editors note: Welcome to the new “Mix It Up” column. In this column, we’ll explore tasty recipes made from popular gluten-free mixes.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies (and a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Milkshakes!)
Of course, candy makes Halloween sweet but there’s nothing quite like a homemade baked treat. These gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake brownies are beloved by kids of all ages—especially by those too old to trick or treat*.
These brownies are ridiculously easy to make. Just prepare one box of gluten-free brownie mix and top it with a pumpkin cheesecake mixture. I used Betty Crocker’s brownie mix to make these brownies. Use whatever gluten-free brownie mix you love–as long as it makes one 8×8-inch square pan of brownies.
For the cheesecake, you combine cream cheese (regular or low fat), canned pumpkin, an egg, some sugar, and pumpkin spice. That’s it! Simply spread the cheesecake mixture on the brownie batter and swirl both batters together lightly with a knife. Pop the pan into a preheated oven and in about forty minutes, you’re rewarded with a rich treat that’s worthy of any holiday.
Although they’re hard to resist, these brownies taste better the day after they’re made. Allow the brownies to cool, cut into squares, and chill overnight. If you can’t wait to serve them, be sure to allow them to cool before serving. Right out of the oven, the cheesecake filling is soft and difficult to cut.
By the way, you’ll have a little canned pumpkin left after you make these brownies. So I included a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte milkshake. Think of the milkshake as a thick and creamy version of your favorite pumpkin spice latte!
*Speaking of trick or treat, be sure to check that the candy your child receives on Halloween is safe for his or her gluten-free diet.
Mix it Up: Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
For the Brownie Base
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 (16 to 17 ounce) box gluten-free brownie mix
- 2 large eggs (about 3 1/2 ounces; 100 grams)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (1/2 cup; 4 ounces; 113 grams)
For the Swirl
- 6 ounces cream cheese, regular or low-fat neufatel cheese (3/4 cup; 170 grams)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (9 1/2 ounces; 269 grams)
- 1 large egg (1 3/4 ounces; 50 grams)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (1 3/4 ounces; 50 grams)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8x8x2-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare the Brownie Base: Combine brownie mix, eggs, and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl. Mix, either with a wooden spoon or electric mixer, until smooth. Spread 3/4 of brownie batter into the bottom of prepared pan. Set remaining batter aside.
Prepare the Swirl: Cream the cream cheese until smooth in a small mixing bowl. Add the pumpkin and mix until smooth. Add the egg, granulated sugar, and pumpkin spice. Mix until smooth and well combined.
Spread pumpkin cheesecake mixture over brownie base. Drop remaining batter, about one tablespoon each, over pumpkin cheesecake topping. Gently drag a knife through the brownie base and cheesecake topping to marble.
Bake until a knife inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Chill overnight, cut into bars, and enjoy. Store leftover brownies covered and in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Pumpkin Spice Milkshake
- 1 cup gluten-free coffee ice cream
- about 3/4 cup leftover canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Divide between two glasses and enjoy!