These all started out as a tactic of mine to use up some miscellaneous things sitting in my pantry.

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But boy did they turn into so much more than that.

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I had a half bag of pretzels, a handful of chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces and a whole lot of butter.

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I debated a couple different cookie recipes but after pulling together my potential Fall schedule of classes, I just didn’t have the energy for scooping and rolling.

Brownies seemed the next logical choice.

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I was right.

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Pretzel Bottom Reese’s Pieces Brownies

Serves 16


For the Pretzel Bottom:

  • ~ 4 cups mini pretzel twists (about 2 cups finely crushed)
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance, slightly melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

For the Brownies (adapted from Martha Stewart):

  • 8 tablespoons Earth Balance
  • 2 ounces Reese’s Pieces
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


For the Pretzel Bottom:

  1. Pour pretzels into a food processor and coarsely chop.
  2. Add brown sugar and pulse a few more times then add Earth Balance and pulse until well combined.
  3. Place into a 13×9 inch pan lined with parchment and press down until evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan.

For the Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Put Earth Balance, Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Whisk granulated sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, and whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well incorporated.
  5. Pour over pretzel bottom mixture using a spatula to smooth out for even coverage.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes (cooking time may vary depending on your oven) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Serve with milk.

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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    I want one right now!! They look great!

    • Cait

      I wish I could share through the computer – then I wouldn’t be eating so many! Haha

  • Amy @Macncheesenpeas

    these look awesome! I love a pretzel and chocolate combo so I’m sure these are very tasty.

    • Cait

      They’re really delicious – the perfect combo of salty + sweet!

  • Lauren

    Oh goodness. Amazing!

    • Cait

      Haha – thank you!

  • Katie

    I’ll take 56.

    Also, that class schedule…holy cow. I might need an extra brownie just looking at it. Good luck to you…you are kind of my hero.

    • Cait

      Haha – let’s see if I pass any of them first! :) And I will happily deliver 56 to you. In person. And then we can hangout because I missss yyyyooooou!!!!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    These have all kinds of trouble written all over them! Deliciousness!

    • Cait

      Haha they most definitely do! :)

  • emily

    Those look awesome!

    Is it weird that I’m excited to see you recap classes I’ve already taken? I just loved food comp so much! Your semester will be as fun as it is busy, I promise.

    • Cait

      Hahah that’s not weird at all! I’m glad to hear you say that because I’m feeling really nervous about it! What school did you go to?

      • emily

        Buffalo State College; I’ve got one more year to go! I am in a coordinated program. Does your school offer that option?

  • Liz @ iheartvegetables

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    I have seen a lot of delicious things today. I spent a lot of time on pinterest. But THESE are definitely the most delicious thing. Sweet + salty. Chocolate + pretzels (not to mention peanut butter). Does life get any better?!

    • Cait

      Hahah – I love that! And I sure hope not! ;)

  • Jae

    are you perhaps coming back to BC for grad school? :)

    • Cait

      I wish! If they had my program I would be there in a heartbeat!! Hopefully Boston (or at least Northeast) bound post graduation though :)

  • Kelly


    • Cait

      :) That they were!

  • Rachel

    WOW omg these look amazing

    • Cait

      They were BEYOND good!

  • marla

    LOVE the idea of the pretzel bottom!

    • Cait

      It was delicious!

  • ally

    fabulous job, these look amazing! i want one with a big glass of milk. perfect!

    • Cait

      Also delicious with a big scoop of ice cream! :)

  • Cara Craves…

    I love pretzel bottom desserts! Move over boring graham cracker crust!

    • Cait

      Seriously! These kick the graham cracker crust’s butt!

  • Alicia @ energEAT

    reese’s pieces? you had me at hello!

  • Carly @ Snack Therapy

    I just want to stick my hand into that measuring cup, pull out a fistful of Reese’s Pieces, and shove them into my mouth.

  • Jess

    what is earth balance, have never seen that in our stores. Please help these look amazing.

    • Cait

      Earth Balance is just a vegan buttery-like spread. Not actual butter :) You can read more about it here. Butter would be a fine substitute here if you prefer!

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Oh man…I LOVE Reese’s Pieces and pretzels! SCORE! :D

  • Kelly-Anne

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,