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Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 5 mins
Yield

Makes 2 dozen

TIP: Let fresh-baked brownies chill, uncovered, overnight. For a perfect slice, cut while they're cold. Serve at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 (1-oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Parchment paper
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch in the bottom of a double boiler over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer. Place first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk together 3 eggs, granulated sugar, and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Gradually whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; cool 10 minutes.

  3. Grease a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with butter. Line bottom and sides of pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Grease (with butter) and flour parchment paper.

  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a bowl. Whisk into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan, reserving 2/3 cup.

  5. Whisk together pumpkin, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt; pour over brownie batter in pan. Top with reserved brownie batter, and swirl batter gently 3 times in 1 direction and 3 times in the opposite direction with a knife or the end of a wooden spoon.

  6. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Lift brownies from pan, using parchment paper sides as handles. Gently remove parchment paper, and cut brownies into 24 squares.

Cook's Notes

To make ahead, refrigerate cooled uncut brownies, uncovered, overnight; cut into squares while cold.