Can you say ultimate holiday brownie?

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I don’t know about you guys, but to me, these brownies just scream holidays to me. Do you see all that chocolate? And I mean, come on? All that yummy frosting?!?

These guys are my idea of the ultimate brownie. The brownie itself is chocolatey, fudgy and all things perfect. I swirled in some chopped pieces of chocolate to make them extra fudgy. I decided to leave out the nuts so that the frosting could really shine…and trust me, it does! Butter pecan on its own is delicious, but butter pecan on top of brownies? Yeah, I think you see where I’m going with these.

Who needs pie when you have brownies like these? Eeer, ok, well I can’t actually give up pie on Thanksgiving. I mean not when you’ve got this pie happening, so BOTH brownies and pie will be on our table. Yes, both it will be! 🙂 I know, it’s kind of a lot of chocolate, but since it’s Thanksgiving, and since we all love chocolate, and since I’ve got these cookies as a non chocolate option…yeah, I feel like we can all handle it!!

And guys! Happy Friday before Thanksgiving! I cannot believe we are less than a week away. Are you guys excited? We finally had our first real snowfall yesterday and I am so happy! I feel like it really is the holidays now! The weather has been so weird this year. Normally by Thanksgiving we have hard packed snow and the temps are cold, but this year we had more snow in October then November and the temps had been going up into the 50’s and 60’s during the day! People around here were definitely starting to worry. I live in a ski town, so I guess that’s to be expected, but I can’t lie, even I was starting to wonder where the heck the snow was. I mean, December is right around the corner!

Anyway, it came and all is good with the world, and now we need to talk Thanksgiving butter pecan frosted fudge brownies, obviously.

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When I was brainstorming Thanksgiving dessert recipes, I thought I really wanted to make a pecan pie, but the problem was that I just could not think up an idea that was better than my mom’s pie. Mom’s pecan pie is the best, but I think it’s a pretty traditional chocolate (of course) pecan pie, plus I remembered that I already have a pecan pumpkin pie on the blog. Plus, I really just wanted to share something fun and new that would be great for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining.

Enter these brownies, they’re different, but not so different that you don’t want to make them. Sometimes I feel like recipes can get a little too overcomplicated. Don’t get me wrong I love having fun and playing with my recipes, but when it comes to holiday food, I like to keep it somewhat traditional, but with a twist.

So I made us pecan pie inspired brownies with the best frosting in all the land. No seriously, this frosting is the best. You may recall me using it on these cupcakes. <–these are soooo good…you should probably check these out too!

The butter pecan flavor here is no joke. The frosting is made up of butter, brown sugar and pecans. Sounds simple, but melting the butter and brown sugar together creates almost a butterscotch flavor which is delicious atop these extra chocolatey brownies.

Like SO good.

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

What’s great about these brownies is that you can make them completely in advance, which I find to be pretty awesome. They also travel really well, just keep them in a single layer so that the frosting doesn’t get all smooshed and weird looking.

But if that happens, don’t worry, they will still taste delish!

And finally, if you’re not making a Thanksgiving dessert this year, may I highly suggest you bake these up as a special Friday treat? I think that’s really the only thing to do actually.

Hey, it is the Friday before Thanksgiving, so why the heck not?

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies.

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour

Yields: MAKES 20-14 BROWNIES

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup OR 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces milk (or dark) chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped milk or dark chocolate
  • Butter Pecan Frosting
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Add the butter and chocolate to a medium microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth. To the melted chocolate whisk in the sugar, vanilla and eggs and until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, flour and salt until just combined, try not to over mix the batter. It will be thick. Stir in chopped chocolate. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brownies are set on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium sauce pan, melt together 4 tablespoons butter, the cream, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Place the bowl in the freezer (or fridge for longer) for 15-20 minutes or until cool to touch.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, combine the pecans, bourbon - if using, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cinnamon and toss to coat. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove, let cool 10 minutes, then roughly chop the pecans.

Grab the cooled butter mixture from the freezer and add the remaining 8 tablespoons butter, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla and powdered sugar to the bowl and beat together until well combined. Fold in half of the chopped pecans. Spread the frosting onto the cooled brownies. Top with remaining pecans, using as many as desired. Slice and serve or store in and airtight container.

Brownies can be baked and frosted up to one day in advance. Keep stored in an airtight container.

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Yes, brownies for the win!!

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