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Chocolate Brownies with a Pretzel Crumble

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Chocolate Brownies with a Pretzel Crumble and Brown Butter Ice Cream

Welcome to my first ever give away! I was thinking about how every time I post ice cream, (which I love to make) I get comments on how much people would love to make it, but they don’t have an ice cream maker. Well, here is your chance to have a brand new shiny Cuisinart Ice Cream machine, and it’s on me!!!

They come, literally, in every color of the rainbow, (and white!). To enter to win one
follow the directions:

To enter to win you need to:

1) Leave a comment with the color you would like.

2)”like me” on the Heather Christo Facebook Fan Page

That’s it!! I will pick a winner at random and announce the winner on Saturday morning! Good Luck!!

Here is a recipe that you can make with your brand new ice cream maker: Brown Butter Ice Cream

These brownies were inspired when I was sampling the Brown Butter Ice Cream. There happened to be a bag of pretzels on the counter. I couldn’t help it- I scooped up some of the ice cream with the pretzel. It was phenomenal. A natural combination that could only be made better by one thing: chocolate.


I used a very rich and chewy brownie recipe adapted from the Only, I added a layer of crumbly, salty pretzel crumbs to the brownie to give some contrasting flavor and texture to the dessert. Plop a scoop of brown butter ice cream on top and watch all of your cares melt away…

Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Pretzel Crumble, serves 20

Pretzel crust
1 stick of butter
4 cups pretzels
½ cup sugar

Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownies
1/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
1 cup, plus 2 Tbs boiling water
2oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz butter, melted
½ cup, plus 2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups sugar
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp salt

6 oz bittersweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 9×13” baking pan with a piece of parchment on the bottom of the pan.


Spray the whole thing with baking spray.

In a small pan, melt the butter.



In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the pretzels to a fine crumb.




Put the crumbs into a bowl, and mix the sugar in with the crumbs.


Add the melted butter and mix well.



Press the pretzels into the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside and make the brownie batter.


Brownie Batter:

In a small pan, melt the butter.

In a bowl, whisk the boiling water into the coco powder and stir until smooth.

Stir in the chocolate pieces and the melted butter and oil.





Combine everything in the bowl of a standing mixer. It will look very separated, but don’t worry!


Add the eggs/yolks one at a time with the mixer on, and beat until very smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla.



In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Whisk well to combine.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and combine. Add the chocolate pieces.




Pour the batter into the baking dish on top of the pretzels.



Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a couple crumbs.


Let the brownies cool and then cut into squares.

Serve upside down (pretzels up) with a scoop of brown butter ice cream!




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  1. Lauren says:

    omg this sounds amazing.

  2. Katrina says:

    These brownies sound wonderful! I love how you added pretzels to them :)

    I would like to have a red ice cream maker. I think my kitchen needs a bit more “umph”!

  3. Vicki B says:

    What an incredible combination! I’ve read good things about this ice cream maker. White.

  4. Mikki says:

    oh i’d love it in white! so classic and simple!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I made your lemons squares with shortbread crust for Easter and everyone LOVED them!! I may have to wait….a day…before I eat anything else chocolate, but I would love some ice cream right about now. These brownies look amazing though! Love the pretzels!

    GREEN!! :)

  6. These look fab Heather. YUM!

  7. Marinewife1996 says:

    This looks so yummy! Purple!

  8. The Soupista Kristin says:

    I’d love the turquoise blue color that you posted the photo on your Heather Christo page on Saturday!

  9. Catherine says:

    I love using pretzels in things this looks awesome. I have made ice cream in coffee can before but never with a machine. Yellow

  10. I’d love to win a white one! Everything abou tthis dessert looks amazing!

  11. Megan P says:

    Purple! :)

  12. Laurie says:

    Cannot wait to try this recipe! Chocolate, salt, a little butter…that may be my favorite recipe yet. :) But when it comes to appliances, I’m boring white, please. :)

  13. Sharon says:

    This looks so DELICIOUS!! I would love a RED one!

  14. Karen H says:

    I would love a blue one :) Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  15. Bethany says:

    White please!

