Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

One last pumpkin recipe, something to wake you up on this lovely day after Thanksgiving. Got room for a little more?

I’ll keep this post short and sweet, since we’re all still recovering from Thanksgiving overload. Every year, my brothers make huge leftover sandwiches at night and chase them down with martinis, and the next day, they make pumpkin waffles for breakfast. I just cannot. I have a limit.

So while everyone is still doing it up with turkey, I’m giving pumpkin her swan song of the season. These brownies are pretty special!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

As I write this, my kids are bouncing off the walls. It happens on every holiday break. All the sudden lack of structure and routine makes them go hog wild. Anybody got any ideas for corralling a group of crazy kids?

Holiday breaks are never relaxing. The other day, I talked to someone who just wanted her Thanksgiving break to be relaxing. I was totally flummoxed by that. Since when are holidays meant to be chill? The whole idea is that we all need a vacation from break when it’s over!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

It was a delicious Thanksgiving, though. The final dessert roll call: brown sugar pumpkin pie in a gingersnap crust, this chocolate raspberry marzipan tart, Dutch apple pie, pecan pie bars with this recipe as a base, and a gluten-free version of Kahlua cake. And that doesn’t count the main meal, which included my challah stuffing and red-skinned mashed potatoes. It was good, and now it’s gone.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Time to think forward to the holiday season, which is pretty short. In the next month, the idea of snow and scarves is still welcome. That won’t last forever, kids.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

And these brownies didn’t last, either. They’re made on the stove top with melted chocolate and coffee. I added a little canned pumpkin to the batter along with some pumpkin spice latte-flavored M & Ms. It’s a coffee pumpkin taste explosion, my friends!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Okay, not gonna lie. I’m exhausted from the holiday endeavors, and I kind of need a vacation. Instead, I’ll just keep this post short. Enjoy the brownies and the family time!


Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon Kahlua
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pumpkin spice latte-flavored M & Ms


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring until combined and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and cool so that the egg won't scramble in the next step.
  3. Add the instant coffee, egg, egg yolk, and pumpkin puree. Mix well. Stir in the flour, sugar, baking soda, Kahlua and vanilla until all ingredients are well combined. Fold in the M & Ms.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set.
  5. Cool and cut into squares.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Amanda

    The phrase “coffee pumpkin taste explosion” is pretty much all I need to hear. I just love that combination of coffee and chocolate. It makes the chocolate seem so deep and rich. Yum. These would be great at a cookie swap.
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    1. Mir

      It’s one of my favorite combos too, Amanda!

  2. Aria | Purrfectly Inspired

    ooh, yummy!
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    1. Mir

      My reaction exactly!

  3. Wendy

    Teachers are stuck in a catch 22 when it comes to school breaks. You get a break from your school kids, but are stressed by your own kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sugar and change in routine does fire kids up! Your brownies sound great to me. I saw the pumpkin spice m&m’s at Target and couldn’t think of exactly how to use them. You found THE way. What a great flavor combo this is! Now I need to go see if Target still has some m&m’s! Happy Thanksgiving weekend! ( Take a deep breathe. One week until Chanukah!)
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    1. Mir

      You are, as usual, exactly right, Wendy! Breaks are not relaxing, not ever. And thanks! I wasn’t sure what to do with them either, but then this came to me. It took over a month to brainstorm it! ๐Ÿ™‚ And now we have to get to Chanukah. I don’t know if I can keep my energy up here!

  4. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I vote for keeping pumpkin around all year long – especially if it comes in these brownies!
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    1. Mir

      Me too, Kate! But I’ve gotta stop with it at some point!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    It’s so time for back to school, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love these – brownies are my addiction!
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    1. Mir

      Mine too, Dorothy, a bazillion times over. I’m relieved to be back at school and away from all the craziness!

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