I spent the weekend baking with my girls. Maybe it’s because I know fall is sliiiiiiiping from my fingertips and I haven’t yet made my plethora of pumpkin/cinnamon/apple treats.

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Maybe it’s because I’m still in a rental and don’t care one tiny bit about the mess.

Mostly it’s because I love baking with my girls – during my favorite time of year. There is nothing like the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin and apples baking. Am I right guys?

I picked up a can of pumpkin last week, determined to find a perfect recipe for him.

And I found it.

chocolate chip brownie

These babies have chocolate chips in them. And cinnamon. And Nutella. And just a hint of pumpkin.

I mean, seriously? Fall never tasted this good.

I decided to swirl the Nutella and Pumpkin in like a spider web.  (This post inspired me to do so.)  And now I am incredibly happy that my jar of Nutella is gone for a while – because I eat that stuff by the spoonful. (Seriously. It’s just wrong.)

The pumpkin and cinnamon give it that extra fall spice I was looking for. If you want the chocolate chips to still be formed in the brownie, just mix some of those in toward the final part of the process. I ended up melting all of mine and wish I would have held some back. I also thought about adding cream cheese to the swirl mix. Now that would be good!

Give these a try for Halloween – or any old day of the week.

Chocolate Chip Brownie with Nutella & Pumpkin Swirl

Adatped from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (and extra if you want chips in the brownie)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 T. Nutella
  • 2 T. pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until mixture is mostly smooth and melted.
  2. Add vanilla and sugar, and mix well.
  3. Add eggs, and stir well. (Be sure chocolate mixture is not too hot when adding eggs, or the eggs will cook when they are stirred in.)
  4. Add flour, cinnamon and oil, and stir until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a foil-lined/sprayed 8×8 pan.
  6. Melt Nutella for 30 seconds in the microwave, and drizzle over batter. Add pumpkin to batter (I would put it in a circle like the Nutella.)  Use a knife (running from the edges) to create your spiderweb. Start at one corner, go to the next, etc.

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Bake brownies at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until edges are dry and pull away from the pan slightly.

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