Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

9 Brownies
1 hr 12 min

Brownies are a great treat any time of the year, but these Pumpkin Swirl Brownies make an especially great dessert or snack for the fall and winter seasons when pumpkin-flavored goodies are on our minds! They have a thick chocolate batter and a light creamy pumpkin swirl filling. Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips are added into the chocolate batter to make it even more chocolatey and the swirl is a lightly-sweet blend of cream cheese, pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Yum! The combination of the rich chocolate brownie with the touch of pumpkin-spice flavored swirl make these brownies really hard to resist!

Recipe details
  • 9  Brownies
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 42 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 12 min
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Chocolate Batter:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup min semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pumpkin Swirl Filling:
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
For the chocolate batter:
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease or spray an 8 x 8" or 9 x 9" baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In medium bowl, beat eggs with vanilla; then add the melted butter, blending well.
To this mixture, stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt, blending everything well. Stir in the flour, half the amount at a time, and blend well (your batter may be a little lumpy–that's okay!).
Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirring until they are incorporated evenly into the batter.
Spoon and spread 2/3 of the batter into your prepared baking pan.
For the Pumpkin Swirl Filling:
In medium bowl, blend softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and egg, mixing until smooth. Pour this pumpkin mixture evenly over the chocolate brownie batter in the pan.
Then spoon remaining chocolate brownie batter in tablespoon-size dollops evenly over the pumpkin filling.
Using a knife, cut through the batter slowly and swirl with the pumpkin filling for a marbled effect.
Bake at 350˚F for 38 to 42 minutes (my baking time was 42 minutes in an 8 x 8" pan; if you make these in a 9 x 9" pan, your time should be a little less, about 33 to 37 minutes, and your bars will be a little thinner than my bars pictured here).
Cool completely, then cut into squares.
Serve, or store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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