Pumpkin swirl brownies are thick, fudgey homemade brownies (better than a box mix!) with a pumpkin cinnamon swirl.

Two chocolate brownies with with orange pumpkin swirl, stacked on top of each other.

Cake, pie, cookie or brownie. Which would be your very first pick? Such a hard question, since I’m obviously a total sucker for all things sweet. But honestly, who could ever pass up a good ole fashioned brownie? I have so many brownie recipes on my site, it’s verging on embarrassing.

Let’s see…we’ve got brownie truffles, mint browniescaramel poke rocky road brownies, Reese’s peanut butter brownies…and that’s only scratching the surface! And I will be honest in admitting I never discriminate on a good box brownie mix.

Homemade brownies are awesome, obviously, but I’d never turn down a good quality box mix either. 🙂

An 8x8 pan with a mixture of Pumpkin and chocolate Brownies

So, even though you’d be totally crazy not to make these (ridiculously easy) brownies from scratch, you could totally use a box mix for this recipe and swirl the pumpkin mix as directed after you make your brownie batter.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies cut into squares on wax paper.

Pumpkin brownies are something you probably see pop up often on your Pinterest feed this time of year, (are you following me on Pinterest yet?!) but there are a couple things that set these pumpkin swirl brownies apart.

First, they’re more on the chocolate brownie side, where most other recipes seem to be heavier on the pumpkin side and chocolate brownie). My preference is to make an awesome traditional brownie, with a small marble of pumpkin cinnamon flavor throughout. I thought these were absolutely perfect.

Also, this brownie recipe is the EASIEST and seriously makes the most amazing thick, fudgey, and delicious chocolate brownies. The added swirl of pumpkin throughout really puts them over the top.


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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Total 45 minutes
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Pumpkin Swirl:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add all ingredients for the pumpkin swirl to a bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside.

For the brownies:

  • Melt butter in the microwave and then set aside to cool. 
  • Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl; flour, sugar cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. 
  • In another small bowl whisk together the eggs and vanilla. Add mixture to the dry ingredients and gently stir. 
  • Pour melted and (slight cooled butter) over the top and mix just until combined (don't overmix). 
  • Pour ¾ of the brownie batter into the bottom of a greased 8x8'' pan and smooth into an even layer. 
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture on top and smooth into an even layer. 
  • Spoon remaining brownie batter over the top. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the batter in both directions.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25- 33 minutes or until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (or with just a few crumbs). Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1090IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.8mg

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  1. Love these! The perfect amount of pumpkin for those who aren’t totally pumpkin-season obsessed AND for those who, well, are (like me!). Can’t wait to try these!

  2. Hi Lauren,
    I have a question about your pumpkin brownie recipe. Do the eggs & vanilla go into the pumpkin cinnamon mixture or the chocolate brownie mixture? Your written instructions say one thing and your list of ingredients are labeled differently than what is written. These look so yummy and I’m just about to make them and don’t want to mess them up. 🙂

    1. Hi Lynne, in Step 1 it says to add all of the pumpkin swirl ingredients together in a bowl and then set aside. Then make the brownies. Hope that helps, and hope you enjoy them 🙂