Monday, November 22, 2010

My kind of pie


Beautiful on the outside…


and glorious on the inside


The great part about this recipe is that it makes two pies. TWO! Great to bake and take.


The topping is made using basic pecan pie ingredients. I used the same ingredients from this pecan pie recipe and scaled them down to accommodate.


Mix brown sugar and flour.


Add corn syrup and vanilla. Yum!


And melted butter. Yummer!


A couple of eggs…


And pecans of course.


Then the chocolate part. This is easy. Just mix up a regular box of brownies according to the directions on the box.


Divide the brownie batter between two frozen deep dish pie shells.


Then divide the pecan pie topping right on top of that. Tah dah… two pies.

And bake away!


So the original intent when I decided to use brownies as the base, was to have the brownie texture inside the pie crust with the pecan pie right on top. But it turns out TOO much pecan pie mixture will yield a fudgy, syrupy center. The heaviness basically combined with the brownie batter instead of sitting on top.

Good, but I wanted to try it again to have a cakey, brownie texture instead.


So I baked two more pies.

This time I decreased the amounts of the ingredients for the pecan pie mixture and also used regular size pie shells instead of deep dish.

And voila…


Brownie Pecan Pie!


But now, after all that, I think I like the first one better. Especially straight out of the fridge. Fudgy and cold. Either way, it’s my kind of pie. Chocolatey!

Brownie Pecan Pie


3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon self-rising flour
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups pecans

1 package brownie mix and ingredients listed on the box

2 frozen deep dish pie shells




1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon self-rising flour
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups pecans

1 package brownie mix and ingredients listed on the box

2 frozen regular pie shells


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl and work out lumps. Add flour and stir together until the flour disappears.
  • Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly until combined.
  • Add melted butter. Fold into mixture until it disappears.
  • Loosely beat two eggs in a separate bowl and fold into mixture until the eggs disappear.
  • Stir in pecans and set aside.
  • Prepare brownie batter as instructed on package.
  • Remove two frozen pies shells from freezer and divide brownie batter evenly between the two. (Deep dish for fudgy version and regular-size for the brownie version.)
  • Spoon pecan pie mixture evenly between the two pie shells.
  • Bake fudgy deep dish version for about 40-45 minutes. Place a large sheet of foil across the top of the two pies for the last 10-15 minutes to avoid pie crust from browning too much.
  • Bake brownie regular pie shell version for about 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.

FYI – The fudgy version is really good refrigerated and I liked the brownie version best at room temperature.

So, what dessert are you planning to make this Thanksgiving? A special pie, cake, pudding? A decadent dessert? What’s your family’s favorite? Do tell.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

You know… I think I like the first one too. The gooeyness looks amazing :D

Cabin Fever in Vermont

November 22, 2010 12:38 AM
Jo-anne said...

Look at all that gooey chocolate filling. Yum!

November 22, 2010 12:40 AM
clarelle said...

the first looks really good

November 22, 2010 12:41 AM
marianne said...

YUM! :) I am making a Rasberry and cream pie for thanksgiving…. but this looks good!

November 22, 2010 12:42 AM
Angela Chadbourne said...

Yum. My brother-in-law loves pecan pie and chocolate. It will be nice to make this treat for him this week.

November 22, 2010 12:42 AM
T said...

How much of the pecans do i need?

November 22, 2010 12:44 AM
Danielle S said...

awwww, i’ve missed your baking posts! (i loved the pictures from your tours, but this just makes me feel a great mixture of motivation/warm fuzzy happiness.)

i’m actually looking forward to meal stuff. Green bean casserole, yams w/ marshmallow topping, mashed potatoes… yumyumyum. good stuff!

November 22, 2010 12:47 AM
bakerella said...

T – Whoops … 2 cups … I added it to the ingredients.


November 22, 2010 12:47 AM
Taylor said...

mmmmmm mmmm mmmm…
i’m making my family pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting(:

November 22, 2010 12:48 AM
karen d. of fayetteville said...

well..i’m making the fam fave strawberry cake..and now, i GOTTA make your pies too!! Happy Thanksgiving Bakerella & i can’t wait to try them :)

November 22, 2010 12:48 AM
bakerella said...

Taylor – I love those!

November 22, 2010 12:48 AM
Jennifer said...

Love Thanksgiving and love pies…. but I fall in the “nuts dont belong in my pie” category hahahaha so pumpkin pie, apple pie and pumpkin panna cotta it is for our house!

