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Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies

 Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies
Think of a brownie pie with a pretzel crust and peanut butter-chocolate topping. Now stop thinking about it and make it happen. —Cathie Ayers, Hilton, New York
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, combine pretzels, butter
  • and sugar. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 8
  • minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Reduce heat to 350°. Prepare brownie mix batter according to
  • package directions. Pour over prepared crust. Bake 35-40 minutes or
  • until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist
  • crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir until
  • smooth. Spread over top. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm. Cut
  • into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 brownie equals 298 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 324 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.