Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

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Fudgy scratch brownies swirled with creamy pumpkin cheesecake.

sliced pumpkin cheesecake brownies

If you were a brownie and needed to dress yourself up for fall, what would you do? Swirl yourself with pumpkin? Because that’s exactly what we’re doing today.

I think I’m calling these my “basic” brownies. Not quite the same as my “base brownie recipe,” but my Basic with a capital B brownies, because I’m pretty sure one bite of these brownies will want you throwing on your Ugg boots and sipping a PSL.

aerial photo of pumpkin cheesecake brownies

I nearly guarantee it.

September’s Brownie of The Month is all about the pumpkin, and where better to place it than right smack dab in the middle of FAF’s Pumpkin Week?

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If you missed it, I posted a brand new pumpkin spice cookie recipe and spruced up my pumpkin spice puppy chow recipe to kick things off this week.

sliced pumpkin cheesecake brownies on a platter

And since 2020 is all about those brownies, it only made sense to throw pumpkin into that mix, too.

So you’ve definitely seen these brownies before. They’re a spinoff of my chocolate chip cheesecake swirl brownies from many years ago.

Those brownies begin with my homemade fudgy brownie batter (as do all of the brownies on my blog) and then get swirled with chocolate chip cheesecake.

stack of pumpkin cheesecake brownies

I took the chocolate chip cheesecake portion of those brownies and changed a few things around in order to fit the mold for these pumpkin cheesecake brownies (side note: if you want to keep the pumpkin cheesecake party going, check out my pumpkin cheesecake swirl sheet cake next!).

We know that in baking, pumpkin adds ridiculous moisture. Sometimes too much. Which is why I completely removed them from my pumpkin spice cookies.

pumpkin cheesecake brownies stacked on a platter

The same applies here, where I removed the egg from the pumpkin cheesecake batter in order to keep a good amount of moisture rather than bring soggy cheesecake to our brownies.

stack of pumpkin cheesecake brownies

I also sweetened the cheesecake with just a touch more sugar than the cheesecake batter for my chocolate chip cheesecake swirl brownies because we completely removed the chocolate chip aspect and to me, the pumpkin cheesecake portion needed to be juuuuust a touch sweeter to account for that.

I added just a teeny bit of pumpkin pie spice to the pumpkin cheesecake batter to amp up the flavor without losing too much of the brownie element.

pumpkin batter for pumpkin cheesecake brownies sitting in a glass bowl

A quick swirl of the pumpkin cheesecake batter into the brownie batter and we’re left with gorgeous orange swirls amid dark chocolatey ones. I was afraid these brownies would be ugly, but they’re totally not at all.

pumpkin cheesecake brownies in a pan ready to bake

Though it’s possible I am pretty biased since orange is my absolute favorite color.

It was so hard to wait for these pumpkin cheesecake brownies to cool before cutting them, but the wait was definitely worth it.

aerial photo of pumpkin cheesecake brownies

The pumpkin cheesecake swirls are such a nice complement to the already rich chocolate of the brownie, and if you’re unsure about chocolate + pumpkin together, these brownies will definitely make you a believer.

Dense, chocolatey, bursts of spiced pumpkin cheesecake in every bite… These brownies just scream “FALL.” And “BASIC,” because, yes.

hand grabbing a pumpkin cheesecake brownie with a bite taken out of it

You gotta try ’em.

sliced pumpkin cheesecake brownies
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Fudgy scratch brownies swirled with creamy pumpkin cheesecake.
Prep Time25 minutes
Bake Time38 minutes
Total Time1 hour 3 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 16 brownies



  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter cut into 6-8 slices
  • 8 ounces (227g) semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup (150g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature preferred1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (90g) all-purpose flour be sure to measure properly
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 4 ounces (112g) cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon (65g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Line an 8" or 9" square baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and chopped chocolate, stirring frequently until completely smooth. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Whisk sugar into cooled chocolate mixture until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the flour and salt and stir gently until completely combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • In a medium size bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until completely smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter. Use a knife to create swirls by dragging it through the batter.
  • Bake brownies for 34-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store brownies covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 2 months.


  1. Room temperature eggs: these incorporate into batter much more easily than cold eggs, although this is not absolutely necessary.
Adapted from homemade fudgy brownies
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1336IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow – I made these brownies this weekend and they were a big hit!
    I did make one minor adjustment – I doubled the amount of pumpkin pie spice.
    Thanks for another delicious recipe.