1. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC) and grease a regular muffin tin or a 9-inch (23 cm) square pan.
  2. For the salt roasted pecans, melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add the pecans and salt. Stir and toast the pecans for about 8 minutes, until the pecans have a pleasant nutty aroma. Remove the pan from the heat and cool while preparing the brownies.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepot over medium-low heat, stirring until melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar right into the pot. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, then whisk in the vanilla. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until evenly combined.
  4. Count out 12 pecan halves and set aside. Roughly chop the remaining pecans and stir them into the brownie batter. Divide the batter into the bar pan, or spread into the 8-inch pan. Place the 12 pecans on top. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the top of the brownies loses their shine. If baking in a 9-inch (23 cm) pan, bake for about 5 more minutes. Cool the brownies for an hour before removing and slicing, if needed.

The brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days, and the brownies actually improve after a day.