Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe: A Seasonal Fall Favorite Dessert

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Sugar is evil, but… Dammit. Brownies. There’s no harm, no foul indulging in a treat from time to time. And brownies are my jam. With the fall harvest in sight and pumpkins popping up everywhere, it’s hard to resist whipping up these pumpkin cheesecake brownies!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies: The Perfect Fall Dessert

I’ll admit that I really don’t eat desserts very often. I cut out most sugar from my diet some time back. After learning that sugar causes inflammation, the last thing I wanted to do was make my body hate me more than it already does. While the fibromyalgia is mostly under control these days, there’s this mid-life hell called perimenopause. As it slowly causes an evolution that requires an equivalent of 1980s mom jeans, I’ve really tried to avoid empty calories. Meaning desserts. Two giant servings of macaroni and cheese. 500 calorie coffees from Starbucks. An entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

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Unfortunately my backside is insisting on repositioning itself on the other side of my body. Prominently in the middle where it’s impossible to hide. The only plus is that, as my chin has started slink down from my cheeks, some of it seems to have given my chest a bit of extra abundance. I won’t even go into the bloating. Still, I’m not a complete masochist. There are days when self care absolutely requires something to satisfy my sweet tooth. Brownies are my go to. While I prefer them with icing so they look more like a birthday cake than a pan of brownies, swirling in cheesecake is actually crazy delish and doesn’t make my teeth ache thinking about it.

These pumpkin cheesecake brownies are easier to make than you might imagine. Start with a box of your favorite brownie mix (I opt for chewy and extra fudgy) and throw in some canned pumpkin, cream cheese and everyone’s fall favorite – pumpkin spice! Then top it all off with some pecan streusel and you’ve got yourself a dessert worthy of the season! 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Box brownie mix, made according to package directions

For the Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer:

½ Cup softened cream cheese
½ Cup canned pumpkin
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

For the Pecan Streusel Topping:

½ Cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp melted butter
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions for Making Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies:

You’ll need either a 7×9 pan or an 8×8 baking pan to make these pumpkin cheesecake brownies. Start by lining your pan with parchment paper. Alternately, you can also spray the pan with a non stick spray. Begin by preheating the oven as directed on the box of brownie mix.

Now prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions. Then pour the batter into your prepared pan, reserving ½ cup of the brownie batter for later. Set both aside.

Mixing cheesecake batter for cheesecake brownies with pumpkin spice.

Next, mix together the ingredients for the cheesecake layer (cream cheese, pumpkin, sugars, egg and pumpkin pie spice) in a small bowl.

Now pour the cheesecake batter over the brownie batter in the pan. Then smooth out the batter.

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Drop the reserved ½ cup of brownie batter by the spoonful over the cheesecake layer, then gently swirl the two layers with a spoon or spatula. Be sure not to over mix. You simply want to create swirls.

Pecan streusel for a fall dessert topping.

Next, make the streusel topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, flour, melted butter and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Then sprinkle streusel mix on top of the brownies.

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Bake the pumpkin cheesecake brownies in a preheated oven for approximately 55 minutes. You’ll know their ready to come out of the oven once the edges of your brownies are set and are just beginning to brown. It’s okay if the pumpkin cheesecake brownies are still a bit soft in the middle. The brownies will firm up as they cool.

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Once cooled, cut the brownies into bars and serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Yield: 16 bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe with Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe with Pecan Streusel

A seasonal fall favorite pumpkin spice dessert recipe. Start with a box of your favorite brownie mix, then add some canned pumpkin, cream cheese and everyone's fall favorite - pumpkin spice to the mix for an amazing fall dessert that’s perfect for families and fall get togethers!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Box brownie mix, made according to package directions
  • ½ Cup softened cream cheese
  • ½ Cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ Cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on the box of brownie mix.
  2. Line a 7x9 pan with parchment paper, or spray with non stick spray.
  3. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and pour into prepared pan, reserving ½ cup for later.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the cheesecake layer (cream cheese, pumpkin, sugars, egg and pumpkin pie spice.)  Pour over brownie and smooth out.  Drop the reserved ½ cup of brownie batter by the spoonful over the cheesecake layer, then gently swirl the two layers with a spoon or spatula. 
  5. Next, make the streusel topping by combining the pecans, brown sugar, flour, melted butter, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.  
  6. Sprinkle streusel mix on top of the brownies.
  7. Bake for approximately 55 min until brownies are set and edges are just beginning to brown. Allow to cool then cut into bars.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 45mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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Best Ice Cream Milkshake Recipes for Summer

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Summer is HOT! But you can cool down and enjoy a summertime treat with one of these best ice cream milkshake recipes for summer! Keep reading to discover 75+ yummy milkshake recipes you can make this weekend to help you cool down from the summer heat.

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Ice cream milkshakes are a favorite summertime treat. Not only are they cold and delicious, they’re fairy easy to make. Simply mix three big scoops of your favorite ice cream flavor with 2 ounces of milk in a blend. Then add your favorite toppings! For a thinner ice cream milkshake, you can add extra milk. Alternately, if you are out of milk, try using an almond milk vanilla creamer in its place. You can also make a grown up version of your favorite ice cream milkshakes by substituting the milk with liquor instead.

