Introducing Pecan Pie Brownies – the delightful dessert combo you never knew you needed! Forget complicated recipes; all you need is a box of brownie mix and a straightforward stovetop pecan pie topping. Picture this: in just an hour, these sweet treats will be sitting cool on your kitchen counter.
Now, I get it – homemade brownies have their time and place, but there’s something special about the simplicity of a boxed mix. Childhood memories aside, I’m a sucker for the chewy, fudgy texture and the not-too-rich, not-too-sweet chocolatey goodness.
And here’s the kicker – imagine taking those beloved boxed brownies and adding a quick, sweet, sticky pecan pie twist. It’s a flavor match made in heaven! The buttery pecans and thick, caramel-like sauce meld perfectly with the chocolatey goodness. Trust me, if you’re anything like me, these brownies are about to become your new go-to, easy-peasy autumn dessert. So, let’s dive into the joy of Pecan Pie Brownies!
Overview: How to make Pecan Pie Brownies Recipe?
Making the perfect pecan pie brownie is no small feat. You might think it’s as easy as slapping some pecans onto a pan of brownies, but that’s more like a brownie with a pecan pie topping. Then again, adding a thick layer of pecan pie filling makes it tricky to get those clean, neat squares we all want. But hey, I took on the challenge anyway.
Starting out, things seemed promising, but midway through baking, I had my doubts. I was almost certain I’d end up with dry, overdone brownies. But you know what? I didn’t give up. I kept baking until that top layer was finally set. While waiting for the brownies to cool, I braced myself for disappointment. Surprisingly, they turned out perfect! I couldn’t believe it. It’s a recipe surprise that I hope you’ll give a shot soon.
Now, for the ingredients: the brownie base is a mix of sugar, cocoa, salt, melted butter, vanilla, eggs, and flour. The pecan pie filling brings together brown sugar, salt, vanilla, corn syrup, eggs, melted butter, and, of course, those chopped pecans.
To get started, preheat your oven and prep your baking pan with parchment and a bit of oil. Making the brownie batter is a simple affair—just mix up those ingredients until you’ve got a smooth, glossy batter. Spread it in the pan and bake it for a bit.
While that base cools, whip up the pecan pie filling, pour it over the brownie base, and pop it back in the oven. You’ll know it’s ready when that filling is almost set with just a tiny jiggle at the center.
After letting it cool, here’s a tip: for those perfect slices, cover and chill the brownies before cutting. Lift them out using the parchment paper overhang and slice them into those delightful 2×2-inch squares. Enjoy the surprising goodness of pecan pie brownies!
Best Pecan Pie Brownies Recipe
- 8×8-inch Baking Pan To bake and achieve the perfect square brownies.
- Parchment Paper For lining the baking pan, ensuring easy removal and clean cuts.
- Mixing Bowl A bowl for combining the brownie base ingredients.
- Whisk or Electric Hand Mixer To mix and blend the brownie batter until smooth.
- Spatula For incorporating flour and spreading the brownie batter evenly.
- Wire rack To cool the brownie base after the initial baking.
- Bowl for Pecan Pie Filling A separate bowl for whisking together the pecan pie filling ingredients.
- Measuring cups and spoons For precise measurements of both brownie and pecan pie filling ingredients.
- Oven Preheated to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and later increased to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Cooking Spray or Oil To lightly coat the parchment paper and prevent sticking.
- 2 large Eggs
- 10 tbsps Hot Melted Butter
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- 7/8 cup Cocoa Powder (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup All-Purose Flour
Pecan Pie Filling:
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanila Extarct
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter Melted
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging on the sides, and give it a light oiling.Chef's Note: If you're using a 9×9-inch pan, keep an eye on the baking time—it might be a bit quicker.
- Now, onto the brownie batter. In a mixing bowl, blend white sugar, cocoa powder, kosher salt, and that luscious melted butter. Mix it up; it might look grainy, but that's totally cool.
- Add vanilla and one egg, mix again until combined. Toss in the second egg, blend until you have a smooth, glossy batter. Slowly add the flour, mix until it disappears, and spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Give it a little tap on the counter to level it out.
- Bake the brownie base for 20 minutes, then let it cool on a wire rack while we whip up the pecan pie filling.
- Bump up the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- For the pecan pie filling, whisk together brown sugar, salt, vanilla, corn syrup, eggs, and melted butter until smooth. Stir in those glorious chopped pecans.
- Pour the pecan pie filling over the brownie base, spread it evenly, and give the pan a gentle tap to level it out.
- Back in the oven it goes, and this time it's for about 1 hour. You'll know it's ready when the pecan pie filling is almost fully set, with just a slight jiggle in the center if you give it a gentle shake.
- Let it cool for about 30 minutes, but for the best results, cover and chill before cutting. Lift those brownies out using the parchment paper overhang and cut them into 16 perfect 2×2-inch squares.
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Tips For Best Results: Pecan Pie Brownies Recipe
- Choose the Right Mix: If you’re using a family-sized brownie mix, it’s perfect for a 9×9 cake pan. Can’t find the family size? No worries! Just grab two regular-sized boxes of brownie mix. If you have a beloved homemade brownie recipe, feel free to use that instead!
- Baking Timing: Don’t bake the brownies all the way before adding the topping. After around 20 minutes in the oven or when they look nearly done, take them out. Check the recommended bake time on the back of the brownie mix box as it can vary. Add the topping about 10 minutes before the box says they should be done. This ensures a soft, just-right brownie and prevents the pecan pie topping from sinking.
- Pecan Choices: Whether you prefer chopped or whole pecans, go with your favorite! Both work well for these brownies
How to make Pecan Pie Brownies Without Corn Syrup?
Making Pecan Pie Brownies Without Corn Syrup
- Choose Your Brownie Mix: Grab your favorite brownie mix from the store.
- Swap Corn Syrup: Instead of corn syrup, use a mix of honey and maple syrup. About 1 cup total should do the trick.
- Mix It Up: Follow the brownie mix instructions, but when it comes to the sweet stuff, go for that honey-maple combo instead.
- Add Pecans: Toss in your chopped or whole pecans – whichever you like.
- Bake Away: Pop them in the oven following the brownie mix guidelines. Voila! Corn syrup-free pecan pie brownies ready to enjoy.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Wondering about using brownie mix for Pecan Pie Brownies?
Absolutely! While homemade brownies have their charm, we get that sometimes you’re in a hurry and a brownie mix can be a lifesaver.
Here’s the lowdown: you can swap out the scratch brownie part of this recipe with a brownie mix. Simply follow the mix instructions, bake it up, and when the time comes, add that delectable pecan topping. Trust me, once that beautiful layer of pecan pie goodness is in place, no one will even bat an eye that you took a little shortcut with the brownie batter. It’s our little secret to getting a tasty treat in no time!
How To Store Pecan Pie Brownies?
Even though it’s doubtful you’ll have any of these delicious pecan pie brownies left over, you can prepare them ahead of time. Once baked and cooled, pop them into a sealed container. You can keep them at room temperature for about two days, toss them in the fridge for up to five days, or freeze them for as long as three months. When you’re ready to enjoy, warm them up or let them come to room temperature.