Pumpkin Spice Brownies: The Ultimate Fall Dessert Recipe
Indulge in the coziness of fall with these fudgy pumpkin brownies. A perfect combination of chocolate and pumpkin flavors, these pumpkin spice brownies bring the best of both worlds to your dessert plate. Made with just a brownie box mix, canned pumpkin, and chocolate chips, it’s the favorite fall dessert you didn’t know you needed—until now.
Q: Can I use homemade pumpkin puree instead of canned pumpkin?
A: Absolutely. Just make sure your homemade pumpkin puree is well-drained so it doesn’t add excess moisture to the batter.
Q: What’s the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?
A: Pumpkin puree is simply pureed pumpkin, while pumpkin pie filling has added spices and sugar. Stick to pumpkin puree for this recipe.
Q: Is it necessary to use semi-sweet chocolate chips?
A: You can also opt for sugar-free chocolate chips or even dark chocolate for a less sweet but richer flavor.
Tips and Tricks
- Use parchment paper for an easier cleanup and better brownie removal.
- If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, make your own blend with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
- Mix your dry ingredients in a separate bowl first, this ensures that the pumpkin pie spice and cocoa powder are evenly distributed.
- Preheat oven as the first step, so it’s hot and ready by the time your batter is prepared.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer: Add a layer of pumpkin cheesecake mixture (cream cheese, pumpkin purée, and spices) between the bottom brownie layer and the pumpkin layer.
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies: Swirl in some melted white chocolate into the pumpkin batter for added decadence.
Where to Serve
Serve these amazing pumpkin brownies at fall gatherings, Thanksgiving dinners, or as a special treat for yourself during pumpkin season. They make a great way to end any meal and are a hit among both chocolate lovers and pumpkin aficionados.
Place any leftover brownies in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil for freezing. When ready to eat, defrost in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature.
Common Problems and How to Avoid Them
- Too Cakey: If your brownies come out more cakey than fudgy, it might be due to overmixing the batter. Gently fold in your dry ingredients to avoid this.
- Burnt Edges: Always check your brownies a few minutes before the time mentioned in the recipe. Ovens can vary.
- Uneven Pumpkin Layer: To avoid this, pour the pumpkin batter over the chocolate brownie batter evenly, and then use a kitchen knife to gently swirl.
Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids
- Let kids measure the dry ingredients. This is a fun activity and a good way to teach them about kitchen scales and daily values.
- Children can also help pour the pumpkin batter and chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. It’s a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen!
- Chocolate Ganache: Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with a bit of heavy cream for a glossy finish.
- Powdered Sugar: A light dusting adds a touch of sweetness and looks beautiful.
- Vanilla Ice Cream: For an extra indulgent treat, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Why This Recipe Works
This pumpkin brownie recipe is the ultimate fall dessert because it combines two favorite desserts: fudgy brownies and pumpkin pie. The semi-sweet chocolate chips add a layer of richness, while the pumpkin puree keeps the brownies moist.
It’s an easy recipe, made even simpler by using a brownie box mix as the base. And it’s versatile, with plenty of room for variations. Whether you’re a fan of all things pumpkin, or you’re simply looking for the best brownies to make this fall season, you won’t be disappointed.
And there you have it! Now you’re equipped with all the tips, tricks, and detailed instructions you need to make the most delicious pumpkin spice brownies.
Here are some more delicious pumpkin recipes to try:
- Easy Copycat McDonald’s Pumpkin Creme Pie Recipe
- Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Pound Cake
- Easy Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
For more fun pumpkin recipes be sure to check out 50 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Need In Your Life!
These amazing pumpkin spice brownies are delicious and super easy to make!
- 1 box (15.25 ounces) brownie mix
- 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
- 1 cup semi-sweet or sugar-free chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving overhang over the sides to make it easier to lift the brownies out of the pan after baking.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix and pumpkin puree. The batter will be thick. Fold in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips over top of the brownies.
- Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes until they are setting up around the edges. A toothpick inserted into the center will still come out with brownie batter stuck to it because these brownies are very fudgy.
- Remove the brownies from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Lift the brownies out of the pan by holding the sides of the parchment paper. Cool on the counter for another 10-15 minutes.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies into 9 squares. The brownies will be rich and gooey.
Amount Per Serving Calories 138Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 3g
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