Last week I met a brownie.

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And not the 7-year old, patched up vest-wearing kind.

This kind. The kind with PIE baked on top. And baked in a pan.

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After that pumpkin binge last month, I practically swore off the stuff for good.

But I’m a weird creature of holiday habit… celebrating each holiday just up until that holiday – no more – then excitedly moving on to the next, and I love relishing in Thanksgiving because while all holidays are pretty much about food… this holiday is seriously serious about food. Comfort food.

Just my thang!

So I had to throw one more pumpkin recipe in your face before I start baking copious amounts of cookies and eating enough to make the treadmill cry. Well… that’s sort of a lie, because I have one more (that’s it, I swear. stop giving me the stink eye!) pumpkin recipe on tap that I made weeks ago but didn’t deem photo-worthy enough to share. We’re going to make that a Facebook exclusive recipe later this week! Ooooh the excitement.

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On the outside, I’m totally holding it together for Thanksgiving and focusing on celebrating the feast full force with boatloads of pie, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie.

Which is weird, because I could really care less about pie. Except on Thanksgiving… color me crazy.

But inside, I’m getting in the Christmas spirit like no other, playing the Barry Manilow holiday album on repeat more times than Brenda played Losing My Religion after Dylan dumped her.

Shhh. Don’t tell.

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Nearly 365 days ago, I made some bourbon pecan pie brownies. Oh my… they were GOOD. That doesn’t even explain their deliciousness but I’ll spare you the typical dramatizations since it’s Monday.

Wait. Except for one: this chocolate layer is the fudgiest, richest little pillow of cocoa you will ever sink your teeth into.

K done. I can’t help myself.


See… I like pumpkin… but it is hard for me to classify something as dessert without some sort of hot chocolate mess going on. I’ll have a bite of pumpkin pie come Thanksgiving (you know… like, uh the final bite of food that makes it necessary to unbutton the top of your jeans?) but I really just want chocolate. And I really just like my whipped cream with a little bit of pumpkin pie. I mean, really… I JUST WANT CHOCOLATE.

I’m a supercalifragilistic chocoholic of the worst kind. And if it means anything, I think I’m making peanut butter pie on Thursday because it’s all I can think about, and once I get something in my head, I become the most annoying person ever.

Shocking, I know.

But I had to tell you, because I love you. Now if you know what’s good for you, you’ll make these brownies.

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Pumpkin Pie Fudge Brownie Bars

Yield: makes on 9x13 pan

Total Time: 2 hours


brownie layer
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups sugar
10 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs

pumpkin layer
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish thoroughly or spray with nonstick spray.

In a small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla and set aside. In a double boiler, add butter, cocoa, sugar and salt. Mix until the mixture becomes a batter – this will take approximately 10 minutes and at first will just look like clumps of cocoa power. Be patient! Remove the bowl from heat and whisk in the egg mixture (very slowly while whisking, so you don’t have scrambled eggs!) until combined. Stir in flour until batter is smooth, then pour in baking dish. Use a 9×13 dish for thin bars, and an 8×8 for thicker bars. For 9×13 dish, bake for 12-13 minutes. For an 8×8 dish, bake for about 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely! Then make pumpkin layer.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a bowl, whisk together sugars and egg until smooth. Add in pumpkin and spice, again mixing until combine. Finish by adding in heavy cream, stirring until everything is mixed, then pour on top of the cooled brownie layer and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for 10 minutes (9×13 dish) or 15 minutes (8×8 dish), then reduce heat to 325 degrees F and bake for 18-20 minutes (9×13 dish)/22-25 minutes (8x8dish) or until pumpkin layer is set. Let cool completely (ideally overnight, or about 3-4 hours) then slice and serve.

[brownies from bourbon pecan pie brownies, pumpkin from simply recipes]

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Because these are good for you. I swear.

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163 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Fudge Brownie Bars.”

  1. #
    Stacie (Foodie2Shoes) — November 21, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Not fair — I had just convinced myself to only make three desserts, now I’m back up to four…


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    Shanna like Banana — November 21, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I think by adding the whipped cream, you made everything right in the world.

