Pecan Brownies

Total Time:
55 min
10 min
45 min

36 bars


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9-inch pan. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt margarine. Add sugar, vanilla and eggs; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, cocoa and salt; mix well. Add chocolate and pecans. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until set. Cool. Cut into 36 bars.

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    Ok, I?m a self-declared idiot when it comes to cooking and I lack the common sense most cooks would have, but even I didn?t think to cook the eggs on the stove as another review indicates! Incidentally, the first time I made the batter, I added the sugar on the stove while the heat was on very low to keep the butter melted because it was cold in the kitchen and I could see the butter getting solid again, but I mixed everything else in a mixing bowl. I don?t even like brownies and I made this for my husband, but I eat a piece here and there, and he usually finishes the whole thing gradually, or takes it into the office and comes back with everyone?s praises for my great baking skills. If only they knew how bad I really am! This recipe is great for people who are not experts. As someone else mentioned, you can always adjust the ingredients to taste and, for example, use less sugar. I personally use less chocolate than indicated so they don?t come out too dense.
    This one is so simple, and so good. 
    Do yourself a favor and use European Butter (NSA).
    What a class is making brownies in science to represent how a protein is made in a cell..good idea but her recipe sucks... i picked the whole batter (not much obviously, just a personal brownie) and the whole thing came up and it looked like a tootsie role... it inspired me to make some when i got home...when my mom when to the doctors. She doesnt like sweet stuff in the house which is hwy i chose to make it then..i put white choc. pieces in instead because i think its an awesome it was all that we had
    I can see how many people were confused by the instructions of putting all the ingredients in the saucepan with melted butter. However I didn't make mine that way I did think the brownies didn't have a very rich chocolate flavor and was a bit too sweet. So instead of adding chopped chocolate/chocolate chips to the batter, I melt 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate with the butter and continue with the remainder of the recipe (exception of reducing the sugar to 1 3/4 cups). I've made it many times that way and all my friends and family thought they were yummy but the initial reaction were kind of funny because they've all only had brownie mix brownies before.
    My culinary arts students have made many brownie recipes over the years. We're always striving to find THE BEST - something far superior to a commercial mix. This is it! We loved the texture and rich chocolate flavor. I will admit they're slightly sweeter than our old stand-by. This will be our new go-to recipe the next time we're asked to bake for a school function. They were just perfect!
    These brownies are awesome!!! They are moist and chocolatey and gone before I can turn around. While I agree that the instructions should just say to melt the butter, I think most experienced cooks would know that adding eggs to the pan while still on the stove would cook the eggs and you can't BAKE with cooked eggs.

    I also used walnuts & chocolate chips instead of pecans & chopped chocolate.
    My kids and I made these, followed the recipe to a T, and they came out perfectly!!
    I tosses out my other brownie recipes, and will only be using this one! Yum!
    These brownies always turn out great - and it's they are so simple to make. I've made different variations which were good, too. I replaced the chopped chocolate with white chocolate chips - that was really yummy. I added a couple tablespoons of instant coffee powder - that added a rich flavor.
    okay so there still in the oven and i havnt tried them yet, but im a wierdo and usually make brownies more for the batter eating than the actual brownies lol. so so far they have got a A from me. i do agree with some of the other reviews, its written very confusingly for someone who knows better than to "cook" your ingredients in baking. DO NOT DO IT!!! the saucepan and stove are strictly to melt the butter and nothing else, remove from heat and put into the mixing bowl or you will end up with some "goop" for a finished product. plus its waaaay easier to pop the butter in the microwave for a min or 2 than to get out a pan and all that junk.
    My daughter is a team Manager for her high school varsity soccer team ( boys ) we made them for a team dinner and SCORE they loved them and want us to make them again.Thanks i will be making them again and again.
    I made these brownies on a hyper mood, since I can never cook without nearly burning the kitchen down....

    They came out amazing! They were moist and chocolatey-sweet...even my brother loved them, and he hates chocolate!

    I don't understand why other people didn't like it. I would have thought that if I can do it ( and I am NOT a chef), then most people cant too. Maybe you should try again.
    Brownies are always a hit and these add a level of chocolate that surprises even the most experienced brownie taster. I have tossed all my other brownie recipes, this is the one!
    These are the best brownies i've ever had. Their moist and chocolatey and amazing. i cooked mine for 38 min. and it came out great. Try this recipe you wont be dissapointed.
    I can make just about anything with a recipe....but this did not work...they were swimming in butter. Needless to say, we didnt have brownies tonight for dessert.
    This recipe is so easy and the cleanup is a cinch as well. My sons love them, the ingredients are always on hand, I omit the chopped chocolate and nuts because of my little ones, but I think they'd be over the top w/ nuts or chopped dark chocolate. If you use high quality butter, and cocoa these are divine. I'm making them for the second time tonight.
    They were so good. They just melt n your mouth
    It almost seems like the recipe is off balance- 1c. flour to 4 eggs?? Too much chopped chocolate to make it cook.
    I read many of the other reviews and don't understand why some of them are poor. These were easy and quick to make, and turned out exactly as I think a brownie should. The chocolate makes them very rich, I baked for 35 minutes and they came out perfect. I can't imagine frosting them, there is no way I could eat them if they were that sweet. The one review that described them as "goop" I think must have had a problem with her oven, they cooked up perfectly.
    So easy and better then a mix. My 3 year old Granddaughter had fun helping. I would recommend this recipe highly.
    I've made these brownies several times, and each time I've had at least one person tell me it's the best brownie they've ever had.
    The recipe was easy to make but lacked in taste! Way to sweet!!
    A great, simple, perfect brownie recipe. My advice? Just because I'm a texture person...cut the amount of chocolate squares in half and then double the amount of pecans. It'll give a crunchier, fuller texture and cut out on the doughyness of the recipe. Otherwise, add and subtract to your taste! Seriously, it's not a recipe you have to stick to strictly which is why I love it! Add a little of this, take away some of's a perfect, tweakable recipe!
    I've made these brownies more than once and everytime I do they never last long. Between my husband and the kids its only around a day or so and there gone.
    very mouth watering, and just waht i was lookig for. just too fill me up!
    These Brownines are very easy to make and DELICIOUS
    I read a lot of the other reviews first and I don't understand how anyone can mess this up. Agree that it could appear that you cook all the ingredients in the sauce pan, but it's really just to melt the butter. I actually melted the butter in my mixing bowl in the microwave and it turned out just fine. I will never buy another boxed brownie mix ever again - these are so amazing!!!!
    I really loved these brownies especially because of the chunks of chocolate in them. I only had them bake for a half an hour so they were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
    most kids at my daughters school said ewww! not sweet. i thought they were a pound of goop. i said too sweet. dont use this recipe.
    they were super quick and easy to make. just make sure the butter is melted, and mix everything else together. They are a little spongy, and I cooked them 40 min. I added a chocolate icing and it made them fanastic! Can't wait to share them with friends :)
    These brownies did not taste like brownies. They tasted like "Poor" chocolate cake. I gave some to my friend and she said they liked them but I didn't and my husband didn't like them as well as packaged brownies. I won't make any "homemade" brownies again
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