The milkshake combinations, when you think about it, are almost endless. So whether you like your ice cream milkshakes spiked or kid-safe, topped with cookies or cotton candy, or drowning in caffeine, here are my favorite (mostly grown up) versions of ice cream milkshake recipes to try this summer.

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Easy Brown Sugar Drop Cookies Recipe (A Delicious Anytime Treat!)

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Learn how to bake delicious, easy brown sugar drop cookies for an after school snack or a weekend dessert treat. These quick & easy homemade cookies are simple to make, easy on the budget and taste amazing. You’ll love the lightly crunchy exterior paired with soft fluffy centers! Keep reading to learn how to make these 20-minute brown sugar drop cookies for your family this weekend.

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When I was a little girl I baked with mom a lot. There are printed photographs still hanging around of me somewhere. My mom has numerous stashed photo albums from the 70s and 80s hidden in various boxes in her basement storage. In them are photos of me from about four years old on, baking cookies. Of course, in most of those photos I’m licking cookie dough batter off a spoon. Still, I still seemed to have grasped the concept of baking at a young age.

Not only did I learn that raw cookie dough is delicious. I also learned that if you want to eat raw cookie dough you had to actually make at least some of the cookies. These days, when I’m feeling lazy, I just pick up refrigerated cookie dough from the grocery store. Nothing, however, quite beats making homemade cookies from scratch. And I’ve found that by making something I enjoy eating, baking – and even cooking for that matter – really is a joy filled self care activity.

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Despite the name, these brown sugar drop cookies aren’t overly sweet. What they are, however, is pretty darn perfect. And quite frankly, I’ve never made an easier cookie. So, whether you’re getting back to your roots with some simple, old fashioned baking, or if you’re simply learning a new skill, this homemade brown sugar cookie recipe is a keeper.

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Brown Sugar Drop Cookies Recipe

Makes 12-15 cookies. | Prep time: 5 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes

Natural wholesome ingredients for making homemade brown sugar drop cookies for an after school snack or easy weekend dessert for friends and family.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg
¼ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 ½ cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Mixing brown sugar, egg, butter and vanilla in a large bowl for homemade brown sugar cookies.

In a large bowl beat the brown sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until well blended. Set aside.

Mixing together dry cookie dough ingredients flour, salt and baking soda for making homemade brown sugar cookies.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

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Add to the brown sugar mixture and mix well.

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Scoop about 1 tablespoon of batter per cookie and drop onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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Let stand on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.

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Yield: 12-15 cookies

Easy Brown Sugar Drop Cookies Recipe

Easy Brown Sugar Drop Cookies Recipe

Learn how to bake delicious, easy brown sugar drop cookies for an after school snack or a weekend dessert treat. These quick & easy homemade cookies are simple to make, easy on the budget and taste amazing. You’ll love the lightly crunchy exterior paired with soft fluffy centers! Keep reading to learn how to make these 20-minute brown sugar drop cookies for your family this weekend.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl beat the brown sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until well blended. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add to the brown sugar mixture and mix well.
  5. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of batter per cookie and drop onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Let stand on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 156mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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Easy Homemade Doughnut Recipe & Other Tasty Treats

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I love food. I also love doughnuts. Unfortunately, our local Krispy Kreme – who made the best donuts ever! – has shut down due a fire. They claim that they are planning to re-open in a new location – hopefully closer to downtown – fingers crossed – but have not yet found a new location. In the meantime, folks in Roanoke are writing parody news articles as well as freaking out a little. Rather than succumb to the chaos of a doughnut-less society, however, you can make your own even if – like me – you aren’t the best cook. While they probably won’t compare to the glory that Krispy Kreme holds in most Roanokers’ hearts, they do make for a tasty and fun afternoon with the kids.

Easy Homemade Doughnut Recipe via Cake Spy - Make Donuts From Canned Biscuit Dough - Great Family ProjectCakespy.com, a deliciously tempting blog that covers everything cakes, cupcakes and pies galore as well as explains why cupcakes are nutritious – I mean the sugar gives you energy, right? – offers up an easy recipe and tutorial for how to make doughnuts using refrigerated biscuits in a can (pictured above.) These fried delights are ready in 15 minutes or less and can be topped with any combination of icing, sugar or sprinkles you can imagine. Plus it’s the perfect project to do with stir crazy kids on an afternoon while they’re waiting for the rain to clear out. (Although the sugar could possible mean more chaos if the rain decides to hang on.)

Homemade Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe via Camille StylesIf you’re looking for a taste that’s still sweet but with a lot less sugar, then definitely try out Jess Simpson’s recipe for making Homemade Healthy Coconut Panna Cotta on Camille Styles Blog (pictured above.) It’s made with coconut milk, yogurt, honey and some delicious spices like nutmeg and ginger. I’m also crushing over the Summer Crush Drink Recipe made with gin, peaches, fresh basil, lime, Lillet, club soda and agave syrup.

Cooking and Baking with Mace – The Vintage Spice You’ve Never Tried But Should

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Recently I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.
Cooking with spices - Mace(Photo Source: theKitchn)

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, it can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy both whole and ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace:

Have you ever cooked with mace?