Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies
These Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies are homemade pumpkin brownies infused with coffee and topped with a whipped pumpkin spice latte frosting. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallFlavors #CollectiveBias
Fall is officially here, complete with leaves turning shades of red, brown, and yellow and a slight bit of chill in the air, forcing me to embrace my boots and scarfs for the rest of the year. I personally love it, and I’ve been waiting for the chilly weather all through this past sweaty summer.
Now that it’s here, I’m all about everything fall-related. My bed has been piled high with warm cozy blankets, candles are lining my bookshelves and making my house smell like warm maple & hazelnut, and the warmth of my morning coffee is even more coveted on the chilly mornings.
Though I love everything made with apples during the fall, I also can’t resist the other standout fall baking ingredient: pumpkin. And when you think pumpkin during the fall, you can help but think of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s a classic drink and helps warm your soul on these chilly days.
I love the PSL and all of the flavors that stand out from it. The pumpkin flavor and spices pair so deliciously with the bold coffee flavor and I could help thinking of the other flavor that pairs so well with coffee: chocolate.
It’s no secret I love chocolate, and in these Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies, the flavors of the pumpkin spice latte meet chocolate in the best possible way. The brownies are rich chocolate brownies that have added pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of Dunkin’ Donuts® Pumpkin Spice Coffee for that added coffee kick.
The brownies turn out with the perfect texture – fudgy, and just a teeny bit cakey. They taste of pumpkin, warm fall spices, and rich chocolate. The Pumpkin Spice Coffee helps bring out each of those flavors in the brownies.
Where that Pumpkin Spice Coffee really shines though, is in the pumpkin spice latte frosting. To get the coffee flavor without the texture of ground coffee in the frosting, I quickly infused the Pumpkin Spice Coffee into heavy cream and then strained it, leaving strong coffee-flavored cream to use in the frosting. Pumpkin pie spice added a little extra flavor to the creamy frosting.
This pumpkin spice latte frosting makes the perfect topping to enhance the flavor of the brownies. To top it all off, I added DOVE® Dark Chocolate Pumpkins on top of the brownies. I chopped them up and the rich dark chocolate chunks make these brownies the ultimate pumpkin spice latte brownies! They’re delicious.
Pumpkin Spice Latte lovers unite – this one’s for you!
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 16 brownies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
For the brownies
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons (70g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Dunkin’ Donuts® Pumpkin Spice Coffee (grounds, not brewed)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see Notes)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup (65g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup chocolate chips
For the frosting
- 1 tablespoon Dunkin’ Donuts® Pumpkin Spice Coffee
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray and set pan aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, cocoa, pumpkin spice coffee, and salt. Heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Stop to stir, and heat in 10-second bursts until mixture has melted and can be stirred smooth (mine took 45 seconds + 15 seconds). Batter will be very granular.
- Add the vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin puree and stir vigorously until batter is thick, shiny, and well blended. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake until a toothpick in the center emerges slightly moist with batter, about 22-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick – your batch may need a few minutes longer. Do not bake over 30 minutes or brownies will be prone to scorching, burning, turning dry, or setting up too hard. Brownies will firm up as they cool.
- For the frosting, microwave the heavy cream for 1 minute. Add the pumpkin spice coffee and let it sit for about 2 minutes. Strain the heavy cream into a small bowl and discard the coffee grounds.
- In a large bowl or stand mix, whip the 1/3 cup butter for 1 minute until creamy and smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and whip for 1 more minute. Add two tablespoons of the coffee infused heavy cream, and whip until completely smooth and combined. Spread on the cooled brownies. Garnish with chopped or whole DOVE® Dark Chocolate Pumpkins.
- Cut frosted brownies into 16 equal squares with a very sharp knife.
- Brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To replace pumpkin pie spice, combine ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon cloves
…and off to the dollar spot I go. :)
Thanks for sharing this. I looks so good!
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These brownies are call my name! I love that you used Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice. I have a lot of events happening this fall and can see myself making these to share.
Thanks so much, Ashley! They’re a great twist on brownies for fall :)
Those dark chocolate pumpkins sound fabulous paired with this rich and autumny brownie! Love it :)
I saw these on Facebook and they stopped me in my tracks! These are my kind of brownies, Rachael — chocolate and coffee is the best, and I love the sound of that pumpkin spice coffee! Pinned.
The Pumpkin Spice Coffee is amazing, Marcie!! Thanks so much :)
Haha, we’re almost samers today! These look SO rich and fudgy! I’m all about adding coffee to any dessert :)
Haha I know – I laughed when I saw your post because I have this one and I also guest posted Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl brownies on Oh Sweet Basil today. Great minds think alike :)
I dont like pumpkin spice lattes but I can totally get behind these brownies. They look like the perfect combination of fudgy to cakey.
What a fun idea for brownies!! I feel like I would love those flavors mixed in with all the chocolate goodness!
Oh my goodness! These are pretty much everything I love wrapped up into a brownie. These look so delicious, Rachel!
You’ve combined my favorite drink and dessert into one recipe! I LOVE IT.
That sounds like the perfect brownie to me! Love brownies, love pumpkin spice lattes – it couldn’t get much better!
Just in time for national coffee day! What a yummy Fall treat for coffee lovers like myself :D
I am so excited fall is here too! I just love that cool and crisp air. The colorful leaves. It’s the best! Plus it means that the holidays are right around the corner! I would love to delve into one of these brownies to celebrate the season!
Wow, these look so tasty!! Pumpkin spice lattes are my favorite thing about fall, and in brownie form? Genius!
I love that these don’t look like pumpkin spice brownies, just chocolatey goodness. I imagine the pumpkin spice flavor is such a nice surprise!
Wow. These brownies look A.Ma.Zing! I love adding coffee to chocolate as it is, but the pumpkin is inspired. Yum! #client
Can someone say no for brownies.. With pumpkin spice I can imagine the flavour and taste
OMG these brownies look so freaking good! I love the flavor combination- I mean brownies involving coffee and pumpkin spice? YES yes and yes please :)
In the brownie ingredient list, you include “1 tablespoon Dunkin’ Donuts® Pumpkin Spice Coffee” and “1/2 cup chocolate chips. But in your instructions, it does not say when to add or what to do with these ingredients. Can you clarify?
Hi Christine, sorry for missing that!! The recipe has been updated. The coffee is added with the other dry ingredients and the chocolate chips are folded in at the end.
When do you add t h e pumpkin puree?
Hi Gaylene, you add the pumpkin puree along with the eggs and vanilla extract.
Hi Rachael. Thanks for this terrific recipe. I am confused about the coffee–do you use brewed coffee for the brownies? Or dry grounds with the dry ingredients? And for the frosting, I figured out that you put the dry grounds into the cream, and then strain. That sounds easy enough.
Hi Jean. For the brownies, you just use the straight coffee grounds! I’ll clarify in the recipe so there’s no confusion, but the grounds aren’t noticeable in the final product. For the frosting, you’re correct. Enjoy!
Could you substitute the heavy cream for skim milk?
You can, you just might not want to use all of it because it’s thinner – just add until your desired thickness!
Is it supposed to say 4 tbs of whipped cream into the butter ? I see only 2 tbs I might have missed it.
Hi Smaggi, yes it’s 4 tablespoons. You’ll see it as the second ingredient listed in the frosting ingredients!