Pumpkin Brownies

Pumpkin and Chocolate. You either love it or hate it, right? Personally, I’m kind of a fan; however, in my opinion nothing beats the combination of cream cheese and pumpkin. And in case you haven’t noticed I’m pretty much a self-proclaimed pumpkin addict – if nothing else, this girl is self-aware.

In order to satisfy my pumpkin addiction and Brian’s incessant chocolate cravings, I decided to combine our favorite flavors into one decadent dessert – Pumpkin Brownies.

A sweet and spicy combination of pumpkin and cream cheese is layered between rich, fudgy brownies and topped with chocolate ganache to create an indulgent treat that’s perfect for any Fall feast!

I imagine presenting these Pumpkin Brownies to a Thanksgiving table would lead to plenty of oohs and ahs! Who could possibly resist the swirled center and glistening layer of chocolate?

Let me know where you stand – pumpkin and chocolate, pumpkin and cream cheese, or all of the above?


Pumpkin Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour

For the Pumpkin Swirl

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Ganache

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at medium (50% power) for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted. While the chocolate is melting, prepare the pumpkin layer. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer well combined and smooth. Set aside.

3. Once the butter is melted, remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until chocolate is melted. Whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually add in flour; stir until just combined.

4. Spread 3/4 the batter into prepared pan. Spoon pumpkin filling by tablespoonfuls evenly over batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Use a knife or wooden skewer to cut through the batter several times in different directions to create a swirled pattern. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes - do not overbake

5. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Before serving, prepare the ganache.

6. To make the ganache, pour the chopped chocolate into a medium mixing bowl, set aside. Pour the heavy cream into a microwave safe measuring cup (Pyrex) and microwave on high for about 1 minute or until bubbles begin to form on the surface. Take care to not overheat because the cream will boil over. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 3 minutes. Use a small whisk to combine the mixture into a smooth chocolate glaze. Spoon the ganache over the brownies.

Source: My Baking Addiction


This post is part of an ongoing relationship between My Baking Addiction and Gold Medal Flour. In June of 2012, My Baking Addiction attended a Farm to Table event in Kansas City to learn why Gold Medal has been America’s flour of choice for 125 years. Although this is a sponsored post, the views and opinions expressed are our own and based upon our personal experiences with Gold Medal Flour.

55 Responses to “Pumpkin Brownies”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    These look unreal! Love that ganache…it looks drinkable!


  2. Linda — October 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    If these are HALF as good as your apple pie bread…I’m in!!!
    I made another bread yesterday at 5pm…gone by 5pm today…
    Is there any way to adapt your recipes for use with gluten-free flour???
    Any help on this would be great..

    Love Love Love your blog…

    Linda :o)


    • Kevin — October 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I too was wondering about making these gluten free. I am going to attempt this weekend to bring to a Halloween party. I plan on doing a 1:1 replacement of the All purpose flour with my all purpose gluten free flour and toss in some Xantham gum per some research I have done on this substituting.

    • Jamie — October 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I honestly have zero experience with gluten free baking, so if this works well for you, let me know! Have a great day.

    • Kevin — October 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I am happy to report my plan to make these Gluten Free worked perfectly!

      I replaced the All Purpose flour with an equal amount of All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix (the brand I have is Bob’s Red Mill). I also included 1/2 tsp Xantham Gum in with the flour. I followed all other steps per the recipe.

      They were just as delicious as I hoped and were a hit at the party. I never mentioned they were Gluten Free until people had eaten them. My uncle was surprised and said he wouldn’t have know.

      Oh one other change I made was in the chocolate. I only had 70% dark cocoa bars so I used those instead of the unsweetened.

    • Jamie — October 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Kevin! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe and that it worked well with your gluten free adaptations! Have a great day!


    • Jewel — January 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Id love the recipe on making those gluten free..I’d love to supriise my brother inlaw .. ThAnk you, jewel

  3. Diana Kritinar — October 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    My goodness gracious!!!! ALL of the freakin’ above!!!! I need to make these!


  4. luv what you do — October 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    WOW! Those look amazing and that chocolate glaze has my mouth watering as we speak : )


  5. Megan @ Country Cleaver — October 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Well these Clearly need to be actioned in my kitchen!! o.O Wowzer!!


  6. Patty — October 25, 2012 at 12:06 am

    All pumpkin, all the time…any which way, or with anything!


  7. Lynna — October 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

    ALL OF THE ABOVE! Also, this just screams fabulousness.


  8. Maggie — October 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

    These look amazing! I live in London and my colleagues and friends aren’t sure about pumpkin like us Americans! Think this would easily convince them that pumpkin should be in as many bakes as possible in the fall!


  9. Lara — October 25, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I am so looking forward to making these! I’m in for both…..I haven’t always been a pumpkin person, but once I jumped on the bandwagon; I was HOOKED!


  10. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Mmm, I love how rich these brownies look! I’m personally a huge fan of the pumpkin/chocolate combo–I like adding a ton of chocolate chips to my pumpkin bread for a pop of sweetness. :)


  11. AImee — October 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

    This looks like a potential love affair for me, have to try it. BTW the apple pie bread AMAZING, planning to make a pumpkin version tonight.


  12. Cookbook Queen — October 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I’ve never actually TRIED the pumpkin/chocolate combo…but the photos of these brownies has me convinced I would LOVE it!!


  13. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Love it all!!! These look FABULOUS!!!!


  14. Jessica — October 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! They look like they would translate well to being gluten and egg free, too, especially since the pumpkin cream cheese part doesn’t have eggs in it! I’ll have to try it!


