This is a great treat. Every Thanksgiving my mom makes pumpkin cheesecake and it is (in my opinion) way better than pumpkin pie. Then I found this recipe at Cookie Madness, a blog I frequent, and I had to try it!
12 ounces softened cream cheese
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 large egg plus 2 tablespoons beaten egg (weird huh?)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 table spoons flour
2 sticks butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a 9 inch square pan with foil. (I used an 8 inch square and had a little batter left)
2. Cream the cream cheese and sugars. Add the egg, vanilla, pumpkin and spice. Slowly add the flour and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl cream butter, salt and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla.
4. In a microwave safe bowl (glass) slowly melt the chocolate chips. I do 30 second bursts in the micro followed by stirring for 30 seconds.
5. Add chocolate to the butter, salt and sugar bowl (from step 3). Stir in the flour with a scraper or spoon.
6. Pour all but a cup of the brownie batter into the foil lined pan. Top with all the cheesecake batter. Plop in the last of the brownie batter on top in a wave pattern. Swirl with a knife if desired!
7. Bake for 50 minutes. The cheesecake will still be jiggly but the brownie batter will be set. It's hard to tell but take a good look at it and give it a gentle jiggle. :)
Refrigerate for at least a few hours. I did mine over night and it was perfect!
The pumpkin cheesecake brownie was a huge success and so freakin delicious I will make it again before Christmas!
See, it's not too late to use that extra can of pumpkin in your pantry!