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Pumpkin Brownies with Vanilla Frosting


There’s something magical about desserts made with pumpkin. Maybe it’s the spices as I feel that way about carrot cake too. These brownies are perfect for a cozy evening, especially with a good cup of vanilla tea.


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Pumpkin Brownies with Vanilla Frosting




  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, baking powder and ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon each allspice and cloves
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

Vanilla Frosting

  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cream or milk
  • 1 tablespoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract
  • 21/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x9x2 inch pan
  2. Cream together eggs, butter, sugar, honey, pumpkin and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, ginger, cloves and allspice. Slowly add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, stirring just to combine. Fold in pecans. Pour batter into pan.
  4. Bake about 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and cool completely in the pan. Spread cool brownies with vanilla frosting, then allow to set. If necessary, chill until set, then cut into bars.


  1. Cream together ingredients, gradually adding sugar. Add more milk or cream if necessary to bring to easy-mixing consistency.

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Patricia Rain

is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.

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