New Orleans Praline Brownies

New Orleans Praline Brownies

My son Zach asked if I would make some treats for him to take to work to share with his coworkers and of course I said yes so I found this recipe on my Pinterest page of “Sweet Recipes I Want To Try” and they did not disappoint!  It’s a Betty Crocker recipe and is pretty easy to make.  I just love that praline/penuche topping especially when paired with chocolate!

brownies

1 (1 pd, 2.3 oz) box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients to make brownies

1/2 cup chopped pecans

praline frosting

1/2 cup whipping cream

6 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (to toast pecans, preheat oven to 350, spread pecans in single layer on baking sheet and bake about 5 – 7 minutes or until golden and toasted)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1  Heat oven to 350.  Spray bottom only of 13 x 9″ pan with cooking spray.

2  Make brownie mix as directed on package.  Stir in pecans.  Bake as directed then cool completely, about 1 hour.

3  Mix cream, butter and brown sugar in medium saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil.  Continue cooking 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in toasted pecans, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Cool 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

4  Spread frosting over brownies.  Allow to stand for 30 – 45 minutes or until frosting is set before cutting.  (If you cut the bars about 45 minutes after frosting, this will allow you to cut with minimum cracks to frosting.)

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