Chocolate Bottom Pecan Pie

Brownie pecan pieI’ve always wanted to make a double layer pie. This autumn I’ve made it a goal to expand my pie repertoire, so I thought I’d try something layered with chocolate. Growing up we often went to my great aunt Ina’s house for Thanksgiving. My grandmother and her sister live right next door to each other, so after appetizers at my grandma’s we’d all head over to Ina’s for a big get together and meal. (P.S. Elsie and I have dreams of living next door like this some day too!).

Chocolate pecan pieThere are two things I remember most from these Thanksgivings: honey butter and Mississippi Mud pie. I can’t quite remember how or who made the Mississippi Mud pie every year but as an avid chocolate lover my 9 year-old self (and 10, 11, and 12…) could never resist that chocolaty layered pie. I didn’t yet understand the beauty of a pumpkin or apple pie and I wouldn’t even consider them if chocolate was in the room. So, of course, I had to try out a chocolate pie this season. I decided to combine two favorites: pecan pie and brownies. The results are pretty tasty (although I must say, I’m still feeling the spiced bourbon apple pie!).

Pecan pie recipeBrownie Pecan Pie, makes one.

Needed: pie crust (store bought or make your own, I used a store bought one this time), brownie mix + ingredients called for, 1 cup chopped pecans plus more for the top, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 up light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

In a bowl mix together the brownie mix and any additional ingredients your package calls for. I had bought a small brownie mix but I still only used 2/3 of the batter. What to do with extra brownie batter? Hmm… Pour the batter into your prepared pie crust. In another bowl mix together the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir in 1 cup of chopped pecans. Pour over the brownie batter layer. Now decorate the top with a layer of pecan halves. This is optional but really adds to the look of the pie. Cover the top of the pie with aluminum foil (poke a small hole in the center) and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and continue baking for another 30-40 minutes. I allowed the very center of my pie to be a little undercooked because that’s how I like my brownies too. But if you’re not into that then just adjust your bake time. You can always insert a toothpick in the center of the pie to check if it’s done.

P.S. I’m gonna have to ask my grandma about that Mississippi Mud pie this Thanksgiving. Gonna have to track down that family recipe. 🙂 xo. Emma

  • Oh, this looks delish! Have you ever had Derby pie?

  • Emma, made this today and was amazing! so easy to make and taste great if I say so myself. Just wish I had ice cream to go with it. This is the first thing of yours I’ve finally made after listing loads of your ideas to make.

    Thank you x

  • I made this to bring to a pumpkin carving/welcome fall party and it was SO GOOD!!
    It was gone within minutes of being served! 🙂

  • Two of my favorite things combined! I’m definitely wanting to give this a go for fall! 🙂

  • So excited to try this recipe… I’ve baked all kinds of things but never a pie and this may be first! -jb.

  • Um….yum!!!!!! This sounds delicious…going on the turkey day menu!!


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  • I can only imagine that made your house smell amazing! Looks so delic!

  • Scrumptious!! As far as I know, for those of us in the UK, golden syrup is the nearest thing to corn syrup! 😀

  • I am definitely going to try this if I ever decide to make a pie! I linked you in my blogpost!

  • GOSH looks so TASTY!! Could eat that whole thing up!

  • Three of my favourite things; pecan’s, pie and brownies! Such a great recipe, thanks for sharing!


  • When I saw this post on bloglovin I immediately want to tell you to put chocolate chips in it and it would be the best thing you ever tasted! Silly me! You already knew about the chocolate trick 😉 Mmmm

  • I’m not a huge fan of pecans, but this looks yummy!

    Stephanie May*

  • Yum! i’ll have to try this out!


  • Oh goodness this looks incredible! I absolutely adore pecans, this might be something I’ll put on my list to try over thanksgiving break!

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  • Wow, this looks just like you imagine pecan pie! I never made one before but pecans are not that popular in Germany, either.. Great recipe anyway!

  • I’d love to spend one ThanksGiving in a typical american house like you described 🙂 Here in Spain obviously we don’t celebrate it but it looks so fun 🙂

  • one of my goals is to bake more – a pie is high on my to bake list! this one looks absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing.

    xo, cheyenne

  • This looks so delicious! Secret time: my sister and I are also hoping to be neighbors someday, to the extent that we’re looking to buy houses close to one another!

  • Awww. My grandma and her sister live next door to each other also. I think it’s adorable! 🙂

    That pie looks delicious! I’ll have to try it instead of the plain pecan pie this year for the holidays.

  • Pecan pie is my FAVE – and this looks so delish!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • I should stop reading your recipe blogs, whenever I see one I get a little more fat … hahaha. 😉
    It looks delicious by the way

  • Looks yummy! I have to try this recipe out asap!

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  • YUMMY!!! I’ve got some mrrrr inside my stomach.

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  • I didn’t think you could top the pumpkin recipes, but you’ve done it! Chocolate trumps everything. But pecan pie + chocolate? Super-trumps.
    Catherine Denton

  • Oh you’ve just reminded me how much I love love love pecan pie though haven’t had any in ages as my beloved has a bad pecan allergy. So I shall envision how wonderfully this tastes by looking at your pictures.

    I used to work with a woman who’s sister bought the semi-detached house connected to hers. They were sooo excited about that and I sure thought it was charming too. In fact I was just telling someone about that the other day. Here’s hoping you two one day are next door neighbours!


  • Check this home-made chocolate!

  • I love pecans , they are great alternative to walnuts !
    I am undergoing a very restrictive diet because of allergy treatment , I have to stop reading your receipt posts … urggg

    XX Luba
    Well Living Blog

  • I posted the recipe for MS mud pie on my (now retired) blog last year. SO GOOD.

  • YUMM that looks amazing!! I love pecan pie – I’ll definitely have to try this. 🙂


  • Looks so tasty! I’ve never tried pecan pie before!

  • This looks so good. I’ve never seen ‘corn syrup’ in any shops in England, does it go by any other name? I’d love to try this nutty chocolatey yumminess!Rx

  • Oh my goodness! That looks soooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!

  • i have never tried a pecan pie. something about all of those nuts just seems so….dry. this might be a good one to try.

  • This looks incredible! I’ve been searching for a perfect pecan pie recipe… I’ll have to try this one out! It’s not the classic recipe that I’ve been looking for, but an awesome variant…

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