Caramel Pretzel Brownies

I love our friends.

Our friends, Dana and Todd, hosted the first annual (I hope) Levy-palooza. They are both turning 39 this year and decided to do a "practice party" for their 40th! (Did I mention that I love our friends?!) 

This past weekend was the event. There were two acoustic guitar players, a lot of really fun people and FOOD. A lot of people brought appetizers and desserts and I participated on the dessert front! I wanted something simple but tasty and easy to carry. (IE not cupcakes. I still have flashbacks from the drive to my nephew's birthday party worrying that the cupcakes were getting decimated in the trunk!) I turned to my trusty Pinterest board and found this goodie

I have to make a confession. I LOVE making brownies from scratch. I always use the Ghirardelli sweetened cocoa and use the brownie recipe from the side of the container. I ran out and went to Target for some errands and they didn't have it. I went up and down the aisle a few times hoping that it would appear but it did not. I used- gasp- a brownie mix. 

Here's the thing, I didn't pay attention. The recipe calls for brownie mix but specifically for "family size" so it would fit in the bigger pan that was pictured. If you are going to make your own recipe that calls for an 8x8 pan just bake it in an 8x8 pan. I did not pay attention and tried using a recipe for an 8x8 pan in a bigger one.
Here is the recipe:
1. Choose a brownie recipe/mix of your choice and prepare as usual.
2. Pour half into a prepared pan the size recommended by your recipe. 
3. Layer pretzels over the brownie batter. Add another layer to make two layers of pretzels.
4. Pour the rest of the batter over the pretzels and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Melt KRAFT Caramel Bits according to the instructions on the package and pour over the baked brownies. Wait until they have cooled, cut and enjoy!

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