November 22, 2010 12:50 AM
Taylor said...

im glad to hear you like them! i’ve never made them before so i’ve got my fingers crossed that they turn out good! (:

November 22, 2010 12:51 AM
Sara said...

My mom always makes a great variety…apple, pumpkin, chocolate cream, banana cream, peach, cherry, and the list goes on and on. I am looking forward to eating pie.

November 22, 2010 12:56 AM
Rebecca said...

That looks amazing!! :)

November 22, 2010 12:56 AM
Kris said...

I would love to make these…unfortunately I don’t think anyone else would eat them but me (Really, that WOULD be a bad thing!) :)

Anyway, we are having Apple pie, Pumpkin Ice Cream pie and I just found a recipe for Cranberry Upside Down Cake that I am going to try. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010 12:57 AM
Vicki said...

I think I might get to eat these pies all by myself, ’cause my family likes a very traditional pumpkin best on Turkey Day.
OOOOO I think I’ll do it.

November 22, 2010 12:57 AM
Nuha said...

yay! so excited for a baking post! I just blogged about your thanksgiving turkey pops. xoxo

November 22, 2010 01:06 AM
Sandi said...

oh my gosh…heaven!

November 22, 2010 01:15 AM
Anonymous said...

pumpkin pie and maybe the Pioneer Woman’s cranberry pie

November 22, 2010 01:16 AM
Kiran said...

I love how the fudgyness texture looks so good in the 1st attempt. So yum!

November 22, 2010 01:22 AM
Melinda said...

I usually make my grandma’s pumpkin chiffon pie and my mom’s sherry pie for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010 01:22 AM
the blissful baker said...

oh my goodness, that pie looks AMAZING. i was planning on making a pumpkin pie for thanksgiving, but i MUST have this one too.

November 22, 2010 01:24 AM
Vivian said...

it doesn’t matter if one’s more gooey
than the other pie.. o:
they both look like my kind of pie! ^^
another fast and easy master piece
by bakerella~ :D

November 22, 2010 01:26 AM
Ngoc said...

Lovin this experiment; these look so great!! I’m making the simple pecan pie recipe you’ve had up for a while–a ton of mini ones :) can’t wait.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2010 01:31 AM
Angela Willis said...

OMG! Did I ever tell you that I LOVE you!
My southern roots (in Texas) and my favorite dessert evah (fudgy brownies)!

One Thanksgiving, when I was a young cook, I told my Aunt that I loved her pecan pie that she brought to our home (we always picked pecans for during the Fall), but that I wished there was something chocolatey and fudgy about it! That Christmas on the dessert table was a fudgy brownie pecan pie! OMG!!!!

Thank you for bringing back such a good memory! I will have to make that pie during this Holiday and remember my Aunt, who has since passed on.

November 22, 2010 01:48 AM
Kathy Jagger said...

A pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust…Happy Thanksgiving all…

November 22, 2010 02:09 AM
Audra said...

I may die of drooldum!! drooooooooooooooooooool

November 22, 2010 02:13 AM
Krysta said...

I’ve taken over baking the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. I even make my own crust for it, that’s so much better than store-bought.

November 22, 2010 02:46 AM
Kezia Whitteker said...

Hey Bakerella! I am making a pumpkin pie with a coconut, pecan streusel top! I love your brownie idea above! Thinking outside the traditional box is yummy :) You rock!

November 22, 2010 02:54 AM
Magdalena said...

YUMYY!!!!! These look so good : ) My sister is gonna try to make her 1st pumpkin roll this year. She is so scared because she is not much of a baker lol.

November 22, 2010 02:55 AM
His said...

Good to see you baking again!
Yummmmm :)

November 22, 2010 03:10 AM
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November 22, 2010 03:24 AM
Tracey said...

Ooooooooooooohhhhhhh…. I’m not sure I can think of anything else to say over this mind consuming lust I am experiencing for that pie. It looks SO good……. It looks like the holidays, holidays you can eat. THANK-YOU!

November 22, 2010 03:45 AM
Maureen said...

I usually make about 6-8 pumpkin pies every year. It’s great !

November 22, 2010 03:59 AM
VALXD said...

I was never a fan of pecan pie but that just looks yummy! I plan on making red velvet brownie bars :]

November 22, 2010 04:04 AM
Paulette said...

