These Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies were a stroke of genius. They’re the perfect combination of all things fall and delicious that I could pack into one treat.
If you’re planning a party, you definitely need to check out these 20+ Brownie Recipes for a Crowd. You’ll find so many options, every item on your party table could be perfectly amazing brownie in some form or fashion. Yum!
But back to these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies and the gooey brownie amazingness you’re about to put in your mouth.
Do you like chocolate? Do you love peanut butter? And pumpkin? Yeah…I’m hooked.
Seriously addictive, y’all. I had to put myself on a limit, because otherwise, I’d have eaten the whole pan myself.
You guys get ready, because this is ah-mazing.
Are These Healthy Brownies?
Oh, no, these aren’t healthy, I wouldn’t say.
These aren’t gluten free or flourless pumpkin brownies and I wouldn’t classify it as one my healthy recipes, but it’s sometimes fun to have a treat that isn’t keto friendly, you know?
To make more healthy peanut butter pumpkin brownies, you can make these dairy free by making your brownie mix from scratch with cocoa powder and coconut milk–or some combination of things, and you can use seed butter or almond butter instead of nut butter to make a cookie dough of your own.
There are even some brownie mixes and peanut butter cookie mixes that are keto-friendly that you can use, but I didn’t want to do that. Honestly, I was trying to find the most easy recipe ever–and I think I succeeded.
How to Make Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies
If you’ve never made brownies before, this is one of the easies baked goods recipe I’ve ever made. So you don’t have to worry about it being too hard to make.
Just follow the instructions below, but I’ll also walk you through it here a bit, to get you more comfortable.
Basically, just preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix your brownie mix, pumpkin puree and oil together, then put it in the bottom of the pan.
Add your peanut butter cookie layer by following the directions on the package. Sprinkle your heath bar crumbles, Reese’s pieces or chocolate chips, whatever you want to put on top.
Grab your pan and bake for 45 minutes. Let them cool completely, then cut them up and serve!
Tips for Getting Brownies Out of the Pan Whole
One of the worst things about making brownies is the chance that they won’t come out of the pan nicely and then I’ll just spend a week getting bites from the pan instead of serving nice brownie squares at my party. So, I’ve come up with some tricks to keep that from happening.
Non-Stick Pans or Parchment Paper
Now, my favorite trick that I like to use to get brownies out of the pan nicely is making sure I’m using a non-stick pan. If I can’t find one (because my cabinets are hopelessly full and disorganized sometimes, then I like to line my pan with parchment paper and cooking oil, not just the cooking oil I mention in the recipe below.
So, if you are concerned your pan isn’t non-stick, try parchment paper. Then you should be able to get nice squares of brownie, instead of crumbly messes. Not that I don’t enjoy eating the crumbles out of the bottom of the pan, but that’s not really party-service type food. LOL!
One other thing you can do is make sure you’re not pulling the brownies out of the oven too early. Did you know that can be an issue? Yeah.
Make sure your brownies are cooked by inserting a toothpick in the center of the pan, and if it comes out clean, then the brownies are ready. If the toothpick is covered in brownie batter, keep the brownies in the oven for another 10 minutes and check again.
Too Much Oil
When I measure out my ingredients, I am always careful with the oil. Too much–even just a liiiiitle too much and your brownies won’t be firm. So, I measure right to the amount needed and nothing more. This isn’t as big of a deal when you’re making cookies, but with cakes and, particularly brownies, I’m always careful with the oil.
You can also replace the oil completely with a banana, if you have an old over-ripe one. This will also help firm-up the brownies, if you consistently have a problem with them crumbling in the pan.
The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store. I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.
- Brownie Box Mix (I found this one that was SO GOOD)
- Heath Bar Bits to put on top.
- Peanut Butter Cookie Box Mix (no, no, wait, seriously, this is the magic)
Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for
Must Have Resources:
When making Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.
- Seriously, one of the WORST things about making brownies is when they won’t come out of the pan nicely. So, I like to use a non-stick pan (I found this great deal on a whole set) or parchment paper.
- And I like using a tough little hand mixer to make brownies, because the batter is so thick.
- Last, but not least, is having a great mixing bowl on hand that you won’t mess-up because you’re using said hand mixer.
Make it a Party:
Main Dish: BBQ Meatballs are a super easy set-and-forget type “main dish” for a party! Everyone will be asking for the recipe, too.
Vegetable Side: You can always do a fun veggie tray, but I like to put out a meat and cheese tray, too.
Refreshing Drink: Pumpkin Pie Mocktail makes one of the best drinks for a fall party.
Best Brownie Recipes:
Once you make this Pumpkin Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe,
More Pumpkin Recipes:
If you’re only here for the pumpkin, I don’t blame you. Pumpkin is one tasty baking ingredient. So, I’ve pulled together the best pumpkin recipes that I seriously love:
- 1 Box Brownie Mix
- 1 Packages of Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
- ½ Can of 100% Pure Pumpkin
- ? Cup Vegetable Oil
- ¼ Cup Water
- ½ cup Heath Candy Topping
- ½ Cup Reese’s Pieces
- (eggs, water, and oil to make cookies according to package)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- For the brownie layer, combine brownie mix, pumpkin, oil and water until mixed well.
- For the peanut butter cookie layer, in a separate bowl, make the cookie mix according to the back of the package.
- Spray a 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray or line the pan with parchment paper.
- Add brownie batter to the pan and spread evenly.
- With your hands, press out cookie dough and lay over the brownie layer until you have used all of the cookie dough (It will create a few gaps and that is okay).
- Sprinkle with Heath Candy Bar Topping and Reese’s Pieces.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until the middle looks done or a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let the brownies cool completely.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g