These glorious Chocolate Pecan Pie Brownies are such a fun way to bring pecan pie and brownies together for a really special treat for the holidays.
These outrageous brownies are poppin' with rich, dark chocolate flavor and are topped with an insane, gooey pecan pie filling. A real yummy fall classic mash-up!
Wait...Should we talk about the elephant in the room? Should the pumpkin pie move over?
Conclusion? No one ever has just one dessert for Thanksgiving, do they? The pumpkin pie can stay. It's the biggest feasting day ever! Go for it all and indulge, indulge, indulge!
Since brownies are super popular in most worlds, why not bring pecan pie and brownies together?
Pecan pie has always been a staple for the holidays, but you won't be missing it with these Chocolate Pecan Pie Brownies.
And if you want to peruse other pecan pie options, these Addictive Pecan Pie Bars, truly are addictive, and this Brown Sugar Pecan Cheesecake Pie and these Autumn Pecan Pie M&M Blondies are always delicious and fun!
So a little ditty about these brownies...
For the brownies, it's best to use a bittersweet chocolate or a semi-sweet chocolate and not milk chocolate. If you decide to forego making these super easy home-made one-bowl brownies by making boxed brownies, make sure it's a dark chocolate brownie mix, because pecan pie is very sweet and rich.
There's no need to pull the brownies out of the oven to add in your filling half-way through, like so many of the pecan pie brownie recipes out there specify to do. Instead, we make the filling on top of the stove and pour it on top of the baked brownies and we even add some random chocolate chips on top to melt into the pecan pie filling. Ummm yeahh! That's what I'm talking about!
For more chocolate information, check out Trendy Desserts & Chocoholic Facts EVERY Chocoholic Should Know.
Let's bake some kick-ass brownies!
Chocolate Pecan Pie Brownies
One Bowl Brownies or can use Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, made according to directions/see notes below
- 9 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate chips or baking chocolate 9 ounces equals 1 ½ cups
- 1 stick unsalted butter if using salted butter, omit salt
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk room temperature
- ¾ cup all purpose flour measured correctly, spoon flour into your measuring cup, then level the excess off the top using a knife and pulling it across the cup
- ½ teaspoon salt
Pecan Pie Filling
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 ½ cups pecans chopped (they are easier to cut if the pecans are chopped smaller, than a rough chop, depending on your preference)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- pinch salt
One Bowl Brownies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray or lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan. For easy removal, line with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat microwaving for another 30 seconds until chocolate is melted.
- Add sugar and beat well, then add in eggs and mix in.
- Add flour and salt and stir until just combined, do not overmix for chewy brownies, if you do, you get cake-like brownies. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let brownies cool.
Pecan Pie Filling
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, being careful not to let it burn. Stir in pecans, heavy cream and salt. Remove from heat.
- While the filling is still hot, spoon topping over cooled brownies. Spread topping evenly over the top of the brownies and add a couple tablespoons of mini chocolate chips if desired.
- Store brownies covered, in the refrigerator or room temperature.
- Heat up in microwave for a sweet treat with a scoop of ice cream and fudge or caramel sauce. Enjoy!
- If using brownie mix, prepare to make in 8x8 pan, or double the filling and bake brownies in a 9x13 pan.