Making Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies for Fall

I love fall. The colors, the smells, and…the baking. I get to use pumpkin and mix it with chocolate for gooey deliciousness.

Gooey Delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies for Fall

I love fall, don’t you? Twice a year, spring and fall, I take everything out, scrub down the entire house, and create order from chaos.

I have to be a little sneaky because my husband loves to save everything. If I didn’t do anything about it, the house would be one big flea market. I mean, honestly, how many glass jars does one need? So, when no one is looking…out it goes!

I finished my fall cleaning last week. All the piles were gone, and everything was shiny and gleaming. I was in paradise. It lasted just until the afternoon when the kids came home to mess everything up. Why is the school day so short?

But, until then, I savored my special chocolate from my secret location, sipped a mocha cappuccino, and checked out the latest news on my favorite baking blogs. I was going to call Grace, but the last time I saw her she was still running around with zombie fingers. I decided to wait until she broke free of the ghouls and goblins.

The Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Treat

Kat is one of my favorite fellow bloggers. I decided to check out her blog and I found this interesting recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies. Kat describes it as the “ultimate gooey chocolate treat.” Translation: Make the kids eat it outside!

It seems to have something for everyone: gooey for the kids, cheesecake for my husband, pumpkin…well, maybe no one will notice it, and chocolate for me!

Kat says your house will be filled with the colors and scents of autumn as you swirl around the pumpkin spiced cheesecake batter, infused with ginger and cinnamon, into the gooey brownies batter. Heavenly!

Now, this is not an easy recipe. Kat said it took her a few times before she perfected it. Thankfully, she blazed the trail for me. All I needed to do was follow in her footsteps.

Kat was specific about using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling to avoid overdosing on the sugar and spices. Kids running around with gooey chocolate brownies infused sugar…a nightmare.

The cheesecake batter was a breeze. Mix cream cheese with sugar, egg, the pumpkin puree, and those autumn spices.

The brownie batter was a bit more labor-intensive. I melted dark chocolate (I tasted it first, of course, to make sure it was well, you know…good enough) with butter, keeping the heat just right.

Separately I beat eggs with light brown sugar and then whisked in the melted chocolate mixture. Now you have to keep whisking here so nothing gets lumpy. And then I added flour and the rest of the ingredients.

I was enjoying the autumn feel and thinking about that Eric Clapton song, “Autumn Leaves.” Humming the tune, I prepared the baking pan.

And then it began.

In Walks Grace….

While I was still enjoying the wonderful aromas, and singing the final refrain,” When autumn leaves start to fall…” I suddenly heard a knock and then that familiar voice.

“Betty, where are you?”

“Here in the kitchen.”

She was wearing the zombie finger cookies on her hands!

“Grace, you know, we’re cruising into Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s time to send the zombies home?”

“Thanksgiving already?”

“Yup, right around the corner. Haven’t you seen all those Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads?”

“What are you making?”

“Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies. I’m just about at the end.”

“New recipe?”

“I found it on Kat’s blog. I was just about to pour the brownie batter into the pan and then we blob and swirl the cheesecake batter.”

Grace’s eyes lit up…blobbing and swirling?

I had the feeling that my Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies were going to take on an entirely new persona.

“Ok, let me first pour in most of the brownie batter. Then, you blob in the cheesecake batter. After that, we’ll put in the rest of the brownie batter, also in blobs and then swirl everything around to make it look like marble.”

“Ah, but…those zombie fingers??”

Grace eagerly took off the zombie fingers as her enthusiasm shifted to blobbing and swirling.

I poured in the brownie batter and then Grace began with the blobs. She decided to make a pattern with the blobs. I tried to tell her that in the end everything was going to melt into marbleized brownies and the blobs will be long gone, but you know Grace.

In honor of autumn, Grace decided to make the blobs into a tree, with falling leaves. I was anxious to finish up before the kids got home from school, but Grace was having a blast blobbing her tree so I let her continue while I looked to see if we still had any chocolate liqueur. I was feeling the need for a little toddy.

Finally, finished. We didn’t swirl because Grace didn’t want to upset the tree.

Into the oven and 35 minutes later, presto—Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies. It wasn’t as marbleized as in the picture and Grace was disappointed that she couldn’t see her tree. But all in all, it was a smashing success! And yes, it was gooey!

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