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.

PhotobucketSee, here’s the poor unassuming pie.

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

PhotobucketSorry guy…

PhotobucketSee, pie chunks in my brownie batter.

Kind of awesome, isn’t it?

PhotobucketThen 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

  • 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.


63 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. Victoria

    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. 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. Debra

    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… 😀

  5. 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!

  6. Shelby N.

    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 last time I’ll be making these!! This one is now tied with the butterfinger blondies with butterfinger buttercream as my favorite Cookies & Cups recipe! I can’t get enough of those bad boys. I’ve also been wanting to make the death by Snickers recipe too…I bet that will end up as a 3 way tie with these 2! Love your blog…thanks for all the delicious recipes and great stories & humor.

  7. Anne

    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.

  8. Marie

    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.

  9. Debbie S.

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

  10. Debbie

    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

  11. Chris

    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!

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  17. 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!

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