Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

In keeping with the popularity of all things pumpkin on We are not Martha, I decided right away to make these Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies when I found them on Martha’s website. Not only did they look fantastic but I loved the idea of creating the swirls between the layers!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used semisweet since my grocery store didn’t have bittersweet… I just cut back on the sugar measurement a little)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adds a nice kick!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin (which I assumed was canned pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or other nuts (I chose not to use any since, sadly, I’m allergic!)

Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 inch baking dish with parchment paper; butter the lining.

Melt remaining butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until the mixture is nice and smooth.


Whisk together the flour, cayenne, salt, and baking powder.

I got to use my new Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time… 150% pure excitement!
Now beat together sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. (in a mixer with the paddle attachment… or you could do it by hand or with a hand mixer). Then beat in the flour mixture.

Action shots!


Now you’re going to divide the batter in 1/2 into two medium bowls. Stir the melted chocolate mixture into one bowl:

And in the other bowl stir in pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg:



Pour half of the chocolate mixture into the lined baking dish and spread using the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Then pour half of the pumpkin mixture. Repeat layering.

Take a butter knife and gently design swirls through the batter!

I baked them for 43 minutes and let them cool overnight for a tasty surprise in the morning.



These smell delicious… It’s pretty lovely waking up in an apartment smelling like freshly baked pumpkin! And I’m not even going to lie… I had one for breakfast 🙂


I even packaged some up for my coworkers and my roommate’s coworkers. Anything to help celebrate Friday!


Enjoy your weekend!

[Chels]

14 Responses to "Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies"

  1. Nicole says:

    I dont really like pumpkin, BUT they look really good!! I would definately try that sometime.

  2. Amanda says:

    These look amazing! And I’m totally jealous of your new Kitchen Aid Mixer.

  3. Sara says:

    chels, those look awesome! gotta make them. i <3 our pumpkin obsessions!

  4. TKTC says:

    Chels, I expect this from Sues. But you too? Can’t wait to see you two little fanatics!

  5. Kevin says:

    These look so good! I really like the at the orange came through so strong.

  6. Alya says:

    Looks great! I love the way you packed them in the last picture 🙂

  7. emrlds says:

    i love it! did it work out to more than one can of pumpkin? (i’m trying to see how soon i need to go grocery shopping to make these!)

  8. We Are Not Martha says:

    nicole: Yes, it would be silly to NOT try them! 🙂

    amanda: Thanks! ahhh the mixer is so much fun! It’s my new favorite toy!

    sara: You should totally try to make them! Maybe they can be a dessert at “thanksgiving” 🙂

    Kevin: I know, I was surprised that the orange showed through so much too! It was a pleasant surprise!

    Alya: Thanks! The coworkers loved them… it was perfect for a Friday!

    emrlds: I actually only used one can of the pumpkin and it worked just fine. I think I actually had a little left in the can!

  9. Maria says:

    The brownies look fab!! I love the packaging too!

  10. Meeta says:

    oh yeah this is what i need right now. i love the idea of choc and pumpkin!

  11. BlondeSilverLining says:

    What a cute idea! I totally wish I was one of your coworkers, they must have been thrilled.

  12. Danielle says:

    Great recipe! I tried it, but sadly the chocolate half got a bit hard and didn’t spread too well – perhaps due to the fact that the egg mix never really got light and fluffy? The pumpkin portion came out great since I added the oil to it.

    Anyhow, thanks for the inspiration!

  13. emrlds says:

    um, amazing. totally making these again today so i can bring them to work tomorrow! =)

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