Praline Brownies

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These Praline Brownies are for those with a major sweet tooth! The Praline Topping is perfection!

I use the word brownie in this recipe lightly.

It’s all about the topping people.

Praline topping…perfectly sweet and soft praline topping.


Fun fact to know and tell: Pralines are one of my favorite candies ever. Possibly equal to peanut butter cups.  Maybe slightly higher.  Don’t repeat that.


So anyway, a super thick layer of praline on top of brownies might be my cue to die.  Because everything’s downhill from here.

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Praline Brownies are super easy.  I cheated and used a box mix for the brownie.  If you have your own super secret brownie recipe you love, totally use that.

My Fudgy Brownie recipe would also work great. (*note that recipe is baked in a 9×13 pan)


Anyhow, I wanted my praline topping a little thicker, so I baked these brownies in an 8×8 pan.  Use your own preference on the pan you use.  The praline recipe will cover a 9×13 pan for a thinner layer or an 8×8 for a thicker..totally up to you!  Don’t stress!

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Let your brownies cool.  Then make your topping.

In a saucepan heat up heavy cream…Praline Brownies | www.cookiesandcups.combrown sugar and butter…

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While it’s heating chop up some pecans or walnuts…whichever you prefer.

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Once it’s boiling let it go for one minute and then remove it from the heat.Praline Brownies |

Stir in some powdered sugar and vanilla…

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Whisk it until it’s smooth.

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Then mix in those nuts.Praline Brownies | www.cookiesandcups.comLet it sit for a few minutes and then pour it all up on those brownies.

Praline Brownies | www.cookiesandcups.comSpread it around and then let it set up.  It’ll take about 45ish very long minutes.

Praline Brownies | www.cookiesandcups.comAnd then..boom shaka laka…

Praline Brownies | www.cookiesandcups.comYou can be all ladylike and eat it with a quaint little wooden spoon like I am pretending to do here…

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Or you can stuff them down your throat as fast as you can.




Praline Brownies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups



  • 1 box brownies, prepared according to package directions (or you can use your own homemade recipe)
  • 6 Tbsp butter, cut into cubes or slices
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Bake brownies according to package directions. in a 9×9 for a thicker brownie or in a 9×13 for a thinner one.
  2. Allow brownies to cool for at least an hour.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine butter, cream, brown sugar and salt over medium heat. Heat mixture until it comes to a boil, stirring frequently. Once it comes to a boil, allow it to boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  4. Immediately add vanilla and powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Finally, stir in nuts.
  5. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes and then pour over brownies.
  6. Let pecan topping set up for at least 45 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares when ready to serve.


recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker

If you make your brownies in a 9×13 pan the topping will be a thinner layer than what I have photographed. I made my brownies in an 8×8 pan.

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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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Maggie Nutter
May 20, 2020 11:58 am

Inch thick praline on brownies!? I think you and I could be best friends.

Mar 22, 2017 10:27 am

In the past I have had troubles getting the right consistency with a “boil for a minute on medium heat” frosting recipe. What temperature should it be with a candy thermometer to get this right? Wanting to make @ 60 servings of these for a dinner this Saturday & a little worried about that ;).

Jul 20, 2015 9:22 am

thank you so much for sharing this recipe! i love making brownies, and putting special toppings on them make them even better!

I love all of your recipes!

Dec 10, 2013 1:42 pm

Oh these look delicious! One question though, I’d love to make these for the holidays because I have a lot of Praline lovers in my house. Unfortunately we also have a lot of chocolate haters (I know horrible right?) Any thoughts on what else this topping would go well on?

Dec 10, 2013 3:41 pm
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Thanks! Those look awesome!

Dec 10, 2013 12:18 pm

I am loveing these brownies! totally Pinning this!

Nov 27, 2013 12:04 am

I made these for my office and they were a huge hit. The praline topping acts as a very thick and sweet icing so pretty small portions are warranted. Some folks got big squares and went into sugar shock. Looking back, I would try to cut the brownies before they had completely cooled. When I tried to cut them the morning after I had baked them, the praline topping fractured quite a bit making them less pretty (I passed it off as an artisanal rough cut).

Great decadent dessert that was fun to make and loved by all.

Nov 26, 2013 2:27 am

I’m totally in love with these brownies..ahem..Praline topping! Pralines are my favorite. If you ever get the chance to go to Riverstreet Sweets, you can sample their warm, fresh pralines..ahhh! I’m so making your brownies! 🙂

Nov 20, 2013 2:09 am

When I had my first praline truffle, I fell in love. This is something I MUST try out for myself!

Nov 19, 2013 5:56 pm

Um, this is purely perfect insanity! That praline looks so over-the-top delicious!

Nov 18, 2013 3:33 pm

Oh. My. God. Drool.
Killing me. Love that thick thick topping. Why make a 9×13″ pan of brownies when you KNOW you would rather have thick, jumbo brownies?? You’re so smart.
Love that you’re wearing a sweater with thumb-holes by the way 🙂

Nov 18, 2013 1:40 pm

What a great idea! I think doing a side or extra topping of candied nuts could make these extra cute–if this icing works for cupcakes, that could also be an adorable idea, eh? 🙂 thank you for sharing!

Nov 16, 2013 9:37 pm

Holy brownies. These look to die for! I’ve never made praline before but this is inspirational. I think it might be happening soon! 🙂

Nov 15, 2013 11:06 pm

You crack me up w your ladylike spoon!!

Nov 15, 2013 9:16 pm

Everything you make is fabulous, but I LOVE praline everything. I make pralines for the family (I’m originally from New Orleans) but pralines ON TOP of a brownie….. OMG! Cannot wait to try these bad boys! Thanks for sharing…

Nov 15, 2013 4:17 pm

Those look absolutely delicious!!! I made two other of your bars for friends last weekend. They died for them! So thank you for that.

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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