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Pumpkin Brownie Pie

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! 

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies!

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If pumpkin pie and brownies had a baby, it would be this pumpkin brownie pie. And y’all, it is good

First, a confession: I grew up not liking pumpkin pie. Much to my mother’s sadness, no one else in our family really liked it, so it wasn’t a staple on our Thanksgiving table. 

My love of pumpkin has grown over the years (for proof, check the frosted pumpkin cookies, pumpkin oatmeal bread or pumpkin dip). But I still never really loved pumpkin pie. So last year for hosting Thanksgiving, I set out to make a pumpkin pie hybrid that I couldn’t resist! 

My solution: add chocolate. I ended up basing my concept on this, but with my own version of the recipe. You get the solid brownie layer topped with a pumpkin mousse, marbled with more chocolate throughout! 

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!
Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

Add a little homemade whipped cream to add the perfect balance! 

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

Flavor-wise, this pumpkin brownie pie reminds me of chocolate pumpkin bread, with the deep chocolate enhancing but not overpowering the pumpkin. Since it’s crustless, the brownie layer acts partly as a crust and partly as texture to the light pumpkin mousse. 

This recipe is intended as a deep dish pie. If you only have regular pie pans, simply don’t use all the mixtures at the end. There is enough leftover batter to make two extra mini-pies in ramekins! 

This is also an excellent dessert to make the day before. My mom bakes all her pies before Thanksgiving and I think it’s brilliant. One less thing to keep an eye on in the oven? Yes, please!

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

First cook most (but not all) the chocolate batter to create a brownie crust layer.

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

Add the pumpkin on top and swirl with the chocolate batter! 

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

Cannot get over this marbling effect! 

Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

Tools you’ll need: pie pan, small sauce pan, whisk, and mixing bowl.

Pumpkin Brownie Pie

Course: Dessert
Keyword: fall, pie, Thanksgiving, vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 12 oz chocolate chips semisweet
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the open to 350°F and grease a deep dish pie pan. 

Brownie Batter:

  • Heat the chocolate chips, brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until just melted and combined. 
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a minute. Whisk in 2 eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, flour and salt, whisking until just combined. 
  • Pour about a third of the batter into the pie pan and bake 20 minutes. Set aside the rest of the batter for later. 

Pumpkin batter:

  • Combine heavy cream, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and remaining egg & flour in a mixing bowl. Stir until smooth. 
  • Pour the pumpkin batter over the cooked brownie batter. 
  • Stir a tablespoon of water into the remaining brownie batter, then use a spoon to scoop it into the pumpkin batter, swirling as you go.  
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is set. 
Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!
Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

If you need a pumpkin pie remix this Thanksgiving, make pumpkin brownie pie!! 

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Pumpkin Brownie Pie is a mash-up of two classic American desserts: pumpkin pie and brownies! Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert!

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