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Pecan Pie Brownies

These decadent Pecan Pie Brownies are the best of both worlds. This recipe combines the rich, chocolatey goodness of homemade brownies with the sweet, nutty flavor of pecan pie. The flavor combination results in a moist chocolate brownie with a gooey pecan pie filling making them certifiably addictive.

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Easy Pecan Pie Brownies Recipe

Pecan pie brownies are perfect for special occasions, the holidays or potluck parties. They offer the familiar comfort of homemade brownies topped with the irresistible flavor of pecan pie. How to make scratch made Pecan Pie Brownies with pecans: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Prepare Pan – Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a nonstick metal 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper leaving a 2 inch overhang. Spray parchment with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Melt Butter and Chocolate – Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When butter begins to boil, immediately remove it from the heat and add chocolate chips, stirring once to coat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before whisking together until fully combined.
  • Dry Ingredients – Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso and salt.
  • Wet Ingredients – In a large mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the melted chocolate mixture whisking to combine.
  • Combine – To the wet ingredients add the sifted dry ingredients and gently stir until fully incorporated.
  • Bake Brownies – Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Make the Pecan Pie Topping – While the brownies are baking in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan melt together brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, heavy cream and salt. Cook over medium high heat until it comes to a gentle boil then lower the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Pecans – Remove from the heat adding pecans and vanilla. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Add Pecan Pie topping to Brownies – Once the brownies are baked through increase the oven temperature to 350°F. Spread the pecan pie mixture over the brownies from end to end.
  • Oven – Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until the topping is golden and set.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack.
  • Use the parchment paper as “handles” to remove the brownies from the pan. Cut into squares and enjoy.
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How to Make the BEST Pecan Pie Brownies Recipe

  • Key ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Pecan Pie Brownies: All purpose flour, unsalted butter, bittersweet chocolate chips, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, large eggs, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant espresso granules or instant coffee and salt.
  • Key Ingredients needed to make the Pecan Pie Topping: Chopped pecans, light brown sugar, unsalted butter, light corn syrup, heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: One 13×9 inch baking dish, measuring cups and spoons, medium saucepan, nut chopper, rubber spatula and serving spatula.
  • The pecan pie topping acts as an insulator for the brownes and they shouldn’t overbake. 
  • When covering the pan with parchment, it’s easier to do it with two pieces. One piece lengthwise and another from side to side of the pan. Parchment won’t form into the pan like aluminum foil and the brownies won’t be square if you use one piece. The corners will be wonky.
  • You can cut these brownies into any size you like. You can cut these into 16 or 24 piece for smaller servings.
  • If the pecan mixture sets while waiting for the brownies, pop it back onto the stovetop over low heat to loosen up. It’s easier to spread if you dollop it and not pour it into the middle and try to spread.
  • Store Pecan Pie Brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • You can freeze these brownies for up to 2 months.
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Pecan Pie Brownies

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Cooling Time2 hours
Total Time3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: pecan-pie-brownies
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 332kcal

Ingredients

  • Brownies:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant espresso granules or instant coffee
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pecan Pie Topping:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups roughly chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a nonstick metal 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with two pieces of parchment paper. One lengthwise and one side to side leaving a 2 inch overhang. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to boil, remove the saucepan from the heat and add chocolate chips, stirring once to coat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before whisking together until fully combined.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl use a whisk to sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add melted chocolate mixture whisking to combine.
  • To the wet ingredients add the sifted dry ingredients and gently stir until fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Pecan Pie Topping: While brownies bake in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan melt together brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, heavy cream and salt. Cook over medium high heat until it comes to a gentle boil then lower the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from the heat adding pecans and vanilla. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Combine: Once the brownies are baked through increase the oven temperature to 350°F. Spread the pecan pie mixture over the brownies from end to end.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until golden and set.
  • Allow to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack.
  • Use the parchment paper as "handles" to remove the brownies from the pan. Cut into squares and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 347IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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