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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

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I made these last night for us to try and then for Hubby to take in to his office. These are great! I sent them in with him before I remembered to take a picture, unfortunately. The color of these are great - the bittersweet chocolate makes the chocolate part almost black and of course the pumpkin adds a beautiful orange color. This is a Martha Stewart recipe. The recipe is great - though I definitely think they are off about the cooking time. She says 40-45 minutes. I cooked them for 35 and I wish I had taken them out about 5 minutes earlier. The brownies are pretty rich, great with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee (the noticeable cinnamon makes them seem like a breakfast treat).

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan or dish. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter lining.

Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until fluffy and well combined, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in flour mixture.

Divide batter between two medium bowls (about 2 cups per bowl). Stir chocolate mixture into one bowl. In other bowl, stir in pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Transfer half of chocolate batter to prepared pan smoothing top with a rubber spatula. Top with half of pumpkin batter.

Repeat to make one more chocolate layer and one more pumpkin layer. Work quickly so batters don't set.

With a small spatula or a table knife, gently swirl the two batters to create a marbled effect.

Bake until set, 40 to 45 minutes (I recommend 30-35). Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

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