October 30, 2015

friday night eats: pumpkin cheesecake brownies

Throughout First & Goal, Harper likes whipping up delicious treats to take to the weekly Sunday afternoon watch parties. As someone trying to win over her co-workers, Harper’s baked goods are one of the ways she quickly ingrains herself within her crew’s game day culture.

For one of those watch parties, Harper brings along Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies, which are an instant hit with her colleague Gio.

(Forgive the fugly photos--these were taken years ago, before I ever imagined I’d write First & Goal let alone use them for a blog post to support the story!)

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

IngredientsCream Cheese Filling

1 ½ packages of plain cream cheese
6 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
¾ cup canned/cooked pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour


1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour

A crappy photo of me adding dollops of brownie batter to the top.


Grease 13 x 9-inch pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make the cream cheese filling, mix together softened cream cheese, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add canned pumpkin, egg, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and flour. Set aside. To make brownies, melt chocolate chips and butter in a sauce pan. Add salt, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour. Pour in a pan saving back 1 cup for later. Pour pumpkin cheesecake batter on top. Add dollops of remaining brownie batter and swirl to create a marble effect. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Serves 12-24 (depending on how big of slices you like)

While I can’t promise that you’ll win over your own crew with this recipe, I did take these to a Husker watch party a few years ago and they were a hit.

But as a bonus for the low-quality photos...

Me, baking this recipe, while wearing my Husker apron.

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About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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