Monday, April 30, 2012

Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Truffle Brownies


It was brought to my attention last week that there is no brownie recipe on my site.  What?? How is that even possible?  We've known each other for quite some time now, and this is definitely something I should not be keeping from you.  The situation needed to be rectified asap, so I busted out my favorite brownie recipe, and just to make it up to you, dolled it up even more!  All I can tell you is this is one recipe worth waiting for...
Every once in a while a brownie craving strikes.  Now it doesn't happen very often, but when it does, I can assure you no run of the mill brownie will do.  I expect a lot from a brownie, it should be rich, decadent, and truffle like.  I developed this recipe a while back, and it always delivers.  To take it to another level, I added a peanut butter swirl.  I mean you really can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.  This situation got even better when I added pretzel M&Ms to the mix.  Have you tried them yet?  In a word, addictive.  We'll leave it at that.
I mixed the M&Ms into the batter, swirled the peanut butter on top, and sent it off into the oven where everyone could get to know each other.  The way these brownies bake let you know you will soon be in brownie bliss.  They poof up just a bit, and the top starts to crack.  When you pull them out of the oven they sink a little, especially in the middle.  At this point, you'll want to just grab a fork, but wait. Let them set, and then go for it.
The end result is perfectly sinful.  Decadent, truffle brownies that have a slight crunch from the M&Ms. A bit of salt from the candy keeps them from being overly sweet.  The peanut butter, what can I tell you, I don't even have words...  This is definitely one you don't want to miss!


Peanut Butter Swirl
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Cream peanut butter and butter.
  2. Slowly add in powdered sugar.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Set aside while you prepare the brownie batter.
Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Truffle Brownies
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate 
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup crushed pretzel M&Ms
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper & spray with non stick spray.
  2. Pulse pretzel M&Ms in food processor to break them up and set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate & butter together.
  4. Mix eggs & sugar with whip attachment a few minutes until eggs thicken and get lighter in color.
  5. Mix in vanilla.
  6. Pour melted chocolate/butter mixture into mixer. Make sure it warm, not hot.
  7. Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix just to combine.
  8. Mix in crushed M&Ms.
  9. Pour batter into pan. Spoon peanut butter mixture on top and swirl together with a toothpick.
  10. Bake at 325 degree for 45-50 minutes rotating once halfway through.

38 comments:

  1. wow, these brownies look fantastic, I love the additions you made...now I have a serious sweet tooth craving this morning :)

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  2. Oh my goodness, I am drooling all over the place. This is a perfect combination of ingredients. Yum!

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  3. Oooooooh! Minus the pretzels I would positively kill for these!!

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  4. These look absolutely delicious! I love the way the layers came out. I can't wait to try them!

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    1. Thanks Renee! Hope you enjoy them!

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  5. Goodness! These look heavenly! Love it!

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  6. Oh my! You put all my favorite things together in one dessert! Yum!

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  7. Oh my! My mouth is watering. Perfect flavor combination. Yummy!

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  8. Those are some heavenly looking brownies!

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  9. Not only do these look incredibly decadent and delicious, but your photography is gorgeous! It might kill me, but I could easily eat the whole pan!

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  10. These look incredible, and you definitely had me at the name. Can't wait to try them!

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    1. Thanks Emily, hope you enjoy them!

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  11. These pictures look amazing I fell like I could literally reach into my computer and grab one. YUM! Sounds amazing!

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  12. These look awesome! I'm literally drooling. Yum!

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  13. There are so many things I love about these, I can't even begin to tell you! I would eat the whole pan.

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  14. This is the perfect combination of flavors. For whatever reason I love using the pretzel m&m's in baking...but not snacking. Clearly they were made for this. Love it!

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  15. Holy moly! These look heavenly! Love the first picture M! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for saying that! I love it too!

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  16. Dang! I am a sucker for a brownie. I will be trying these soon, love the extra pb swirl!

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  17. Well, you and I must balance things out...I bet I have more than 50 brownie recipes on my blog! And this looks like one I'd love to try, too...I'm a sucker for brownies!!!

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  18. I think we can forgive you for the previous lack of brownies since you've put just about every good thing in this one!

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  19. Oh dear lord, these look absolutely incredible! I can't even get over the amount of amazing things in this brownie. You are a genius!

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    1. Haha, thanks girl! The pretzel m&ms make them!

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  20. Well that looks just amazing. A great way to make up for the lack of brownies on your site! :)

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    1. Thanks Vicki, figured I might as well go all out!

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  21. Anonymous5/01/2012

    Can not wait to make these. Love the pictures!!

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  22. These have everything!!!! Love the sweet and salty going on here.

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  23. My hubby would love these....Okay I would love them too:-) They look pretty fantastic! Hugs, Terra

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  24. Everything but the kitchen sink brownies! I love them, they look terrific!

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  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these brownies. Love the peanut butter swirl and the pretzel M&Ms, oh my! can't get any better!

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