Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust Brownies


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It’s pretty hard to improve on brownies from a box.  I have tried making them from scratch more than once but quite frankly, for all that effort, they just don’t taste any better.  And let’s face it.  Brownies are goooood.


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But do you know what can take brownies in a box from really yummy to so good they will make you cry?

Oh-so-easy homemade crockpot caramel and pretzels, my friend, and a few dark chocolate chips for good measure.

It’s a taste sensation.

Your mouth will thank you.  Your waistline will not. 🙂

Assemble the ingredients for these delicious salted caramel pretzel brownies: brownies, pretzels, eggs, butter, chocolate chips and caramel.

Here is what you need:

3 cups mini pretzels
4 tablespoons melted better
1 box brownie mix
2 eggs (per the box directions)
vegetable oil
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 jar oh-so-easy crockpot caramel or store-bought caramel sauce
cooking spray

Use a rolling pin to crush the pretzels in a freezer bag.

Step 1:  Place pretzels in a gallon sized Ziploc bag and crush as finely as possible with rolling pin.

In a mixing bowl, make the brownie batter per the package instructions.

Step 2: Mix brownie mix with water, eggs, & oil per the box instructions.  Add dark chocolate chips.

Spread the pretzel crumbs over the bottom of a pan and add melted butter to coat.

Step 3: Spread pretzel crumbs out on bottom of  9×13″ baking pan.  Drizzle with butter and mix well until pretzels are coated, then press into a crust on bottom of pan.

Pour the brownie batter over the crushed pretzels in the pan.

Step 4:  Carefully pour brownie batter evenly over pretzels crust

Drizzle the top of the brownies with the caramel before baking.

Step 5:  Carefully drizzle caramel over brownie batter in zig-zag motion, as shown.

Pull a knife through the caramel drizzle to create the swirl pattern you see here.

Step 6:  Pull a knife through the caramel in alternating directions to create a pretty pattern.  Sprinkle with salt.

Bake brownies until cooked through, allow to cool and then slice.

Step 7:  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.  (Check box directions for baking time.) Remove brownies from oven and let cool slightly.  While brownies are still warm, cut into squares with plastic knife.

Enjoy these decadent, yummy salted caramel brownies--a perfect box brownie mix hack!

Step 9:  Let cool completely, then serve.  Mmmmmmmmm…….

Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust Brownies: An Easy Boxed Mix Hack for Delicious Brownies


  1. Darcy
    September 18 at 01:06PM


  2. Aimilee
    September 18 at 01:37PM

    Wow those look really, really good! I love sweet & salty combinations!

  3. September 18 at 06:28PM

    Oh, I’m going to have to try these! I agree. I’ve made brownies from scratch but for the time and (minimal) money saved, I prefer the box brownie mix too. 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 20 at 10:46AM

      Let me know what you think Kristen! 🙂

  4. September 18 at 09:39PM

    This sounds amazing! A must-try.

  5. September 21 at 04:51PM

    I have done the brownie/choc. chip cookie recipe but have never heard of this recipe before! A must try since I love salty and sweet desserts – thanks for sharing! Looks so good!

  6. September 29 at 05:44PM

    These look INCREDIBLE.

  7. October 3 at 11:58PM

    These brownies look absolutely delicious! Thanks!

  8. Laurie
    October 27 at 05:24PM

    Im wondering if I could make these ahead of time and freeze them. Has anyone tried it?

    • Anonymous
      June 4 at 11:49PM

      I froze them, they where just as yummy!

  9. Vicky Davis
    November 3 at 03:27PM

    What size brownie mix are you using, I can’t tell by the picture?

  10. rima
    December 24 at 01:37PM

    these are very good. i did make my own brownies, the oil-based one from Americas test kitchen, Cooks Country, blasts EVERY boxed mix out of the water, so chocolatey, but with that great boxed brownie texture we all love

  11. January 18 at 09:54PM

    I love salted caramel everything so I can’t wait to try these. Have you ever tried Nigella Lawson’s brownie recipe? It’s pretty amazing and easy. I will definitely make this recipe with her brownie recipe.

  12. jennifer
    March 31 at 05:35PM

    I have made these several times. EVERYONE LOVES them!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and easy recipe.

  13. Brenda
    April 6 at 03:33PM

    Hi, I just made these, pulled them from the oven and waiting for them to cool. They smell wonderful but I noticed…the pretzel crust rose to the top? Did I do something wrong? Oh well, I’m sure they will still be good but just wondering if you have any insight into this 🙂

  14. April 13 at 11:42PM

    These brownies look delish! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I am pinning!

  15. April 29 at 09:28PM

    I haven’t been able to eat boxed brownies since I started making Epicurious’ “Best Cocoa Brownies”. Worlds away better than boxed, in my opinion.
    However, these look awesome, and I will definitely be trying them! Salt+caramel+chocolate.. there’s no way this can go wrong. 🙂

  16. July 1 at 04:34PM

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ll be making them for a BBQ on the $th of July! I looked all over online for a salted caramel pretzel brownie recipe and yours looked the best by far 🙂 thank you from one Jesus-loving momma to another!

  17. Amy
    November 21 at 06:27AM

    I made these without the caramel sauce and iced them with chocolate frosting. Yum, I love the pretzel crust.

  18. Anonymous
    January 12 at 06:46PM

    So excited to try this!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  19. L. Hull
    June 4 at 03:48PM

    Not a cook so only l could mess up a boxed Brownie. Box said smaller pan, l used 9×13 stated. Didn’t have enough brownie mix or enough butter for the pretzel mix. One thing l didn’t mess up was the taste. Next time l will double brownie mix. Delish. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Natalie
    September 10 at 04:37PM

    How much salt is sprinkled ??

  21. Amanda
    September 18 at 07:16PM

    Just made these and they turned out awful! i baked for 35 minutes becuase they were completely raw after 25. they still seem very underbaked. i cut them and they are just a mess. they taste wonderful but i made them to take to an event and im very disappointed at their appearance. they are going to fall into a mess when i take them out of the pan. im very sad becuase they taste so good! maybe we’ll eat them with ice cream tonight instead…

    • Sharo
      October 3 at 01:37PM

      Same here. Bummer.

  22. Anonymous
    May 12 at 11:16PM

    I ended up baking this an extra 30 minutes. I kept putting it back in for 5 minute increments and every time I took it out it was still jiggly. The pretzels unfortunately didn’t really make a crust after I baked it. Not sure what happened there. I made this using the sweetened and condensed milk in the crockpot to make the caramel sauce. I took a little taste of it and didn’t seem super caramely to me. I really wanted to love this but it didn’t quite deliver.

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