    These are the perfect combo. Well done girl, well done.


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    Julie @SavvyEats — November 21, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    how do you think my husband and my uncle (the birthday boys this week) would feel about brownies instead of a birthday cake? hmm….might have to convince them


    • Alice — November 22nd, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Maybe you could do both!:)


      • Julie @SavvyEats — November 22nd, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

        I like your thinking!

        • Alice — November 22nd, 2011 @ 5:34 pm


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    Steph @321delish — November 21, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    ZOMG! HOLY CRAP these look amazing!


  5. #
    MilesMusclesMom — November 21, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    must eat


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    Katrina — November 21, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Brownies are my favorite square thing in this universe. I like them more than my GPS and any square type baked good ever. Pumpkin pie is my second favorite pie! Look what you’ve done. You’ve made me crazy!!


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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 21, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    WOW! That was not a bad thing to wake up to this morning :) I am making these this week!


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    Maria — November 21, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Another genius recipe!


  9. #
    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — November 21, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    i want to jump into these photos – freakin’ love this combo!


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    Morgan @ momentsofmmm — November 21, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Wow! These brownies look super thick and chewy…just how I like ’em! And with pumpkin..oh.em.gee..Is it too dramatic to call this pure bliss? Making these ASAP!


  11. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 21, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Ooohh these look decadent!!


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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — November 21, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Ooh how delectably naughty. I could go for a couple right now with my steaming cup of morning tea. Sigh. Do you deliver?


  13. #
    Moni'sMeals — November 21, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    perfection, really! They look devine and perfect for Thanksgiving Football!


  14. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — November 21, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Those look like fudgy brownie pie heaven! I totally get the whole chocolate thing. Why fight it!?


  15. #
    Pete — November 21, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    I have a recipe for Eggnog Whipped Cream that’s dying to party on top of one of these bars (or two…or five).


  16. #
    samantha — November 21, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Okay, I am defnitely making these either today or for sure tomorrow. I also plan on making your homemade peppermint patties–after I go to the store tonight and buy evaporated milk. And your peppermint mocha milkshake was amazing–it defintely doubled as a breath mint too! I have slightly over one month to inhale all this goodness before it’s back on Weight Watchers January 2nd. So please, keep all the food/dessert coming that can do serious damage to my waistline lol


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    Mandy — November 21, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Oh (wo)man. I had talkd myself out of making pumpkin cheesecake again this year, but I might have to bite the bullet on these. I wonder how they would be with some bittersweet chips tossed in?


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    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — November 21, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    those look ridiculously moist and delicious! and I hate the word moist… but there was no other way to describe it.


  19. #
    Katie — November 21, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    You can keep throwing pumpkin recipes in my face for the rest of the year if you want. I won’t mind at all.


  20. #
    caroline — November 21, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Oh My.


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    CouponClippingCook — November 21, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Love this! Seriously, I could eat this for breakfast right now! Looks so delicious!


  22. #
    janetha — November 21, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    why do you do this to me! you are making my ass so fat!


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    Lisa — November 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Jessica, important urgent question! Can agave nectar/syrup from TJ’s sub in recipes for corn syrup or brown rice syrup? I want to make those bourbon brownies and don’t want to have to do another TJ run because we all know what happens when you walk through the doors with a wallet..GAAAAHHH!


    • Jessica — November 21st, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

      Yiiiikes. I honestly can not say for sure. I think that the brownies it would be fine – however I’m pretty sure agave is sweeter than both of those, so you’d maybe want to use less, but the thing is… that you need that same amount…
      As for things like marshmallows, I’m really not sure that those syrups should ever replace corn syrup. I feel like corn syrup is much thicker and syrupy than them? I wish I knew more!


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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 21, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    i made your bourbon pecan brownies last week & they were amazing. AMAZING. i suspect these will be awesomely delicious too!


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    Laura — November 21, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    These look like they are so yummy and gooey that you could almost spread them. Makes me want to lick the screen. YUM!


