Caramel Pretzel Brownies

As I mentioned once before, I met Eric on Halloween three years ago. But the funny thing about our first meeting is that I had actually heard of this elusive “Eric” character quite a few times before. But all the stories I heard about my now boyfriend weren’t just “Eric” stories…they were always “Eric and Tom” stories. At the time, I didn’t know either of these boys, but I did know that they were best friends. Any stories told by the mutual friends Eric and I shared prior to our meeting often involved Eric and Tom. So when I finally did meet Eric that Halloween night, he was decked out in a flight suit, channeling Top Gun’s “Goose.” And even though Tom wasn’t there that night, it made total sense that he was at another Halloween party, dressed as Maverick. Together or apart, these boys were quite the pair.

And a few months later, it was Tom who nudged Eric along in asking me out. And although Tom gave Eric some decent advice, Eric didn’t exactly follow it. I heard later on that their conversation went a bit like this: “Whatever you do, Eric, don’t just ask her to be your girlfriend. Be more casual. We aren’t in middle school.” Fast forward two days and Eric was ever so awkwardly asking me “If I wanted a boyfriend…namely him.” Well, Tom, at least you tried.

I’m pretty thankful for Tom not only for pushing Eric along, but also for letting me share his best friend. And Tom’s a pretty hilarious guy to be around, so that’s pretty cool as well. So when I heard he was coming back into town for a few days, I decided “welcome home” baked goods were a necessity. Because baked goods are pretty much always a necessity in my book. When deciding what to make, I figured brownies would probably be a safe bet. But rather than typical fudge brownies, I decided to up the ante with a few more decadent ingredients. This recipe is incredibly easy, as it starts with a packaged brownie mix. And with the addition of crushed pretzals  & caramel topping, it’s safe to say they will be devoured quickly. Boy and best friend approved.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pretzels, crushed
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Preparations:

  1. Place brownie mix in a large bowl and add eggs, water & oil and mix until well incorporated
  2. Stir in chocolate chips
  3. Pour brownie batter into a greased 13×9 inch baking pan
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
  5. After brownies have baked for 20 minutes, sprinkle crushed pretzels evenly over the top of the brownies and return to the oven for 8-10 minutes of additional baking time
  6. After brownies are baked through, remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Drizzle caramel topping & chocolate syrup over top of brownies before cutting into 24 even squares
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