Just call me a traditional gal. I love pumpkin pie. Nothing fancy just a giant size piece with lots of cool whip. Can’t wait till the 25th. Happy Thanksgiving Bakerella. Paulette

November 22, 2010 04:09 AM
Tiffany said...

This pie! this looks so yummy


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November 22, 2010 05:09 AM
dee said...

thanks! you just help me decide on what pecan pie to make this year! yummmmm….only problem is, i’ll have to make both recipes….yikes! it’s a good thing today is my diet weigh in and not NEXT Monday!
Am still trying to find the time to make some cake-pops….maybe during winter break?
hugs and thanks for all the recipes and ideas you send our way!

November 22, 2010 06:05 AM
lizzy said...

OMG! Those pies look delicious. I will be trying those out sometime soon. I think I like both versions, so not sure which one I will opt to try out. Probably the more cakey type.

November 22, 2010 06:08 AM
Steffi said...

Oooooo yummy! I am making an Iraqi dish called Khunafeh and I am also making the cranberry p-cake that the Pioneer Woman featured this week….mmm mmm yum!

November 22, 2010 06:15 AM
Jen P said...

Monkey bread for the morning after! (only because you know we wouldn’t have consumed enough delicious calories the day before!)

November 22, 2010 06:26 AM
Kelly @ Mom's Kitchen Gadgets said...

Brownies and pecan pie together!! Is there anything better in life? I think not! Must try this recipe…. like, right now!

November 22, 2010 06:41 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

I just made pecan pie brownies… I am now obsessed with pecan pie!

November 22, 2010 06:42 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

ok, so now i want to try both versions!

November 22, 2010 07:11 AM
CupcakeDesign by MariMilo said...

I must try this recipe…thanks! I too want to try both version!

November 22, 2010 07:27 AM
leslie said...

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. It is a little bit like what you made, actually but not quite so chocolatey. My in-laws ask me to make it every year. I was thinking about making the Nantucket Cranberry pie from Pioneer Woman too but I don’t think it would travel all that well and there is no room for me to make it in the kitchen at my in-laws on Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010 07:59 AM
Chrissy in Texas said...

Hello, Bakerella!
I’m making turkey pops for all the kiddos and these yummy pies for everyone else! Thank you for all your creative ideas!
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010 08:06 AM
Pam Wildes said...

I almost make as many desserts as sides for Thanksgiving- Chocolate Ganache Pecan Praline Cake, Pound Cake, Pecan Pie, Dutch Apple Pie and then I usually pick a new dessert to try.
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010 08:20 AM
Kathy S said...

Oh my I must try the fudgy pecan pie. I always make a pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving. This year I will not be cooking, someone else will be. However I was thinking about taking a dessert and I think the fudgy pecan pie will be just the pie to take. Thanks I can’t wait to try this one.

November 22, 2010 08:25 AM
sarah said...

I am making your mini pumpkin pie bites for Thanksgiving! I tried them for the first time at Halloween and they were gone in ten minutes. Hoping for the same at Thanksgiving. I’d have to say, making them was so much fun, easy and fun…definitely one of my favorites.

But this one looks good too. Might have to try it as well :)

November 22, 2010 08:48 AM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

Both pies look delicious, chocolate and nuts, you can’t go wrong either way!

November 22, 2010 08:51 AM
Renata said...

Well, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Brazil, but I miss it a lot form the a time I lived in the US, so this year I called some friends and we’re cooking all the tradicional thanksgiving food. For sure I’ll try this pie….thanks!

November 22, 2010 08:52 AM
Rebecca H said...

my dad and I make pecan pie with semi-sweet chocolate chips throughout it. it’s oh so delicious!

November 22, 2010 08:58 AM
Carolyn said...

I’m thinking that these would make brilliant tarts! Little bites oh happiness for everyone. We already had Thanksgiving in October but maybe I should make these and have American Thanksgiving in Canada; just as an excuse to make these.

November 22, 2010 08:58 AM
Heather D said...

omg i love this.. i was just saying tonight how i never really get excited for thanksgiving deserts because pecan pie and pumpkin pie arent really my thing. im a chocolate kinda girl. this is awesome!! and totally looks like a pecan pie from the outside!!

November 22, 2010 09:00 AM
Caroline said...

Reminds me of our familys Kentucky Derby pie. We make a bourbon whipped cream topping that puts it over the top. Yours looks delicious!

