Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies are decadent and everything you want in a brownie and more. Made with real chocolate, they are fudgy with a pecan crunch topping and drizzled with salted caramel.

A square of salted caramel pecan brownie on a white plate with extra caramel sauce

These could also be called turtle brownies as they have all the ingredients of a turtle candy, chocolate, caramel and pecans. They are more like cake not fudgy, which camp are you?

I am of the belief that if you’re making chocolate brownies, they should be made with real chocolate. Good, dark, 70%  kind of chocolate that you would eat. No chocolate with paraffin that doesn’t melt on your tongue and no cocoa powder.

I’m a chocolate snob, can you tell? It comes from growing up in Europe where I had access to the best Swiss and Belgian chocolate.

An overhead image of brownie slices on a white platter with whipped cream and caramel sauce

What takes these salted caramel pecan brownies two levels better (the next level is not far enough) is the salted caramel sauce that is drizzled all over the top. Who doesn’t love salted caramel?

I like to make my own salted caramel sauce because it is just so easy and tastes so much better than store bought.

The side of the brownie showing the salted caramel sauce soaked into the brownie

Not only does the salted caramel make a lovely gooey topping, but if you look at the brownie slices from the side, you can see it partially soaks into the brownie. That’s why I the recipes calls for adding the caramel when the brownies are still warm.

Salted Pecan Brownies – Step by Step

Mix chocolate with melted butter until the chocolate is melted.

Chocolate and melted butter

Whisk 3 eggs with granulated sugar until smooth.

Whisking eggs and sugar

Add the melted chocolate and butter to the eggs and sugar, whisk to combine.

Mixing eggs, sugar, chocolate and melted butter

Pour the batter into an 8 x 8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and smooth.

Brownie batter being smoothed into a baking pan

Top the batter with an even layer of chopped pecans. Bake for 30 minutes.

Salted caramel pecan brownies ready for the oven

Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the warm brownies.

Drizzling salted caramel sauce over baked brownies

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Yield: 16

Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

Made with real chocolate, they are fudgy with a pecan crunch topping and drizzled with salted caramel.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) 70% chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (128 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (128 grams) roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Line an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter. Microwave in 20 second increments until melted and hot.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the chocolate and espresso powder. Pour over the hot, melted butter and stir until the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. To a separate bowl whisk eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved and this mix has increased in volume and lighter in color, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and salt. Add the butter, chocolate and espresso mix well.
  5. Pour into the baking pan and top with an even layer of pecan pieces. Press the pecans slightly into the batter. Bake 30 minutes until the sides pull away from the pan and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  6. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Lift the brownies from the pan using the parchment paper and set onto a wire rack. Drizzle the caramel sauce all over the top. Allow to cool. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

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Yield: 16

Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

Made with real chocolate, they are fudgy with a pecan crunch topping and drizzled with salted caramel.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) 70% chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (128 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (128 grams) roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Line an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter. Microwave in 20 second increments until melted and hot.
  3. To a large mixing bowl add the chocolate and espresso powder. Pour over the hot, melted butter and stir until the chocolate is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. To a separate bowl whisk eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved and this mix has increased in volume and lighter in color, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and salt. Add the butter, chocolate and espresso mix well.
  5. Pour into the baking pan and top with an even layer of pecan pieces. Press the pecans slightly into the batter. Bake 30 minutes until the sides pull away from the pan and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  6. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Lift the brownies from the pan using the parchment paper and set onto a wire rack. Drizzle the caramel sauce all over the top. Allow to cool. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.