Pretzel-Crust Cherry Chocolate Brownies

by Heather on August 26, 2010

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Let’s talk about butter now, OK?  There was a time, seemingly oh so long ago, that butter scared the heck out of me.  Pure fat?  No thank you!

Thank goodness I’ve come around since then.  So much so that I am now going to present y’all with a recipe that requires almost a pound of butter.

Hey, I never PROMISED healthy recipes all the time, but I did promise good food :)  The other day I was inspired by a recipe that I read online (and I soooooo wish I could remember where it was) that had a pretzel crust.  Now, for a salt-lovin’ girl, I actually hate pretzels.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

However, the pretzel crust sounded SO amazing that I decided to go for it!  It’s one of the easiest crusts in the world, and with the unique saltiness it’s sure to make a great combination with any number of baked goodies you could pair it with.

PRETZEL CRUST

  • 2 1/3 cups pretzels, crumbled
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 5 Tbsp granulated sugar

First, preheat the oven to 400.  I melted the butter first just so the glass wouldn’t be so hot and I wouldn’t burn myself when I poured it.  Safety first kids!

Measure out your 5 Tbsp of sugar:

And then move on to the pretzels.

I really wish that I loved pretzels and could just eat dozens of them a day.  Well, maybe not dozens, but it’s a rare occasion that I really crave regular ol’ pretzels.  I just poured a big bowl, then emptied it into a large baggie and smashed with a rolling pin.  I always wonder what Nate would do if I chased him around the house with a rolling pin.

Let’s get serious, there wouldn’t be a chase…just him watching me and thinking something to the effect of, “Wow, I married a really special girl!”

Special in the not good way.

So klassy.

I digress.  The rest is easy:  once the pretzels are smashed just dump the sugar and pretzel crumbs into a bowl:

Pour the butter in, and stir!  Combine well so that everything is evenly distributed.

Press into a 9 x 13 pan (I sprayed mine with nonstick first), and bake at 400 for 6-7 minutes.  When it comes out it won’t be completely solid, so make sure you keep the pan even!

I might or might not have sprinkled some chocolate chips on top too.  You know, just a little extra lovin’.

Now it’s time for the brownie mixture.  For brownies I really like the Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownie recipe that’s on the back of their containers (I have to make a few changes since I bake at high altitude):

  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder

So chewy and delicious!  First things first (again) are melt the butter;

Get your sugar, and then mix the two together:

Add your eggs, vanilla, and water:

Cocoa powder, obviously.

And whir it all up with the flour.  Try not to over-mix, but rather just mix until combined!

What I love about this recipe is the addition of dried cherries.  They are my heart.  And they add a great tartness – I mean I love butter and all but other flavors are good too!

Fold the cherries (about 3/4 cup) into the  brownie batter, then spoon carefully on top of the chocolate chips and crust.  Spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until brownies are set and a knife comes out clean.  Let them cool completely before serving.  Oh heck, who am I kidding?  Just dig in with a fork while they’re warm!

I love that this is not your typical brownie recipe.  The salty, buttery goodness from the crust is what hits your tongue first, which is followed by the chewy, melty, chocolate-y love from the chocolate chips and brownie.  Then you get a roundhouse kick to the face with the tart cherries and wash it all down with a glass of milk.  What more could you ask for?!

Happy Thursday everyone!  We’re almost there!

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