Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies

Brownies. They are my absolute favorite sweet treat. Especially really fudgy and moist brownies. Like these Praline Brownies.

They are so fudgy and gooey, they need to spend a little time in the refrigerator to fully hold their shape. A supremely sweet praline-style frosting with pecans makes them extra delectable. It’s two wonderful desserts combined into one.

Praline Brownies

These Praline Brownies are very rich brownies. You’ll want to cut them into very small squares. Much smaller than I did. 🙂

Once set, the praline frosting is difficult to cut through without cracking. To help, dip a knife in warm water before each cut and wipe it clean.

Praline Brownies

This may be the last sweet treat I make for a while and boy did I enjoy them. I went to workout today for the first time since Christmas and my muscles were screaming- What are you doing to us?  We thought we were hibernating for the winter!

Since I had to wake my muscles up from their winter’s slumber, I’m going to help them out and eat healthier until I get back in the swing of my exercise routine.

If you were going to say good-bye to desserts temporarily, what would be the last dessert you would want to eat?

Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies
 
Fudgy, rich brownies topped with a brown sugar frosting with pecans.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to tepid
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Praline Frosting
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans toasted
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted to remove any lumps
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the inside of a 9X9X2-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt onto a piece of waxed paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter and chocolate.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 30 seconds.
  5. Add sugar and whisk until pale and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla.
  6. Gradually whisk in butter/chocolate mixture.
  7. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no flour is visible.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set. Let brownies cool for 3 hours. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  9. For frosting, combine whipping cream, butter, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in pecans, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Spread over brownies. Wait 30 minutes before slicing.

Frosting slightly adapted from Betty Crocker

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Butterscotch Blondies with pecans and a thick layer of heavenly icing.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars

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36 thoughts on “Praline Brownies

  1. UUgh my muscles are screaming too after Sunday’s terrible run… maybe all that I need is a tray of these brownies so as to make them happy again. You know, my cuadriceps like chocolate. And oh, praline pleases them as well ;–)

  2. I feel like brownies are like milk, eggs or bread…you should always have some around the house! : ) I’ve taken to keeping a few in the freezer…they defrost like a dream and I didn’t realize that for too long! These with the praline on top are insane. If I had to say goodbye to dessert (nooo!), I might have to go with molten chocolate cake, with vanilla ice cream, but brownies are right there neck in neck. 🙂

  3. Those look awesome! Chocolate lava cake is pretty good but I also like Red Velvet cake and all flavors of cheesecake! Have a great week Christin, my friend! 🙂

  4. Those look awesome! Chocolate lava cake is pretty good but I also like Red Velvet cake and all flavors of cheesecake! Have a great Christin, my friend! 🙂

  5. That’s a really hard question!! I would probably say a really good slice of red velvet cake … or an awesome chocolate chip cookie : ) These brownies look amazing – my mom and I got sick once eating too many praline candies haha You could say that I like them…

  6. Brownies are probably my biggest weakness, especially the rich and fudgy kind! These look so delicious with that crackly praline frosting — I’d probably eat a piece that big. Ha. I hear you on the workouts too — I’ve been trying to hit the sweets much less. I look forward to seeing your healthier recipes too!

  7. Getting back into the workout groove again can definitely be tough after taking a break – my body is sore even just after two days of missing my regular yoga stretches hehe. These fudgy and moist brownies look delicious Christin, I love praline treats and this frosting sounds incredible!

  8. Ha, I know what you mean about sore muscles. I’ve been working out a little more intensely and it feels like I’ve been sore for the past few weeks. But at least it is good soreness 🙂 Because it means I can enjoy a few of these praline brownies!

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