Gluten-Free Salted Pretzel Brownies

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by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

You bake brownies when you’re craving chocolate. But they’re probably not your go-to when salty, crispy pretzels are on your mind. Sometimes your taste buds demand sweet and salty, so you need a dessert option that can satisfy both. Enter Salted Pretzel Brownies. This spin on classic chocolate brownies adds a crumby, salty pretzel crust and a rich, fudgy frosting sprinkled with pretzel bits to satisfy the demands of your sweet tooth. Made with a gluten-free mix, even those with sensitive tummies can enjoy this finger-licking treat.

Gluten-Free Brownies with Pretzels

Gluten-Free Salted Pretzel Brownies



21 oz. package Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
1 egg
¾ cup warm water
¾ cup butter, melted


1-½ cup gluten-free pretzels, crushed* (about 5 oz)
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup sugar


12 oz. chocolate chips
½ cup gluten-free pretzels, crushed
1 – 2 Tbsp. large flake sea salt
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1-½ tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13” x 9” baking pan.
  2. First, prepare the crust. In a food processor or high-speed blender, grind pretzels into small, chunky pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pretzel grounds, sugar and melted butter and mix until combined. Pour mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan and press down to spread and flatten.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes, remove and set aside to cool while preparing brownies.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, water and butter. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until just combined.
  6. Once the pretzel crust has cooled, pour brownie batter into pan, smoothing the top.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with only a few crumbs. When fully baked, let cool completely before frosting.
  8. While brownies bake, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk to melt chocolate. Stir frequently to prevent burning and remove from heat when fully melted.
  9. Add vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture and use a spatula to spread chocolate over brownies. Sprinkle with crushed pretzels and sea salt.