Holiday Brownies

Rich chocolate brownies with harvest flair are a delicious addition to the dessert repertoire for your holiday baking. Layering pumpkin and chocolate batters creates a tasty cake-like brownie that is so moist and full of flavor, no frosting is needed.

Pumpkin-chocolate swirl brownies

Yields 16 browniesPumpkin chocolate swirl brownies


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups melted butter (1-1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Mix together the melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract; add in eggs one at time until well mixed. Divide the batter into two bowls.
  4. In one of the bowls, mix in the cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
  5. In the other bowl mix in the pumpkin purée, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Starting with the chocolate mixture, layer the batters; bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares after they have cooled.

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Comments on "Pumpkin-chocolate swirl brownies"

Jen October 22, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Success! To follow up with my earlier post...the brownies turned out great. Don't forget to add the dry flour mixture before separating the batter. This part of the instructions was not included in the directions as posted. Enjoy!

Jen October 22, 2013 | 4:14 PM

I just mixed a batch of these Pumpkin-chocolate swirl brownies. There is no where in the directions that tells you when to add the flour mixture! I assumed it was before separating the batter into two bowls, so that's what I did. They are now baking...I hope they come out good....they look so yummy. I do believe the recipe needs to be proofread before publishing. Thanks!

nanc June 26, 2012 | 12:54 PM

looking for the brownies with cayenne pepper for simply and you can lose weigth by eating 2 per day! I'm ready to make them but can find out how much to too use for each ingredients HELP!!!!!!!

Amanda December 14, 2010 | 2:50 PM

Looks delish!

Aimee @ Simple Bites December 14, 2010 | 8:41 AM

Perfection! I imagine these would travel well, which is always a bonus for holiday desserts. Thanks Jamie!!

Shaina December 13, 2010 | 9:13 PM

Love pumpkin and chocolate together, and baked together in a brownie sounds perfect.

Cookbook Queen December 13, 2010 | 7:59 PM

Gorgeous, as always. And what an awesome flavor combo...I never would have thought to put the two together, but I bet it tastes so great!!

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