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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Kiss Brownies

I found these brownies when looking for recipes with the Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses. This recipe was created by taking Dorie Greenspan's French Chocolate Brownies and swirling melted Pumpkin Spice Kisses through the batter. Let me first say that these brownies are delicious! Although, they are more cakey than I prefer in a brownie (I like them super chewy and fudgy!) After some searching, I discovered that Dorie initially intended these to be a cake, but her French guests thought they were brownies. Knowing that, I definitely think these are more like brownies than a cake. I did have some problems with the baking time (see below), so that might have made them a bit more cakey. I took these to lab meeting, and everyone loved them. The cinnamon added an extra special touch.

Pumpkin Spice Kiss Brownies

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, at room temperature
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
45 Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 300F.
1. Center rack in the oven. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, butter the pan and place it on a baking sheet.

2. Whisk the flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon together. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the butter, stirring until it melts. It's important that the chocolate and butter not get very hot. However, if the butter is not melting, you can put the bowl back over the still-hot water for a minute. If you've got a couple of little bits of unmelted butter, leave them - it's better to have a few bits than to overheat the whole.

3. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate-butter mixture, mixing only until it is incorporated- you'll have a thick, creamy batter.

4. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds - the dry ingredients won't be completely incorporated. Then finish folding in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the pan.

5. Place the unwrapped kisses in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir until smooth, and then drop by spoonfuls into the brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marbled effect.

6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is dry and crackled and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean (Note: it took MUCH longer in my oven - I stopped keeping track but my oven is a piece-o-junk so it might have just been that). Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

7. Carefully lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil edges as handles and transfer to a cutting board. (At this point I just removed the foil - it was really easy to remove). Cut into 16 squares.


  1. They look awesome. I prefer fudgey, chewy brownies myself but I certainly wouldn't turn up my nose to those.

  2. I think the biggest problem I would have with these would be NOT to eat all of the kisses before they made their way into the batter.

    Quality control, you know.

  3. I'm a huge brownie fan and these are so perfect for fall! I need to look for those Kisses.

  4. Ok, I am sold...I WILL be making these. How can anyone resist chocolate and pumpkin?? These are perfect.

  5. Now how did I miss pumpkin pie kisses! I'll be on the lookout for those, and the halumi at TJ's, I never noticed it there. Thanks Megan! Those brownies are calling my name.

  6. Hi!I like you recipe!

    I must have try that! That's perfect in Halloween! Kids will surely love it!

    view this pls.


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