Pumpkin Perfection

This month's post is all about Thanksgiving Favorites. I've often said that once fall rolls around I really just want to quit my job and craft and bake all day. There's just something about the weather, sights and smells that make me feel like home. I think that is why I truly love using pumpkin in just about every recipe during the fall.

This recipe combines my love for pumpkin as well as brownies for a fun Thanksgiving treat. Because my husband isn't a huge fan of pumpkin pie, I thought this would be a great alternative. I'm excited about serving these for our family Thanksgiving dessert. We have so many Thanksgiving recipes that are our favorites and it is nice to add a new one that is sure to become one added to the line-up.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 45 minutes • Serves: 12-16

Ingredients
1 can (29 oz.) pumpkin
½ one package (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 sticks butter
2 ¼ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 ¼ cups cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks

Directions
PREHEAT the oven to 350˚F.

MELT butter in a saucepan over low and add in sugar. Stir constantly for about 2 minutes. It will be thick.

ADD melted butter/sugar combination to a mixing bowl and mix in the cocoa powder, salt, eggs, baking powder and vanilla. Mix in the flour and chocolate chips. The mixture will be thick.

SOFTEN the PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in the microwave and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix the cream cheese in with the can of pumpkin.

GREASE the bottom of a baking pan. Add half of the pumpkin mixture to the bottom of the pan. Layer the brownie mix over the pumpkin. Top with the final layer of pumpkin mixture.

BAKE for 45 minutes. Let rest for about an hour before serving.

Now all that's left to do is enjoy this warm, delicious treat! Make sure to brew a cup of coffee and share all of those family stories everyone has heard one too many times. No matter what the recipe is, just being together at Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite!

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.gograhamgo.com.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
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Pumpkin, so beloved in pies and breads, partners deliciously with cream cheese in these brownies spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Total Time 55min.

Article by Kraft TasteMaker Felicia Carter.  For more recipes and ideas, visit her blog at Go Grow Go!

Please keep in mind that the bloggers opinions, advice and recipes are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Kraft Foods.

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