Fudgy Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin swirl brownies are chewy, chocolate-y and perfect for this pumpkin season or any holiday season. Fudgy and Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe for Holiday Dessert Recipes on @whiteonrice

It’s been at least three years since we decorated for Halloween. Back-in-the-day we used to drive up to Los Olivos and go apple picking. We never failed to pick way more apples than two people and two dogs could consume.  When it comes to wandering in a grove of apple trees, armed with huge picking bags, we’re helpless. All we could ever do was to fill our bags to the brim and then figure out what we were going to do with the apples later.

Pumpkins were always second on our harvest list during our day-long apple picking excursions. The back of the truck would be filled with every type of crinkled, wart-looking and funky colored heirloom pumpkins you can imagine. Again, our second weakness. Give us an empty truck bed and we’ll gladly fill it to the max with pumpkins.

Watch the Pumpkin Swirl Brownies being made. So easy and beautiful:

Fudgy and Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe for Holiday Dessert Recipes on @whiteonrice

So it’s been a while since we’ve harvested apples and pumpkins up in Los Olivos. We miss it and swore that this year, we’d get back to our October tradition. Though we still have two more weeks to fulfill this obligation, we’ve slightly accomplished a little bit of pumpkin decorating thanks to Trader Joe’s.  They’ve got some seriously beautiful pumpkins, both traditional and heirloom, for about $6 a pumpkin. Not a bad price for a quick Fall decorating session for the front of the garage. We ended up buying 5 huge pumpkins and feel so great that we’ve actually accomplished a bit of Fall decor for the house. Perfect time to make these pumpkin swirl brownies.

In September we were on a brownie-making-kick. What started as a craving for brownies became an epic research and development week for homemade brownies. We were slightly obsessed with making a perfect batch of brownies that were both chewy AND fudgy, but with just enough variation for those to like their brownies more cake-y.

Fudgy and Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe for Holiday Dessert Recipes on @whiteonrice

Geez, you should have seen our kitchen. After eating all we could, we still couldn’t give away all the pumpkin swirl brownies fast enough. What we ended up making on the last day was this delicious pumpkin swirl brownies for the blog. We’ve been slow in getting to our regular recipe blogging regime and wanted to be good bloggers and catch up to some seasonal sweets. What we ended up with were multiple batches of these awesome pumpkin swirl brownies that’s perfect for all the big and little kids in your family.

And guess what? These brownies aren’t just for Fall. You can easily whip up a batch without the pumpkin swirl and you’ll have a go-to brownie recipe for all occasions.

Happy October!

diane and todd

Heres some more great pumpkin recipes for pumpkin lovers.

5 from 1 vote
Fudgy-Chewy Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Total Time
1 hr

If the cream cheese isn't softened enough, either briefly microwave it to soften (removed from the foil) or make sure to beat it smooth before adding to the pumpkin puree or else it won't blend together smoothly. If it ends up being clumpy after adding to the pumpkin puree (happened to us once when I didn't let it soften enough), you can press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before adding it to the brownie batter and it will bake fine.

Servings: 16 servings
For the Pumpkin  Swirl:
  • 4 ounces (115g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (115g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons  (25g) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Brownies:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (12 ounces or 340g) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 ounces (57g) unsweetened chocolate squares, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (94g)  all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons (11g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8" x 8" pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.  Set aside.
  2. Make the Pumpkin Swirl mixture: Beat together*see headnote the pumpkin swirl ingredients until smooth (cream cheese, pumpkin puree, egg, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg). Set aside.
  3. Make the Brownie Batter: In saucepan, melt the butter, 1 cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on medium heat. Stir frequently so the chocolate and butter melt and combine evenly, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl (use a rubber spatula to make sure you get all of the chocolate out of the saucepan).  Allow the mixture to cool slightly, 5-10 minutes.
  5. Gently whisk in the granulated sugar and brown sugar into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the vanilla, then the eggs, slowly one at a time, until the mixture becomes smooth.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Once the dry ingredients are combined into the batter, fold in the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  7. Gently pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pans. Make sure to use a rubber spatula to scrape all the sides of the bowl.
  8. Place big dollops of the pumpkin swirl over the brownie batter. Use a butter knife and cut through the pumpkin swirl and the batter, creating a marbled look.
  9. Bake the brownies for about 40 minutes, or until the brownies start to pull away from the edges and the center of the brownie is cooked. Insert a toothpick in the center of the brownies to test doneness. If the toothpick comes out dry, the brownie will be cakey. We like our brownies fudgey, so when the toothpick comes out of the center with a few moist crumbs on it, then we know it's our perfect fudgey texture.
  10. Allow the brownies to completely cool before lifting the brownies out of the pan. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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  1. MixedSoup

