Daily Christmas Cookie Recipe: Pecan Fudge Brownies

Posted in Pictures by Sarah on December 11, 2009

These are definitely one of Mom’s favorites!  I prefer them pecan-free, but you can always mix up this optional ingredient to add your own unique twist.

Pecan Fudge Brownies

  • 1-1/2 cups (about 5-1/4 ounces) roasted or raw pecan pieces
  • 10 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, divided
  • 3 ounces good-quality unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 large eggs, beaten to combine, preferably at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Chop 8 ounces of the semisweet chocolate into small chunks (no larger than about 1/4 inch on each side) and place chunks into a medium bowl and combine with pecans.

Finely chop remaining 2 ounces of semisweet chocolate; place into heavy-bottomed, nonaluminum 3 quart pot along with finely chopped unsweetened chocolate.  Place butter slices into the pot with chopped chocolates.  Set pot over very low heat and stir almost constantly until almost melted.  Remove from heat; stir until completely melted and smooth. Add cocoa powder; whisk in briskly until most lumps are dissolved. Scrape pot sides and bottom with rubber spatula. Cool mixture 15 minutes.

When chocolate mixture has cooled 15 minutes, add granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt; stir thoroughly to mix well (mixture will have the texture of wet sand).  Add beaten eggs in 3 additions, carefully beating in each addition until combined (when eggs have all been added, batter texture should be smooth).  Add flour; stir in just until almost incorporated. Add chocolate chunks and pecans and stir in until evenly distributed.

Turn into 9 x 13 baking pan & spread evenly.  Bake in preheated oven 26 to 31 minutes, turning pan back-to-front once about halfway through baking time.

Remove brownies to cooling rack. Cool completely before covering or cutting.


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