Brownie Pie {AKA Tar Heel Pie}


Tis pie season, hurrah! The worlds most valid excuse to overload on pie. And I’m sure I will be doing my fair share. I usually always take 2 or 3 small slices from the pies brought on Thanksgiving because I have such a hard time deciding from all the irresistible options sitting there. Then again I’m one of those people that sometimes sits there for 3 minutes trying to choose from a product at the grocery store, you know the one you’ll pass in the same spot twice.

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One thing I’ve noticed about Thanksgiving is that it’s not too often I find chocolate pie of some sort being served. I think that’s a tradition that should definitely be changed. Chocolate is after all one of the greatest foods on the planet so let’s not forget about it during the holidays.

This pie is frequently referred to as Tar Heel Pie but I thought it more fitting to label it as Brownie Pie because I hadn’t ever even heard of the first title until recently, but say “Brownie Pie” and I’m all in because I know just what to expect.

I served this up with salted caramel sauce and whipped cream but really both aren’t necessary because this pie all on it’s own is incredibly decadent, so you may just want to go with one or the other. But if you are really looking to splurge since it’s Thanksgiving add the caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

I like this pie best served warm so reheat as necessary. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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Brownie Pie

This is one over the top super delicious and decadent pie! Butter flaky pie crust meets rich chocolatey brownies - an indulgent recipe perfect for the holidays.

Servings: 8
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter , cold and dice into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp shortening , cold and diced into pieces
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp ice water


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , divided
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter , diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Salted caramel sauce


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Add cold butter and shortening, then using a long pronged fork, cut into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle ice water into mixture one tablespoon at a time, while tossing with a rubber spatula and adding water just until mixture starts to come together (it shouldn't fully come together while mixing, don't overwork it, but when pressed together it should hold). Drop mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap then press and shape into about a 4 to 5-inch round disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Dust a work surface with flour then unwrap chilled dough and place on floured surface. Dust top with flour and roll out into an even 12-inch round (pinch together areas that crack on edges as rolling). Carefully fold dough in half then fold in half once more, carefully transfer dough to pie a 9-inch pie plate (I used regular not deep dish) and place tip of the triangle in center of pie plate and unfold dough to fit plate. Trim uneven edges (while still leaving about 1-inch overhang) and tuck overhang underneath and flute as desired. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and transfer crust to freezer and chill 20 minutes.
  3. Cover chilled crust with two sheets of foil (one going each direction) and wrap around edges of crust. Fill pie with weights or about 2 lbs of dry beans. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then remove from oven and carefully remove weights and foil. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes longer. Cool completely to room temperature.
  4. To make the filling:
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips and the butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power in 30 second increments, stirring between each interval, until melted and smooth. Stir in canola oil and cocoa powder, mixing until well blended. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Add chocolate mixture to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Stir in flour then stir in remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Spread pecans over bottom of pie crust into an even layer, the pour and spread filling evenly over pecans. Bake in preheated until toothpick inserted into center only comes out with a small amount of batter, about 40 minutes. Cool at room temperature about 1 1/2 hours until just warm, then slice and serve with sweetened whipped cream, ice cream or optional salted caramel sauce.
  7. Recipe source: filling adapted from both allrecipes and Cooks Illustrated
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Pie, Pie Recipe
Author: Jaclyn
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  • Rochana: Why can I not download this recipe?????

    I have tried ENDLESS TIMES but with no joy at all

    Please advise if you would be so kind.

    Thank you for your attention.


    Ms. Rochana S. Klafter November 27, 2016 at 11:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Rochana – I’m not sure what you mean by download? If you click on the print icon in the top right corner of the recipe card you can print them. I hope that helps! November 28, 2016 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): uhhh yeah. This pie is a home run. I want to eat a huge piece! November 29, 2014 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Emily @ Table & Hearth: Amen sister!! More chocolate, less fruit at Thanksgiving!! Thank you! November 24, 2014 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Ellie Elliott: Wow, this looks so tasty! I can’t wait to try for Thanksgiving! November 21, 2014 at 2:30pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss: I agree…chocolate shouldn’t be forgotten about during the holidays (or ever)! I would definitely choose this pie over all the others :) especially if it had a beautiful crust like yours!! November 21, 2014 at 2:02am Reply

  • Chelsea @ A Duck’s Oven: No matter what this pie is called, it is absolutely my kind of pie! And I’m totally on board with you introducing chocolate pies to the holiday table. With caramel and whipped cream, like this, they’ll be what I go for each time! November 20, 2014 at 11:53pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Chocolate is after all one of the greatest foods on the planet so let’s not forget about it during the holidays. = AMEN!! And I wish that chocolate pies like this would become standard fare on all menus, all the time :) What a beauty! November 20, 2014 at 10:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! November 21, 2014 at 12:38am Reply

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