PUMPKIN PIE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

 PUMPKIN PIE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

PUMPKIN PIE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

SCENE:
Fall is here and I'm completely obsessed with pumpkin. I feel like a Trader Joe's marketing exec: I MUST make all things pumpkin. Seriously. Have you been to Trader Joe's lately? Or perused their newsletter? What's next? Pumpkin Pickles? If I ever get pregnant again... Kidding. 

Brownies are always a good idea, especially for sharing. I decided to try a pumpkin pie chocolate brownie recipe in hopes of finding a dessert option other than pie to serve this holiday season. These are pretty amazing. They are perfect for Halloween as well. I added some orange sprinkles for pizzaz and placed them on this sweet pumpkin plate from Sur La Table.  

SONG:
You Make Me Feel So Young
A few years ago we decide to have a 'Frank Fall.' It was a grand idea and we've continued the tradition. As well, baking to Frank is fun. 
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INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c butter
3 oz dark chocolate baking squares
3 large eggs
1 c & 2 tb sugar
2 tb brandy
1 tb vanilla extract
2/3 c flour
1 1/2 ts baking powder
1 ts salt divided
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
3 lage eggs
1/3 c brown sugar
1 1/2 ts pumpkin spice

PROCESS
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Place a double broiler on the stove and pour water in the bottom pot
-Place first 3 ingredients in the top pot and cook until the butter and chocolate are melted 5-7 min
-Remove from heat and let cool
-Whisk together 3 eggs, sugar, brandy and vanilla
-Add warm chocolate mixture and whisk
-Let cool for 10 min
-Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper and grease with nonstick spray or butter
-Mix flour, baking powder, and  1/2 ts salt in a large bowl
-Add chocolate mixture
-Pour the batter into the pan but reserve 2/3 c for later
-Whisk together pumpkin, next four ingredients, and 1/2 ts salt
-Pour over the brownie batter in the pan
-Add the remaining brownie batter and swirl gently with a spatula or knife
-Bake for 45-50 min
-Let brownies cool
-Cut and serve

Enjoy!
Oxx,
Carly
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