I’m not sure of the provenance of this recipe originally. If I can find out, I’ll give credit or a link back to the original. In the meantime, do warm-up your autumn tastebuds for a quintessential “pumpkin” recipe. You will find these so-called brownies to be moist and pumpkin-y but not so sweet as to make you gag like so much of the oft-overdone pumpkin spice goodies these days. That being said, it can be easy to over indulge if these little beauties are cut into bite-sized pieces. You just pop them in your mouth, one after the other, until the entire plate is empty. I’m not speaking from experience–wink wink!
Seriously, we served these last Saturday at the store and they were a big hit even for folks who are not necessarily pumpkin fans. We dolled ours up with some jimmies that you can purchase in the store. For an even jazzier presentation, we have sprinkle assortments featuring either Halloween themed sprinkles or autumn-themed sprinkles. In the meantime, here’s the recipe for you to try at home. Maybe you can share it with your co-workers, or take some to your bank, or send some to your child’s class, or just eat them all when no-one is looking…
Primo Pumpkin Brownies
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup canned pumpkin packed solid
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup toffee baking bits
- 1 batch white chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe below
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease the pan with butter.
Beat brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the egg; beat until fluffy. Add the flour, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt; beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in toffee bits. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan set upon a wire rack.
Prepare the frosting and spread over the cooled brownies.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Heat 2 tbsp whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling - remove from heat.
- Add 4 oz chopped white chocolate; stir until completely melted. Cool slightly.
- Beat 6 oz softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar (sifted) in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 1 minute or until fluffy.
- Add white chocolate mixture; beat until smooth.
* A substitute for pumpkin pie spice:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
This delicious cookie was served in the store on Saturday, October 5, 2019. It’s not the first time. We’ve served this cookie before. It’s always well-received and nearly always gone before the end of the day. We took this recipe from a book titled Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney published in 2017. It’s a book that we try to keep in stock because it’s so popular and is filled with the most tasty cookies!
The recipe calls for all the basics – flour, sugar, butter, etc -things that you might have on hand. But it also calls for chocolate chips, M&Ms© candies, and creamy peanut butter – things you may need to plan ahead for or pop to the market and purchase. This is exactly the type of recipe that one could easily swap out the “add-ins” if one preferred, say, raisins more than M&Ms©. As you read the recipe instructions you’ll find that, after baking, more chocolate chips and M&Ms© are pressed into the tops of the warm cookies. I submit that pressing a little toasted coconut flakes would also be delicious as well as pretty. You can also view the original recipe–posted in 2013–on her website here where you’ll get to read first-hand Sally’s own comments and musings.
Do you know that our October 2019 Monthly Feature give-away includes two of the items you need to make cookies? You can read more about it here. Make sure you are on our email list which automatically enters you into each of our drawings. You can sign up here. You can also enter by dropping a paper entry into our vase next time you are visiting the store.
Did you get to taste these cookies in the store? Have you made these cookies? Do you plan to make them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
For this recipe you will need the following items which we carry in the store:
Good baking sheet pans | Parchment paper or silicone baking mats | Pure vanilla extract | Stand mixer or hand mixer | Rubber or silicone spatulas |Cookie scoops | Cooling racks | Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar granulated
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 eggs large
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats quick cook variety
- 1 1/2 cups M&Ms© mini or regular size, plus more for topping
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus more for topping
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about two minutes. Add the eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bols and beat again as needed to combine.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, add the oast. Once combined, beat in the M&Ms© and chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and sticky. Cover and chill the dough in the refridgerator or at least 20 minutes (and up to four days). If chilling for longer than one hour, allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
Scoop balls of dough, two tablespoons (No. 30 scoop) of dough per cookie, and place 3" (7.5 cm) apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, you can press a few more chocolate chips and/or M&Ms© into the tops—this is only for looks!
the cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.