• Cooking Time: 45 min
  • Servings: about 12
  • Preparation Time: 45 min


Holy cow.


  • For the brownie:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (oops…I didn’t chop it)
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely shopped (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee (optional, but always necessary)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs (I used egg beaters)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • coarse sea salt for topping
  • For the Peanut Butter topping:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • handful pretzel sticks


  • Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper so that it overhangs on two sides and grease the parchment paper as well.
  • Boil two inches of water in a medium saucepan. Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee powder in a heat proof bowl and place over the simmering water. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted. Use a pot holder to remove the bowl from the double boiler and let mixture cool slightly. Stir in the vanilla extract. ( I won’t lie, I totally forgot this, and I LOVE vanilla)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk granulated sugar into the chocolate and butter mixture. Make sure the chocolate mixture isn’t too hot and whisk the eggs in the mixture one at a time.
  • Fold in the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and spoon into prepared pan.
  • To make the Peanut Butter Filling, whisk together peanut butter, melted butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownie batter and use a butter knife to swirl the two together. Arrange pretzel sticks on top of the brownie batter in whatever pattern makes you happy. Top with a few sprinkles of coarse sea salt. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes our mostly clean… maybe with just a few crumbs.
  • Let cool for about half an hour before slicing.
  • Holy yummy chocolate-peanut butter coma! Enjoy.

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