tina! Yep, these brownies freeze very well.

  30. Hope C. on November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Your pretzel brownies look heavenly! I’m am going to try out the recipe hopefully tomorrow! 🙂 Would it be possible to use chocolate chips and plain pretzels separate instead of chocolate-covered pretzels?



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