Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Are you as pumpkin-obsessed as I am? Do you like pumpkin EVERYTHING? If so, then you seriously need to try this recipe! Honestly, I have yet to find a pumpkin ANYTHING that I don't love. From pies to breads to cupcakes, to cookies, you name it, I love it. So, of course, I needed to find exactly the right pumpkin variation for brownies. And this is it!
 It's actually a combination of recipes, to be quite honest. I used my go-to recipe for brownies and then added the pumpkin swirl recipe from another. DELICIOUS! I made them for Sean and Maggie and Joe, and everyone loved them! And aren't they gorgeous?? They're just the thing to make your Halloween party dessert table look more festive.
 So if you're a pumpkin lover, you should definitely add this recipe to your repertoire. They're quick and easy and I guarantee you'll love them as much as I do!

Pumpkin mixture:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
tiny pinch salt

 Brownie mixture:
1 1/3 cups flour  
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted 
1 cup cocoa 
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tbs pure vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease bottom only of 13x9 pan with shortening or baking spray. In small bowl, beat all pumpkin mixture ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. In another separate bowl, stir cocoa into melted butter. Blend in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with dollops of pumpkin mixture. Swirl with a knife. Bake for about 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely or chill before cutting into squares.

To save a little time and money, you can just use a box brownie mix along with the pumpkin swirl. Just prepare the brownie batter according to package directions, and then swirl with the pumpkin mixture. Easy!

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