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! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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

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! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Triple Chocolate Pretzel Brownies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 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 pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups chopped chocolate covered pretzels*
  • 1/3 cup (60g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). 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!

Notes

  1. Pretzels: You may use store-bought chocolate covered pretzels, homemade chocolate covered pretzels, or regular pretzels without chocolate.

Keywords: chocolate pretzel brownies, brownies with pretzels

109 Comments

  1. These are my find of brownies! I am so a fudgy brownie person over cakey and well, chocolate covered pretzels are always a big fat YES in my mind. Oh and so is the topping of chocolate chips. Love that!

    Hope you have fun this weekend in Cleveland. I grew up there and moved when in 8th grade, but we go back and forth since all of our family still lives there. The west side market is my favorite thing about Cleveland though, I love it! I was so jealous of your instagram pic yesterday. We have nothing like that here in the mountains of CO.

    1. I go to CLE all the time because my dear friend lives there. And I always have a blast! There’s so much to do and so many wonderful restaurants. Kevin has lived in Breckinridge CO and I’m dying to visit there with him one day!

  2. Oh wow Sally, these look so fudgy and decadent! I’m craving them so hard right now that if it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve run out of butter, I’d make these right now. Gosh, they look wonderful!
    Happy Sunday 🙂

  3. Sally – this looks yummy, and I will definitely try them. Sally, one of the problems I always have with brownies is when you say to put parchment paper and let it hang over the sides? My problem is it doesn’t seem to go flat on the bottom and when I take the brownies out the corners are goofy looking. Maybe I need to spend more time getting the dough to go flat in the bottom after I put the parchment in? Help me Sally you know what a goof I am on these things!!
    donna

    1. Hi Donna! I actually prefer to use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper for that very reason. Parchment doesn’t easily mold to the pan’s shape unless you cut it- which is a waste of time when you could use foil. Foil can easily be pressed down into the corners.

  4. I think the only thing I would be saying, too, is “wow.” These look ridiculously divine. I need to make these right away! Also, I think Kevin is smiling even a little bit more in that picture than the one from the last wedding… progress1 🙂

  5. This is one of my all time favourites from your collection, Sally! I have never gotten anything but HEAPS of compliments whenever I make these, and my mom is forever requesting these as well! I can’t wait to add chocolate covered pretzels to this amazing recipe next time…the pictures look AMAZING! 🙂

  6. This looks sensational, Sally. I’ve been making Alice Medrich’s cocoa brownies a lot lately – we find they just might be a little better using natural cocoa than Dutch but maybe you’re right to use a perfect combination of both! I added chocolate chips to my batch yesterday (we have it warm with ice cream for dessert) and I’m loving the idea of the chocolate pretzels. That has to be a “wow”! Sounds and looks so good!

    1. This brownie recipe is miraculous. I am so stunned by it with every single batch I bake. And they are incredible with ice cream, I agree! 🙂

  7. Hope you had a great time at the wedding! And these cookies – LOVE IT! I love the added crunchiness from the pretzels!

  8. You can never go wrong with brownies…or salty and sweet! These look wonderful! I don’t know if I’ve ever made brownies from a box – what’s the point? They’re so stinkin’ easy to make from scratch. Yours look perfect (obvi.)!

  9. Fabulous brownie recipe, girl! LOVE that you used your cocoa brownie base (I adore Rose Levy Beranbaum’s cocoa brownie recipe and use it often, but must try yours) with chocolate chips and chocolate covered pretzels. The sea salt is the icing or cherry on top! Terrific concept for the chocolate lover. Thanks for sharing pics of your best friend’s little sister’s wedding, too. So pretty! Will be pinning tonight! xo

    1. I have no doubt that Rose’s cocoa brownies are delicious. If you try this one out, let me know! I’m in love with it. Thanks for pinning this recipe, Stacy!

  10. You never cease to amaze me with your amazing sweet and salty creations…which is my most favorite flavor combination ever! Plus, chocolate covered pretzels are like my crack…right next to yogurt covered pretzels! Oh, but I did find a nice surprise at the store the other day…Snackwell’s PEANUT BUTTER covered pretzels…AND they’re in portion-controlled packs! Is that not genius or what? Haha!

    Oh my goodness, that wedding gown is gorgeous! I’m not usually much of a lace person, but I just love those sleeves (straps?)

    1. WHAT!! Heather, I need to get my hands on those peanut butter pretzels! I’ll look for them this week.

      The sleeves were lace, I don’t think they were removable straps. Regardless, it was so pretty!

  11. Gorgeous pic of you in that dress (the same one you posted to IG) – so beautiful and that’s your color! Lovely, Sally!

    I use as little flour as possible because I like my brownies rich, moist, and fudgy. = AMEN, me too! Does anyone like cakey brownies? I dunno…I have always been all about the fudge factor.

    Those pretzels from TJs. I have never bought them. Now I know why. Way too easy to go nuts on. Lol Their snacky stuff like that is so cheap, so good, so tempting and what better way to use than in these brownies. Love the Alice M recipe. Cocoa powder (cheap), small pan, no mixer. WInner. Pinned!

    1. I woke up to your super sweet comment on the IG pic, Averie. Thank you so much! That dress was a good buy. $$$ at Nordstrom, but I treated myself and will definitely get a lot of wear out of it! These pretzels are SO addicting and if I didn’t use a lot of them in a recipe, I would’ve sat here eating them all. They are that good. I know you love chocolate and pretzels!

  12. I’m with you; I like brownies to be like fudge or slightly-solid (but only slightly! ;)) frosting. I bet these would be so great with different flavors of yogurt-covered pretzels…like a berry one, or something! Yum! Beautiful post…I have to tell you, I’ve run across several blogs recently that are SO dull! Monochrome backgrounds, titles, text, food…everything. I think maybe it’s supposed to look “sophisticated”, but it makes me leave the page! I don’t think their recipes look delicious with all that brown and sepia everywhere, you know? Anyway, I just LOVE the vibrant quality of your blog and all your posts. You make cooking look fun and gorgeous, as it should be viewed! 😀 Great work, as always!

    1. I must try them with the berry pretzels. SO good, Caley. Love it. And thank you for the commentary about my photography, like always. I know what types of food photos you are referring to. And it’s not particularly my taste either. I like to focus on the food, not the scene. I am still trying to improve my food styling though. Thanks so much 🙂

  13. Oh I love these! I need to play around with my brownie recipe. Mine uses all sorts of chocolate, which is great, but annoying. 🙂 LOVE the pretzels you put in them!

    1. Dorothy, this is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. You need only 1 bowl and I know you’re as quick as me in the kitchen, so it will only take you 5 minutes to make the batter. Then into the oven. 30 minute recipe.

  14. Well aren’t these the perfect dessert to start the week! Btw- I didn’t know that about the flour ratio in brownies, it’s a good tip! Thanks 🙂

  15. Cleveland, my hometown! And ok, I have not seen those pretzels and now I have to buy them! And these brownies? They look so rich and decadent!

  16. 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.

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