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5 from 4 votes

Pretzel Crusted Brownies

A crunchy pretzel crust under a fudgy banana brownie, topped with the most heavenly hazelnut chocolate ganache ever created. These Pretzel Crusted Brownies are absolute heaven in a pan!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
refrigeration time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate, nutella
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 505kcal


for the crust -

  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted

for the brownies -

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

for the ganache

  • 13 oz. Nutella
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • crushed pretzels to sprinkle on top when the pretzels are cooled


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large food storage bag, add pretzels and seal. Crush into small pieces with a rolling pin or heavy spoon.
    crushed pretzels in a plastic bag with a rolling pin
  • Add pretzel crumbs to 9x13 pan and drizzle with 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir to combine and then press onto the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Set aside.
    pressing pretzel crumbs into a baking pan with a wooden spoon
  • In a large bowl, melt 3/4 cup butter. Stir in cocoa, water, sugar, vanilla, banana, and eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined.
    mixing chocolate brownie mix in a glass bowl
  • Pour brownie batter on top of pretzel crust and carefully spread to edges.
    spreading brownie mixture on top of a pretzel crust
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the brownies are set. Let the brownies cool completely.
    baked brownies in a white pan
  • In a medium bowl, add Nutella and whipping cream and microwave for one minute.
    mixing a chocolate ganche
  • Whisk together and then spread on top of cooled brownies.
    spreading ganache over brownies
  • Refrigerate 3-4 hours prior to serving. The longer the brownies are refrigerated, the more set the ganache will be.
    serving fudge brownies from a baking dish
  • Sprinkle with crushed pretzels, and ENJOY!
    close up of a stack of brownie on a white plate


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg