Nutella Pretzel Brownies

Nutella. Pretzel. Brownies.

Could life get any better?!

These brownies are absolute heaven!  I really could go on and on and ON about how much I loved these, but I will let the name, ingredients and picture do the talking :)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Nutella Pretzel Brownies
A delicious spin on brownies, combining the amazing flavors of sweet and salty. Nutella stars to make these brownies the amazing dessert that they are.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup pretzels
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • extra Nutella to frost brownies
  • extra pretzels for garnishing
To make the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Place the pretzels in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken up into tiny pieces. Add the sugar and pulse until combined, then pour in the butter. Continue pulsing until combined.
  3. Press the pretzel mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are golden and the crust feels firm.
While the crust is baking, make the brownies:
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add eggs and blend well.
  3. Add vanilla, salt, and Nutella. Mix until combined
  4. Add cocoa and flour. Don’t overbeat.
  5. Pour into pan over pretzel crust and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow brownies to cool for at least 45 minutes before frosting with nutella spread and garnishing with pretzels.

recipe adapted from: Bakingdom

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  1. Ashton

    Wowza!!! This looks incredible :) Pinned, for sure!

  2. Robin

    These look delicious! Do you place the brownie on the prepared crust? Seems like more brownie than crust with the differing pan sizes? Thanks for the recipe:)

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry I used my brownie recipe and forgot to change the pan size. You pour it over the pretzel crust and bake in the same pan.

    2. Rhys

      How many people does it serve?

  3. Bert in Rice, WA

    The 1/2 cup of pretzels is before or after the trip through the food processor. Half a cup of unbroken pretzels doesn't seem like much. This recipe sounds amazing.

  4. Emily

    So you don't bake the brownies on top of the pretzel crust?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, you pour on top of the pretzel crust after the pretzel crust has baked. Then bake the whole thing for the brownie time specified.

  5. Pauline Gudas

    I have got to make these. Yummmmm

  6. Sarah@Naptime Delights

    Nutella and Pretzels! Awesome! These look so tasty! I'd love for you to link this recipe up to my new link Party:


  7. Isabelle

    The two foods my son adores most in the world are Nutella and pretzels, especially combined. I think this is posted this yesterday; today is his 15th birthday. Guess who's getting a batch of these brownies tonight! Thanks...

  8. Kimberly Curtis

    This looks so yummy!!! I'm definitely trying this!!!

  9. elmorejoan

    These look really good.

  10. Erika

    Ummm, that looks like Heaven. I also am obsessed with Nutella and Pretzels! Going to have to try this one!

  11. Kerrie

    Mine are baking now...I can hardly wait!! You have the best recipes!!! Thank you!

  12. northern cottage

    Hello there darlin - I'm smitten with these brownies - oh my! I'm a Pinterest Contributor for BETTER HOMES & GARDENS and have just pinned this recipe as one of my new favs! YUMMO! You can see the pin here: on this board:


  13. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

    Oooh... such a wonderful flavor combination! I love the idea of a pretzel crust for brownies. Definitely giving this a try! Thanks!!

  14. northern cottage

    hey darlin - just blogged about you here!


  15. Angie

    Do you have a calorie count for these? Thanks so much!! They look WONDERFUL!!!

  16. Susie

    Made this 08/13/12. I put in 4 Tbsp of butter instead of 3 Tbsp and put in 1/2 of crushed pretzels. I baked it for 25 minutes and I thought the brownie part was a little hard. I'll try 20 minutes next time. Hubbs took it to work today and it got rave reviews. Yum!

  17. Nicole

    How many does this recipe make? Thank you!

  18. Desiree

    Sharing on my FB page, pinning and drooling!
    Love U!

  19. Manning

    I can't believe that this recipe didn't work! I baked for thirty minutes and it is still completely raw in the middle. So angry. If you screw up writing a recipe on Pinterest, FIX IT! Now my recipe for tonight is ruined and I can't fix it. You are a jerk.

  20. Cathy

    this recipe should have 1-1/2 cups pretzels and you left out the 1/4 tsp baking powder. takes about 35 minutes to get the brownies done enough

  21. Synclaire

    will the brownies come out thick because it is an 8x8 because in the picture they look just right.

  22. Tracy

    I don't know what some of these ladies are complaining about...I have made these 2x following the recipe exactly, but did let them bake an additional 5 mins and they received rave reviews! Fantastic! Just don't double the recipe!

  23. Stephanie

    I love anything Nutella! Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Melissa

    I love this recipe! I've made this a few times and it's always been a hit. I do cook it an additional 10 minutes, though, because the middle is pretty much still brownie batter after 25 minutes (at least in my oven).

  25. Alyssa Hudson

    How many does it make?

  26. Sydney

    Loved the recipie .. I used snyders buttersnap pretzels it made the crust taste like toffee and awesome compliment to nutella

  27. Lisa F

    These are absolute heaven...amazing! My family loves them :)

  28. Anna

    OMG today me and my friend wanted to make cookies or brownies and we found this and we loved it! making this again

  29. Gila


    I just made these brownies the other day and they were a huge hit!
    They are super moist and the combination of sweet and salty is really fabulous. They are very rich, so you could easily omit the nutella frosting and pretzel garnish but either way, they're delicious! Next time, I would personally add more pretzels to the crust mixture to make it thicker and I personally used unsweetened all-natural cocoa powder which I actually preferred since these are already extremely sweet.
    Thanks for the recipe!