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Caramel Pecan Brownies

In the midst of the wonderfully steady stream of summer fruit around here, I took a departure and made brownies. Chocolate knows no season, right? Honestly, I was planning on making something fruity, but the little voice in my head that kept whispering “brownies!” wore me down.

Of course, I am in no way apologizing for making brownies. These amazing, gooey, rich brownies need no excuses. In fact, the only apology that should be related to these is mine for not making them sooner.

The basic idea is a simple premise. Two layers of brownies sandwiched around a nutty caramel layer, all topped off with more chocolate and nuts. They are, in a word, decadent.

Caramel Pecan Brownies feature layers of rich brownies, nutty caramel, even more chocolate, and crunchy pecans. Delicious!

If I may offer a word of caution, you and these brownies will be far happier if you can manage not to let the caramel layer spread all the way to the edges. If it does, it’s still fine. They may stick to the lining a bit, but it will peel off with minimal effort.

This recipe is a loose adaptation of a recipe that I printed who knows how long ago. I have no idea where it originated. I found it in a collection of saved recipes that I haven’t touched in months and months. Now that I’ve made these brownies and tasted them, I’m glad that past me saw fit to save the recipe that led to these beautiful and fabulous brownies.

Caramel Pecan Brownies

Yield 16 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

These Caramel Pecan Brownies are the ultimate treat, with layers of brownie, gooey caramel, and pecans.

Caramel Pecan Brownies


For the brownies:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel:

  • 14 ounces caramel bits or soft caramels
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

For the topping:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square pan. Line with parchment paper or aluminum foil so that the lining overhangs by a couple of inches on two opposite sides.. Lightly grease lining.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture in 3 or 4 portions, mixing just until combined.
  5. Spread half of brownie batter into prepared pan.
  6. Place caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until caramel has melted. Stir until smooth. Microwaves vary, but this should take about 3 minutes.
  7. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Immediately pour over brownie layer in pan. Tilt the pan to spread out the mixture. Try to leave a 1/4- to 1/2-inch margin around the edges.
  8. Drop remaining brownie batter by teaspoonfuls over the top of the caramel. Carefully spread the batter evenly over the caramel.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Only insert the pick through the top layer of brownies.
  10. Place pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Then, spread the chocolate evenly over the top of the brownies. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup pecans.
  11. After allowing brownies to sit for about 20 minutes, transfer pan to refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. When ready to cut into bars, use the overhanging lining to lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into bars with a sharp knife.

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    15 Comments on “Caramel Pecan Brownies”

  1. There’s definitely no need to apologize — these certainly do look amazing! I always love a good brownie.

  2. These look amaaaazing Jennifer! Love the larger pictures!

  3. How pretty are these? I love the layers.

  4. What is there to apologize for? The brownies look delicious!!

  5. These are a must-make for a few of my caramel-lover friends! And for the record, brownies are acceptable anytime and anywhere 🙂

  6. MMmm…exactly what I am looking for…if I cut them small, the right-sized dessert for a finger-food meal:)

  7. I wish I was biting into one of these right about now! You’re so right…brownies have no season! These look incredible!

  8. One should NEVER apologize for brownies, even during the heat of summer! These look glorious.

  9. I really like the new look of your blog. And the brownies look amazing as well!

  10. Anytime is a good time to make brownies and these brownies look incredible!

  11. Hi there! I just wanted to tell you that I found one of your delicous recipes on Pinterest and when I clicked through it went to a site that has your photo and has copied your entire recipe in the post. They do provide a link back to your main site (not the actual recipe) but I figured you would want to know. There are lots of site these days stealing content to make a buck (frustrating!). On a happy note – at least I found your site. 🙂 It’s great and I will be pinning a lot right from here! XO
    p.s. Here’s the link I’m referring to:

  12. This looks heavenly and will be a hit in my household! Who doesn’t like the combination of carmel and pecans in a brownie?! Thanks for sharing.

  13. It’s cool. I’ll dive headfirst into a pool full of these brownies instead of the regular kind. Who needs swimsuits? 😉

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