Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

You ever have one of those days in the kitchen where nothing seems to go right?  Yeah… it was like that.

The recipe this was inspired by (here) wasn’t difficult, but I feel there should have been more… specific directions.  The brownie part went just fine; it came from a box.  The pumpkin cheesecake part?  Disastrous the first time.

The directions stated to “combine cream cheese egg pumpkin – blend well”.  I don’t know about you, but that says to be to whip out the hand mixer, due to the block of cream cheese I had.  Yeah… not so much.  Everything was all frothy and way to liquid to pour on top of the brownies to get it to look right.

Like this!

So it went in the trash.  Now, for the new, slightly improved directions:

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

For Brownies:


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix (13×9 Family Size – 18.3 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil






For Pumpkin Cheesecake:


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese spread or 2 oz (1/2 cup) cream cheese, whipped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice








Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  1. Mix brownies according to directions on box.  Pour into greased pan and spread out evenly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whip cream cheese (if you’re using the 8 oz block) until smooth.
  3. Add pumpkin and egg; stir to combine completely.  Add sugar and spice (and everything nice!) and stir.
  4. Pour over brownie mix; spread evenly.  Marble if desired… it looks good either way!
  5. Bake for 30 minutes (-ish) or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
The reason I say “-ish” is because the brownie package states that, for a 9×13 glass pan, you should heat the oven to 350 and bake for 21-23 minutes.  When I pulled it out of the oven at 21 minutes, it was nowhere NEAR ready.  So I added 9 minutes and voila!  Perfection.  Crisis averted!
My little taste testers are a little bias toward their Mommy, but still said “best brownies ever”.  I love my kids!

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

  1. More than happy to return the follow!

    I entered 2 submissions into your linky party (I have another pumpkin recipe that's been getting A LOT of attention).

    I'm spreading the word on your party. *hugs*

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