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 Caramel 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 sugar into eggs

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

Whisking melted chocolate into eggs and sugar

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

Brownie batter in a square baking pan

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

Chopped pecans on top of brownie batter

Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the warm brownies.

Drizzling caramel sauce over pecan brownies

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Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies

The light hitting the shiny caramel on top of the brownie with caramel drizzles and whipped cream

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


  • 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 (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (128 grams) roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) salted caramel sauce * see note


  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. 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.
  5. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  6. Lift the brownies from the pan using the parchment paper and set onto a wire rack. Drizzle the salted caramel sauce all over the top. If using not salted caramel sauce, sprinkle sea salt over the drizzled caramel. Allow to cool. Cut into 2-inch (5 cm) squares.


If you don't make my salted caramel sauce, you can just sprinkle salt on after you drizzle the sauce on the brownies.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 piece

Amount Per Serving Calories 249Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 53mgSodium 73mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 3g

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