  16. Louisa says:

    I would make berry ice cream in a second. Orange please.

  17. Juliette says:

    These two recipes sound mouthwateringly fabulous! I would love to try them. My color choice would be blue :)

  18. Kristen Keller says:

    I’d love a white one. Love your blog, check it every day for new recipes!

  19. Mary Beth says:

    I would love a red one. It would go with everything in my kitchen!

    I also follow you on facebook. Thanks!

  20. Jen says:

    I would love a blue one!

  21. Jen says:

    I also liked you on facebook :)

  22. Lawrence L says:

    I would love a red one! I love your recipes and desserts! Very creative and always great.

  23. danielle says:

    orange please!

  24. Nicole Hemphill says:

    Looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try this recipe. The blue one would be a dream.

  25. Carolyn says:

    These look fantastic, so fudgey and dense. And I wouldn’t mind winning that ice cream maker!

  26. Reb says:

    That looks so good! I would love a white one… And I like you on facebook!

  27. rebecca says:

    These look great Heather! white.

  28. Lindsay D. says:

    oh my gosh this looks amazing. I just made your Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins twice in two weeks!!! My husband and I love them!!!
    I love the color that you posted on your Heather Christo Facebook page.

  29. Emily says:

    I love BLUE!! :)

  30. Linda says:


  31. Stephanie says:

    This looks a-mazing!!! The blue color in the picture you posted on facebook is fabulous!

  32. Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh, what a generous giveaway!! I think I would like… red! :)

  33. Gaby says:

    I would pretty much give anything to be in your kitchen eating this straight out of the pan with a fork. holy cow this looks amazing (as I drool all over my computer)!! This has got to be my birthday cake this year :)

    • oooh! Gaby! I love the enthusiasm! When is your birthday- I will send you some :)

  34. Susie F says:

    There is nothing I would love more than to surprise Ryan with homemade ice cream on his birthday (May 12!). White, please!

  35. I would love a green one!

  36. I liked you on FB!

  37. Katie says:

    My husbands birthday is coming up… This might be just the thing to celebrate with! Definitely love the red color!

  38. Noelley says:

    Black, please! My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.

  39. Kelsey Schreck says:

    Love your site!! Hoped on to get your granola recipe that my sister made this weekend, but now am wanting to try these brownies too :) Any color would be fun to have (black, red, pink).

  40. Courtney says:

    you mean the giveaway isn’t a plate of the brownies and some ice cream? :)

  41. Julie says:

    I love red and I already like you on Facebook!

    (FYI – Pia’s pb cookies are now a fam & office favorite, and I’ve made them 3 times since you posted it!

    • yay!! I love to hear things like that! I am working on a new “ultimate” peanut butter cookie recipe…

  42. Connie says:

    Your brownies look delicious. I would like white but any color would be appreciated.

  43. michele says:

    Those look delish! The green and yellow look so cool and retro! :)

  44. I love how it looks like you got a really good, moist center on these brownies. Love the crumble idea on top. I just watched someone do this with pretzels on that show Chopped. I think that’s what it was.

    Oooh oooh oooh pick me! Pick me! A red one would go well with my red Cuisinart blender! :)

  45. jodi scharnhorst says:

    How fun! I loved the color of the teal one you posted on FB.

  46. Peggy says:

    I love the turquoise one on your blog. “Liked” you on Facebook!

  47. Lauren says:

    I would love a turquoise one!! Love to make ice cream :)

  48. molly Davidson says:

    I can’t wait to make those brownies Heather but darn don’t have ice cream maker:) White or stainless steel are cool. Thanks for the great recipe.

  49. Anica says:

    Hmmm… I’d say silver or black if those are options!

  50. amanda says:

    hmmm, every color in the rainbow?!!? i am so indecisive. i’d say green right off the top of my head…but what kind of green is it?! spring green, score! forest green, not so much. second choice black to match everything else we have in the kitchen. :))

  51. I don’t know what colors they come in, but yellow or cobalt blue would be nice.

    I’ve been wanting an ice cream maker for several years. This might be my chance!

