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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Chocolate Brownies

Everyone has been raving about the new Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, but I was on the fence about trying them. I love almost everything pumpkin flavored, but I wasn’t sure how I would feel about these kisses. My feelings changed quickly though, when I saw this brilliant recipe from Erin’s blog. Marbling the melted candies into brownie batter – sign me up! I ran to Target to buy some right away and as it turns out, I really do like the kisses, both on their own and even more so in brownie form. These brownies were really great! They had the perfect balance of the pumpkin spice flavor mixed in with the chocolate. I still can’t get on board with the Candy Corn Kisses though. I do love candy corn, but the idea of a candy flavored to taste like another candy is odd to me. I think I’ll stick with regular candy corn for the time being :-)

Pumpkin Spice Kiss Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

45 Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses, wrappers removed

 

Directions:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300°.  Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil.  Grease the foil and set aside.

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.

 

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water.  Stir occasionally until all the chocolate is melted.  Remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the butter, stirring until it melts.  It is important that the chocolate and butter not get very hot.  However, if the butter is not melting, you can put the bowl back over the still-hot water for a minute.  If you’ve got a couple of little bits of unmelted butter, leave them – it’s better to have a few bits than to overheat the whole.

 

Working with a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes.  Reduce the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate-butter mixture, mixing only until it is incorporated – you’ll have a thick, creamy batter.  Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds – the dry ingredients won’t be completely incorporated.  Finish folding in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula.  Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan.

 

Place the Pumpkin Spice Kisses in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the candy is completely melted.  Stir until smooth and then drop by spoonfuls onto the brownie batter.  Using a knife, swirl the batter to create a marbled effect.

 

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top is dry and cracked and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to warm or room temperature.  Carefully lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil edges as handles, and transfer to a cutting board.  Cut into 16 squares, each roughly 2×2”.

Source: adapted from Dinner & Dessert

  • http://kenzieskitchen.blogspot.com McKenzie

    I have been craving pumpkin now that the weather is getting cooler – I think these brownies will do the trick . . . thanks for sharing!

  • http://brokenyolks.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Oh my goodness! These sound so yummy!!! Pumpkin spice kisses…I am going to buy me some!

  • Erin

    These look great! I’m glad you enjoyed them :)

  • http://maryanna-bishop.blogspot.com Maryanna

    I love those kisses. I’d probably eat the whole pan of those brownies.

  • http://cateskitchen.blogspot.com Cate

    I haven’t tried them yet…but posts like this really make me feel like I’m missing.

  • http://wwwbunnysovencom.blogspot.com/ Bunny

    I haven’t had this flavor combo yet, i’m gonna have to try this!

  • http://lisasmagicsprinkles.blogspot.com/ Lisa magicsprinkles

    I have totally missed the boat on these new flavors! Where have I been? Obviously not at Tarzhay, but it seems I need to get there soon.

  • http://brokenyolks.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Where did you get your pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses? I searched high and low today to no avail. Help!

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com Patsyk

    I haven’t seen those kisses yet… this recipe sounds so perfect for fall, I may have to go in search of them!

  • http://www.goodeatsblog.com Jaime

    these kisses have been all the rage! i may need to try these brownies..

  • Sara

    These brownies are amazing!!! Thank you for the recipe! The kisses are spectacular as well =).

  • Laura

    Where do you get these kisses ? I can’t find them anywhere ! I even looked at Target and to no avail !

  • Sara

    Target is where I found them, I checked at Harris Teeter and Wal-Greens before that …. nothing! There were about 15 other types of Kisses but not the pumpkin spice. You can always try Food Lion or Lowe’s Food if you have either of those around you.

  • Shelby

    OH MY GOSH I LOVE THEM!!! THANK YOU!!!

  • sarah

    If you can not find the pumpkin spice kisses can you use regular kisses with pumpkin puree?

  • Annie

    I don’t really think that would be an adequate sub as it would completely change the ratios and consistency of the recipe. Please see the FAQ page for more info on substitutions.

  • Katherine Affeldt

    I’ve had this recipe in mind for 3 years – couldn’t find the kisses,
    never got around to them, now I finally got the kisses and the moment to
    make these. I am not thrilled. When you dollop the melted kisses it
    ends up covering the whole pan. I tend to feel I go overboard when
    marbling so it’s my fault that I probably “under-marbled.” I think there
    was just too much melted candy still sitting on the top of the
    brownies; after 50 minutes most of the pan still looked liquid. I must
    have been overtired or something because I thought it would be a good
    idea to mix it in a little more at this point…of course being
    half-baked, it didn’t mix smoothly! But still after another almost 20
    minutes the pan just did not look baked, but the edges were definitely
    done so I pulled it out (edges not burnt, but very very done). Where the
    candy was still pooled, the brownie is tough to cut. And because of my
    dumb move to marble some more, they look kind of like chunky lava rocks.
    The brownie batter part is very creamy – too much so for me, like
    somehow despite all that it is more underbaked than I would like. They
    taste OK, but I don’t think I will make these again. Although a lot of
    the problem is with my own dumb moves, I would rather make a brownie
    swirled with a pumpkin purée mixture than with the candy (which is probably more fake ingredients than real pumpkin).