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Pecan Pie Brownies are a rich, chocolate and pecan pie Thanksgiving dessert recipe that you’re going to want all year long!

Pecan Pie Brownies with chopped pecansPecan Pie Brownies

I think we can all agree pecan pie is a must on Thanksgiving. I’ve tried switching it up and my Pecan Pie Cake Roll was a hit so this year I thought I’d see if I could do it again. These Pecan Pie Brownies take everyone’s favorite part of the pecan pie, the gooey, nutty filling, and bake it right on top of rich chocolate brownies. These brownies were out of this world good! The combination of chocolate and pecan pie filling is even better than your classic pecan pie.

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Pecan Pie Brownies filling

It’s a simple recipe. I used a boxed brownie mix (one that makes a 13-inch x 9-inch pan of brownies) to keep things simple but if you have a favorite brownie recipe you can use that. These brownies will be very fudgy because the pecan pie filling soaks into the brownie as it bakes keeping it super moist. The pecan pie topping is the star of the show and I made it using my mom’s pecan pie filling recipe.

How to Make Pecan Pie Filling:

Normally pecan pie filling is heated up in a saucepan to melt the butter and then it is poured into a pie crust to bake. As it bakes it thickens into a pie filling. Since we don’t want to over-bake the brownies I cook my pecan pie filling in the saucepan until it begins to thicken so it doesn’t have to bake for as long.

  1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring often.
  2. After 15-20 minutes the sauce in the saucepan should have thickened enough to coat your spoon. Stir the pecans into the mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be the consistency of runny oatmeal. Loose enough to pour but not liquid. NOTE: If the filling is ready before your brownies have finished their pre-baking you can just remove the filling from the heat until you are ready to pour it over the brownies. Cooking it slightly more will not hurt anything you just want it to remain pourable so you can easily add it to your brownies. 

brownie pan of Pecan Pie Brownies

That’s it! After that you pour it over your partially cooked brownies and put them in the oven to bake for another 20-25 minutes. You’ll know the pie filling is fully cooked when you can jiggle the brownie pan and the pie filling only slightly wobbles in the center.

Tip for Making Pecan Pie Brownies:

The biggest issue I ran into with these brownies was the brownie not seeming to be baked enough. I have experimented with many different times and discovered that the type of container you baking in (metal or glass) and the brand of brownies can make a difference. Use baking time on the back of your box of brownie mix to determine how long to pre-bake your brownies. I baked mine for half of the time listed before adding my pecan pie filling on top. This gave me a fully cooked brownie with a very fudgy center.

inside Pecan Pie Brownies

I’ve got to tell you the kitchen smelled pretty amazing and when those Pecan Pie Brownies came out of the oven it took all of my willpower not to dive right in.It was worth the wait though and when the brownies had cooled I cut a few slices and all of my taste testers agreed that they were awesome enough to make it onto this year’s Thanksgiving dessert menu!

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PECAN PIE BROWNIES
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Servings: 20
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins

Pecan Pie Brownies

Pecan Pie Brownies are a rich, chocolate and pecan pie Thanksgiving dessert recipe that you're going to want all year long!
Pecan Pie Brownies with chopped pecans
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4.47 from 15 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Brownie mix , must have instructions for making in 13x9 pan + ingredients listed on the package

Pecan Pie Filling:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Light Corn syrup
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Pecans, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven according to brownie package instructions.
  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring often. 
  • Mix brownies according to package instructions.
  • Pour brownie batter into a greased 13x9 inch pan and place in oven to bake for 20 minutes.  * see note about cooking time below
  • As the brownies bake the filling in the saucepan should have thicken enough to coat your spoon (about 15 minutes). Stir the pecans into the mixture and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture reaches the consistency of runny oatmeal. You want it to be loose enough to pour over the brownies but not liquid. 
  • When the brownies have finished pre-baking remove them from the oven and pour the pecan pie filling over them spreading it out to cover the brownies completely.
  • Place them back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the filling only jiggles slightly in the middle when you move the pan.
  • Let cool to room temperature before cutting.

Notes

Note: Brownie cooking times vary by brand so the times listed are approximate. You'll want the brownies to bake for half of the bake time listed on the back of the box before adding the cooked pie filling and continuing to bake until the filling is set. 
Tip for Making Pecan Pie Brownies:
The biggest issue I ran into with these brownies was the brownie not seeming to be baked enough. I have experimented with many different times and discovered that the type of container you baking in (metal or glass) and the brand of brownies can make a difference. Use baking time on the back of your box of brownie mix to determine how long to pre-bake your brownies. I baked mine for half of the time listed before adding my pecan pie filling on top. This gave me a fully cooked brownie with a very fudgy center. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 52mg, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan pie, thanksgiving dessert