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 Browneyedbaker.com. 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
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.
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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omg this sounds amazing.
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”!
What an incredible combination! I’ve read good things about this ice cream maker. White.
oh i’d love it in white! so classic and simple!
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!
These look fab Heather. YUM!
This looks so yummy! Purple!
I’d love the turquoise blue color that you posted the photo on your Heather Christo page on Saturday!
I love using pretzels in things this looks awesome. I have made ice cream in coffee can before but never with a machine. Yellow
I’d love to win a white one! Everything abou tthis dessert looks amazing!
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. 🙂
This looks so DELICIOUS!! I would love a RED one!
I would love a blue one 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!
I would make berry ice cream in a second. Orange please.
These two recipes sound mouthwateringly fabulous! I would love to try them. My color choice would be blue 🙂
I’d love a white one. Love your blog, check it every day for new recipes!
I would love a red one. It would go with everything in my kitchen!
I also follow you on facebook. Thanks!
I would love a blue one!
I also liked you on facebook 🙂
I would love a red one! I love your recipes and desserts! Very creative and always great.
Looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try this recipe. The blue one would be a dream.
These look fantastic, so fudgey and dense. And I wouldn’t mind winning that ice cream maker!
That looks so good! I would love a white one… And I like you on facebook!
These look great Heather! white.
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.
I love BLUE!! 🙂
This looks a-mazing!!! The blue color in the picture you posted on facebook is fabulous!
Oh my gosh, what a generous giveaway!! I think I would like… red! 🙂
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 🙂
There is nothing I would love more than to surprise Ryan with homemade ice cream on his birthday (May 12!). White, please!
I would love a green one!
I liked you on FB!
My husbands birthday is coming up… This might be just the thing to celebrate with! Definitely love the red color!
Black, please! My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.
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).
you mean the giveaway isn’t a plate of the brownies and some ice cream? 🙂
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…
Your brownies look delicious. I would like white but any color would be appreciated.
Those look delish! The green and yellow look so cool and retro! 🙂
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! 🙂
How fun! I loved the color of the teal one you posted on FB.
I love the turquoise one on your blog. “Liked” you on Facebook!
I would love a turquoise one!! Love to make ice cream 🙂
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.
Hmmm… I’d say silver or black if those are options!
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. :))
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 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
Everything on your site is so fun to look at – it’s so well done! And it’s an inspiration. Thank you. Yellow.
This recipe looks amazing, I’d love a white ice cream maker!
Yum!!! I think white or stainless, like my kitchen.
I liked you on facebook. We are also friends on tasty kitchen. I love your blog. Your pictures are gorgeous!!!
oh my, I am not even a huge brownie fan but these look fabulous! I would love the yellow one!
What a great giveaway. Lime green or black please. My daughter has already put her order in for chocolate. yum
These look incredible! And I would choose white if I won 🙂
What a great looking dessert. I’d love a red ice cream maker.
The brownies look so incredible! What a great giveaway too. I would want a white one!
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 😉
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.
White, cobalt, or stainless! 🙂
Chocolate/Salty/Sweet you can’t beat that! I LOVE red!!
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.
MMmmmm Ice cream – not sure what colors are avail but I would love purple! but id be happy with any funky color
White! And the brownies serve 20? Yeah right!
Yum! I would like it in black if they have it to match my decor, otherwise white
Red, it makes me smile! Just like ice cream!
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..
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.
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!
Sounds and looks delicious! …and I’d love a silver ice cream maker 🙂
I love making fresh peach ice cream in the summertime! Blue please!
any color would be appreciated I guess classic white be a fav.
Heather, I love LOVE all your recipes! They are Delish! Turqoise! =)
Oh, blue please!!!
If I don’t win a red ice cream maker, please UPS brownies! XXOO
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.
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 !!
Amazing! You are so talented! Facebook fan already!
This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it!
pink or white would be so fun!!!
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 🙂
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.
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!
I’m not particular – whatever color tickles your fancy.
BTW, LOVE the new pics on your home page!
Purple!!! It is my favorite color.
I’d like one in sunny yellow!
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?
Hot Pink if they have it!!! My ice cream maker just died on me 🙁
I would love a red one! Just liked you on FB…
Silver! I would love to make the ice cream in this post!
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!
I follow you on Facebook!
This is great! Thanks for sharing. Green!
This is so sweet of you! I would LOVE teal!
Yum! I LOVE ice cream and would love a bright green, yellow or red ice cream maker!
Oooh how fun! A green ice cream maker would be awesome! Thanks!
I have so many ice cream lovers in this famiy. I would love the turqoise!
I just bought pretzels to make these brownies!! and I would love one in blue, thanks! 🙂
wont have to twist my arm to try to make these – they look amazing!!
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.
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?
Would love to make homemade ice cream!! And would love a Cuisinart ice cream maker 🙂 Maybe white or black or grey.
Ooo I’d love a purple one!
What yummy looking brownies!
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…:)
I LOVE THE CUISINART ICE CREAM MAKER.
LOVE this recipe and LOVE that Cuisinart ice cream maker! *swoon*
And my color choice? White!
Yum yum yum! A red one to match my stand mixer!
P.S. I like (love) you on fb!
Oooohhhhh MY! This looks incredibly delicious!!!
Mmmmmmmm, looks Delicious! I can hardly wait to try them! Any color would be great, but white, black or tan would match my kitchen.
Yum! I would like red or black or any color!
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.
I CAN NOT WAIT
Red or orange please