Sweet, Salty, Chewy, and Crunchy Brownies

I seriously have no idea what to call these things. If I listed all the ingredients in them, they’d become something along the lines of “Pretzel, Peanut, Salted Caramel Brownies”. But I kind of like describing them by the contrasting aspects of those ingredients. Hence “Sweet, Salty, Chewy, Crunchy Brownies”. My friend M preferred to just call them “Super Brownies”. Whatever you decide to call them, they’re awesome.

I whipped these up for a little gathering of friends and we could barely put a dent in them! They’re very rich and indulgent, so even though I had cut the 8×8 pan of brownies into 16 pieces, a bunch of us still prefered to share one brownie. Definitely plan to have a cup of cold milk nearby when you enjoy these.

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Sweet, Salty, Chewy, and Crunchy Brownies

Yield: 16

Ingredients:

1 batch brownies (made from mix or scratch)
1 (11 ounce) bag Kraft Caramel Bits, or about 3/4 of a bag of Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup half & half
1/2 tsp sea salt
12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening
1 cup mini pretzels, slightly broken
1 cup lightly salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil all the way to the top and brush with oil. Make the brownies and cool completely.

Melt the caramels with the half and half in a large bowl in the microwave on high heat. Stir every thirty seconds until melted. Pour over cooled brownies. Sprinkle sea salt on top of caramel. Let cool until set.

Melt the chocolate and shortening in a large bowl in the microwave on high heat. Stir every thirty seconds until melted. Mix in the pretzels and peanuts. Spread over brownies. Cool and serve.

Recipe adapted from The Cooking Photographer

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14 Responses to “Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake”

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    Steph — November 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    This is heavenly!!!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — November 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    This looks amazing!

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    Bee — November 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE Boston Cream pie, and I do love the custard filling but… I never turn down a good cheesecake! This is lovely.

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    Ana Fleischmann — November 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    OMG, it looks SO scrumptious! Trying it very soon!!

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    Mal — November 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Yum! I’d love a slice of this right now

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Yours looks fantastic! So funny we both had a similar idea.

    • beantownbaker — November 28th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

      I know! It’s always crazy when stuff like that happens.

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    Tim — November 29, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Being from Boston, I appreciate this Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake!

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    Shannon G — November 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    such a great-looking dessert! great minds 😉

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    Megan — November 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    That looks amazing. I love pastry cream and am kind of surprised you don’t like it… even really good pastry cream? (There’s a lot of bad pastry cream out there.)

    • beantownbaker — November 30th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

      Yea, it’s really a texture thing for me. I don’t like yogurt for the same reason. Although, maybe I’ve just never had good pastry cream…

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    Tracy — December 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love the look of this pie/cake! Seeing the sponge layers and the cheesecake layer makes for an impressive looking cake!

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    zahraa saab — May 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hi there ! I was wondering after refrigerating the cheesecake overnight, how much do i have to freeze it for ??? Thank u ! 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 17th, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

      Just for a couple hours. It is just to make it more firm.

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