If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of brownies! I’ve made them with creme eggs, salted caramel, and red velvet cookie dough chunks. But what we have here may be the ultimate brownie! I know that’s a bold claim, but the addition of peanut butter combined with the caramel creates the perfect amount of salt to counteract any sickly sweetness. I’ve also used a different type of caramel in these. In the past I’ve used wet caramel – when water is added to the sugar. That makes quite a runny caramel, which melts more in the brownies when baked. That’s delicious, but I wanted a caramel that would hold together more, to provide a different texture. That’s where dry caramel comes in – it’s where you melt the sugar in the pan dry, and add the rest of the ingredients later. It becomes really gooey, and I think it might be my go-to caramel from now on! Right, enough talk from me. Let’s get to the brownies.
Wow, this is a traybake of dreams! Imagine this… buttery shortbread, goey caramel, salty pretzels, and a drizzle of chocolate. They all combine in this recipe to make a delicious treat. Caramel shortbread (or millionaire’s shortbread as I knew it growing up) can be really sweet, but the pretzels stop this becoming too sickly. Make it yourself if you don’t believe me!