I had grand visions of sharing our apple picking adventure with you this morning, but my Cupcake was a little under the weather yesterday, so we stayed home.  After a long day of snuggling on the couch, playing, reading and napping we decided to have a little fun and bake some brownies.  Pumpkin Spice M&M BrowniesThat’s right, I’m getting all fall and pumpkiny up in here!    According to Joanna if it’s made with pumpkin from a can it’s not seasonal, but I declare these brownies seasonal because these M&Ms are limited edition (and only at Target).

Pumpkin Spice M&MsNow if I were to review just the M&Ms I would tell you I don’t like them.  At least not by themselves.  See, they don’t taste like pumpkin.  Only like pumpkin pie spiced chocolate.  And I’m not too big on the spice without the pumpkin flavor, too.  But paired with pumpkin (and more chocolate) I think we have a winner.

I cheated and used a box of brownie mix.  As I’ve said before it’s just easier that way when baking with kids.

Brownie mixI really like this Ghirardelli Brownie Mix.  It has chocolate chips in the mix.  If your mix doesn’t have chocolate chips in it feel free to throw a few in (or some M&Ms because you don’t need them all to top your brownies).

Then taking your non-seasonal canned pumpkin scoop out 1/2 cup and reserve it. Mix the rest in with the brownie mix.

PumpkinThat’s right, just mix in the pumpkin.  Nothing else.  No eggs, oil or water or whatever else the back of the box might call for.  Let your preschooler mix, which will result in a little spillage.  Don’t worry.  Your dachshund will be on stand by to clean it up.

dachshundYour infant may also be on standby, but she’s not quick enough.

Take the reserved pumpkin and toss in 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  Mix it up.Pumpkin pie spice

Pour your brownie batter into your prepared baking dish (I used an 8×8), then scoop the reserved pumpkin over the top of the batter.  Then give it a swirl to spread that pumpkin out.

Pumpkin Spice M&M BrowniesHave your helper toss some of the Pumpkin Spice M&Ms on top.  Don’t be surprised if you have to spread them out a bit.  Also, make sure she snaps a photo before you put it in the oven.

Blogger in TrainingCook according to the package directions.  Cool, cut, and eat!

Pumpkin Spice M&M BrowniesThese brownies are very dense.  They’re more cake-like than fudgy.  You get the chocolate flavor, with the pumpkin flavor, topped off with the spice.  And they’re seasonal.

Pumpkin Spice M&Ms Brownies

Pumpkin Spice M&Ms Brownies


  • Box brownie mix
  • 15 oz can pumpkin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Spice M&Ms


  1. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In a large bowl combine brownie mix and remaining pumpkin, stir until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish. Place dollops of reserved pumpkin over the batter and swirl. Top with M&Ms and bake according to package directions.

I hope your sweet tooth and seasonal taste buds enjoy! I’ll be back on Friday with a less chocolately treat!


Do you get on board with the fall pumpkin craze?  Or are you like my hubby who wants nothing to do with pumpkin anything?


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