Black Bottom Praline Brownie Bars

Rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownies topped with an incredible pecan praline topping that’s perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration. These bars are absolutely delicious! The browned butter adds a rich and nutty flavor that is just incredible paired with the pecan praline topping. No stand mixer is need for this recipe, so it couldn’t be easier to whip up a batch of these babies. These brownies are great anytime of year, but especially for Mardi Gras season!

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Black Bottom Praline Brownie Bars

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For the Brownie Layer:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar (6.125 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (cold)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (2.25 oz)

For the Pecan Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (2.25 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (5.25 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups coarsely chopped pecans (8.75 oz)


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. To make the brownie layer: Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat butter until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Pour it over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir sugar, vanilla, and salt into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the eggs and mix until incorporated. Add in the flour and beat vigorously until batter is smooth and glossy and begins to come away from the sides of the pan. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula; set aside.
  4. To make the pecan topping: in a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar and salt until smooth. Add the egg yolks and vanilla to mix until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls on top of the brownie layer so that most of the brownie mixture is covered (it will spread and cover the brownies during baking).
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is completely brown and cracked.
  8. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before lifting out the parchment paper to remove the brownies.

Yields: 24 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes

Source: adapted from A Culinary Journey With Chef Dennis originally from Bittersweet

Looking for more recipes to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Check out a few of my favorite Mardi Gras recipes! 😀

 Mardi Gras Cupcakes 

 King Cake

 Creole-Style Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

 Cajun Red Beans and Rice

 New Orleans Pralines

 Praline Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

 New Orleans Style Bread Pudding

 Bananas Foster Muffins

 Bananas Foster French Toast

 Bananas Foster Bread

11 Responses to “Black Bottom Praline Brownie Bars”

  1. #
    Lorie — February 20, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    sounds yummy!! We’ll have to try this soon. I love your photos!

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    muppy — February 20, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    These look so ridiculously delicious! Genius 😉

  3. #
    ChgoJohn — February 20, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    “Rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate …” Now *that* got my attention! Delicious!

  4. #
    Just A Smidgen — February 20, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I forgot it was Mardi Gras!! These would be perfect, as would all the other recipes you’ve posted! What a great source for these desserts!!

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    chefdennis — February 20, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    you certainly did a great job making those brownies even more delicious! What a great decadent treat for anytime , not just mardi gras! Thanks so much for the mention!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 20, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    That brownie looks like fudgy perfection!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eata — February 20, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    These look rich and delicious, Christina!

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    Simply Tia — February 21, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    Some awesomely delicious recipes you have there! Yum Yum.

  9. #
    freshandfoodie — February 21, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    These look dangerous! But in a good way. :)

  10. #
    Erin — February 22, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Nuts in brownies are one of my favorite additions so these look splendid!

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