How to Make Homemade Brownies – Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe

Last Updated on April 4, 2014 by Ellen Christian

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If you’ve wondered how to make homemade brownies without starting with a boxed mix, you’ve come to the right place.  With all of the boxed mixes for bakintg for sale at the grocery store, I often wonder whether or not anyone makes these treats from scratch any longer.  Learning how to make homemade brownies couldn’t be easier and they really do taste so much better than the brownie mixes you buy in a box.

How to make homemade brownies

How to Make Homemade Brownies

Making homemade brownies is very simple and it requires only a few basic ingredients that you should have on hand. No need to run to the store for a box of brownie mix.  Once you’ve made your basic homemade brownies batter, you cane easily add nuts, chocolate or mint chips, sunflower seeds, carob chips, chopped candy bars or any number of other delicious add ins to make your brownies all your own.   I started with a basic batter and then took that batter and turned it into a Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe that I found in the book Deck the Halls – A Country Living Book.

Basic Brownie Batter Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe
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  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • Basic brownie batter above
  • 2/3 cup chopped Fisher pecan halves
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt butter. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside. in a large bowl, lightly beat together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt until combined. Stir in reserved chocolat3e mixture. Add flour and cocoa and stir until just combined.
  2. Move on to the Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe from here. Or bake in a preheated 350F oven in a lined (with parchment paper) 8 inch square baking pan. Let cool. Cut and serve.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread batter into a buttered and floured 11 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine pecans, butter, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and salt. Remove tart from oven and spread mixture over the top. Continue baking until a skewer inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 15 minutes more. Let cool before releasing tart from pan.


24 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Brownies – Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe”

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  3. How many eggs are used in this recipe...Brownie Pecan Tart? My guess is 2, but I thought I'd check just in case.  Thank you!
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  9. I have never made them from scratch--but your way seems simple and easy enough for even me to give it a whirl! thanks for sharing :)

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