Pecan Pie Brownies


So, have you ever wondered what would happen if you chopped up a whole pie and mixed it in a batch of brownies?

Welcome to my brain.


I have to say, I am not a Pecan Pie girl.

AND I don’t normally do nuts in desserts.  Nuts possibly fall below fruit on my dessert chart.

So the thought of a whole pie dedicated to nuts isn’t going to get my blood sugar pumping.


BUT it seems like a lot of people DO like Pecan Pie.  I mean, it’s kind of in the pie world.

So I just thought what would happen if you chopped up the pie and threw it into brownies.

Some people like nuts in brownies.

Some people like Pecan Pie.

I am here today for those people.


What I found, though, is that nuts in brownies aren’t all bad.

Especially with crust and sugary, pecan pie filling bits.


So yeah, I chopped up a whole Pecan Pie.

Totally crazy, but totally delicious.


Pecan Pie Brownies.  Do it.

Photobucket See, here’s the poor unassuming pie.

Poor thing doesn’t know what’s about to happen…

Photobucket Sorry guy…

Photobucket See, pie chunks in my brownie batter.

Kind of awesome, isn’t it?

Photobucket Then just bake. And wait.


I like to bake my brownies in a foil lined pan, just because it makes it easy to remove them…


Can you even believe it worked?

Totally righteous.



Pecan Pie Brownies
makes 24 large brownies
  • 1 (2 lb) frozen pecan pie, thawed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 semi-sweet cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray
  3. Cut your thawed pie into cubes (about 1")
  4. In a medium saucepan combine chocolate chips and butter and heat over medium-low until melted, stirring consistently. Set aside.
  5. In your stand mixer combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk, mixing until incorporated. Slowly add in the chocolate mixture and HALF the pecan pie cubes, continuing to stir until well mixed. (Batter will be lumpy do to the pecan pie bits).
  6. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until just incorporated.
  7. Add in the remaining pecan pie cubes, stirring until evenly mixed in.
  8. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until center is JUST set and a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the edge comes out clean.
  9. Transfer pan to wire rack and allow to cool.
adapted from Southern Living


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October 11, 2012 12:26 pm

These look totally yummy! I can’t wait to make these.

October 11, 2012 12:29 pm

Hahahhaha, this is insanity of the best kind!!

October 11, 2012 12:32 pm

Incrediballs. That unassuming pie went to be reincarnated into something its little, feeble pie mind couldn’t have even imagined.

October 11, 2012 12:34 pm

Pecan pie it one of my very favorite desserts- these brownies look outrageously good!

October 11, 2012 12:45 pm

you are a wild woman! AWESOME!

October 11, 2012 12:48 pm

Are you insane?

October 11, 2012 12:49 pm

I just love the way your brain thinks:-) Pecan pie is a yummy yummy thing, but covered in chocolate brownies…even better!!!

October 11, 2012 12:49 pm

O.M.G., brownies and pecan pie rolled into one delicious looking dessert, I think I may cry at the wonder of it all! Thanks for sharing.

October 11, 2012 12:53 pm


October 11, 2012 12:55 pm

I am not a pecan pie girl either nor am i into nuts in desserts…I like them NEXT to my desserts, not in them, but I love the filling of pecan pie and the flavor so much that I overlook, the well, nuts. Lol . I love that you just dumped it all into brownies. I am on board!

October 11, 2012 12:55 pm

This is the best idea ever. Count me in!!

October 11, 2012 1:32 pm

Looks awesome! I can’t wait to try this. Though I have to say I’m a little disappointed. When you put I facebook you chopped up a pie I was really hoping for pictures of you just hacking away going nuts on a pie. Of course that could just be my stress talking. :)

October 11, 2012 1:40 pm

Genius! I think I’ll make these so I can enjoy them while watching tonight’s season premier of Vampire Diaries…I know you’re excited!

October 11, 2012 2:11 pm

I love pecan pie! I have been on a real pecan kick these days! It seems like every other recipe I make has pecans in it! This looks awesome – I think I’ll continue my trend with these! I’ll let you know how they turn out!

October 11, 2012 2:28 pm

My goodness. Who would’ve thought???

October 11, 2012 2:32 pm

Very interesting! Although I don’t like pecan pie, this is a really cool idea! And your brownies look absolutely beautiful.

