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.

Pecan pie brownies stacked on a plateSee, here’s the poor unassuming pie.

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

A whole store-bought pecan pieSorry guy…

A whole pecan pie chopped into bite-sized piecesSee, pie chunks in my brownie batter.

Kind of awesome, isn’t it?

Diced pecan pie in a stand mixer bowlThen just bake. And wait.

A batch of pecan pie brownie batter in a foil-lined pan

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

A batch of baked pecan pie brownies

Can you even believe it worked?

Totally righteous.

A stack of pecan pie brownies


Pecan Pie Brownies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 24 large brownies


  • 1 (2 lb) frozen pecan pie, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 semi-sweet cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9×13 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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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November 2, 2018 2:24 pm

OMG! I’ve died and gone to heaven! Love nuts i.e. walnuts/pecans and put them in much of my baking as much as possible. Chocolate is a given because I’m always sneaking chocolate into most everything I make too…..ha can’t wait to make because this looks so yummy!! Thank you!

December 4, 2016 8:28 pm

Shelly, can I ask why you mixed in half the pie before adding in the dry ingredients? I ask because I want to use a brownie mix but am concerned about dumping in the whole chopped pie into the batter since that’s not what you did. Thanks!

December 31, 2013 4:29 pm

Hi! Absolutely love the Pecan Pie Brownies. To hurry things up a bit, I used DH Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix (13″x9″ size) & the brownies turned out super yummy. I am toying with the idea of a variation of this by cutting up a prepared cheesecake & folding the chunks into the brownie batter. Do you think this will be a success? Thanks

Debbie S.
November 25, 2013 1:59 pm

Can a boxed brownie mix be used to make it Semi-Homemade instead of “From Scratch”? Just wondering. Awe-some idea tho!!! Thanks!

January 10, 2013 12:04 am

I am saddened to know that you are not normally a “nut” girl…..I LOVE NUTS. Fortunately, that is forgivable since you do have some seriously delicious recipes posted to your site and I’ve attempted quite a few. I have not deserted you even though I work out regularly. My co-workers, fellow 911 dispatchers, are the beneficiaries of these tasty treats and they appreciate you too.

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.

October 23, 2012 6:48 pm

Bes. Brownies. recipe. Ever!

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 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!

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 10:05 am

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

October 14, 2012 5:58 pm

i always look forward to your recipes 🙂

October 14, 2012 5:24 am

A seriously inspired idea!

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 13, 2012 4:04 pm

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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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