Baking Adventures in Anacortes (Part II)

Here is how this dessert went down, Alexis wanted chocolate (or more specifically brownies) and i wanted peanut butter. That’s a lie, I didn’t just want peanut butter, I was craving it- and I was not about to back down. Anyways through endless google searches we finally found a Peanut butter fudge pretzel brownie. HOLY MOLY! I was ecstatic! We rushed to Safeway to pick up all the ingredients and was even able to find my favorite brand of cocoa powder-Scharffen Berger. Food is cheap so get the good stuff 😉

I found this recipe on how sweet eats. I very much enjoyed reading her blog as her posts are quite witty! I will be sure to try out some of her other recipes in the future!

Peanut Butter Fudge Pretzels

*makes 12 bars

Ingredients:

1/2 C butter

1 1/2 C sugar

2 t. vanilla extract

1 1/4 C all purpose flour

1/4 t. salt

3 T. cocoa powder

2/3 C chocolate chips

1 1/2 C creamy peanut butter (I definitely recommend JIFF)

1/3 C powdered sugar

1 3/4 C crushed pretzels (you can crush pretzels using a food processor)

6 T. butter, melted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8×8 baking dish and set aside.

2. Combine melted butter and pretzel crumbs in a bowl until moistened. With the back of a spoon, press pretzels into the prepared pan to form a crust.

3. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add in cocoa, flour and salt, mixing until combined – about 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Using a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray, evenly spread brownies on top of pretzel crust. Set pan on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until brownies are baked through.

4. When brownies are close to done, melt peanut butter in microwave stirring between each increment. Once melted, stir in 1/3 cup powdered sugar and mix until no lumps remain. Pour over warm brownies and spread evenly. Refrigerate brownies for 1-2 hours, then cut into bars and serve.

*The last step is VERY important… If it happens to be late at night and you’re sitting there with your friend watching Downton Abbey you may want to go ahead and cut yourself a slice of these brownies but don’t! If you do it will just be one big hot chocolately mess!!

“Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.”

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