Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat.

These pumpkin cheesecake brownies make the perfect fall treat! Chewy, fudgy brownies with creamy pumpkin cheesecake swirled into them - they disappeared fast here!

So the kids and I loved these fall flavoured, cream cheese brownies! 

Chewy chocolaty brownies with pumpkin spice cheesecake swirled into them? What's not to love? The four of us demolished them quite quickly. 

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Also, I made 3 batches before I was satisfied, and since no one needs that many cheesecake brownies, two of those batches got sent to my husband's office, where I'm told they disappeared just as fast.

All that to say, that I think my husband is crazy for not even trying them. He has this thing with pumpkin spice and has stopped even trying anything I make that involves pumpkin. 

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I don't really understand - pumpkin spice is amazing and I want to make all the pumpkin things every single fall.

Oh well, he doesn't know what he's missing, because these pumpkin cheesecake brownies were amazing. But they're all gone now. 

They didn't last long.

What makes brownies chewy?

To make sure your brownies are fudgy and chewy, you basically want to undercook the brownies a little bit. They will continue to set up as they cool down, so if you bake them until they are completely done, they will end up being dry.

Bake them until the edges are puffed and the middle is just set.

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A toothpick inserted into the centre of the brownies should come out with some moist crumbs on it, but not wet batter or completely clean.

I find for these pumpkin cheesecake brownies, I needed to bake them for 55 minutes, but ovens do vary a bit, so test at 50 minutes, but they may take up to 60 minutes.

Do I need to refrigerate cheesecake brownies?

I always refrigerate cheesecake brownies. With the cream cheese in them, it's safer to store them in the refrigerator. Plus, I find cheesecake brownies taste better cold anyways!

Once they have cooled completely, cover them tightly and store them in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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How long should you wait before cutting brownies?

Wait until your brownies are completely cooled and chill them for an hour to make them easier to cut.

For these pumpkin cheesecake brownies, I let them cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then lift them out of the pan with the foil sling and place that on the wire rack for the brownies to cool completely.

Once they've cooled place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting them into squares. Store them in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped or covered, for up to five days.

File 1 - Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

How to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies:

Making a foil sling for your baking dish and spraying it with non-stick cooking spray is the best way to be able to get these brownies out of the pan easily after they're baked.

You could just spray the pan with cooking spray if you like and skip the foil, it will just be harder to get perfectly cut brownies then!

These cream cheese brownies are very easy to make. The most difficult part is swirling the cheesecake and brownie batters together in a way that looks pretty.

Don't be like me and make them three times to try and get it pretty - it doesn't matter, they will taste great no matter how pretty the swirling is!

The trick is to not overdo it, because the two batters will mix together quite easily, and then you lose the swirling effect.

Smooth the top of the batter once it's all in the pan, then do a few swirls with a knife through the top layer to mix the two, and then leave it alone.

Store these cream cheese brownies, tightly covered or wrapped individually, in the refrigerator for up to five days.

File 2 - Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Here are some more great pumpkin recipes for you:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Crumb Topping

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

    12 Servings

Ingredients

For the Brownies:
  • 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 4 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 large Eggs
For the Pumpkin Cheesecake:
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, (125g), softened
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the butter, semi-sweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate. Heat this mixture in the microwave on 50% powder for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate and butter and melted and smooth.
  5. Whisk in the sugar and the vanilla until well combined.
  6. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  7. Add the flour mixture, and whisk until just combined. Set aside.
  8. In another bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
  9. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth.
  10. Spread 2/3 of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  11. Spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top of this layer, alternating with spoonfuls of the pumpkin cheesecake batter.
  12. Using the tip of a butter knife, swirl the upper layer of brownie batter and cheesecake batter together.
  13. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with some moist crumbs on it, but not wet batter. Don’t over-bake the brownies or they will be a bit dry.
  14. Let them cool completely on a wire rack, then cover and store them in the refrigerator, chilling them for about an hour before slicing them into squares. They will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

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Author: Stacey Mebs
Source: Source: Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.
Recipe Yields: 12 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 brownie
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 138
Calories 288

% Daily Value*
26%
Total Fat 17g
51%
  Saturated Fat 10g
4%
Sodium 97mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate 31g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 22g
8%
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!