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. Amy, you’re the sweetest! We got home in the evening yesterday and I was so stuffed from snacking the ENTIRE car ride home. I almost did eat the whole bag of those caramel crisps – only left the crumbs. Once I start, I can’t stop lol

  2. 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!
    Pinning!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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! 😀

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 😉

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!)

    1. 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 🙂

  13. 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

  14. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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).

  18. 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. 😀

  19. 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?

    1. Oh, definitely! That would be delicious. You could also make any of my s’mores recipes too Kristina: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/tag/smores/

  20. 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! 🙂

  21. 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!!

  22. 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?

  23. I was really hoping these were going to be great because I made them for my mom’s birthday. They are really fudgy and have great texture, but other than that these brownies were only okay. If they had been truly tasty, my family would have devoured them by now; however, only one piece has been eaten. 🙁

  24. Hey Sally, I need help. Recently I have been making blondes like snicker doodle blondies. The top looks fully bake but the bottom of pan is not cooked. This happened with these brownies too. Do you any advice or reasons? Thank you

    1. What type of oven do you have? Is there a heat element on the bottom? Or maybe it needs to be replaced? That could be the issue!

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