Beer brownies are a fun and creative twist on everyone’s favorite dessert bar. But many recipes are too time consuming or use ingredients you might not have on hand.
This recipe for beer brownies with a pretzel crust spruces up boxed brownie mix to make a unique, chewy brownie bite with a surprising hint of caramel. Make a batch for your game day celebration, birthdays, Father’s Day…or just because you can!
Do you like to make creative recipes for your celebrations?
Sometimes I go a bit nuts with the creativity. Yes, I have my favorite go-to party recipes, but often I like to add a fun little twist.
The challenge is finding a way to balance creative baking and convenience.
Of course, regular readers know that I love desserts that are both delicious and fast. That’s how I ended up with recipes like Ridiculously Easy Cinnamon Spice Cake Mix Blondies, Christmas Crack, and even the Cheater’s Cookie Platter.
So, it’s no surprise that when our craft beer-loving family members came to visit over the holidays, I wanted to make a little treat that incorporated their favorite beverage.
And so, beer brownies with a pretzel crust were born.
To say they were a hit would be an understatement. There is only a small amount of beer in the batter, adding just a subtle, malty flavor to the brownies.
But the real surprise was with the effect of the beer on the pretzel topping.
You see, to make these brownies, I simply replaced the water required by a boxed brownie mix with a porter. And since all beer has sugar in it, that increased the sugar content of the brownie batter.
As the beer brownies cooked, the portion of the batter that had contact with the pretzels caramelized.
Ironically, I came thisclose to adding caramel to the brownie mix before baking. But in the end, I opted for simplicity. And I’m so glad I did.
The brownies actually tasted like they had a layer of caramel in them already. 🙌
Since we were hosting family, I made the beer brownies in a mini muffin tin to create little brownie bites. They were the perfect 2-bite treat.
(You don’t need to use the strips of parchment paper. I was worried about sticking when making the brownie bites, but as long as you don’t overcook the brownies, that shouldn’t happen.)
To make it even easier, you could bake the brownies in a regular 9×13 pan too.
Either way, beer brownies with a pretzel crust are so simple and so good.
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- 2 C mini pretzels
- 1 18.4- oz Box Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix (I Used Pillsbury brand)
- 2/3 C oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 C beer, porter or stout recommended
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, or lightly oil a mini muffin tin.
- Place 2 cups of mini pretzels in a gallon sized ziplock bag. Using a rolling pin, lightly crush the pretzels into medium-sized chunks.
- Combine brownie mix, oil, beer, and eggs in a bowl. Stir until just combined.
- Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with crushed pretzels.
- Bake until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan, approximately 15 to 20 minutes for mini muffins, and 25 to 30 minutes for a 13 x 9 pan.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g