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What do you do with a box of brownie mix, a bag of pretzels, and some peanut butter?  How about baking peanut butter pretzel brownies?  That’s exactly what we did this weekend, an idea  originated by my friend T.  At first we were just going to use the brownie mix and maybe add some pecans but T had a light bulb moment and thought of combining crushed pretzels with crunchy peanut butter and using this as the base for the brownie mix.  The verdict? Deliciously ooey-gooey, rich and chewy with a very delectable crunchiness to it.  I loved the contrasting salty and sweet flavors.  This was definitely a big thumbs up.  Good job, T!

Crush about 2 cups of mini pretzels in a food processor until you get coarse pretzel crumbs, do not worry about getting them very fine at all
Pour these crumbs into a bowl and mix in several tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (or smooth if you want). Stir together until you get a consistency where the crumbs and the peanut butter are sticking to each other enough that you can place this on the bottom of a square 8X8 cookie pan, forming a crust.
Follow the directions for the brownie mix and make sure to add some chopped up nuts if you’d like. (Btw, we used the brownie truffle baking mix from Trader Joe’s and found this to be pretty amazing. I couldn’t believe these brownies came from a box)!
Pour the brownie batter on top of the pretzel-peanut butter crust, apply the batter as evenly as possible.
Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for about 35 minutes (best to check your brownies after 25minutes with a toothpick and gauge its readiness from there. Do not overbake)