Jane K
October 11, 2012 2:33 pm


October 11, 2012 2:44 pm

Totally genius! I am not a fan of pecan pie or nuts in dessert either, but this is just so over the top cool!

October 11, 2012 2:50 pm

Mmmm I love pecans and these look delicious! 😀

October 11, 2012 3:25 pm

i think i would totally add some coconut too, yummy!

October 11, 2012 4:03 pm

oh my gawd…seriously drooling right now! For some reason the pieces of crust in there sound ah-mazing to me, why crust?! I don’t just does.

October 11, 2012 5:03 pm

Chop up a pecan pie in smaller pieces and add that to a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. I credit Anna at for that idea. So yummy!

October 11, 2012 5:05 pm

But the brownie idea looks FABULOUS too!

October 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Wow you really do chop up a pie and put it in there! Fun idea.

October 11, 2012 6:22 pm

Holy awesome Shelly. I love the way you think and keep them coming because this, missy, is amazeballs!

Christine Goertzen
October 11, 2012 6:36 pm

Genius. I wonder what other awesome combinations are out there?

October 11, 2012 7:05 pm

Wow! I just love all your crazy wonderful ideas! 😀

October 11, 2012 7:31 pm

You. Are. My. Hero.

October 11, 2012 9:20 pm

I think you’ve just opened up a pandora’s box of brownie possibilities.

October 12, 2012 8:27 am

your brain is a dangerous place, and sweet dangerous place!

October 12, 2012 8:39 am

I’m a sucker for ooey gooey brownies… and these are calling my name!

October 12, 2012 9:43 am

Yum, yum, yum – mouth is watering!

October 12, 2012 11:36 am

I can’t take it!
Pecan Pie in Brownies!
This may have to be Thanksgiving Dessert with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!
So yum!

October 12, 2012 12:08 pm

Sometimes I think you just try to come up with ways to make fattening things way more fattening. And I’m totally ok with that.

October 12, 2012 3:19 pm

GENIUS!!!! Love these OMG I will have to make them soon :)

October 12, 2012 4:30 pm

OH! good grief, I think I just died and went to heaven. I love pecan pie and like brownies but combining them, BRILLIANT! YUM! drooling… 😀

October 12, 2012 8:08 pm

oh. my. gosh. Drooling…

October 12, 2012 11:23 pm

What a creative and fun recipe! Perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday!

October 13, 2012 11:44 am

So, i like Pecan Pie, because it’s my favorite. And thanks for your delicious recipe.

October 13, 2012 4:04 pm

My husband would go nuts for this. He is both a nuts-in-brownies and a pecan pie fan.

October 14, 2012 1:02 am

You did not just put a pie IN the brownies?! Genius!!! I’m with you on the nut thing, but for some reason pecan pie is delicious to me. I think it’s all the brown sugar goodness around said nuts. I’m going to have to try this amazing creation. Thanks!

October 14, 2012 5:24 am

A seriously inspired idea!

October 14, 2012 5:58 pm

i always look forward to your recipes :)

October 15, 2012 10:05 am

I’m not a big fan of nuts in desserts either, but I do love pecans. Seriously, you are a genius.

Shelby N.
October 15, 2012 12:14 pm

I made these yesterday and brought them in to work today. Oh my goodness…fantastic. I don’t even want to know how many calories are in one piece…espcially with how large I’ve been cutting them! They are SO GOOD! I baked mine for 48 minutes and wondered if they needed longer, but pulled them out because I was afraid they would get too done around the edges. The middle is very gooey…I think I should have baked a bit longer. But I guess with all thie pie goo, the brownies would have to be gooey too. Very good recipe…definitely not the… Read more »

October 15, 2012 2:27 pm

OMGEEE – I may have to try this with a pumpkin pie too!! A girl can never have too many pie/browine desserts!

October 19, 2012 3:09 pm

These look so good! I love brownies s & pecan pie, so thanks for bringing together the best of two worlds :0)

October 23, 2012 6:48 pm

Bes. Brownies. recipe. Ever!


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November 22, 2012 9:11 am

I made this and they are good. Moist. However, it seemed to miss something. Like vanilla. I know that seems odd. If I make again I will add vanilla.