Caramel Pecan Brownies

caramel pecan brownies recipeI can’t sew. I can barely thread a needle. I would like to be able to sew, but it turns out that I have neither the patience or ability. Really, in this day and age, I do not need to be able to sew. But there is one time that it would come in handy. My husband’s uniforms. Every now and again, a patch needs to be sewn on a flight suit (my husband is a pilot in the USCG). Instead of even bothering to ask me to do it, he turns to an unlikely source. The rescue swimmers. Have you ever seen the movie The Guardian? Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher? Well, parts of that movie were filmed where we lived in Elizabeth City, NC. Rescue swimmers are brave, courageous, and as it turns out, amazing sewers. Not to mention the highlight of the Christmas party every year. There was a time when the payment for some sewing was beer. Now that people have caught on that I tend to bake a lot, they send very specific requests. This Caramel Pecan Brownie was made for Mac, he would like me to mention him in this blog post and remind people that he is a true Guardian. Are we square now?

This brownie recipe is really delicious on its own, but the addition of the caramel frosting and pecans bring it to a new place. Word of caution though, you need to work quickly with the caramel frosting. It hardens in seconds, so you need to spread it as soon as it is ready.

caramel pecan brownies recipe1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate baking bar
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

caramel pecan brownies recipeToast the pecans in a dry saute pan over medium heat until they are slightly golden brown. Or you can bake the pecans in a single layer in a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes. Roughly chop and set aside.

caramel pecan brownies recipeMicrowave the chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute. Stir and continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until it is completely melted and smooth.

caramel pecan brownies recipeWhisk in the sugar and eggs.

caramel pecan brownies recipeWhisk in the flour and stir until just blended.

caramel pecan brownies recipePour the batter into a 9×13 inch pan. I lined mine with parchment paper and sprayed the paper with cooking spray.

caramel pecan brownies recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. To make sure they are done, use a toothpick to check. There should be moist crumbs on the toothpick. Cool on a cooling rack.

caramel pecan brownies recipeIn a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, butter, and salt.

caramel pecan brownies recipeBring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the heat to medium low and let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thickened. Take the mixture off the heat at let stand for 5 minutes.

caramel pecan brownies recipe

Pour the sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use electric beaters) and add the powdered sugar and vanilla.

caramel pecan brownies recipeBeat until smooth.

caramel pecan brownies recipePour the caramel frosting over the brownies. Work fast, this frosting hardens quickly. Spread it out to the edges. If it starts to harden on you, heat an offset spatula with hot water to help spread it out.

caramel pecan brownies recipeSprinkle the top with the reserved pecans.

caramel pecan brownies recipeThis recipe is adapted from Southern Living, April 2011.

caramel pecan brownies

Caramel Pecan Brownies

Yield: makes 18

Caramel Pecan Brownies - a rich brownie with a caramel frosting and toasted pecans.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate baking bar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Toast the pecans in a dry saute pan over medium heat until they are slightly golden brown. Or you can bake the pecans in a single layer in a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes. Roughly chop and set aside.
  2. Microwave the chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute. Stir and continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until it is completely melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in the sugar and eggs.
  4. Whisk in the flour and stir until just blended.
  5. Pour the batter into a 9×13 inch pan. I lined mine with parchment paper and sprayed the paper with cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. To make sure they are done, use a toothpick to check. There should be moist crumbs on the toothpick. Cool on a cooling rack.
  7. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, butter, and salt.
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the heat to medium low and let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thickened. Take the mixture off the heat at let stand for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour the sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use electric beaters) and add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  10. Beat until smooth.
  11. Pour the caramel frosting over the brownies. Work fast, this frosting hardens quickly. Spread it out to the edges. If it starts to harden on you, heat an offset spatula with hot water to help spread it out.
  12. Sprinkle the top with the reserved pecans.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. melinda

    um, yumm!!! this looks fantastic.

    1. bakedbree

      they are Melinda!

  2. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    These look amazing! And we’d so take them as payment for just about anything…delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      Good to know girls!

