Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this pecan pie brownie recipe! Perfectly thick and chewy brownies are filled with pecans and chocolate chips then topped with a gorgeous layer of pecan pie filling. You will swoon for these autumn brownies.
Pecans and chocolate are a beautiful combination in terms of flavor and texture. I took Ari's pecan pie filling and adjusted the ratios to work as a topping. I like the addition of chocolate to the filling it helps the pecan pie filling not be so sickly sweet, I find many pecan pies are.
This would be the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
You can totally use a box mix recipe for the brownie layer if that is your jam but my brownie recipe is so easy and absolutely scrumptious I don't know why you would! The ingredients you'll need are:
- Water. Just plain tap water is needed for the brownie batter.
- Unsalted Butter. The good news is that the butter for the brownies is put into the pot to meltdown and the butter for the topping needs to be melted so there is no waiting around for softened butter! 🙂
- Granulated Sugar. Just plain granulated sugar or caster sugar is needed for the brownies.
- Dutch Process Cocoa Powder. This type of cocoa powder is darker in color, not acidic, and has a smoother more mellow flavor.
- Vegetable Oil. Using oil and butter in the brownies creates a flavorful but chewy and moist brownie.
- Pure Vanilla Extract. Vanilla is a beautiful pairing with chocolate, don't skip it!
- Eggs. You'll need one whole egg and one additional egg yolk for the brownie recipe and you'll use one whole egg for the pecan pie topping as well.
- Baking Powder. Only a tiny bit is used to help the brownies have a little lift.
- Salt. Salt enhances all the other ingredients flavors and helps balance out all of the sweetness.
- Cornstarch. Also known as cornflour this helps tenderize the brownies for a soft texture.
- Flour. You'll only need a bit for the brownies. Just all-purpose flour also known as plain flour is needed.
- Chocolate. You'll fold in some chocolate chips or chunks into the brownie batter as well as in the pecan pie filling.
- Brown Sugar. The pecan pie filling uses brown sugar.
- Light Corn Syrup. This helps give the pecan pie topping that iconic texture.
- Bourbon. Just a splash helps flavor this pecan pie filling beautifully!
- Pecan Halves. I threw pecans in the brownies and of course for the pecan filling. I like to use roasted pecans. You can roast them yourself in the oven at 350F/180C for ten minutes on a large baking sheet. Next time try my pecan pie bars too or my pistachio cookies.
As with any recipe, you'll want to ensure that your oven is properly heated. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a 9X9 or 8X8 square pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray heavily. Keep in mind brownies cooked in a 9" square pan will bake a little quicker than those baked in an 8" square pan.
I used my tried and true brownie recipe for these bars, if you'd like to see step-by-step photos on how to prepare the brownie batter to check out the link above.
Once the brownie batter is made pour into the prepared pan and set aside while you make the topping.
In a large bowl whisk together the egg, brown sugar, corn syrup, bourbon, butter, vanilla, and salt.
Once the ingredients are fully combined stir in pecans and the chocolate chips, ensuring they are evenly coated.
Now gently and slowly pour the pecan pie topping on top of the brownie batter, you want the whole top to be covered, you can add extra pecans and chocolate chips for aesthetics.
Bake the brownies for 25-35 minutes. Keep in mind everyone’s oven is different, for me, the brownies always bake within 29-31 minutes, but I would start checking at 25 minutes for your oven. The filling should be set on top. Don't overbake the brownies. You want a toothpick in the center to come out with moist crumbs, not completely dry but the filling should be set. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting.
Store any brownie leftovers in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
How to freeze
Due to the pecan pie topping I would not recommend freezing these brownies.
Can you double
You can totally double the recipe for a 9"X13" pan just click on the 2X button on the recipe card to double the ingredient quantities. The baking time should be around the same since it's a larger pan too.
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- 2oz (¼ Cup) Water
- 1oz (2 Tbsp) Unsalted Butter
- 250 Grams(1 ¼ cups) Granulated Sugar
- 90 Grams (Scant Cup) Bensdorp Dutch Cocoa Powder
- 3oz (scant ⅓ cup) Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Large Egg Yolk and 1 Large Egg, at room temp.
- ⅛ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch/ Cornflour
- 60 Grams (scant ½ cup) All-Purpose/ Plain Flour
- ½ Cup Pecans, roughly chopped
- 4oz Chocolate (chips, chunks, or bars chopped)
Pecan Pie Topping
- 1 Large Egg, at room temperature
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Bourbon
- 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
- Splash of Vanilla
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Cup Pecan Halves
- 55 Grams (⅓ Cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F/180C and line a 9X9 or 8X8 square pan with foil and grease heavily.
- In a large pot add the water, butter, sugar, and cocoa powder. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until it is all combined together, the mixture will look weird and not liquidy enough, that is fine. Then add the oil and vanilla extract. Cook on low an additional minute and mix to combine everything.
- Take off of the heat, let sit for 5 minutes then add the egg and egg yolk. Whisk to combine.
- Add the baking powder, salt, and cornstarch, and mix to combine. Gently add the flour by using a spatula to fold in until just combined, just before there are no flour streaks add your chocolate chips and pecans. Do not over-mix, this will affect the end product.
- Pour into the prepared pan and set aside while you make the topping.
Pecan Pie Topping
- In a large bowl whisk together the egg, brown sugar, corn syrup, bourbon, butter, vanilla, and salt. Once fully combined fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, ensuring they are evenly coated. Gently and slowly pour the pecan pie topping on top of the brownie batter. You want the whole top to be covered, you can add extra pecans and chocolate chips for aesthetics.
- Bake 25-35 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, for me, the brownies always bake within 29-31 minutes, but I would start checking at 25 minutes for your oven. Don't overbake the brownies. You want a toothpick in the center to come out with moist crumbs, not completely dry but the filling should be set. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting. Store in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 4 days.
- Pecan Pie Topping Recipe Adapted from Well Seasoned Studio
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 30
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
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