Baked Goods & Sweet Treats

Recipe || Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

And thus I inducted Sam into the cult of loving things with pumpkin in them….

Happy first week of fall everyone! Eating pumpkin isn’t really a big thing in England. Other types of squash, yes. Pumpkin, no. But as we were packing up our kitchen in Stratford, I needed to make one last baked good before most of my gear went into storage till mid-November. It’s already chilly here in England and my local shop was selling tinned pumpkin so, what do you know.

Because we were in the middle of packing and towards the end of our patience ropes I used a boxed brownie mix. However, if you want to make your brownies from scratch I’d recommend the brownie mix for.

Without further ado, our first taste of Autumn for 2013!

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies recipe


Box of brownie mix (And whatever the box calls for)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 1/4 cups of pumpkin (pureed)
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

*Note: Don’t go out and buy pumpkin pie spice. Just mix 4 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, 4 teaspoons of ground nutmeg, 4 teaspoons of ground ginger and 3 teaspoons of allspice. Pop that into an airtight container and it’ll see you through the fall/winter!

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies recipe

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Make you  brownies as directed. Either from a box, or from a different recipe. Set your brownie batter aside. In one bowl mix together the sugar, eggs and vanilla. In another, the flour baking powder, salt and spices. Stir thoroughly.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies recipe

Pour your bowl of wet ingredients into the dry ones and continue to mix. Lastly add in the oil and pumpkin. Beat until very well combined.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies recipe

In your pregreased brownie dish of choice pour half the brownie batter, then half the pumpkin batter. Then repeat that step. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Mine came out of the oven at 45! Let them cool in the pan and then enjoy.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies recipe

What’s your favourite pumpkin treat to make?

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  • Karly Kim

    I need to know how you do all that you do (also, please help me come up with a better way to word that sentence). love you!

  • I confess that I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin. But this just might change my mind!

  • Avoir la Peche

    Ooh that looks delicious! I really want to try some baking with pumpkin – you’re right, other than the odd pumpkin pie near halloween it’s not very common here in the UK, but I love pumpkin in savoury – pumpkin ravioli is the best!
    If you can’t get the puree tinned is it ok to make your own instead? (i.e. steaming/roasting pumpkin then pureeing the flesh?)
    I’m definitely going to look for more recipes and give this a go! 🙂

    • Of course it’s okay to make your own pumpkin puree! In fact, it tastes better that way! I just have an itty bitty kitchen right now and don’t have the space for it. But I’d recommend you definitely giving it a go. xx
      PS- I think pumpkin ravioli is delicious as well! x

  • Leslie Germain

    These look amazing. Two of my favorite things – brownies and pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you! If you make them, please let me know how they turn out! xx

  • Chelsee W

    These look super yummy and festive!!!

  • Suzzie Vehrs

    these look so good hallelujah for pumpkin season!

  • Deidre

    Yum yum yum!

  • Haley

    Sam is one lucky man…

  • Chelsey Patti

    These look so delish!!!!

  • Fiona J

    Hi Amanda,
    I am very intrigued by this recipe and might have to give it a try! My favourite pumpkin recipe is pumpkin risotto,delish!

    I hope the move is going well!

    Fee x

    • ohh, I love risottos and pumpkin ravioli so I can just imagine that pumpkin risotto would be delicious! I’ll have to give it a try! xx

  • Allison

    Mmm! I love cream cheese swirl brownies, but I had never thought to make them with pumpkin! I’ve already made my first pumpkin pie of the season (and have nearly eaten the entire thing myself) and I also have pumpkin cookies on the brain that I might need to make before I let my baking sheets disappear into a box. Packing up a kitchen is the worst, isn’t it?

  • Vanessa Morgan

    Pumpkins + chocolate = heaven 🙂

  • Kaeley @ My Mind’s Lens

    You are making my mouth water!

  • Fran

    Oh, these look SO good!