    Thanks, Heather


  52. Angela Greene says:

    Thanks for doing a giveaway Heather! What a great idea! My son actually prefers to have ice cream only for his bday party next month, no cake, so it would be fun to make it with him. Turquiose Blue would be fun! Thanks again, Angela

  53. jennifer a says:

    Everything on your site is so fun to look at – it’s so well done! And it’s an inspiration. Thank you. Yellow.

  54. kesslie hollingshead says:

    This recipe looks amazing, I’d love a white ice cream maker!

  55. Yum!!! I think white or stainless, like my kitchen.

  56. I liked you on facebook. We are also friends on tasty kitchen. I love your blog. Your pictures are gorgeous!!!

  57. Katie C says:

    white :)

  58. Katie says:

    oh my, I am not even a huge brownie fan but these look fabulous! I would love the yellow one!

  59. What a great giveaway. Lime green or black please. My daughter has already put her order in for chocolate. yum

  60. These look incredible! And I would choose white if I won :)

  61. Dana says:


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  63. ConnieC says:

    What a great looking dessert. I’d love a red ice cream maker.

  64. Kelly says:

    The brownies look so incredible! What a great giveaway too. I would want a white one!

  65. Marla says:

    Heather – LOVE this giveaway. Can I tell you how amazing this ice cream and brownie sound. The salty pretzel crust with all that sweetness is fabulous. I’ll take white please 😉

  66. Carmel says:

    I am not sure if I would rather win your brownies or the ice cream maker. Orange, Turquoise, Purple you choose they all look great.

  67. Kate Z says:

    White, cobalt, or stainless! :)

  68. Tammy says:

    Chocolate/Salty/Sweet you can’t beat that! I LOVE red!!

  69. Goddess says:

    This is such a great job! ICE CREAM and BROWNIES… TOGETHER? come again? yes.. it’s really possible.

    This brownie recipe is far better off than others. You know why? ‘Cause aside from placing 2 yummy-sweets in 1 the procedures even posted pictures to make it more clear and understandable. Great! I’m impressed.

  70. Ashley says:

    MMmmmm Ice cream – not sure what colors are avail but I would love purple! but id be happy with any funky color

  71. White! And the brownies serve 20? Yeah right!

  72. Nichol says:

    Yum! I would like it in black if they have it to match my decor, otherwise white

  73. Becky says:

    Red, it makes me smile! Just like ice cream!

  74. Jan says:

    White…my grandkids love ice cream…only appliance I don’t have that we could use together. I have already liked you on facebook, love your blog….for sure..

  75. Karen says:

    MMM. I love your ice cream posts! Do they make Pink? I’ve made your nutella ice cream twice already in the old fashioned machine and have had requests again for another batch.

  76. Dawn Hewlett says:

    Oh my goodness these brownies are making me drool! I just want you to know I made your easter crack for easter, and it was so delicious! After that success I would literally follow you off a cliff if thats what your recipe called for….ok maybe not…..but I am definately convinced of your brilliance! And any snazzy color ice cream maker you wanna send me is just dandy! It sure would make my three kids happy this summer! Thanks for the easter candy….er I mean crack!

  77. Logan says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! …and I’d love a silver ice cream maker :)

  78. Janell says:

    I love making fresh peach ice cream in the summertime! Blue please!

  79. Val says:

    any color would be appreciated I guess classic white be a fav.

  80. Jrojas says:

    Heather, I love LOVE all your recipes! They are Delish! Turqoise! =)

  81. Courtney says:

    Oh, blue please!!!

  82. Vicki in GA says:

    If I don’t win a red ice cream maker, please UPS brownies! XXOO

  83. Nicola B. says:

    I think you took my 2 faves an put them together! I love any thing sweet with Brown Butter!! Any & all recipes you have with Brown Butter, please do tell! Love your pics! Obsessed with your blog. I just found you last saturday and I made your easter popcorn! Delightful and wonderful! Almost put me in a diabetic coma. LOL. Heather, you choose, I have no preference of color.
    Liked :)

  84. Kate Avansino says:

    looks absolutely amazing. brown butter is so inspiring. i ADORED the cookies and this already has me drooling!! thank you for being so inspiring!!

    i would love Red !!

