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Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

Brownies Extremos con Nueces Garapiñadas

Recipe Yield

10 to 12 servings

Cooking time

35 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.80 from 5 votes


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate broken into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee may be decaf if desired
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liquor or coffee tequila may be substituted with water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups halved caramelized pecans store-bought or homemade
  • confectioners' sugar optional

To Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish, dust with flour and shake excess flour off.
  • In a double boiler or water bath, melt the butter with the chocolate, stirring occasionally until completely mixed.
  • In a small cup, combine the instant coffee with the coffee liquor or water, stir until almost dissolved and pour into the chocolate mixture, it will finish dissolving in the melted chocolate. Mix with a spatula and remove from the heat. Let cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a fork or whisk until they have gained some volume and seem foamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla and sugar. Mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Stir.
  • Slowly pour the chocolate mix into egg mixture, mixing with a spatula as you do, until completely combined. Pour that mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Finally, toss in the caramelized pecans and gently fold. Pour into the prepared baking dish and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top has lightly crisped, and the brownies are still moist but not wet (test with a toothpick).
  • Remove from the oven, let cool and slice into squares. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.


29comments inExtreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

  1. Karry

    Feb 23

    I typically don’t like brownies because of their consistency. These are the best I have ever tried and the caramelized pecan recipe is so easy.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 23

      Yay! So glad you liked these ones Karry 😉

  2. Irene Guerra- Vázquez

    Mar 31

    I’m going to try your extreme brownues’ recipe. Many brownie recipes use 2 or 3 kinds of chocolate: chips, baking, cocoa. I like yours bc its just one kind of chocolate!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks so much Irene! Let me know how did the brownies come out 😉

  3. Angi

    Nov 20

    These sound amazing. A friend asked me to bring Mexican Brownies to a dinner but I think they wanted some with spice—like chili pepper and/oe cinnamon. Is that authentic? Do you have any version or variation like that? Otherwise these sound sublime.

    1. Pati

      Nov 21

      Oh you can add some spice to the brownies, Angi…but I don’t have a recipe like that.

  4. Cynthia Hendrickson

    Sep 18

    Pati, I’ve been a big PBS fan on KCPT, Kansas City for years. My libraries got so tired of me me checking out your books that I had to to buy the two that I know! I love your program, your recipes, and the fact that you always want me to start a party in my kitchen! Also, that you are so generous with sharing the recipes on the internet! Gracias and a grateful big thank you!

    1. Pati

      Oct 06

      Awww thank you Cynthia! I hope you are absolutely loving your books and having lots of parties in your kitchen.

  5. Jessica

    Jul 02

    Hi Pati! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. I saw you make these brownies on the food Network in Australia and just knew they’d be a hit with my work colleagues. I took a batch to work today and everybody raved about them- Just what the doctor ordered to get us through the dreaded mondayitis. I used some salted peanuts instead of pecans, as that’s what I had in the pantry, but am eager to try pecans next time. Muchos grazias!

    1. Pati

      Jul 02

      Oh I hope you had a good Monday then, Jessica!

      1. Jessica

        Jul 03

        I did, thanks to your brownies 😊 thanks!

        1. Pati

          Jul 03


  6. Marie Pina de Montes

    Nov 21

    Patti, my daughter and I would love to see this episode AGAIN, please help us find the link as we are visual learners. AYUDAME POR FAVOR 🙂

    1. Pati

      Nov 22

      You can find that episode on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B072185NT3

  7. Lynda

    Nov 11

    Patti, I just watched you make “Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans”. Yummy!
    I found the recipe, but it doesn’t tell me how you made the pecans, and i didn’t write the recipe as you were making them.

    Could you please send me the recipe for Caramelized Pecans, the ones you made in the tv show. Thank you.

  8. Susanna

    May 21

    Pati, are these brownies cakey or fudgy? I really enjoy your recipes and am looking forward to trying your Mexican Mac and Cheese. Thoroughly enjoy watching your show.

    1. Pati

      May 23

      I think they are smack right in between! And you will love the Mac and Cheese, it is a big hit at home.

  9. Irene

    Jul 01

    hola pati i wanted to ask you if you can send out your video of your extreme brownies cause i can’t find the video on Youtube please it would help me out alot.

  10. Irene

    Jun 28

    hi Pati i sure love your recipes im mexican decent my husband is from morelia and he loves your food i have made the mac and cheese and your greenbean stirfry love it everything you do is wonderful i want to get a cookbook so i can refer you to others que bueno es tu comida
    gracias for all your recipe super simple I’m planning for my husband Birthday next month to make the honey chipotle ribs but where can i find that maggi souce don’t seem to see it in the stores but i would love to use the actual recipe you put in please let me know again can’t wait to see your next showing i watch you every week talk to ya soon
    Irene Calvillo

    1. Pati

      Jun 29

      Hola, Irene! You can find Maggi sauce in most grocery stores, look in the latin or international isle… ask the grocer. Thanks for trying out my recipes and for tuning in each week!

  11. DrJazz Normand

    May 17

    Hi Pati, Thank you so much! I LOVE your creativity, your show, & your cookbooks, having been a fan of yours for awhile now. Sometimes our local PBS reruns your shows and I watch them again and always learn something new. Your Extreme Brownies w/Carmelized Pecans is really over the top delicious! I live where pecans are relatively plentiful; they are my favorite tree nut. I practiced piano while the brownies were baking… perfect combination.

    1. Pati

      May 18

      What a great idea!!! I am going to tell my boys to practice piano while I bake too…

  12. Brenda

    May 11

    Hi Pati – We love your show and we made your Extreme brownies yesterday and had them for Mother’s Day! They were the very best brownies we have ever had. The caramelized pecans are worth the effort as they make these brownies. We love seeing your beautiful smile and positive outlook on life.

    1. Pati

      May 11

      Oh Brenda! Thank you so much for your very generous message. I hope you continue to try, and hopefully love, more of my recipes.

  13. Ruthie

    Apr 27

    I finished gardening and turned on PBS.. have never seen your show before. I have cooked all my life and I am now 77..
    I want to locate your shrimp cocktail with parsley and cilantro. + the flourless chocolate cake.
    my daughters & I when we travel love to try chili rellanos everywhere…
    the best ones are in Yuba City CA at El Zarape and in Saratoga Springs New York at El Mexicana. I cannot find good Chile rellanos in Minnesota…
    thanks. loved your program, your voice, & presentation . I love flowers and design and paint silk; in the Summertime, I paint oils outdoors…
    thanks Ruth Conner

    1. Pati

      Apr 27

      Thanks Ruth!!! I hope you try some of the recipes soon!

  14. Tracy

    Apr 07

    Hello Pati,

    My family and I have enjoyed your recipes from this weekend’s show! We made Mac ‘N Cheese Mexicano, Chipotle Agave Chicken Wings and the Extreme Brownies are baking now. The caramelized pecans almost didn’t make it into the brownies, my kids and I came close to eating them all! I am so happy that I found your TV show and blog.


    1. Pati

      Apr 07

      So happy you found it!

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