November 22, 2010 09:03 AM
Debbie said...

Oh. My. Word. I gained five pounds just looking at those pictures. So heavenly. Must try this.

My contribution to Thanksgiving dinner is cornbread stuffing (a la George Duran) and cranberry dipping sauce (a la Alton Brown).

And now I may have to bring a pie too.

November 22, 2010 09:07 AM
Aimee said...

We add our dominican twist to thanksgiving with desserts. I will bake a Tres Leches Cake, a Dominican cake filled with layers of chocolate fudge and strawberry sauce yummm, and maybe puff pastry pillows filled with guava mermalade..mmmm

November 22, 2010 09:10 AM
Erin said...

I am soooo making these for Thanksgiving!! Thanks Bakerella for another AMAZING recipe!!

November 22, 2010 09:13 AM
Jackie said...

Pumpkin of course :)

November 22, 2010 09:14 AM
Tessa said...

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake compliments of Smitten Kitchen!

November 22, 2010 09:35 AM
Michelle T. said...

I usually don’t like anyone messing with the perfection that is pecan pie…but oh my, does that fudgy one look GOOD!!!!

November 22, 2010 09:48 AM
Jessica said...

Will the pictures from NJ bok signing be up soon???

November 22, 2010 09:57 AM
Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing said...

Well, now I’m making brownie pecan pies for Thanksgiving! :)

November 22, 2010 10:03 AM
Jenn said...

Holy Yumminess!! I must try these!
They look amazing.

November 22, 2010 10:11 AM
teresa said...

They BOTH look divine!
I love it that you experimented til you got IT just like you LIKE IT!
Now you have 4 PIES!
I hope you have some vanilla ice cream! ;o)

November 22, 2010 10:12 AM
Angela said...

Oh good heavens. I may weep.

November 22, 2010 10:19 AM
Kathie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Bakerella!
I have this pie on my list of must-try, it looks gooooood…
I’m making a pumpkin angel food cake for T-Day dinner, it’s really light (haha not really-just doesn’t weigh much!) and tasty.

November 22, 2010 10:22 AM
Pinar said...

They look great! :)

November 22, 2010 10:23 AM
Wei-Wei said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! This is the second rendition of pecan pie + brownie that I’ve seen today! Deeeelicious.

November 22, 2010 10:42 AM
Justine said...

They all look so yummy I am going to try and bake one for thanksgiving dinner!!

November 22, 2010 10:42 AM
Lori said...

Thanks so much for the amazing pie email. While I love seeing your book signings and awesome fans, I really, really love getting these baking emails. They make my day!!

And my mother in law requests my pineapple upside down cake every Thanksgiving! And my sister MUST make a cheesecake.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010 10:43 AM
Eleanor said...

Yum!!!! MUST….MAKE…

November 22, 2010 10:55 AM
Kristen J said...

They look amazing! nom nom nom!

November 22, 2010 10:56 AM
Kristin said...

At first I was thinking “Oh, a pecan pie. That doesn’t seem very Bakerella-esque to me.” And I was so right. The first one looks delish! My family doesn’t like chocolate though, so I’m making your Butterscotch pie for Thanksgiving. I might have to make one of these too, though. I can see that now:
Them: “But, no one likes chocolate…except for you.”
Me (with a huge chocolate filled grin): “I know!”

November 22, 2010 11:15 AM
Lauren said...

I am baking my infamous pumpkin chocolate cake, which is the first recipe I ever tweaked because I wasn’t happy with the original. I think I was about 18 years old. It’s so rich it doesn’t need frosting, but I made buttercream frosting with buttermilk the other day, so that option is open to those who want to dab some on their cake.

November 22, 2010 11:19 AM
Vicki said...

I just love your site! I am the worst at cooking and baking, but you’re site has inspired me to try some baking this Thanksgiving. I love that you used boxed cake mixes to make life easier. Now the hardest part is picking what to try first! I’ve narrowed it down to the Snickerdoodle cupcakes and some basic cake pops. Crossing my fingers and hoping they both come out delicious!

November 22, 2010 11:22 AM
Marcie said...

My mom makes a pie kind of like this. Super easy and tastes like the best chocolate chip cookie but in pie form. She’ll probably make it for Thanksgiving, but I’m making Cinarookies alla Bakingdom and a Pumpkin Trifle (with butterscotch pudding and gingerbread cake).

November 22, 2010 11:23 AM
jamie:) said...

