Pumpkin Brownies

by Eddy Van Damme on October 29, 2012

The combination of pumpkin and chocolate may be unusual, however it is rather a delicious one. If you want to serve pumpkin brownies as a plated dessert, consider a mandarin sorbet. Oftentimes I am asked if I use fresh pumpkins instead of canned, but I do not. I prefer canned pumpkin as it provides consistent and very good results.

Since the pumpkin part of this brownie provides a good amount of creaminess, I choose a brownie batter formulated with cocoa powder as it creates a less fudgy brownie.


Pumpkin brownies |Pumpkin layer


1 lb 8 oz Cream cheese (Philadelphia) 720 g
6 oz Extra fine granulated sugar 180 g
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 5 g
3 Large eggs 3
3 teaspoon cinnamon 7 g
1.5 teaspoon Ginger 3.5 g
12 oz Pumpkin puree 360 g

Brownie Layer

12 oz Pastry flour 360 g
5 oz Cocoa powder 150 g
0.5 teaspoon Baking soda 2 g
12 oz Unsalted butter 360 g
1 lb 6 oz Extra fine granulated sugar 660 g
6 Large eggs 6
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 5 g
1 teaspoon salt 5 g


1.Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper including sides and set aside.

2.Combine cream cheese with sugar on lowest speed until lumps are dissolved. Add vanilla and gradually eggs. Add cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin. Set aside.

3.Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and set aside.

4.Melt butter and whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs a few at a time. Add vanilla and salt. Stir in sifted ingredients.

5.Pour a generous half of brownie batter in pan. Cover with pumpkin batter. Drizzle remaining brownie batter on top.

6.Place in 350°F (180°C) oven and bake until center is set, about 35 minutes. Refrigerate or freeze before cutting. Serve refrigerated.


30 comments on “Pumpkin Brownies

  1. Tafyn Heard on said:

    They are to die for!!! And a must for Thanksgiving dinner.

  2. savanna cunningham on said:

    I like this a lot! But i was wondering could this same idea go along with pumpkin bread and add the chocolate to it as well?

  3. Binita on said:

    This sounds delicious! I can’t find pastry flour at the grocery store … is there a suitable substitute?

  4. Adrienne D. Clayton on said:

    I’m kinda interested in doing this recipe for my baby! As much as she loves sweets, i bet alll i hear is mmmmm mmmmm!

  5. Can’t wait to try these! All the pumpkin brownie recipes I have found are usually more like a blondie with pumpkin in them. Excited to see something different!

  6. Veronica Razo on said:

    Moist, soft and delicious! Brownie crossed with pumpkin pie was a good mixture of both even do I am not a fan of pumpkin.

  7. Carol Weber Abarca on said:

    I am looking forward to try this. Something tells me it will be as good if not better than the Pumpkin Cheesecake we made in class.

  8. Richard Martinez on said:

    These were amazing, good combination of both. I’m attempting these for a thanks giving dessert. I’ve used the same sort of idea but I used brownie and chocolate chip cookie

  9. Adrienne D. Clayton on said:

    Yep, definitely making this one for Thursday now!! Can’t wait.

  10. valerie alexander on said:

    I have tasted the pumkin brownie and the chocolate nor the pumkin takes over a great balance of flavors.

  11. Renae Holman Murti on said:

    A friend of mine from Boston sends me a pumpkin chocolate chip bread for Thanksgiving every year. I remember being unsure about the combination the first time. I guess you can never go wrong with chocolate.

  12. Ashly Willis on said:

    I love pumpkin and chocolate together, I can imagine this is to die for like the pumpkin bars we made in class.

  13. Vittoria Cacciola on said:

    My Family loved them. This reminded me of cheesecake. I served it with whipped cream.

  14. Kimberly Watson on said:

    Great ideal for the holiday season I wanted to know if I can use white chocolate or will it change the flavor of the brownie!!

  15. Patchanittha Srikhum on said:

    Another great idea of using pumpkin for the next year’s Thanksgiving. Thank you Chef!

  16. William McKinney on said:

    Your Pumpikn brownie look good i will try to dothem next year.

  17. Nicholas Pringle on said:

    Tried a pumpkin cheesecake the my family fell in love with. I will have to try this and see what they say.

  18. Holly Josey on said:

    this looks delicious!! I am going to try to bake this.

  19. Brenda Mata on said:

    Pumpkin and Chocolate the mixture is just so appealing. I just love anything that has pumpkin in it

  20. Peter Tham on said:

    What a combo Chef… I am a little curious how this gonna taste and saw that you mixed a bit of ginger (powder or juice?) in the pumpkin mixture… Very interesting concoction indeed!

  21. mona robinson` on said:

    I would like to know if the pumpkin can be subsituted with sweet potato? Looking forward to an answer.

  22. Andrea fields on said:

    Chef Eddy, as you know i really like all of your items that you composed,and i would just like to say again you did a great job with this one.

  23. Sharyll Crawford on said:

    I usually just fix brownies by the bow and my family always says how great they are. In class we made brownies just from scratch, but it was way too chocolatey. I like more of a cake-like brownie with a lot less choclate. I know I’ve said previously that I dont like pumpkin, but with the brownie i think this recipe would be great.

  24. Meghan Abarca on said:

    So when I saw this, I was like Pumpkin Brownies? I mean I love pumpkin and I love brownies but I never thought they could go together. This will be a must try! It looks delicious!

  25. Lanz Doreza on said:

    Would the addition of a chocolate sauce go well with the pumpkin brownies or would it drown out much of the pumpkin flavor?

  26. Anthony on said:

    These pumpkin brownies sound great! maybe a la mode would be good? perhaps a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

  27. Nereida Rios on said:

    This sounds like an amazing combination, im so use to plain chocolate brownies, the addition of pumpkin is great. Considering making these instead of the tradition pumpkin pie for thanksgiving. much more interesting!

  28. Katerina Kyriazis on said:

    I think that the pumpkin mixture containing cream cheese sounds creamy and delicious. Chocolate and pumpkin are not flavors that go together in my mind but I am excited to try this recipe just because it is out of the ordinary for me.

  29. Amalia posada on said:

    Wow! I’ve never heard of a chocolate and pumpkin together but it sounds great! This is a thanksgiving must! How would it be if I added some toasted pecans?

  30. FU-YING WU on said:

    I like pumpkin cake, I also like chocolate. This could not go wrong just from the title alone. I wish I had time aside from attending to visiting relatives to make this for thanksgiving. Regardless, I will be sure to try this during winter break, and enjoy it with hot cocoa. I wonder if it would be possible to make this with a cheesecake as well, a pumpkin cheesecake chocolate swirl brownie!

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