  15. Ginger Bread Lad — October 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These look fantastic! seriously. and I like how they’re in keeping with the upcoming halloween! in england we do traditional bakes such as parkin for halloween and our other holiday bonfire night, there’s a recipe on my blog gingerbreadlad.blogspot.com for parkin, you should try it!


  16. IndianaAnna — October 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I made these today to take to a women’s group board meeting and everyone just LOVED them.


  17. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — October 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I can’t even remember for sure if I’ve ever had pumpkin and chocolate…I guess I’ll have to try it out and see if I like it!


  18. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — October 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Holy molly! These brownies look so incredibly rich and delicious! I’m definitely putting them on my “To Bake” list! I’ve tried pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, but never pumpkin brownies. I can’t wait to try these :)


  19. Karly — October 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I’m definitely an “all of the above” kind of girl! That shiny, melty chocolate ganache is dreamy.


  20. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — October 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Oh, those would definitely get “oohs and ahhhs” around here! I love the combination!!


  21. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Oh wow do these look good!


  22. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — October 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

    These brownies look gorgeous!


  23. bigFATcook — October 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

    yummy! These must be really tasty and chocolaty!


  24. sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    pumpkin + chocolate – I, for one, LOVE it! There are so many pumpkin brownies swirling around the blog world but I’ve never seen any with such a luscious, rich, smooth ganache on top. A beautiful brownie. just gorgeous. I want one with my coffee right now. :)


  25. tracy {pale yellow} — October 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The brownies look so rich and sinful! I can’t wait to try!


  26. Megan — October 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These are awesome! Just made them last night.


  27. Cynthia — October 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I just made these and they are amazing! Thank you!


  28. Sunnie — November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    These look so good! I love chocolate and pumpkin, I like to make a chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake for the holidays. Im out of heavy cream, do you think I could whip the heck out of milk? Or should I just torture myself and wait until I get some heavy cream?


  29. danika — November 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I am a very hesitant baker, but my husband challenged me with these brownies. I couldn’t believe as fancy an decadent as they look, they weren’t difficult. They were absolutely delicious and I will make them again…I have to, still have puree to use.


  30. Carole — November 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I made 2 pans of these today, one for home and one for work, my family loved them, took in to work and they went crazy for them, one of the girls said they were better than sex, another said they were the best brownies she had ever had, Thanks so much for this recipe, it is one of the best, got my chocolate and my pumpkin fix all at one time,


  31. Jocelyn — September 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    These look great and I’m thinking they would make a great addition to the (Canadian) Thanksgiving dessert tray next month. I’m wondering: Could you make these in advance and freeze? I’ve never used ganache before, and wasn’t sure if freezing them would mess with its consistency.


    • Jamie — October 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      You could freeze the baked and cooled brownies, but I would definitely not freeze them with the ganache. I hope this helps.

  32. Lauren H — September 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I really try to avoid using microwaves for cooking… Any way to heat the chocalte and ganache over a stove? Would it need to be a double boiler for each or just a saucepan?


    • Jamie — September 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Lauren,
      You would definitely need to use a double boiler, but you can definitely skip the microwave if you’re so inclined. Just look for the same consistencies described for the microwave method.
      – Jamie

  33. kayleigh — October 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that you have one of my favourite blogs ever. And these look decadent.


    • Jamie — October 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm


      Aw, thank you so much! Give those brownies a try, you won’t be sorry! Have a lovely day and thank you for following MBA!


  34. elisabetta — November 12, 2013 at 12:27 am

    It’s a fantastic recipe! Is it possible store in the refrigerator and eat the cake after?


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      That would work fine.
      – Jamie

  35. Bekah — November 12, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Question: Do you think this recipe would have the same yum factor if I used white chocolate? I’m allergic to regular chocolate but this recipe looks so good. :-)


    • Jamie — January 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Bekah, I definitely think that could work.
      – Jamie

  36. elisabetta — November 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good, very good recipe, I did and it was fantastic. I think as soon as possible I’ll post on my website and I’ll write that it’s from My Baking addiction :-)


    • Jamie — December 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm


      Thank you so much! I’m very happy that you enjoyed the recipe. Have a wonderful day and thanks for following MBA!


  37. Paula — March 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Made these today for a bonfire get together. So we are sitting around the fire with hot chocolate, these very tasty brownies and other snacks… everyone has positive feedback on the brownies… are there anymore ? I will have to make some for the next gathering. Thank you for the recipe !


    • Jamie — March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am


      Yum, sounds great with hot chocolate! Thanks so much for stopping by and for following MBA! Have a great day.


  38. Aileen — November 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Made these as cupcakes today for Thanksgiving tomorrow.. Nobody else has tried them yet, but I had to eat one, and it was AMAZING! I don’t usually like pumpkin anything, except maybe the seeds baked here or there, but this was perfect. I’m sure they’ll be a hit!


    • Jamie — November 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for visiting.


  39. ann — November 19, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Hi!  I would love to make this for thanksgiving. I’m wondering if I can make this ahead. :) 


    • Jamie — November 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

      You can definitely make these a day or two ahead. Thanks for stopping by!

  40. Leslie — October 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I doubled the recipe and baked them in a 9×13.  How long would you estimate the cooking time is?  I looked at them after 35 minutes and they were loose in the middle.  I gave them another 10 minutes and they look set, but I’m not sure.  I’m going to try another 5 minutes.  Please let me know what you think?  I’ve made these before in an 8×8, but they always seem too loose at the 35 minute mark and I leave them in longer, which ends up drying them out.  Thank goodness for the ganache which imparts moisture.


    • Jamie — October 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Hi, Leslie! I you might want to add about 20 minutes to the original baking time. I hope you liked them!

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