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Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies consist of a rich, fudgy brownie topped with icing that has the consistency and taste of pralines. So rich and decadent!

Praline Brownie on a plate.


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.

two brownies on a plate with jug of milk and pan full of brownies in background.


How To Make Praline Brownies:

Mix the brownie batter. Sift together the dry ingredients onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Or you can do it into a bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted chocolate and melted butter.

Add the 4 eggs to a large mixing bowl and whisk for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until pale and smooth, about 1 minute. Yes, you will get an arm workout!

Mix in the vanilla.

Gradually whisk in the butter/chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until no flour is visible..

Pour batter into a greased 9-inch square baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool and then refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Make the frosting and pour over the brownies. Let set for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Two Brownies stacked on a white plate.

Recipe Tips:

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.




More New Orleans-Style Desserts:

Brownie on a plate with bowl of pecans.

Praline Brownies

Fudgy, rich brownies topped with a brown sugar frosting with pecans.
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 35 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), 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

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted to remove any lumps
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the inside of a 9X9X2-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt onto a piece of waxed paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter and chocolate.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and whisk until pale and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla.
  • Gradually whisk in butter/chocolate mixture.
  • Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no flour is visible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 509kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chocolate, Mardi Gras

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Originally posted January 13, 2014.

Frosting slightly adapted from Betty Crocker

Two Praline Brownies stacked on top of each other.

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38 thoughts on “Praline Brownies”

  1. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Your brownies look dangerously good…it has to be hard not to eat more than one. 🙂

  2. Oh goodness, these might be on the list! They look so good. I’m a huge sucker for all things praline so I’ll be making a batch soon!

  3. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    You had me at Praline Frosting!! If I had to say goodbye to desserts temporarily…and only temporarily…my last would have to be strawberry cheesecake, with fresh strawberries. What a terrible thought, lol!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yum! Yes, strawberry cheesecake would be hard to give up! Strawberry season is just right around the corner in South Carolina and I am so looking forward to it!

  4. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron

    Ooooh! These brownies are dangerous! Brownies are my favorite food and would definitely be the last dessert I’d enjoy before my cleanse… which I keep forgetting about! 😛

  5. Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    These look so decadent and delicious. Great pictures as well I just want to reach out and grab one.

  6. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Oh my gosh Christin – these looks absolutely amazing. I love love love pralines. And, I have to tell you that when I make them (yes, WHEN) I am sssssooooo not cutting them into small squares! Haha! Pinned.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Hehe.. That’s actually probably a good idea because they are a little difficult to cut.

  7. 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! 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Michael! Chocolate Lava Cake and Red Velvet Cake are favorites of mine too. Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully things will warm up here in South Carolina soon. 🙂

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. Christina@Asoulfultwist

    Suddenly I have a taste for Chocolate….who am I kidding I always have a taste for chocolate but these look delicious, and with pecans too?!! 🙂

  10. 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…

  11. 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!

  12. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I adore pralines – these brownies of yours with pralines are so darn tempting!
    If only scratching and tasting was an option!

  13. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I LOVE praline. And I’ve been craving brownies like crazy the last few days. These look to die for!!

  14. 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!

  15. Vicky and Ruth @ May I have that Recipe?

    The only thing I can say is that I would love to have a taste of these brownies right now. I am sipping my tea and nothing sweet to go with it!

  16. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    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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