Cakespy: Sweet and Salty Super Bowl Brownies

[Original artwork and photographs: Jessie Oleson]

Super Bowl Sunday is one action-packed afternoon. There's so much going on: commercials, performances, deliciously salty snack foods, and I hear a rumor that sports are involved too. But with all of this sensory overload, what sweet treat could possibly compete for your attention?

How about brownies so packed full of sweet and salty flavor they practically tackle your taste buds? Starting with a basic brownie recipe, I made these ones extreme by packing them chock-full of gooey caramel and dark chocolate, roasted peanuts, and salty pretzels. The sweet plays offense, pummeling your taste buds with a rich, chocolate-filled flavor, with salty bringing up the defense, with a crunch and savoriness from the peanuts and pretzels. Yes indeed, when sweet and salty team up, everyone wins.

Note: These brownies taste great served directly from the pan, but if you're feeling cute (or just bored during those bits between the commercials), you could pipe on football shapes or shout-outs to your favored team in gel or writing icing on the brownie tops.

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Sweet and Salty Super Bowl Brownies

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.

Cakespy: Sweet and Salty Super Bowl Brownies

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About This Recipe

Yield:about 16 squares

Ingredients

  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1 caramel chocolate candy bar (I used a 3.5 ounce Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel), coarsely chopped (Note: the pieces will be a bit gooey and messy)
  • 1 snack sized bag of pretzels (about 1 ounce), crushed into small pieces

Procedures

  1. 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Either grease or line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

  2. 2

    Mix flour and baking powder in a medium bowl; leave to the side.

  3. 3

    Melt chocolate and butter over low heat until melted; stir frequently to avoid scorching.

  4. 4

    Remove from heat; beat in sugar and eggs.

  5. 5

    Add in the flour and baking powder mixture, blending well.

  6. 6

    Mix in the nuts and chocolate caramel bar.

  7. 7

    Add in the pretzel pieces last, mixing only until they are incorporated.

  8. 8

    Spread the mixture into the pan.

  9. 9

    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top has a dull crust and a slight imprint remains when touched lightly. Cool slightly and cut into squares.

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