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Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies Recipe

Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. 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: 298 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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Neeliedeer User ID: 8308428 223572
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"I have made these too many times to count and everyone loves them. Anything worthwhile takes a little time and effort. I will continue making these."

Eudell User ID: 6014123 223486
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"These were way too much of a hassle. Messy crust that wouldn't stay together and I will never make these again!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 221995
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Crust is too crumbly to serve nicely. Flavors are great together! Next time I'll make the brownies and frost with the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Maybe at serving I'll sprinkle with broken pretzels to add the crunchy-salty factor. . . or perhaps I'll melt the butter with additonal sugar and get a caramel going. . . maybe that would hold the pretzel layer together. It's worth another try."

fgillen User ID: 5065756 196761
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014 Edited Sep. 14, 2014

"I think I will flip it over as well and drizzle the chocolate over the pretzel.....they were awesome !!!"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 151652
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"After reading the reviews with the difficulty of the bottom crust I made it in the morning and let it set all day before I finished the brownies. I also lined my pan with parchment paper which I let hang out of the pan by an inch and a half. I then followed the recipes according to the directions except I baked them according to the instructions on the box of brownies -not the recipe. . I was able to easily remove the brownies because of the parchment paper. I just grabbed both ends and pulled it out of the pan. The combination of sweet and salty is addicting."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 183761
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"These things are fantastic. I greased a 13x9 baking dish, crushed 2 cups of pretzels (actually, I stuck them in the blender and pulverized them), and used a cup of butter for the crust. I baked that the night before so it had plenty of time to set. I then made the brownie portion, leaving the brownies undercooked so they were more fudgey (if that were a word!). To top it, I used nutella rather than the peanut butter/chocolate chip combo. They are difficult to get out of the pan, but awesome!"

raylwlsc User ID: 1565688 196245
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"Used 2 cups finely chopped pretzels & 2 1/2 sticks butter for crust; still came out crumbly & bland. I think a different crust is needed here. Substituting 8 oz Cream Cheese instead of the chocolate chips to make the frosting. Will mix with the peanut butter. the brownie mix I used (Giardelli's) already had semi-sweet, milk & another chip in the mix so I think making the frosting with the chocolate would be too much. I made sure not to overbake the brownies. This recipe needs some tweaking."

s_pants User ID: 174050 114973
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"I love the flavor combination. My crust did not stay together as well. I used a food processor to finely crush the pretzels and refrigerated the brownies overnight before cutting them. I ended up serving them upside down with the pretzels sprinkled on top!"

kcpidge User ID: 5511908 151650
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"It was just ok. Maybe I should have read all reviews first before making so I knew what I was in for, they might have come out different. The brownie top puffed up and cracked/sank. The crust falls apart. And the flavor was just ok."

wonderwheel30 User ID: 3618474 119936
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I loved this with the salt and the chocolate. Really good brownie."

Lstrange User ID: 5890429 197073
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013 Edited Aug. 5, 2016

"such a great flavor combo that it's worth trying to figure out the crust issues. Perhaps brown sugar instead of granulated sugar? ll try the two cups next time, and chilling before review that said they flipped the pan upside down and had the pretzels on top, hmmm…"

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 114971
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"These were amazing! I read some of the comments and changed a couple of things. Used 2-1/2 cups pretzel crumbs, really pulverized them and 1 cup butter. The crust held together real well. Also refrigerated them overnight.

Took them to work and everyone raved about them. Great combination of sweet and salty."

Wend85 User ID: 6856814 196757
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013


suezmike User ID: 4334572 181081
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"You can make this recipe by baking the brownies as directed, frosting them with the peanut butter/chocolate chip frosting and then just sprinkle crushed pretzels on top. Great combination of salty and sweet without the hassel of the crumbly crust. This eliminates the added calories from the butter and sugar as well. Entire family prefers them this way!"

niesgirl User ID: 3725982 187067
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"too much crust; too much crumbly, but I'd try the suggestion of 2 C pretzel crumbs and 1 stick butter next. AMAZING tasting."

wadesworld1973 User ID: 1044011 138046
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"I have a question.....this recipe states to bake the brownies for 35-40 minutes, but my brownie package directions state to bake for 24-26 minutes....which should i do?"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 183754
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"I guess they tasted okay but the crust fell apart for me too and they were impossible to get out of the pan. Not worth the hassle."

AllyLynne User ID: 6716382 196756
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"They were a complete success for the event i made them for! I discovered that if i left them in the fridge overnight after i put the peanut butter on top, it works much better. P.S my pretzel bottom didnt crumble. 1 cup of butter to 2 cups of pretzels worked PERFECTLY!!"

frecklefaceginger User ID: 5882368 181080
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"I initially thought the butter measurement was wrong on the recipe. Should be melting 1 1/2 sticks of butter or  margarine. Not sure why the crust has been crumbly for some of you. Consider refridgerating it after it's all cooked. I think they're better a little chilled! The crust usually stays well intact too!"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 197072
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"I put the pretzels in my blender and literaly made fine crumbs out of 90% of it. There is a layer on top of larger chunks. But I think that's the secret to holding the crust together--the butter can bind with the fine crumbs easier than the crumbly chunks."

Arista137 User ID: 3449894 119935
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Crust crumbled as others said and overall it was dry. I rarely meet a brownie recipe I don't like, but these are not very good."

Alssuperstar89 User ID: 6239221 114934
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"If I were to make this again I would add less pretzels. Maybe 2 cups and one cup of butter. These tasted great but I think it was just too much pretzel that would not hold together. I do think putting them in the freezer was a good idea they got a more solid feeling. I will make them again with the smaller amount of pretzels and one cup of butter."

Alssuperstar89 User ID: 6239221 181079
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"After reading the reviews I tried a few things, I added more butter to crust and one tablespoon of flour. I also used one tablespoon of powdered sugar. I put it in the freezer. Even with all these changes the crust still crumbled. Next time I would used 2 cups of crushed pretzels and one cup of butter. The topping was great. A good recipe but the crust needs work."

mom_jam User ID: 981766 183705
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I wish I would have read the reviews before I made these. My crust fell apart as well."

nhatalsky User ID: 1457645 125696
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I agree with the other reviewers...easy recipe, but the crust fell apart. Frustrating, because I threw nearly half the pretzel mixture down the drain. Next time, I will try adding more butter to hold it together."

dezali User ID: 2022262 213008
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"The crust did not hold together. Tried to add more butter and sugar...still didn't work."

tjr1234 User ID: 6543920 121448
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"made for church fish fry - sold out within 1 hr"

anna.712 User ID: 5426008 138043
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Very yummy, but the pretzel crust was crumbly. Next time I may add more butter to the crust to try and hold it together better. Overall good easy recipe though."

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