This is really more of a candy than a brownie. They're a little too thick for my liking, I would use a somewhat larger pan next time. The instructions don't say whether the pretzels should be crushed or not; I lightly crushed mine and I like the finer pieces better than the larger ones. I don't particularly care for these, but I believe the recipe worked as intended and this is just personal preference. I was very excited to try them as I love sweet/salty things, but these just don't do it for me, sorry. Made for PAC Spring '11.
My daughter and I made this on a rainy day in the northwoods (on vacation). We used what we had on hand and so substituted the 8 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 10 oz. of chocolate-peanut butter chips (didn't want a small amount of leftovers so we used the whole bag). We tasted the results before refrigerated and so we couldn't wait for the 1.5 hours! We loved, LOVED the results and they were easy to chop on our hardwood board with a good strong knife. The squares didn't last long....the rain, some puzzles, snacking on these - by the time the sun came out, they were gone. Thanks Julie!
They never hardened. I could still pick them up with my fingers, but the chocolate got everywhere on my hands. I forgot to cover the pan when I put it in the fridge, so I don't know if this would've made a difference. Next time I will try the freezer.