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Pumpkin Halloween Brownies

A Halloween take on Pumpkin Brownies, using pumpkin, maple and red food coloring.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Author: Angela Roberts



  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter 2 1/2 sticks
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chops optional

Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice recipe hereor store bought
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • red food coloring gel


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Will fit a 9 x 13 baking dish (spray with cooking spray) or use a parchment paper
  • Melt butter over medium heat. It was suggested in original recipe to melt and brown, but that's not necessary. You can do that if you like. I didn't brown the butter.
  • Add sugar and cocoa. Mix well.
  • Add butter.
  • Add eggs one at a time. Mix well.
  • Add flour and butter. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Add in chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese Swirl.

  • Cream cheese must be at room temperature or it will be hard to incorporate.
  • Mix pumpkin with a teaspoon of pumpkin spice.
  • Add food coloring to pumpkin until a deep red. It will lighten up once mixed with cream cheese.
  • Mix cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla paste, sugar and maple syrup until very smooth.
  • At this point, add in more food coloring to get desired color.
  • Pour brownie mixture into baking dish.
  • Pour cream cheese over the dish and use a knife to swirl.
  • Bake for 40-45 mins. Cool completely before cutting.