Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

When The Pancake Princess suggests you try something, you try it. If you don't know Erika from The Pancake Princess, she runs a fantastic site famous for data-driven, multiple-tester bake-offs. They're fascinating. 

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch with bite

So, on Instagram, Erika suggested adding a "Malted Pretzel Crunch" to your favorite blondie recipe. I was sold immediately. 

Her crunch recipe was for an 8x8" pan, so I adjusted it a bit and added it to MY favorite blondie recipe

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

FIRST. I could have eaten the entirety of the malted pretzel crunch right off the pan and not added it to the blondies. I basically had to slap Mark's hand away after we'd sampled a few bites. 

Malted Pretzel Crunch

Malted pretzel crunch is salty and crunchy and sweet. A dream of a snack. Stirred into chocolate chip blondies, it just plays so beautifully with the chocolate and brown sugar cookie dough. 

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

Adding it to the blondies just makes them more interesting. A little more salt and a little more sweet with a bit of crunch from the pretzels and a caramel-ly flavor from the malted milk and roasted brown sugar.

Let's Make Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

crushed pretzels in glass bowl

Malted Pretzel Crunch ingredients

You'll make the crunch first and let it cool. (JUST DON'T EAT ALL OF IT BEFORE THE BLONDIE BATTER IS MADE.) Sorry for yelling. 

Toss crushed pretzels with malted milk powder, brown sugar, and butter. Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake.

12.01 ounces chocolate chips on digital scale

how to make Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

While that cools, whip up the blondie batter. I mistakenly left out an egg...and guess worked out just beautifully. So, if you make my Classic Chocolate Chip Blondies on the regular and notice the egg discrepancy, it's not a mistake. Well, it WAS a mistake, but it worked. 

Stir in the chocolate chips and crunch. Bake. 

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

As soon as the blondies come out of the oven, you can press a few chocolate chips on top to make them extra pretty. Let them cool a bit, then...devour. 

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch


PREP TIME: 25 minutes

BAKE TIME: 51 minutes total

for the malted pretzel crunch:

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 

1/4 cup malted milk powder

for the blondies:

3 1/3 cups + 2 tablespoons unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

2 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Toss crushed pretzels with melted butter, brown sugar, and malted milk powder. Spread onto cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven, and toss with a spatula. Return to oven for 5 minutes more. The mixture will crisp as it cools. 

Increase oven temperature to 350. Line a 9x13" pan with foil. Grease the foil. 

Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

Place the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and combined evenly with the brown sugar. Pour into a bowl. Let cool for several minutes to avoid cooking the eggs.

Add the eggs, one at a time, into the butter/sugar mixture, stirring well until thoroughly combined. Stir in the extracts.

Sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Stir just until combined. Break pretzel crunch into chunks. Fold the crunch and chocolate chips into the batter. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325 and bake for 16 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool on a wire rack or cool for 20-30 minutes, then place the blondies in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting. Use a bench scraper for straight edges. 

*inspired by The Pancake Princess

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Malted Pretzel Crunch

Are you ready for MALTED PRETZEL CRUNCH?!? Thank you, Erika

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