Vegan Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies

Use alphabet pretzels to make these blondies even more fun.
Vegan salted caramel sauce being drizzled onto pretzel blondies with a spoon
The more caramel, the better!

Salty-sweet desserts have been a subject of debate in my household for as long as I can remember. I have always loved anything salty- sweet, particular when caramel is involved. Salted caramel is my jam.

My dad, on the other hand, is not a fan of salty-sweet desserts. He despises chocolate-covered pretzels and claims to dislike caramel corn (even though he likes cracker jacks, which are basically just caramel corn with some peanuts thrown in). Personally, I don’t think it’s the salty-sweet combo that he dislikes, just a couple of desserts that happen to include salt.

For years now, I’ve been trying to convince my dad to give salted caramel another try. I just don’t think he’s given it a fair chance! The other day, I decided to trick him into trying something salty-sweet by baking caramel blondies with pretzels. I handed him one without telling him what it was, and what do you know? He loved it! Once I told him it was a salted caramel blondie, he admitted that it was actually pretty tasty. That’s a major win in my book!

Whether or not you think you like salted caramel, I can (almost) guarantee that you’ll enjoy these blondies. They’re incredibly rich and sweet, and they certainly don’t taste vegan! The salted caramel sauce itself is like liquid gold. Even if you don’t make these blondies, you need to try the caramel sauce. You can drizzle it on apples, ice cream, or whatever else your heart desires! (Just be careful of its addicting nature; you might want to swap it out for this date caramel dip if you’re trying to eat healthier.)

Vegan Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies

A little bit of salty, and a little bit of sweet - these salted caramel pretzel blondies are what dreams are made of! You’d never know that they’re vegan.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 blondies
Calories 324.9 kcal
Author Ayaka


For the Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp soy milk or full fat coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Blondies

  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water mixed
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup broken mini pretzels plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce plus extra for drizzling
  • Sea salt for sprinkling


For the Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, whisking constantly, until thickened. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Cover and set aside.

For the Blondies

  1. Stir together ground flax and water in a small bowl. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square baking pan, then line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, flax egg, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in flour, being careful not to overmix. Add pretzels and stir to combine.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan. Drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel sauce and top with extra pretzels.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Allow bars to finish cooling completely before slicing into 9 squares.

Recipe Notes

  • If the salted caramel sauce thickens too much after cooling, just whisk in a tbsp of non-dairy milk (soy or coconut) at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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