Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Brownies from - these brownies are an amazing dessert that you have to try
The summer Olympics are just around the corner…
There is something so fun in waiting every 4 years for the summer Olympics to come back around.
My favorite sport to watch has always been the gymnastics.
When I was younger I always dreamed of being a world famous gymnast…
it didn’t help that I watched Nadia over and over and over.
Has anyone seen that movie recently?
I would love to watch it with my daughter after the Olympics are over,
but I can’t seem to locate it.
Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Brownies from - these brownies are an amazing dessert that you have to try
It’s a good thing I decided to pursue my baking dream instead.
That one has worked out much better :-)
Especially since I never even took gymnastics.
So, since I need to get prepared for hours of Olympic watching,
I made some brownies.
Oh, but not just any brownies.
These got a little bit more fun added to them.
Fun…like being sandwiched between a salty pretzel crust
and a caramel cheesecake.
That’s the kind of fun stuff that happens in my kitchen.
Just one bite of this and you might be doing flips down the hall…
even if you have never done them before.
Want to know my favorite part?
The salty pretzel bottom.
And the best part is that it stayed crunchy and salty even after a few days in the fridge.
Gotta love it when that happens.
What are you still doing here?
You have some baking to do before the Olympics officially start :-)
(don’t let the recipe length scare you…these really are super easy to do)
Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 53 minutes

Yield: 24 brownies

Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel cheesecake with a pretzel and brownie crust is one dessert you will not forget.


For the Crust
2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
For the Cheesecake Brownies
1 box brownie mix (9x13 size)
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
For the Topping
1/2 cup caramel candies (about 12 squares)
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
For the Pretzel rings
2 cups pretzel rings
12 ounces vanilla Candiquik coating
blue, black, red, yellow, and green gel food coloring
5 teaspoons shortening


  1. Stir together the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the back of the box. Spoon 2/3 of the brownie batter on top of the cooled pretzel crust. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and caramel ice cream topping and beat again. Gently spoon the cheesecake on to the brownie batter in the pan. Drop the rest of the brownie batter by spoonfuls onto the cheesecake. Swirl very carefully with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or circles.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the caramel squares and the heavy whipping cream until melted. Drizzle over the cheesecake bars and let set.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and shortening for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to heat 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between each time. Drizzle over the caramel. Let set. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
  6. Melt the vanilla Candiquik coating according to the package directions. Divide it into 5 bowls and stir a little bit of gel color into each bowl until you reach your desired color. Stir in 1 teaspoon shortening per bowl and heat in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Stir. With a fork dip the pretzel rings in the colored coating. Let set on wax paper.
  7. Serve the cheesecake squares with Cool Whip and a pretzel ring if desired.


Top with Cool Whip and candy coated pretzel rings right before serving. The color from the rings will off on the Cool Whip when they are refrigerated.
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  1. says

    Oh Jocelyn, these have my name all over them. Pretzel crust? Brownie? AND cheesecake? Wow. Love the rings too! I think my mom has my old VHS tape of Nadia…someday we’ll have to get together and watch it with our girls. :)

  2. says

    These look super yummy! Those cheesecakes are incredible. So gooey and chocolatey! And the brownies in the middle? How do you even come up with this stuff? Oh wait, you’re a baking olympian! :)

    • says

      Haha! My brain seems to go a mile a minute when thinking about dessert creations!!! If you could only see the list of things I want to make so far:-)

  3. says

    So cute! Great idea for Olympic fun!

    I LOVED Nadia. I made my dad rent it over and over and over again. I found it recently on Amazon, I think, on DVD. Watching it with my daughter now.

  4. says

    I love watching the marathon runners, I’m just so amazed by how far and how fast they can run. How do they do it?

    These bars, oh man, seriously? All of my favorite ingredients. I love them so much that they will be featured on this week’s Sweet Tooth Friday link up. :-)


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