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salted caramel pretzel brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

These Salted Caramel Brownies are going to take your brownie game to a whole new level.  Deliciously moist and fudgy brownies topped with an ooey gooey mixture of melted caramel, crushed pretzels, toffee bits, chocolate chips, and sea salt. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Salted Caramel Brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 388 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2  cup  (113g) butter melted then cooled
  • large eggs,  room temperature
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup  (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup  (40g) cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2  cup  (64g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking powder

Caramel Sauce

  • 14 ounces (1 bag) individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped, divided (please see notes)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Toppings

  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Brownie

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, add in all dry ingredients. Add in the egg mixture and gently stir into the dry ingredients.

  5. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until the butter is no longer separated and the mix is fully combined.

  6. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan, top with 9 of the caramels in three rows. (Readers suggested CARAMEL BITS - small round caramels instead of the caramel pieces for better melting!) You can cut them in half if you want to spread them out more.

  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Caramel Sauce

  1. Melt remaining caramels, butter, and milk together in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave).
  2. Pour caramel mixture over warm brownies and top with sea salt (do not use table salt). 

Toppings

  1. Sprinkle the crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, and toffee bits over top. The chocolate chips should melt a bit, but if they don't pop back into the oven for a few minutes.

  2. Cool a bit before cutting into squares. (Or eat them hot, I love an ooey gooey brownie!)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

A few of you mentioned that after a while the unwrapped caramels in the brownie got harder and it wasn't as easy to eat. A good alternative would be mini baking caramels or using caramel sauce. You won't be able to see as much definition in the final product, but the brownie will still taste delicious!