I can not WAIT to make these… I am making the chocolate chip pie by request for Thanksgiving… but will be making these also now! Yum Yum Yum! :)

November 22, 2010 11:26 AM

anything with pumpkin in it really… but my mom’s favorite is anything pecan… I think this will be just up her alley! thanks :D


November 22, 2010 11:32 AM
Katie said...

That looks AMAZING — yum yum yum. I am so excited because I am coming to Atlanta for Thanksgiving and my husband agreed to take me to the Cake Art Party Store that you go to — I will definitely be leaving extra room in my suitcase!! :)

November 22, 2010 11:41 AM
mert said...

Oh Mylanta! I want this right now! I need this…I have to make this…

November 22, 2010 11:44 AM
Amber said...

This looks amazing! I’m putting the fudgey one on my to-bake list! I’m seriously looking forward to the family fudge/walnut pie with the family crust (which is incredibly flaky!) I crave it all year, but the holiday season is when I really let myself indulge and forget about calories!

November 22, 2010 11:56 AM
Chris Schlarbaum said...

We love a pumpkin roll.

November 22, 2010 11:57 AM
sydney said...

oh my gosh that looks delicious!

November 22, 2010 12:02 PM
nancy k. said...

Oh, YUM…the pies look like they are to die for.
I was planning on making a blueberry/cranberry pie and a pumpkin but I think I will be adding one of yours to the list. Happy Thanksgiving !!

November 22, 2010 12:03 PM
Dylan said...

Wow! I have to try this. Brilliant!

November 22, 2010 12:06 PM
Anne M. said...

Wow! I don’t know which one to try first. I’ve actually never tried a pecan pie before; I think these will be the perfect way to test one out!
Oh, and I’m making cake pops to bring to my family’s pot luck Thanksgiving! Pumpkins and leaves! : )

November 22, 2010 12:18 PM
Heidi said...

Looks delicious! Just made your Butterscotch Pecan Perfection Pie and the Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Squares over the weekend and both were a hit! We always make Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2010 12:28 PM
Diane {} said...

After baking lots of pies last week, I think I’ve finally decided which pies will make it onto the Thanksgiving dessert table

Mini Cranberry Pies with Southern Comfort in a graham cracker crust.
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along with
Cranberry Cheesecake Pie
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as well as classic pumpkin pie. You can never have too many desserts, right?
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2010 12:31 PM
CakeStory said...

As I was scrolling through these great pictures, I actually began to SMELL pecan pie! Only Bakerella can do that… Amazing.

November 22, 2010 12:40 PM
Kaci said...

At first I thought, didn’t she already do a pecan pie post? Then I saw the part where you added the brownie and oh my! I usually make pecan pie for Thanksgiving. I think I’ll be adding this to my mix as well. The first one looks like my stomach would enjoy it best.

November 22, 2010 12:51 PM
Andrea said...

Your pies look so good! In my family most everyone loves pumpkin pie so I’m making one or two of those. My younger brother normally has cherry pie. My mom used to buy a frozen one, and then last year I made one almost from scratch (minus the pie dough). It cost about $25 because cherries are so expensive right now. So, this year I’m going to make an apple pie instead. I’ve never made pecan pie, but I wanted to try it this year but in tart form. My husband isn’t a big fan of pie so if I have time I’m going to make a spice cake.

November 22, 2010 12:52 PM
Laura said...

Holy crap! Thank you for solving my “Which pie do I bring to my Mom’s house for Thanksgiving” problem! I am so excited to try this!

November 22, 2010 01:03 PM
Anna said...

ooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, yummmmmmmmmmmm!

November 22, 2010 01:10 PM
kaisla said...

Okay… I’m in love!

November 22, 2010 01:22 PM
Trinna H. said...

i like this idea a lot. i’m thinking that i may attempt these for my brothers-who love pecan pie-and see what they think. can’t decide though which one would be better: the gooey one or the cakey one. hmmm, decisions. thanks for the idea. :)

November 22, 2010 02:01 PM
Emily said...

I was debating whether or not to make your pecan pie recipe, but now I am definitely making this. You added my favorite thing, fudgy, gooey brownies. This year I am definitely Thankful for you!

November 22, 2010 02:06 PM
liza de los reyes said...

i love the first one!! soooo fudgy!! cant wait to try it out! mwaahhhhh i super love you bakerella!

November 22, 2010 02:32 PM
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