Caramel- Pecan Brownies

Abandon your diet, and get out the milk.

Just when you think you’ve tried them all… that you can’t possibly find a brownie more decadent than the Cappuccino Brownies, more creamy than the Mascarpone Brownies, or more all-around-fantastic than the Oreo Chunk Brownies… one comes along that produces more drool than you ever thought you could possibly render in a given day: Caramel Pecan Brownies.

This recipe from the latest Fine Cooking magazine, produces a fudgy, fudgy, FUDGY brownie with pecans strewn throughout and a caramel layer on top.

I chose to make my own caramel, as the recipe indicates, but you could certainly use the store-bought stuff if you preferred. Not being a really experienced caramel-maker, I was concerned that my caramel wasn’t cooked enough. It was the right color, but it was extremely runny… almost more like a sauce than the gooey stuff that you get in the jar. I poured the whole liquidy mess onto my baked brownies anyways, placed it into the refrigerator and crossed my fingers. Not to worry. It set up nicely, and much of it sunk into the brownies too- making them super moist. A thin layer of caramel was left on top, set just enough to add the garnishes.

I loved how the caramel slightly dribbled off of the sides after cutting them into slices. I placed each brownie on a little piece of parchment paper for easy serving. My guests simply picked up the brownie with the parchment underneath and were able to eat it as a hand-held dessert without getting messy.

For me, caramel + pecans is equivalent to peanut butter + jelly. They just sort of go together in a big way. This brownie is rich and delicious- a definite keeper. But be sure to have plenty of milk around (you’ll thank me later). And you can go back to dieting after you plow through a few of these.

This recipe can be found HERE.


  1. postedOct 3, 2008 8:40 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    How can these not be great?

  2. postedOct 3, 2008 8:40 AM

    OMG this is torture to one that is trying to lose weight!!! This is sinful but in a good way.


  3. postedOct 3, 2008 10:23 AM
    Barbara Bakes

    These look sinful!

  4. postedOct 3, 2008 10:58 AM
    Happy cook

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh I can just eat the caramel like that, ofcourse would be pure pleasure to eat this brownie too.
    I have never ever seen such a tempting brownie.
    Why coudn’t ther was some invention which one could just grab the brownie from your computer to my hand. πŸ™‚

  5. postedOct 3, 2008 11:59 AM

    Oh my days I’ve just got the strongest craving for these known to man. I love the way the caramel drips down the sides – wowww…

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  7. postedOct 3, 2008 12:59 PM

    You never cease to amaze me with your decadent desserts. I absolutely love caramel, nice job.

  8. postedOct 3, 2008 1:12 PM

    Complete and utter decadence! You’re killing me with these! Your photos are great!

  9. postedOct 3, 2008 1:16 PM

    OMG, this looks perfect. I can imagine caramel and pecans as I put some on my Apple Vanilla cake the other day and it was really good. It’s so easy to make your own caramel.

  10. postedOct 3, 2008 1:41 PM

    This looks totally awesome. I can’t wait to see your muffin!

  11. postedOct 3, 2008 2:16 PM

    I’ve actually been working on something similar. I think making my own caramel might make it infinitely better. Thanks!

  12. postedOct 3, 2008 2:34 PM

    Oh my gosh I could dive into that and be very very happy! Great pic!!!

  13. postedOct 3, 2008 2:54 PM

    I want chocolate!! These look so amazing.

  14. postedOct 3, 2008 3:02 PM

    All I can say is wow! I plan on making these this weekend! We need a good Sunday afternoon nash! Yum-E!

  15. postedOct 3, 2008 3:21 PM
    alexandra's kitchen

    RECIPEGIRL! this is just over-the-top ridiculousness. and goodness. it is the end of bathing suit season afterall … Beautiful pictures. these really look amazing.

  16. postedOct 3, 2008 4:16 PM

    Lori, this looks amazing! If you are going to have dessert, you might as well have it all and this brownie has it all.

  17. postedOct 3, 2008 4:23 PM

    Ok, these have me drooling!

  18. postedOct 3, 2008 5:03 PM
    Patricia Scarpin

    If this is not decadent, sinful and irresistible, I don’t know what is.

  19. postedOct 3, 2008 5:55 PM

    These look amazing! I’m a sucker for caramel and pecans.

  20. postedOct 3, 2008 6:12 PM

    These look so good! I dont really like browning but I do like caramel and fudge!

  21. postedOct 3, 2008 6:22 PM
    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Those brownies look awesome! I love the way the caramel is spilling over the edge in the photo.

  22. postedOct 3, 2008 6:25 PM

    Sinful and I don’t care. They look too good to pass up!

  23. postedOct 3, 2008 6:42 PM

    Wow, these look unbelieveable!

  24. postedOct 3, 2008 7:01 PM

    Torture!!!! Those look EVIL!!

  25. postedOct 3, 2008 7:24 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    These look very dangerous! I bet they were delicious!!!

  26. postedOct 3, 2008 8:29 PM

    Holy Moly! That is super sinful. I am drooling right now. MMMMMMM!!

  27. postedOct 3, 2008 9:44 PM

    Wow. I’ll bet I can get the kids to do their chores without argument if they have these as an incentive!

  28. postedOct 3, 2008 10:22 PM
    noble pig

    Gawd that looks terrific! That dripping caramel…yum.

