I love fall baking, but I find myself with a to-do list much longer than I could ever bake. Or eat. I will always have time for these babies, though. These Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies have become a fall staple around the Perry household. I loved the pumpkin-chocolate combination, and I thought the touch of cinnamon in the brownie batter married the two flavors beautifully. I think I might add a little more next time.
The brownie part of these was especially good. Even the batter. I had to make a valiant effort to pry the spatula out of my little girl's hands before she made a complete mess of herself. It was the first time she'd ever had a spatula to lick all by herself, and you'd think I'd put her in a room with 100 kittens. She was so happy until Mom ruined everything.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
adapted from Cara's Cravings
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 T vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 T flour
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each ground ginger and ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" or a 11x7" baking pan.
For the Brownies:
Beat together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla, then beat in eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients in small bowl, and then gradually stir into butter mixture by hand.
For the Cheesecake:
In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in remainder of ingredients until smooth.
Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan. Spread the pumpkin batter over top, distributing evenly. Drop the remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. To make the swirls, run a butter knife back and forth through the pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the center doesn't jiggle when you nudge the pan. Cool completely and chill before cutting and serving. (Are you kidding me? I couldn't wait that long. Just don't eat them all while they're warm because they taste even better chilled.)
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