Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate may not enter your mind when you think of traditional Thanksgiving desserts, but these Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies from Chocolate with Grace are here to change your opinion.

These brownies should be on your short list for a holiday dessert, or any regular fall day, because of the irresistible combination of chocolate, cheesecake and pumpkin. In the words of a friends who was on the receiving end of this batch: “These brownies are absolutely delicious.”

This dessert is both pretty to look at and good to eat, thanks to the easy swirls of cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake layers mixed on top. Don’t be intimated by the edible art! Just be careful to not over-mix the two, or they will not be as attractive. My end result of this batch is the result of mixing it a bit too much.

Properly swirling your two cheesecake layers will create a striking, edible art piece. (Sweet On Smith photo)

This mix does require more chilling time than the normal brownie recipe, due to the cheesecake layers. Once you bake them for 40-50 minutes, you will let them cool completely on the counter, and then chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before slicing. The result is a thick, fudgy brownie – great for wrapping individual pieces and delivering to the front porches of friends and family. This is a great dessert to make the day before and have it ready to go before your holiday meal, so that is one less item to worry about putting in the oven when you’re also focused turkey, ham or green bean casserole.

If it will just be you and your significant other for Thanksgiving this year, you can make a small-batch of pumpkin brownies, with this recipe by Dessert For Two. Her recipe does not include cheesecake layering, but is equally delicious and much better suited for only a couple of people.

If you’re still not convinced that chocolate deserves a spot at your Thanksgiving table, Chocolate with Grace offers a wide variety of pumpkin recipes fit to feed several people. Likewise, Dessert for Two has a number of pumpkin recipes scaled down to fit your small batch needs – including these adorable mini pumpkin pies.

What do you think – will a chocolate recipe grace your holiday table this year? Stay sweet, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Anna!!! So happy to come across this blog! Looking forward to trying out one of your amazing treats. I hope…


Published by SweetOnSmith

Hi, I'm Anna! A few things to know about me: I'm a big fan of reading, writing, baking and eating desserts. Sweet On Smith started out in 2017 as a way to bake for others, while raising money to help various hurricane relief efforts, and area nonprofits. While that aspect is currently on pause, I wanted a space to share my good reads and sweet treat recommendations with you.

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