10.27.2013

Recipe Guest Post // Pumpkin Swirl Cocoa Brownies


Hey guys! I'm off in San Diego this weekend, so I asked Abby to share one of her yummy recipes she is always creating! Hope you enjoy it and I will be back here tomorrow :)

Hello Foreign Room peeps! My name is Abby, I blog over at Little City Adventures, and you may "recognize" me from the East vs West series that Jess and I recently did together. But if you don't know much about me: I'm a newlywed living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and I love to bake, cook, and eat food. So yeah, my life involves around food. I even work at a bakery. Jess has gotten to know me pretty well and knows just how much I love food and asked me to write up a fall-ish recipe while she was away this weekend. When I got her email I literally jumped up and down and excitedly texted my husband. Then came the thinking up a recipe. I was craving chocolate so it obviously had to include chocolate. But it also needed to be fall-ish. Pumpkin is fall-ish. Chocolate and pumpkin, chocolate and pumpkin, chocolate and pumpkin....Pumpkin Swirl Cocoa Brownies! And yes my friends, they are as good as they sound! Now for any of you out there who are slightly wary of that much chocolate being all up in pumpkin, it really is good. Have you ever had pumpkin bread with chocolate chips in it? See, it really is a good combination! If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my blog for even more recipes, as I post at least one per week. 

Pumpkin Swirl Cocoa Brownies
prep time: 8 minutes          cook time: 35 minutes          total time: 43 minutes

What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- dash of salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp milk (I used soy)
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted

How to do it:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray.
2. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Add dry to wet until incorporated.
4. In another bowl (or same one that held dry ingredients), blend together pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and 2 Tbsp butter. 
5. Pour chocolate batter into prepared pan. Spoon pumpkin mixture overtop of batter at random spots. Using a knife, swirl pumpkin mixture throughout chocolate batter. 
6. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
Note: the pumpkin parts will not be as firm as the chocolate brownie part. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 
Love, Abby

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