Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies #10DaysofTailgate

by Erin

Play dress up with your favorite brownie mix. Add peanut butter morsels, peanut butter frosting, and chocolate covered pretzels on top! But shh don’t tell anyone it’s from a box – no one has to know.


In case you didn’t guess by the logo above, today marks the kickoff of #10DaysofTailgate which means lots of tailgating worthy recipes coming to a computer near you for the next 10 days. With over 20 bloggers involved and a HUGE giveaway thanks to our gracious sponsors this event is one you don’t want to miss. After you’ve checked out today’s recipes be sure to CLICK HERE giveaway to be directed to the giveaway post!

Since today is Saturday, it also means it is PB+Choc Saturday in honor of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the delicious peanut butter and chocolate Buckeye candies, so my kick-off recipe follows as such with peanut butter and chocolately goodness in the form of a brownie so good looking you won’t believe how easy it is to make. All you need is a box of brownie mix (and the ingredients indicated on the box), peanut butter morsels, peanut butter, and chocolate covered pretzels.

Yep those 4 things make these gorgeous brownies and they definitely will be a hit at any tailgate regardless of team allegiances (which is why I refrained from calling them Buckeye Brownies, although it helped that I already had a recipe for Buckeye Brownies). The peanut butter morsels are mixed into the brownie batter for some added fun, then once baked and cooled, peanut butter straight out of the jar is spread on top and garnished with chopped chocolate covered pretzels. That’s how you dress up boxed brownie mix!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies 2

And here’s what the team brought to the table…

Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
War Eagle Sangria by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate
Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos
El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies 1

One year ago: Cinnamon Roll Breadsticks

Two years ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas

Three years ago: Falafel Pizza


Makes 16 brownies


1 box favorite 8×8-inch brownie mix, plus ingredients on box

1 cup Nestle Toll House Delightfulls milk chocolate morsels with peanut butter filling (or peanut butter cups/chips)

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup chopped chocolate covered pretzels (or regular pretzels)


  1. Preheat oven to temperature directed on the brownie mix box. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with overhanging parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Prepare brownie batter as directed on the box. Fold in the chocolate chips and spread evenly in the prepared baking pan. Bake according to package directions, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  3. Allow brownies to cool completely on wire racks. Once cooked, lift out of pan using the parchment paper and cut into 16 squares. Frost with peanut butter and top with chopped pretzels. Best served immediately, or wait to top with pretzels until right before serving.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original


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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 30, 2014 - 2:43 pm

THESE ARE SO DANGEROUS!!! Obsessed with the level of decadence (plus you know the sweet + salty kills me every time!)

Emily @ Life on Food September 22, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Brownies are good to begin with but then you go and put all of the deliciousness on top. Love!

Bea September 21, 2014 - 8:51 pm

I love the sound and ease of making these; would certainly be a hit with my DH – now if I can only get my kids to love peanut butter as much he does…

spiffycookie September 21, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Do they like Nutella? Almond butter? Sub out any kind of similar spreadable substance!

Terra September 21, 2014 - 2:20 pm

We definitely needed a fabulous dessert for the party, and you so delivered! My hubby would devour these, two of his favorite flavors together! Yum, Hugs, Terra

Debra September 21, 2014 - 9:58 am

You rocked this and I can’t believe no nog else made a dessert!

spiffycookie September 21, 2014 - 11:15 am

I know I was shocked to be the only one! I guess when it comes to tailgating, dessert is not the first thing people think of (even myself honestly).

Christie September 21, 2014 - 6:55 am

Oh my, Erin. These looks FABULOUS! I can’t wait to make a batch of these for our game day watching.

spiffycookie September 21, 2014 - 11:16 am

Thanks so much Christie! I hope you enjoy them :-)

SeattleDee September 21, 2014 - 1:29 am

What ooey, gooey little bites of heaven – and I don’t even like peanut butter, but my local tasters will devour them in a minute!

spiffycookie September 21, 2014 - 11:17 am

Feel free to use another kind of nut butter or spread you prefer. It would work with almond butter, Nutella, etc.

SeattleDee September 21, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Great idea -Nutella it is – soon!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm September 20, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Just when I thought peanut butter and chocolate couldn’t get any better you go and add pretzels. YUMMO

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy September 20, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Wow, these are just over the top amazing! I’m totally craving sweet right now and would love one! Gosh, I’m going to have to make these now! Great tailgate recipe!

Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 20, 2014 - 4:02 pm

what a great way to kick up brownies! love this combo :)

lk529 September 20, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Glad you didn’t call them “Buckeye Brownies”! ;) I don’t know if I could like this recipe if you did.
Just kidding. (Kinda). These really do look delectable and I have to admit, I am a fan of the candy buckeye.

spiffycookie September 21, 2014 - 11:18 am

Haha I actually brought buckeyes to a tailgate at Penn State once. My Penn State friends refused to call them by their name, but couldn’t resist eating them so they stuck with calling them “peanut butter balls”. Can’t deny deliciousness! Bringing people together :-).

Rebekah @ Making Miracles September 20, 2014 - 2:27 pm

I need these in my mouth. Now. Those look insanely yummy.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 20, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Mmm so yummy!! These look awesome!

Baby June September 20, 2014 - 11:21 am

Ooooh those look amazing! So rich and fudgy, love it :)

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures September 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

I’ve been looking for a buckeye recipe! Thanks for posting this and for participating in #10DaysofTailgate. These look amazing.


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