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Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies

These easy fudgy pumpkin brownies are the perfect fall dessert because all you do is add a pumpkin cream cheese swirl to your favorite boxed brownie mix. It's also great for 1-2 people because this recipe uses just ½ box, so you're not eating yourself sick or throwing away uneaten brownies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 brownies
Author Rebecca


  • medium mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • small whisk
  • Loaf Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Parchment Paper (optional)


Brownie Ingredients

  • ½ bag brownie mix
  • oil, eggs, etc to make brownie mix
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Pumpkin Swirl Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1.5 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice or more to preference


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk ¼ c pumpkin puree, 1 oz softened cream cheese, 1.5 teaspoon granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour ½ box of brownie mix into a medium mixing bowl. Add ½ each of additional ingredients (usually water, oil, and egg(s)). Whisk together until just incorporated. Then fold in ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  • Prepare loaf pan by spraying with cooking spray (or greasing it with butter). Pour brownie batter into loaf pan, then add dollops of pumpkin mixture to brownie batter.
  • Swirl pumpkin mixture into brownie batter by stirring them together with a rubber spatula. Stir until pumpkin is evenly-ish swirled into the batter.
  • Transfer loaf pan to 350 degree oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. To test doneness of brownies, gently shake pan from side to side. Brownies are done when they don't jiggle in the center.



  • Quickly warm cream cheese to room temp by placing it in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving it on defrost, checking frequently. Remove when soft.
  • Test pumpkin mixture, adjust sugar and pumpkin spice to your preference.
  • Choose a brownie mix that uses 2 eggs, that's easier to cut in half than a mix with just one egg.
  • Use parchment paper, then spray paper with cooking spray for easy release brownies.
  • Brownies will take longer to bake than the box says, they're thicker than traditional brownies. If you want thinner brownies, bake in an 8x8 dish instead.