  29. postedOct 3, 2008 10:43 PM

    Hey! I saw these on FoodGawker. They looked so good they made me wish I could crawl through my monitor and take a bite!

  30. postedOct 3, 2008 10:45 PM

    Wow, I think those are on the other side of Heaven's Gate. Angels are singing πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the milk tip, and I love your analogy of pecans and caramel being like PB&J… I can so relate to that

  31. postedOct 4, 2008 12:51 AM

    ooooooooohhhhhhhh i loooooove caramel, and pecans, and chocolate! these sound amazing! and that caramel looks so gooey and irresistable!!!!

  32. postedOct 4, 2008 12:53 AM

    Outstanding!! Just throw caramel at me and I am a happy camper!

  33. postedOct 4, 2008 2:08 AM

    Oh gorgeous! We’re making a caramel topped brownie this week for Tuesdays with Dorie. Your pictures and styling are getting so so good…

  34. postedOct 4, 2008 2:37 AM

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Lori. The Joust was intense, but I had fun.

    Your pumpkin cornbread looks so yummy! I grew four pumpkins in my garden (compost volunteer plants) so I can’t wait to try your pumpkin recipes.

  35. postedOct 4, 2008 4:43 AM
    That Girl

    Making my own caramel scares the beejeebies out of me.

  36. postedOct 4, 2008 5:23 AM

    Oh my goodness I’ll abandon my diet any day for a slice of your brownie!! Just sheer tempting delight mmmmm

    Rosie x

  37. postedOct 4, 2008 6:29 AM
    Girl Japan

    Did you say Macapone Brownies? Goodness, This is SOOO tempting but after just blogging about “dieting” it is hard to resist not baking this recipe, but then again I can just have one… right? So far I have been good and stopping at one!

    You are amazing and so are your recipes = )

  38. postedOct 4, 2008 9:34 AM
    Big Boys Oven

    lovely, lovely, I like the way you caramelized the brownie, awesome delicious!

  39. postedOct 4, 2008 11:15 AM

    FOOD PORN ALERT!!! :0)

  40. postedOct 4, 2008 12:33 PM

    I’m speechless! Luscious!!!

  41. postedOct 4, 2008 2:10 PM

    Holy Cow! That looks so good. I keep thinking of trying a brownie recipe from an old roommate years ago that had caramel in the middle. I don’t think it had nuts though and I think the nuts would add so much.
    These look amazing. But wait, you said just when a brownie couldn’t get any better. Check out my blog soon. I just made a killer chocolate mint brownie yesterday that I’m trying to get posted. πŸ˜‰ SO good.
    I’m going to have to try your yummy looking one here!

  42. postedOct 4, 2008 3:10 PM

    These are amazing! So delicious!!!

  43. postedOct 4, 2008 3:46 PM

    What lovely photos. I am licking my screen right now!

  44. postedOct 4, 2008 4:30 PM

    Oh, my, my. I would think that caramel would be good on any brownie, but that brownie looks so rich and fudgy that it’s got to be heaven.

  45. postedOct 4, 2008 7:25 PM

    LOVE caramel and pecans. On brownies? Oh my. Seriously look delicious.

  46. postedOct 4, 2008 8:33 PM

    Those look so good! Just look at the caramel dripping down the side.

  47. postedOct 4, 2008 8:38 PM
    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide

    I made these for our block party…..they are definately fudgey chewy gooey deliciousness…… need milk shooters to go along with them.

  48. postedOct 4, 2008 10:01 PM
    Teresa Cordero Cordell

    Lori, the caramel pecan brownies look wonderful. I will have to add these recipes to my file. My family can’t seem to get enough when it comes to brownies. Wonderful post.

  49. postedOct 4, 2008 10:51 PM

    Gosh! That caramel dripping off the sides of the brownies… makes me wanna give up on my blog!

  50. postedOct 4, 2008 11:40 PM

    Oh, goodness me, that is definitely droolworthy!

  51. postedOct 5, 2008 12:07 AM
    Half Baked

    OH.MY.GOD. those brownies look sinfully delicious!

  52. postedOct 5, 2008 12:27 AM

    Perfect in every way! Enough said!

  53. postedOct 5, 2008 1:44 AM
    K and S

    the photos are making me drool!!

  54. postedOct 5, 2008 2:38 AM

    I love a fudgey brownie… and just add caramel and you’ll find me drooling! Yum!

  55. postedOct 5, 2008 3:04 AM

    Oh, YUM!!

  56. postedOct 5, 2008 4:39 AM

    those look sinfully good… me want some!!

  57. postedOct 5, 2008 4:50 AM
    The Inexperienced Foodie

    oh my gosh chocolate nuts and caramel one of my favorite combos

  58. postedOct 5, 2008 5:23 AM

    so many brownies recipes and there’ll be no end to it πŸ™‚
    this looks sinfully delicious!

  59. postedOct 5, 2008 7:21 AM

    I LOVE the pics!

    These look so rich and delicious. Maybe the best brownie in the world?

  60. postedOct 6, 2008 12:49 AM
    Peter M

    I don’t know how I’ll eat a regular brownie after seeing these. ;(

  61. postedOct 11, 2008 2:05 AM

    Oh, my, gosh. I just made Dorie’s Caramel-Peanut Topped Brownie cake and now I think I should try these brownies, just for comparison’s sake. What do you think? πŸ˜‰

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