  3. Marie

    This was a cruel post to find so early in the morning, esp for a preggo!! BUT I LOVE IT!! My mouth is watering and I’m itching to leave work to make some for my family.

    1. bakedbree

      Sorry Marie!

  4. jenna

    mmm these look delish!

    1. bakedbree

      they are jenna!

  5. Shefaly

    Oh Bree, these look SO GOOD! I just baked brownies the other day and considered a frosting. Your frosting looks really good. The photos are great– I like the step by step footage.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Shefaly! Frosting on a brownie takes it to a new place for sure.

  6. Melissa Vanni

    Looks good! Your photos look beautiful as well!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Melissa!

  7. Tine

    Oh, I love this! Definitely!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Tine!

  8. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    Those need to be in my belly, asap! YUM x 100!

    1. bakedbree

      make them! They are so good.

  9. Sarah

    My gosh those look good!!!!

    1. bakedbree

      they are. Promise.

  10. Muffin Tin

    These look delicious — I always trust Southern Living recipes! I like your photography.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Muffin! Me too, Southern Living recipes are great.

  11. emily @ the happy home

    my love for desserts with nuts knows no bounds. also– do you have a directory of rescue swimmers? i can’t sew a stitch. that story had me chuckling this AM!

    1. bakedbree

      They are super cute to boot! They are generally a very fun bunch of people too.

  12. alison

    That is kind of funny. I hope you are square now. I don’t sew either and believe my mom tried to teach me MANY times. Just wasn’t meant to be. I love anything with caramel and pecans. These look delicious!

  13. Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    I have to admit, as good as those brownies look, I’d gladly forgo them for a bowl of that frosting!

    1. bakedbree

      the frosting would be good on just about anything. Or straight off of a spoon!

  14. natalie (the sweets life)

    these look absolutely fabulous! bookmarked!

    1. bakedbree

      they are so good Natalie!

  15. Lunch-Lady

    Oh wow! These look fabulous! I have a big time brownie lover in my house would will love these! And no, there is no need to sew these days. 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      thank you for agreeing with me Lunch Lady. Hope that your brownie lover likes these.

  16. Barbara

    I adore bars and can anything be better than caramel, chocolate and pecans all thrown together?? I ask you!

    1. bakedbree

      no, not really. Caramel is food from the Gods.

  17. Megan (a dash of megnut)

    oh my goodness. these look too amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      they really are. I can’t lie. 🙂

  18. Evelien

    I made these last tuesday! They were amazing, me and my mum ate them all!
    Even though it was hard with the cups, ounces etc.. (European here!)

    1. bakedbree

      they are great! I don’t even know how to convert… good for you for trying.

  19. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

    Oh wow!! There are no words for these brownies…I must make them! 😉

    1. bakedbree

      you have been warned, they are rich and dangerous!

  20. Anna

    Man, this blog is going to make me fat. Yum Yum, tomorrow I start baking them brownies!

    1. bakedbree

      you and me both!

  21. Hannah

    I can not express my love for pecans enough. These would be my best friend.

    1. bakedbree

      I love pecans too. Love them in just about anything.

  22. qq:)

    raw brownies are nice

    1. bakedbree

      I have never had them. I bet they are.

  23. pinky winky

    Caramel Pecan Brownies is a new recipe in the world of brownies. What I like most with this recipe is that it is tasty and crunchy. It’s like, every bite will take you to cloud nine and the joy it brings is nothing but unmeasured. Thank’s to this awesome brownie recipe.

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Pinky Winky. I love the combo of salty and sweet the best.

  24. corey

    OMG…these look to die for!

    1. bakedbree

      they. are. crazy. good.

  25. Jessica Rodriguez

    *These look Soooo.. yummy!!*

    I work at Bass Pecan Company every year they have a recipe contest for a chance to win $1000!
    If you love baking with pecans you should check it out. Check out their Bass Pecan Recipe Blog for great recipes and the contest rules and entry!!

    1. bakedbree

      I will Jessica, thanks for letting me know!

  26. Beth

    I made these for my son’s Christmas Party, and everyone LOVED them! These are DELISH! Thanks so much, Bree!! ~ Beth

    1. bakedbree

      I’m so glad!

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