Pretzel Crusted Brownies

This post may contain affiliate links meaning if you buy from them, I will make a few pennies, at no cost to you. See disclosure here.

Pretzel Crusted Brownies have a layer of pretzel crust topped with a fudgy chocolate chip brownie. These sweet and salty brownies are a perfect sweet treat!

closeup of pretzel crusted brownie stack

Click HERE to save recipe to Pinterest

Pretzel Crusted Brownies

Over the summer, when I made the Strawberry Pretzel Jello, I was most impressed by the pretzel crust. I decided to take that same crust and pair it with brownies. The result is the perfect blend of salty and sweet in every bite.

I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and decided to pick up one of their quick brownie mixes since I had never tried them.

You know I pretty much gave up box mixes when I realized how simple homemade, from scratch brownies are (see Simple Dark Chocolate Brownies or “Better Than Box Mix” Brownies). But, this mix has no preservatives or artificial colors or flavorings so I gave them a shot.

It was the Truffle Brownie Mix which are dark chocolate with chocolate chips. I recommend it or either of the easy recipes I linked above.

stack of chocolate chip brownies


  • Brownies – Either your favorite box mix or simple from scratch brownies
  • Pretzels – It doesn’t matter if you use sticks or rods or whatever because you’ll be smashing them
  • Butter – You could also use coconut oil, I opt for butter.
  • Sugar – You’re making a crust with the pretzels.

single pretzel crusted brownie on parchment paper



Pretzel Crusted Brownies have a layer of pretzel crust topped with a fudgy chocolate chip brownie. These sweet and salty brownies are a perfect sweet treat! | www.persnicketyplates.com


Follow along on my social media so you never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

I made a fun group on Facebook for sharing recipes, asking questions, and talking about food. I’d love to have you! Request to join HERE.

Also, sign up to receive an email in your inbox for each new recipe:


If you MAKE & LOVE this recipe, share it on Instagram and tag me @melissa_pplates and/or #persnicketyplates so I can see it. I LOVE seeing what you make & I’ll share it in my stories!

closeup of pretzel crusted brownie stack

Pretzel Crusted Brownies

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Sweet & salty in every perfect bite - Pretzel Crusted Brownies!
4.80 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 89 kcal


For the Brownies

  • Your favorite box mix + ingredients required

For the Pretzel Crust

  • 1 cup pretzels crushed
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, then lightly spray with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the brownie batter per the box (or use one of the scratch recipes I linked above)
  • Melt the butter in either a microwave safe dish, or in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the sugar until fully combined. Then, stir in the crushed pretzels.
  • Press the pretzel mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking dish in an even layer.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and pour the prepared brownie batter over the top.
  • Bake brownies for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let cool, then slice.


Serving: 1gCalories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 155IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Tried this recipe? Tag me!Mention @melissa_pplates or tag #persnicketyplates!

Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying/pasting and/or screenshots of full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited. Content and photographs are copyright protected.

Or maybe you’d like…
Super Simple Dark Chocolate Brownies
Super simple homemade brownie recipe that makes rich, chocolatey brownies with a perfect flaky crust | Persnickety Plates
Peanut Butter Brookies
Peanut Butter Brookies - a layer of brownie topped with a layer of peanut butter cookies - the best of both worlds! | Persnickety Plates AD
Coconut Oil Brownies


Reader Interactions

    Share Your Thoughts

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Christine Gustavsen says

    5 stars
    These brownies are the best. You can use any type of brownie mix for a great desert. Top with some ice cream! A rwal winner !

Melissa Williams/Persnickety Plates is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. For more details, please see my Privacy Policy & Disclosures page.