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Guiness Stout Pretzel Brownie Bars

Getting excited for the Super Bowl this weekend? Me too… and there’s so much to look forward to between the Big Game itself, the (hopefully very funny) commercials, Madonna’s half time show, and of course the yummy FOOD & drinks! And speaking of game-day-appropriate-deliciousness, Esther of Batch from Scratch is here with a festive beer & pretzel inspired brownie recipe, complete with homemade butterscotch ganache. Gotta love combos of salty & sweet!

GUINNESS STOUT BROWNIE PRETZEL BARS

By Esther Kang of Batch from Scratch

FOR THE BROWNIES:

Ingredients:
– 4 oz Bittersweet Chocolate
– 8 oz Butter
– 1 Egg
– 3/4 cup Sugar
– 
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
– 
1/4 cup Cocoa
– 1 1/4 cup Flour
– 1/2 tsp Salt
– 
2 tsp Vanilla
– 1 cup Guinness
– 
8 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions:
1.    melt 4 oz bittersweet chocolate & butter (in microwave or double boiler)
2.    beat egg, sugar and brown sugar for 3 minutes
3.    while eggs & sugar are mixing, mix dry ingredients: cocoa, flour, salt
4.    add melted chocolate to egg mixture
5.    mix in dry ingredients
6.    add vanilla and beer until incorporated
7.    pour into pan, then sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate on top of the batter
8.    bake at 350 for 35 minutes until knife comes out clean

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FOR THE BUTTERSCOTCH GANACHE:

Ingredients:
– 3.5 oz Butterscotch
– 
2.5 oz White Chocolate Chips
– 1.4 oz Heavy Cream

Instructions:
1.    combine butterscotch, white chocolate and heavy cream in a small bowl
2.    microwave in 30 second increments, stir until melted and smooth

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FOR THE TOPPING:

Ingredients:
– 1/3 cup Crushed Pretzels
– Flakey Sea Salt  (maldon salt works well)

Instructions:
1.    top baked stout brownies with ganache
2.    refrigerate until firm, cut and serve
3.    top each piece with crushed pretzels and flakey sea salt

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ENJOY!