Traditional Pecan Chewie

A pecan chewie is a tasty treat that most of us from the southern region have had the pleasure of enjoying at probably 50% of all church and/or family gatherings. Although there may be different versions of the actual recipe, the basis of the chewie includes brown sugar, butter, eggs, flour, vanilla, and pecans. They bake in a pan much like a brownie, but they have a chewie consistency that’s not cakey at all. A nice alternative the basic brownie. The recipe I’m sharing below is one I learned from a family member and have enjoyed for many, many years. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Traditional Pecan Chewie

Serving Size:
40 – total


  • 3 Cups self rising flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 box light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 – 3 Cups chopped pecans (adjust to your liking)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray
  3. Measure flour and set aside in a large mixing bowl
  4. Place melted butter and brown sugar in a mid-size bowl and mix on low until well combined
  5. Add vanilla and combine
  6. Add eggs one at a time and combine on low after each addition
  7. Create a small “nest” in the flour and gently pour the brown sugar mixture into the flour
  8. Mix with electric mixture until well combined – starting on low, moving to one speed above to mix the flour and wet ingredients completely
  9. Fold in the pecans by hand
  10. Pour the batter into the baking dish and distribute it evenly
  11. Bake for 25 – 30 min, checking after 25 min
  12. Chewies are done when you can see no batter coating a toothpick when inserted
  13. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 squares (may be crumbly on the top, just take your time)

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