These pumpkin swirl brownies are the perfect recipe to bring to any fall and holiday gathering. They are moist, easy to make, and delicious!
Adding this creamy pumpkin swirl to the brownie base will take this dessert to another level.
The Best Pumpkin Brownies
You simply can’t beat brownies. Within five minutes of entering the oven, my entire house smells of warm chocolatey bliss…and with the addition of pumpkin swirl in this recipe, it’s fall meets chocolate. You simply can’t go wrong!
Of course, my kids will devour anything brownie. At the slightest hint of the aroma making its way through the house my kids come running and I simply can’t get them into their hands fast enough! Add a tall glass of milk and these pumpkin brownies will turn any ordinary night into something special!
Pumpkin Spice Brownie Ingredients
Get ready to make this ultimate fall dessert recipe with these easy ingredients!
- Butter: the key to a super soft brownie.
- Bittersweet chocolate: a bar of baking chocolate is perfect!
- Flour: regular all-purpose or a 1:1 gluten-free flour.
- Baking powder: helps the batter rise.
- Salt: brings out the chocolate and pumpkin flavors!
- Sugar: half goes into the chocolate, and the rest into the pumpkin spice mixture.
- Eggs: give the brownies structure.
- Vanilla extract: makes baked goods taste better!
- Pumpkin puree: be sure it’s puree and not canned pumpkin pie.
- Vegetable oil: moistens the pumpkin mixture.
- Cinnamon: belongs in any pumpkin treat.
- Nutmeg: is what makes pumpkin spice rich and fragrant.
*Check the recipe card at the end of this post for the ingredient amounts and detailed instructions.
How to Make Pumpkin Brownies
Since this is a homemade brownie recipe, it does require melting the chocolate on the stove-top. Below I give you step-by-step directions so you don’t miss a step and these turn out with those beautiful swirls AND that delicious pumpkiny chocolate flavor.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9 x 13-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the Chocolate
In a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, add the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth. Turn off the heat and leave the chocolate there until you need it.
- Combine the dry ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- Cream the sugar and eggs
In a separate large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy and combined, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Make the batter
Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture and mix to combine.
Divide the batter between 2 medium bowls. Add the chocolate mixture to one bowl and the pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the other bowl of batter, stirring thoroughly to combine.
Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Top with the pumpkin batter in a swirl-like way.
- Give it a swirl
With a small spatula or a table knife, gently swirl the 2 batters to create a marbled effect.
Transfer the pan into the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the pan.
- Time to eat!
Remove the brownies from the oven and allow to cool before slicing and serving.
Watch this recipe video to see these moist pumpkin swirl brownies come together in real time.
Can You Add Pumpkin to Boxed Brownies?
Yes, you can use a box mix to make this recipe. All you have to do is omit the brownie ingredients and follow the directions on the box to make the batter.
Once the brownie batter is mixed, you’ll combine the canned pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl. You’ll mix that pumpkin mix with half of the brownie batter to create the pumpkin-flavored layer.
If you use boxed brownie mix, it’s important to note that you won’t get the “orange” swirl like the photos, since when making the batter from scratch we reserved half of the batter (with a white-yellow color) before we mixed it with the chocolate.
That said, using a box brownie mix is also a simple way to make the base and infuse your brownies with a delicious pumpkin taste.
This is one of those recipes that just can’t be made one time and then forgotten. Year after year I bring it out, it’s a perfect way to welcome the fall season! Bring this recipe to any fall or holiday party and you’ll be a rockstar.
And if you’re the one hosting Thanksgiving this year, and need more ideas to complete your feast check out the recipes in my Giving Thanks menu. It has 23 tested, crowd-pleasing recipes to give you options for years to come.
More Pumpkin Desserts
If you’re thinking about making these brownies then chances are you’re on a pumpkin kick, here are more incredible pumpkin desserts that are simple to make and yield tasty results.
Still craving more? Grab a copy of my Clean Treats Cookbook for healthier desserts that taste AMAZING.Print