Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies

This is dedicated to my friend Niall.  St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and since Niall (obviously, by the name) is Irish and we met in college when I dated his roommate.  While the relationship didn’t last long, Niall and I became firm friends.  This friendship has lasted over two capital cities (once I moved to London, I convinced him to take a job at a well-known human rights charity and move there as well,) multiple relationships, one really bad haircut (fringe does not suit my oval face) and as we’ve navigated the route from overgrown teenagers to proper, bill-paying adults.

A couple months ago, Niall became a vegetarian due to his concerns over the ethics of the meat industry.  Definitely a change from the guy who would split a large pepperoni pizza with me.  But one thing that remains consistent is his love of peanut butter.

It’s great to have an outlet for the peanut butter recipes forbidden in this house.  So when I saw these Butterfinger-encrusted pretzels, I wanted to make something Niall would enjoy.   And so…

indexPeanut Butter Pretzel Brownies (adapted from Brownie Bliss)


200g light brown sugar

3 large eggs

100g dark chocolate

175g unsalted butter

120g plain flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

180g peanut butter

50g caster sugar

1 tablespoon plain flour

5 tablespoons milk

1 bag of Butterfinger pretzels

DSC_2149Mix together brown sugar and eggs.

DSC_2152Melt the dark chocolate and unsalted butter together.

DSC_2153 2Mix in the dark chocolate mixture to the sugar and eggs.

DSC_2154 2Sift in dry ingredients.

DSC_2155 2Mix in about half of cup of cut up Butterfinger pretzels into the dough.

DSC_2157Spread about half the brownie batter in a lined brownie pan.

DSC_2158In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter, caster sugar,  flour and milk.

DSC_2156Spread the peanut butter layer over the chocolate and spread a layer of pretzels on top of that.

DSC_2159 2Top with the other half of the chocolate brownie batter.

DSC_2160 2Bake at 180C for about 30 minutes.

DSC_2161Allow to cool completely, then cut into pieces.  And enjoy this brownie created for my Irish friend for St. Patrick’s Day!




  1. I don’t think there is a better flavour combo than chocolate and peanuts!

  2. That sounds delicious! I posted a recipe for breakfast cookies today, and always enjoy experimenting with new flavor combinations. Glad I found your post.

  3. Mmm, this sounds like all my favourite things in one!!

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