sweet & salty caramel pretzel m&m blondies

i got the recipe idea from Bridget to make these babies. i LOVE chocolate covered pretzels, so i’m obviously a bit addicted to pretzel m&ms. have you tried them? they are amazing. enough said.

i changed it up bridget’s original recipe quite a bit because i wanted a rich caramel-y flavor to pair with the sweet/salty pretzel m&ms. i browned some butter and mixed it with brown sugar before adding some other blondie ingredients.  the browned butter makes a HUGE difference in any baked recipe, it delivers a rich, caramel and butterscotch flavor that is predominant in each soft & chewy bite. (you can read about my obsession to brown butter here.)

if you like salty/sweet, you’ll flip for these blondies.


(categorized under brownies/bars)

adapted from here

  • 1 cup butter, browned (you may also use melted butter but i highly suggest browning it to get the caramel flavor!)
  • 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup pretzel m&ms
  • caramel sauce for drizzling (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir constantly.  Remove from heat immediately when the butter begins to turn brown (about 8 minutes).
  2. Pour browned butter into large mixing bowl.  Stir in brown sugar. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. To the cooled down butter/sugar mixture, stir in beaten eggs and vanilla.
  5. Sift flour into the wet ingredients and add baking powder and salt.  Mix well. Stir in pretzel m&ms.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and drizzle caramel sauce on top.  Set back in oven for about 5 minutes, until edges are brown and a fork poked in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow blondies to cool completely and cut into squares.  Enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these blondie recipes too 😉

funfetti cake batter blondies (my most popular recipe)

funfetti cake batter blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

peanut butter chocolate chip blondies

oh, and i think you’ll enjoy these treats packed with m&ms too!

loaded sugar cookie bars

loaded sugar cookie bars

rainbow m&m cookies

rainbow m&m cookies



  1. Bridget has great recipes and these look wonderful. Love the M & Ms. I baked with M & Ms today, too.


  1. […] first time browning butter was last month when i made my sweet & salty caramel pretzel m&m blondies  (sidenote: this is by far the best blondie i’ve ever tasted b/c of the browned butter). […]

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