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Turtle Pretzel Brownies

July 10, 2011 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Fun For Kids, Nutty, Salty-Sweet, Super-Simple

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To date, the Turtle Pretzel Brownie is my highest-ranking brownie recipe (as rated by coworkers at my regular desk job). Salty, sweet, rich, buttery. Resistance is futile.


1 box brownie mix

Egg(s), oil, and water as directed on box

1 to 1.5 cups pecan halves

1 tub of caramel (eg, 16-oz tub of Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip)

1.5 to 2 cups tiny chocolate-covered pretzels (eg, 1 bag Nestle Flipz)

Here are suggested ingredients, though any brand will do (even the basic store brand). Prepare yourself for the toe-curling delight that is called Turtle Pretzel Brownie.


Preheat oven to 350 F. Place pecan halves on cookie sheet in one layer and bake them for 5 to 7 minutes. Watch carefully so they don’t burn. There’s no need to flip the pecans over halfway through; they’ll taste just fabulous without the extra effort. Your kitchen will soon be wafting in a heavenly fog of toasted pecan bliss — and you will wonder why you never toasted your pecans before now. Try not to beat yourself up. Set pecans aside to cool.

As directed on box, prepare brownie batter and bake it. When done, remove from oven and allow pan to cool completely before next step. Keep roommates, spouse, children, and neighbors away during this crucial cooling process, as they might assume you’ve merely made “plain brownies” and begin eating them prematurely. Be vigilant.

When brownies are cooled, stir the tub of caramel dip until it’s smooth. Pour out entire 16-ounce tub, and spread it evenly over brownie crust.

Stir the caramel until it's smooth, and then spread it on the crust.

Put the toasted pecans on top of the caramel layer.

After caramel, layer on the pecans.

Then, on top of the nuts, place chocolate covered pretzels. Try to plan it so that, once brownies are cut, each brownie will have either one or two whole pretzels. (It’s hard to slice through a pretzel when you’re cutting the brownies for serving.)

Add the chocolate-covered pretzels. I get giddy just LOOKING at this picture.

BROWNIE_FAIL_ALERT: Do not use plain pretzels. They’re dry and will soak up the moist caramel–and that means no crunch. (Boo!) Also, for the same reason, don’t chop up your chocolate-covered pretzels. Your best bet is using small, whole, bite-sized, chocolate-covered pretzel bites, like Nestle Flipz.

Salty, sweet, buttery, caramelly craziness in your mouth! This recipe turns heads.

3 Comments to “Turtle Pretzel Brownies”

  1. But I’m making these first.

  2. Deana England says:

    These look like my first must-try brownie. I appreciate the Brownie fail alert…I might have done either of the failed ideas! Is your office hiring?

  3. Jessica Hettrick says:

    It is simply not fair to read this blog before lunch. I think you need to have some sort of alert for that on this blog as well, woman. I wanted to lick the screen.


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