Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies.
In search of the perfect non-pumpkin dessert?
You are in luck. I have just the ticket.
This is one of the most scrumptious recipes I have posted to date. I know I say that all the time, but this I mean it.
How do you know a recipe is good? When the batter alone makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. I squealed like a little kid when I realized I had this whole bowl to lick by myself.
These brownies are to die for. They are a cross between gooey fudge and dense, dark chocolate. I think this is by far the best brownie recipe I have ever tried.
And the topping? Well… let’s just say it gives pecan pie a run for it’s money.
The original recipe called for corn syrup, but I was out of luck. I did, however, have some brown rice syrup, and it worked perfectly.
And what worked even more perfectly was a straight shot of whiskey right into the sugar + butter + syrup mixture. Sweet, sweet bourbon.
There was no shortage of this behind our bar.
I chopped a big pile of pecans by hand because I wanted a more rustic pecan topping. Instead of uniform pecan chunks, some came out smaller and some out larger. Chunky and crunchy.
I was half tempted to not even top the brownies, because they were that good. But after a few hundred spoonfuls of the pecan topping, I knew it could only get better.
And it did.
Waiting for these to bake was the longest 35 minutes of my life.
Scratch that… waiting for them to cool was the longest 35 minutes of my life.
And you should learn something from that. They definitely need longer than 35 minutes to cool. But I couldn’t wait any more.
Does that not look like pure perfection? It makes me want to dive in head first. Clearly, I did.
I was afraid that these may be a bit too rich even for me, but I think the key is cutting them into small squares so they only last a few bites. After one, you will crave another. And after two, you will probably be satisfied. But they are so delicious that you will eat a third anyway. And maybe even a seventh.
Especially when they look so pretty basking in the morning sunlight. Bourbon pecan pie brownies are an excellent breakfast choice, let me tell you. Black Friday breakfast anyone?
And they only get better with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Don’t fear adding more sugar on top. It helps cut the sweetness, the richness, and the chewiness. It’s like when the Cheesecake Factory tops their 1275-calorie slice of cheesecake with two cups of whipped cream. It breaks up the rich desserts… and helps you eat more.
And would you believe that I don’t love any sort of nuts in my dessert? And I also don’t love pecan pie. But really, you just can’t go wrong with the chocolate, the salted pecans, the bourbon… it transforms this dessert. Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you – it is really quite simple! And completely worth it, even if you only end up licking the bowl.
slightly adapted from NBC SNF Cookbook
makes about 16 brownies
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups sugar
10 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325.
In a small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla and set aside. In a double boiler, add butter, cocoa, sugar and salt. Mix until the mixture becomes a batter – this will take approximately 10 minutes and at first will just look like clumps of cocoa power. Be patient! Remove the bowl from heat and whisk in the egg mixture and combined. Stir in flour until batter is smooth, then pour in a baking dish (I used 6 X 10 dish). Bake for 20 minutes, then let cool completely.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons whiskey
2 cups chopped pecans
Using an electric mixer, cream rice syrup and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until combined, then add butter and whiskey. Once mixture is thoroughly combined, fold in chopped pecans, then pour over brownies. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until pecan filling is set.
Let cool completely, then refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Top with freshly whipped cream.
If you didn’t get my point, you must make these today. Please. If you know what’s good for you, you will get in the kitchen now.
148 Comments on “Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies.”
Jessica!! Quick question. I’m planning on making these for my padre for Father’s day since he has a mild obsession with brownies and pecan pie..(so this recipe is perrrrfect.) Anywho, will light corn syrup work too? Instead of the brown rice syrup? Or could you taste a difference?
juuuust kidding. I re-read your post and saw that the original recipe called for corn syrup..so I am A-OKAY. =)
Would the baking times and measurements of ingredients change if I was to use a 9×13 inch pan instead?
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Thank you so much for posting this. I have them cooking in the oven right now. I can’t wait to try them. I’m pretending that they are a trial run before I make them next week for Christmas. I know they are going to be fabulous.
These were sooooooo goooooooood!!!!! Seriously, these are like THE best brownies i have ever had. Even without the topping, but with it – they are just out of this world!!! Thanks so much for a great recipe :-)
Great, but even better the next day. They get extra gooey and delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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Made these the past weekend and the taste is out of this world. But mine did come out very gooey esp the pecan topping. I followed the baking times and cooling times. Any longer the pecan topping would have burnt… Any suggestions?
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Late to the party, but looking forward to making these for Thanksgiving. Can you please clarify… natural cocoa or dutch processed? Thanks,
I’d like to try this recipe but have a question about the coco powder. Is it ok to use the dutch processed cocoa or should it be regular? I found it often makes a difference.
Soooooo…. brownies get baked for 20 then another 35 with the topping, right? Just don’t want to mess up the goodness!
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