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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.


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.

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