    Hi Guys,

    just made these but used an organic pumpkin puree…which I don’t recommend. The pumpkin mix came out super thin and not even close to being spoon-able. Cross fingers – they’re baking now.

  2. Rian G.

    This requires no leavening agent? Baking powder or soda? Does it rise?

    1. Todd & Diane

      No leavening. That’s part of what makes them fudgy and less cake-like. They puff a bit and aren’t super dense.

  3. Elizabeth

    can I make these using a 9 X 13 box mix of brownies? Will they come out the same?

  4. The Kitchen Imp

    So, I made these with a roasted cinderella pumpkin, and I used brown and sweet rice flour (and 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum) in place of the ap flour. Deeeeee-lectable! And I brought them to a party from which they vanished in record time. Thanks so much for the recipe. And let me know if you’d like me to send you some of my organic pumpkin pie spice blend; I’d be delighted to.

  5. Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    The swirl in these brownies look beautiful.

    1. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden

      The swirl is the best part! I’m with you guys, we love apple picking and pumpkin picking in the Fall with the family. Such a nice activity! And yes, like you said, making brownies. Oh yum to Fall.

  6. Marianne

    I made these the other night. So, so good! Love how fudgy and rich they are. I need more practice with my marbling technique, because they didn’t look as pretty as yours, but no one seemed to care. I will definitely make these again.

  7. Aleka

    No leavening agent, like baking powder or baking soda?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Not for our recipe. They are a fudgy brownie, not a cakey.

  8. Veronica

    Can I leave out brown sugar , ran out

    1. White on Rice Couple

      You can add more regular sugar to substitute for the brown sugar.

  9. The Kitchen Imp

    Ooooo! I have some left over Cinderella squash in the fridge. I made pie out of the first half & I think I’ll make these out of the rest. Plus, I just started carrying a pumpkin pie spice that I used in said pie and it will be, I think, perfect here. Thank you so much!

  10. Emily @ Life on Food

    These look so amazing! I want one.

  11. Dana

    These are STUNNING!!!! YUM.

  12. Angela

    A huge success! My fault for not dividing the chips in the beginning and melting them all at the beginning but all the ladies raved about them and loved the fudginess! Can’t wait to make them a second time but follow the directions better 🙂

  13. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous! You had me at fudgy and pumpkin!

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Fudgy, chewy, and totally delicious looking. LOVE!

  15. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    These pumpkin swirl brownies look and sound SO delicious. I have never made swirled brownies before and definitely am dying to now.. Pinned!

  16. Meghan

    These would be perfect for Halloween with the flavors and the color. I have to make these for bookclub. Beautiful

  17. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    I love the pop of color the pumpkin gives! I bet these brownies are so decadent…can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  18. Emily

    The combination of colors is stunning! I bet this recipe tastes just as good as it looks!

  19. Yvette (Muy Bueno)

    Holy moly amazing. Wow! Not only do they look gorgeous but they sound amazing. Great, now I’m craving brownies 🙁

  20. S @ Modern Granola

    These look incredible! I recently found your blog and am now officially a fan! Thanks for coming up with such high quality recipes! Best wishes!

  21. cheyenne

    ahh, these look amazing! thanks for sharing 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  22. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    Wow what a perfect Holiday brownie recipe! They look gorgeous and I bet the pumpkin and chocolate flavor is a unique, tasty combo. I just posted a vanilla cheesecake and chocolate swirl brownie recipe on my blog this morning. Great minds think alike.

  23. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    These are some seriously eye-catching brownies and I bet they taste amazing! Pinned!

  24. Rebecca - FoodFlav

    You really amaze me with your recipe all the time when ever i visit to your site, Incredible!

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