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Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

These Nutella Brownies are not your ordinary brownies. They have a salty pretzel crust which balances so well with the sweetness of the brownies! These little guys will satisfy any sweet tooth!

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

I am happy today. After a long break (about 2 months) I made a dessert. A sweet, mouth-watering, loaded-with-calories dessert. This break wasn’t only for the blog, I haven’t made a single sweet thing in the last few months. No cookies, no candies, no cakes, no cupcakes, no pies, nothing. I can’t even explain why. My sweet tooth was on vacation, I guess. Now he is back though, and he is going to strike with full force. I know myself. Unfortunately.

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

So, I woke up yesterday and immediately, even before getting out of the bed, the crave for something sweet came upon me. I started thinking about treats I can make, asking my hubby to throw in some ideas, and he did. He reminded me about the jar of Nutella sitting in our fridge for a long time. I know, it sounds crazy: “NUTELLA, SITTING FOR A LONG TIME”. How is that even possible? Our little baby boy took all our attention and made us forget about anything else in the world!

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

With Nutella in my hands, I needed only few seconds to decide that it will be brownies. My sweet tooth loved that idea right away, because he knew that nothing can go wrong with Nutella Brownies.

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

Of course plain Nutella Brownies would be too simple, so I also made the frosting with even more Nutella and the crust with salty pretzels. The balance between sweet and salty is amazing! It’s one of my favorite combinations in desserts ever. Three recipes with salted caramel on this blog only prove that. The one I love the most is these Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies. They were (are) crazily popular!

These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

Sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy – these Nutella brownies with a pretzel crust have it all. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. These are so good, I don’t even care how many calories they have. I really don’t. It’s not life if we can’t indulge ourselves with such delicious little treats at least sometimes. Am I right? Try these brownies and you will fall in love! These Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust are sweet and salty, chewy, crunchy - they have it all! | yummyaddiction.com

5.0 from 6 reviews
Nutella Brownies with a Pretzel Crust
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Serves: 30 brownies
 
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 2 cups crushed into small pieces pretzels + ½ cup for sprinkling
  • 5 tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, melted
For the brownies:
  • 2 sticks (225g) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups all-purposeflour
For the frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil, allowing excess to hang over edges. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, combine the pretzels with the melted butter. Press into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  4. Place the butter and the chocolate chips in a bowl and heat in a microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
  5. Stir in the Nutella and cocoa powder until combined. Add the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine. Stir in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the flour until just combined. The batter should be thick.
  6. Spread the batter over the crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
  7. In a bowl, beat together the butter and Nutella until smooth. Add the cocoa, sugar, and heavy cream, and beat once again until smooth and fluffy. If it is too thick, add more heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  8. Spread the frosting over the top, sprinkle with pretzels and enjoy!
Notes
Adapted from Brownies, Blondies, and Bars by Stephanie Brubaker

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    April J Harris
    July 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I wish my sweet tooth would go on vacation! What a gorgeous recipe – love the salty, sweet flavours and how rich and lovely your brownies look. My family will love these!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      July 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

      April, I wish mine would be absent more often 🙂 I am so happy you loved these brownies!

  • Reply
    peter @feedyoursoultoo
    July 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Nutella, chocolate and pretzels – perfect combination. You have the sweet and salty working together perfectly.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      July 19, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Peter, yes! Sweet and salty work so well together in these brownies!

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    Kim
    July 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Sometimes you just need a break from blogging, baking, and life in general. I took about 10 months off from my grill blog. Life is chaotic, and sometimes you just need to focus on other things.

    You came back with a bang though. This looks amazing. I love brownies and I adore nutella so this sheer perfection to me.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

      You are right, Kim. We all need some break from time to time. I am happy you loved these brownies! 🙂

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    Krysten (@themomnoms)
    July 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Other than making cakes for my friend’s birthday, I have totally been avoiding making a dessert.
    So I’m right there with you.
    However, this looks so good that I might HAVE to make it. And by HAVE to, I mean NEED to make it!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

      It’s so hard to resist, Krysten 😉

  • Reply
    Bri
    July 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I’m so into pretzels and chocolate right now. These brownies sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Jovita
      July 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Bri!

  • Reply
    Florentina
    July 17, 2016 at 2:09 am

    You had me at Nutella and that is all there is to it! Wowza for Nutella Brownies!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      July 19, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Florentina, you can’t go wrong with Nutella! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii @ H
    July 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I have been seeing these kind of brownies all over Pinterest and I really need to give them a try. I m Nutella obsessed!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Who isn’t, Dannii? 🙂

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    July 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    You had me at nutella

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

      I am glad I did! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Well i hope you deliver 😉

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

      These brownies surely deliver 🙂

  • Reply
    Cynthia Rusincovitch
    July 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Sweet and salty make a perfect combo!!!! I love using nutella too.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

      At first I was afraid of the sweet and salty combo, but now it’s one of my favorites 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica {Swanky Recipes}
    July 21, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I’m the biggest chocolate lover around and of course, I’ve got these on the list to make next week, yum!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Tell me how you liked them, Jessica!

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