  85. Jennifer says:

    Amazing! You are so talented! Facebook fan already!

  86. Liz says:

    This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it!

  87. Shauna says:

    pink or white would be so fun!!!

  88. Liz says:

    I can’t wait to get your updates now that I “like” you on facebook. And I love the color white. Simple and goes with my kitchen. Pick Me Pick Me :)

  89. Mary Jo McKenna says:

    This sounds wonderful! It would be great to make some for all my grandkiddos this summer….I like red ice cream makers! Thanks for the opportunity.

  90. Kris says:

    These brownies look “sin”sational! Is there anything better than dark chocolate with something salty. I can’t wait to try this recipe….thanks for sharing! I would love a white or red icecream maker…..My husband would die and go to heaven if I made ice cream more often!

  91. Jennifer S E says:

    I’m not particular – whatever color tickles your fancy.

    BTW, LOVE the new pics on your home page!

  92. Joy says:

    Purple!!! It is my favorite color.

  93. karen says:

    I’d like one in sunny yellow!

  94. When I came across these brownies on Tastespotting, I think I forgot to breathe for a second. The pretzel crumb topping is completely fantastic! And what luck to also stumble across a giveaway. Thanks for being so generous with your creations and gadgets. Why not green?

  95. Tessa F says:

    Hot Pink if they have it!!! My ice cream maker just died on me :(

  96. Daniela says:

    I would love a red one! Just liked you on FB…

  97. Shelly Horton says:

    Silver! I would love to make the ice cream in this post!

  98. Maria says:

    These look amazing!! So yummy!
    I would love a bright pink if they have it, otherwise that gorgeous blue color you posted on Facebook is fab! Thank you!

  99. Maria says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  100. Laurie says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. Green!

  101. Stacey Fain says:

    This is so sweet of you! I would LOVE teal!

  102. RebeccaUtah says:

    Yum! I LOVE ice cream and would love a bright green, yellow or red ice cream maker!

  103. Marebear says:

    Oooh how fun! A green ice cream maker would be awesome! Thanks!

  104. Susan Minahan says:

    I have so many ice cream lovers in this famiy. I would love the turqoise!

  105. Catrina Rantala says:

    I just bought pretzels to make these brownies!! and I would love one in blue, thanks! :)

  106. Lauren says:

    wont have to twist my arm to try to make these – they look amazing!!
    Turquoise =)

  107. Whitney C says:

    These brownies are in my oven as I am typing! Will let everyone know the outcome, I am sure they will be delicious. Lime green please.

  108. meghan says:

    yummmm! :)


  109. meghan says:


    turquose 😉

  110. Jessica the baker says:

    Hmm…I think I would like a red one. Thanks for having this giveaway Heather!

    P.S. Can I still enter if I don’t have facebook?

  111. Linda Nelsen says:

    Would love to make homemade ice cream!! And would love a Cuisinart ice cream maker :) Maybe white or black or grey.

  112. Megan Pence says:

    Ooo I’d love a purple one!
    What yummy looking brownies!

  113. Mona says:

    These look yummy! I love recipes with the surprise hint of salty pretzels. I “like” you on Facebook. I would love green (or pink, or blue…:)

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  116. Wenderly says:

    LOVE this recipe and LOVE that Cuisinart ice cream maker! *swoon*

    And my color choice? White!

  117. Shadia says:

    Yum yum yum! A red one to match my stand mixer!

  118. Shadia says:

    P.S. I like (love) you on fb!

  119. Oooohhhhh MY! This looks incredibly delicious!!!

  120. Carla says:

    Mmmmmmmm, looks Delicious! I can hardly wait to try them! Any color would be great, but white, black or tan would match my kitchen.

  121. Kim P says:

    Yum! I would like red or black or any color!

  122. Oh Suzanna says:

    this brownie recipe or I should say this link to the brownie website was given to me by a friend online.
    I’m going to make it for my grandbabies tomorrow.