Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

Brownies Extremos con Nueces Garapiñadas
10 to 12 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: brownies, Caramelized Pecans, Chocolate, coffee, pati's mexican table, pecans, sour cream, tequila, vanilla
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 6 “American Classics, My Way”


  • 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.