Can you believe it’s November already?! I definitely can’t. I’ve already started Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving is right around the corner all of a sudden! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Hope everyone had a great Halloween! I celebrated with — surprise — more fall treats! This time I whipped up a batch of pumpkin fudge brownies! Yes, it’s every chocolate and pumpkin lover’s dream — the best of both worlds, all in one! A layer of creamy pumpkin nestled between two thick layers of fudge! So yummy.
I’ll share the recipe with you in a minute, but first I’m going to show off my Halloween costume. Like I mentioned, this year I went as Cruella de Vil! From minion to villain — hey, ma, I’m stepping up in the world!
On Oahu, Waikiki is usually the place to be and since Halloween fell on a Friday this year, we did it up big and got a hotel room on the strip at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber for a decent price. The roads are always a mess, so we figured why not avoid the hassle of transportation?
Adrienne and Chad had a Gotham theme going, as they were Bat Girl and Bane. While Jake and I didn’t end up with a couples costume this year, we were both some type of villain — he was Scumbag Steve (the meme!) while I was Cruella de Vill from 101 Dalmatians.
Anyway, I bet you’re hungry, right?! Here’s what you’ll need to make a batch of your own pumpkin fudge brownies:
- Pumpkin layer: 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 3 oz. cream cheese, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Brownie layers: 1 bag brownie mix, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup water, 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9-inch pan with foil (or parchment paper), then use butter to oil the bottom of the pan and lightly flour (so the brownies don’t stick).
- Prepare the pumpkin filling in a medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 3 oz. cream cheese, and your spices — 3 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg.
- Prepare the brownie mix (everything called for on box) in a large bowl.
- Pour 3/4ths of the batter into the pan, then spread all of the pumpkin filling mixture on top evenly. Finally pour the remaining brownie batter on top.
- Use a knife to swirl the batter if you want to add a marbled effect.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.
I brought this batch of brownies to our hotel room to share with friends and they loved them. If you’re already looking for something to make on Thanksgiving, it’ll be the perfect edition to some classic pumpkin pie! Or for something a little lighter and easier to snack on, you could always try making some pumpkin whoopie pies…
Show me your Halloween photos! I love to see the creative costumes people come up with. In the meanwhile, be sure to watch out for more of my pumpkin recipes! I’ve got a whole list of what I need to bake on Pinterest.
You can also check out my recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies here.