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Pati Jinich Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans

Extreme Brownies with Caramelized Pecans
Browines Extremos con Nueces Garapiñadas

Serves: 10 to 12

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1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into pieces

5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces

1 tablespoon instant coffee (may be decaf if desired)

2 tablespoons coffee liquor or coffee tequila, may be substituted with water

4 large eggs

3 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

2 1/2 cups halved caramelized pecans store-bought or homemade

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

To Prepare

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish, dust with flour and shake excess flour off.

In a double boiler or water bath, melt the butter with the chocolate, stirring occasionally until completely mixed.

In a small cup, combine the instant coffee with the coffee liquor or water, stir until almost dissolved and pour into the chocolate mixture, it will finish dissolving in the melted chocolate. Mix with a spatula and remove from the heat. Let cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a fork or whisk until they have gained some volume and seem foamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla and sugar. Mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Stir.

Slowly pour the chocolate mix into egg mixture, mixing with a spatula as you do, until completely combined. Pour that mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Finally, toss in the caramelized pecans and gently fold. Pour into the prepared baking dish and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top has lightly crisped, and the brownies are still moist but not wet (test with a toothpick).

Remove from the oven, let cool and slice into squares. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.



Hello Pati,

My family and I have enjoyed your recipes from this weekend’s show! We made Mac ‘N Cheese Mexicano, Chipotle Agave Chicken Wings and the Extreme Brownies are baking now. The caramelized pecans almost didn’t make it into the brownies, my kids and I came close to eating them all! I am so happy that I found your TV show and blog.


So happy you found it!

I finished gardening and turned on PBS.. have never seen your show before. I have cooked all my life and I am now 77..
I want to locate your shrimp cocktail with parsley and cilantro. + the flourless chocolate cake.
my daughters & I when we travel love to try chili rellanos everywhere…
the best ones are in Yuba City CA at El Zarape and in Saratoga Springs New York at El Mexicana. I cannot find good Chile rellanos in Minnesota…
thanks. loved your program, your voice, & presentation . I love flowers and design and paint silk; in the Summertime, I paint oils outdoors…
thanks Ruth Conner

Thanks Ruth!!! I hope you try some of the recipes soon!

Hi Pati – We love your show and we made your Extreme brownies yesterday and had them for Mother’s Day! They were the very best brownies we have ever had. The caramelized pecans are worth the effort as they make these brownies. We love seeing your beautiful smile and positive outlook on life.

Oh Brenda! Thank you so much for your very generous message. I hope you continue to try, and hopefully love, more of my recipes.

Hi Pati, Thank you so much! I LOVE your creativity, your show, & your cookbooks, having been a fan of yours for awhile now. Sometimes our local PBS reruns your shows and I watch them again and always learn something new. Your Extreme Brownies w/Carmelized Pecans is really over the top delicious! I live where pecans are relatively plentiful; they are my favorite tree nut. I practiced piano while the brownies were baking… perfect combination.

What a great idea!!! I am going to tell my boys to practice piano while I bake too…

hi Pati i sure love your recipes im mexican decent my husband is from morelia and he loves your food i have made the mac and cheese and your greenbean stirfry love it everything you do is wonderful i want to get a cookbook so i can refer you to others que bueno es tu comida
gracias for all your recipe super simple I’m planning for my husband Birthday next month to make the honey chipotle ribs but where can i find that maggi souce don’t seem to see it in the stores but i would love to use the actual recipe you put in please let me know again can’t wait to see your next showing i watch you every week talk to ya soon
Irene Calvillo

Hola, Irene! You can find Maggi sauce in most grocery stores, look in the latin or international isle… ask the grocer. Thanks for trying out my recipes and for tuning in each week!

hola pati i wanted to ask you if you can send out your video of your extreme brownies cause i can’t find the video on Youtube please it would help me out alot.

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