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Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies With Toasted Pecan Frosting


Anyone who’s visited or lives in Tampa knows that Bern’s Steakhouse is a tradition and an experience in the South Tampa area. The Junior League of Tampa is lucky enough to have one of the most famous recipes from Bern’s included in their Capture the Coast cookbook. The Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies With Toasted Pecan Frosting is soon to be a tradition in your house once you try them and see how delicious they are! The nice balance of cinnamon and nutmeg combined with shredded carrots topped with a pecan cream cheese icing will leave you wanting “just one more” brownie. Don’t worry, we don’t judge!

This recipe takes a little bit in terms of prep time but I promise it’s worth it in the end. The brownie mixture is pretty straightforward and I do recommend using a stand up mixer, if you have one. When it was time for the carrots I used my small food processor to speed up the process and get the carrots shredded and chopped then added to the batter. I would also say if you are not one to have peach schnapps lying around you can buy the small “airplane” size mini bottle at the liquor store since you only need a small amount. To test the brownies I used a toothpick and looked to see that the edges were pulling from the side of the pan, as the recipe directs.

The frosting is pretty simple (hoorah!) with cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and pecans as the only ingredients. The nice thing about this frosting is that you can add a little more sugar or pecans if you want a sweeter or crunchier frosting.

Once the brownies cooled I frosted them in the pan, then cut them before placing them on the serving dish.

Bern’s Carrot Cake Brownies With Toasted Pecan Frosting 

Brownies

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Dash of salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 ¼ cups sugar

2 eggs

5 tablespoons buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon peach schnapps

¼ cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped

3 carrots, peeled and shredded (about 1/3/4 cups)

Toasted Pecan Frosting

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup pecans, toasted

For the brownies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Beat the sugar at low speed in the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and schnapps a small amount at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl occasionally. Add the flour mixture and mix well. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Stir in the pecans and carrots. Spoon into a buttered 9×13-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the edges pull from the side of the pan. Remove from the oven to cool.

For the frosting, beat the butter in the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until soft and creamy. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Fold in the pecans with a spatula. Spread over the cool brownies.

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Getting ready to sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
Getting ready to sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
adding the buttermilk, vanilla, schnapps and egg
adding the buttermilk, vanilla, schnapps and egg
Flour mixture before adding the carrots and nuts
Flour mixture before adding the carrots and nuts
Batter before baking
Batter before baking
Time for frosting! Cream cheese, butter and confectioner's sugar
Time for frosting! Cream cheese, butter and confectioner’s sugar
Fold in the pecans to complete this easy frosting recipe. You can always choose to leave the pecans out if preferred.
Fold in the pecans to complete this easy frosting recipe. You can always choose to leave the pecans out if preferred.
Our brownie fresh out of the oven.
Our brownie fresh out of the oven.
After the brownies cooled they were frosted and cut into squares.
After the brownies cooled they were frosted and cut into squares.
Ready to serve!
Ready to serve!
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