  26. #
    Jessie — November 21, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    After just having had a baby I am now trying to be “good” and watch what I eat (before the holidays…yeah I know it’s not the brightest idea), but with your recipes you make everything sound sooooo good! Not to mention look good! Maybe I should toss the portion control and just quit my job then I would have time to eat and work out all day! Lol I love your blog and recipes, you crack me up!


  27. #
    honeywhatscooking — November 21, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    looks so good.. love the photos.


  28. #
    Jen Marie — November 21, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Your cloverleaf rolls are going to be gracing my THanksgiving table. For realz!!


  29. #
    Michelle — November 21, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Wow. I’m seriously salivating! I’m stuck making our entire Thanksgiving meal for my relatives. I’m panicking, so your recipes will come in mighty handy in the coming days. Thanks for sharing!


  30. #
    Cat @Breakfast to Bed — November 21, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    holy cow. these are both pretty and not overwhelming in the instructions department. LOVE.


  31. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — November 21, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    One word.


  32. #
    Liz J — November 21, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    I love dramatization! I do it often too! :)
    These look great! :)


  33. #
    Living The Sweet Life — November 21, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    Would it be terrible to make these and not tell anyone … I kind of (totally) don’t want to share!


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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — November 21, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    Like seriously Jessica. Your stuff is consistently amazing with each and every post! Bravo! This looks totally divine!


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    lara — November 21, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    So happy to see these! I’m like you. I only want the chocolate. I was planning on making a pumpkin pie for my daughter (since the rest of us like sweet potato pie). I couldn’t imagine her eating a whole pumpkin pie.
    I showed her these, and she wants me to make them instead. These, I’ll eat! Thanks so much!!


  36. #
    danielle — November 21, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    They look delicious!! I love the last picture.


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    jennifer — November 21, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    these are good for you. pumpkin is a vegetable and chocolate is an antioxidant. thank you for keeping me health conscience during the holidays.


  38. #
    Zesty Cook — November 21, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    YUM! The combination of two of my favorite desserts…perfection. Hope you have a great holiday, Jessica!


  39. #
    katie — November 21, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    I want to hang out with you and be your taste tester, but Im not sure if I would still fit in my clothes, lol! Oh well , who cares!

    These look good! Seriously, I hope we can hang out sometime!


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    Katie@Cozydelicious — November 21, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Oh man, I might have to change up my Thanksgiving menu plan and get these in there! The combo of pumpkin and chocolate sounds awesome. So rich and yummy!


  41. #
    rose — November 21, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    These look amazing and rich! Love the look of that chocolate. But most importantly Brenda and Dylan are totally meant for each other.. I always re-watch the season 1 episodes (for the 100th time) where they 1st get together and fall in love all over again!! Best 90210 couple! (David and Donna a close second, tho I also Loved Valerie!) (Clearly if you wrote a 90210 blog, I’d read it LOL)


  42. #
    Kelly — November 21, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    These look AMAZING!! I sooooo want to try these!


  43. #
    Amy — November 21, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    Omg, Pumpkin + chocolate! You are a genius! Can’t wait to try this at home.


  44. #
    Cole — November 21, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    Made this tonight! Yummy!!! No whipped cream in the house and you better believe I will be stopping in the mornig for some…thanks for the idea! :)


  45. #
    Kiran @ — November 21, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    I could easily stuff a few of those delicious bars. Hey, it’s Thanksgiving week. That’s my excuse :D


  46. #
    Cassie — November 22, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    YUM!! Thanks for sharing! =D


  47. #
    The Cilantropist — November 22, 2011 @ 4:27 am

    I cannot believe my eyes. I have no words for this chocolate and pie explosion. Whoa.


  48. #
    sue — November 22, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Oh god, why did I look, this looks amazing.


  49. #
    Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life — November 22, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Heaven on a plate! Your ideas are endless…


  50. #
    Alice — November 22, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    now I know how can I use the pumpkin!I was always doing pumpkin-cheescake :) thanks!



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