Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies

by Erin

These gingerbread brownies are the perfect treat to transition from fall to winter. Chocolate paired with gingerbread and pumpkin kisses inside!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies
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Today is the first day of the Holiday Blog Hop that Erin @ Big Fat Baker organized! And today’s post is supposed to include one of these three things – pumpkin, apple or maple.

Originally I was tempted to attempt working them all into something, but I am just feeling the pumpkin, even though I keep meaning to make apple-y things now that the weather has started to cool down (if only for a few days). And I FINALLY found apple cider. But I digress…

I don’t think I’ve ever had gingerbread outside of it’s cookie-man form. I also don’t think I’ve ever baked something gingerbread-y before Thanksgiving because I believe in celebrating one holiday before moving onto the next. But I justified this by adding pumpkin spice kisses. It’s the dessert to transition between the fall and winter holidays – the pumpkin from Halloween/Thanksgiving and gingerbread for Christmas. It makes me food-holiday happy!

Gingerbread Brownies with Pumpkin Kisses

The scoop of vanilla ice cream on top drizzled with more melted pumpkin spice kisses put me in pure bliss. I should’ve popped in the Fireplace bluray and lit a fireplace-scented candle to complete the mood (oh non-fireplace apartment living).

This would also work well with any other flavor of Hershey’s kisses. Look out for those Christmas ones to use later for a strictly Christmas-y dessert!

Post updated 11/21/21, photo above is the original.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies


Yield: 18 bars Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg plus one yolk
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-10 oz. bag pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Sift together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Combine the butter, molasses, milk, egg, and yolk in a medium bowl. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup boiling water with the baking soda. Add the water to the batter and stir to combine.
  5. Line the prepared pan with 50 kisses, then pour the batter evenly over top of the kisses (won't completely cover at first).
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes. Transfer brownies to a rack to cool before serving*.


* Optional: Place remaining kisses in double broiler with 2 Tbsp milk to melt.  Scoop ice cream on top of brownie and drizzle melted chocolate over ice cream and brownie, and serve.

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Source: Adapted from Country Living and Picky Palate.

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Food Snots November 23, 2011 - 11:25 am

This looks amazing!! Yum!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet November 18, 2011 - 2:15 pm

These look amazing! I’d top them with some pumpin ice cream and be a very happy girl:-)

spiffycookie November 18, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Ooo that’s a wonderful idea.

Kathryn November 18, 2011 - 8:26 am

Wow, these look amazing! I love gingerbread in all its forms so this looks absolutely perfect for me!

Lauren November 17, 2011 - 10:27 pm

I am so totally craving something like this right now!

Baking Serendipity November 17, 2011 - 9:10 pm

This is the perfect fall dessert! I’ve never had gingerbread outside of cookies (and pancakes!) but it sounds fantastic here :)

betty November 17, 2011 - 5:04 pm

that looks DECADENT

Steph@stephsbitebybite November 17, 2011 - 11:26 am

I seriously need you to come live at my house! I need these in my life!

spiffycookie November 17, 2011 - 11:28 am

I feel the same way about things you make! Would your new hubby be okay with that?

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 17, 2011 - 10:31 am

I love the combination of pumpkin and gingerbread, what a great idea! And all mixed in to one chewy brownie, delicious! I definitely have to try this!

natalie (the sweets life) November 17, 2011 - 9:47 am

i could go for one of these…RIGHT NOW!

Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) November 17, 2011 - 9:20 am

I’m a brownie addict. Looks like I’ll have to add another brownie recipe to my addiction. And ice cream with brownies are a match made in heaven.

spiffycookie November 17, 2011 - 9:32 am

I knowww it was so wonderful!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 17, 2011 - 8:51 am

Oh yes! I love the idea of Pumpkin Kissed. :)

Cassie November 17, 2011 - 8:44 am

Pumpkin and ginger are a match made in heaven. These sound delightful!

spiffycookie November 17, 2011 - 9:32 am

I never had pumpkin and ginger together until now and I love it!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 17, 2011 - 8:18 am

Ummm, y um. How did you know I was having a major brownie craving today??

spiffycookie November 17, 2011 - 8:25 am

Well, I learned last night that I am magical, so that must be how ;-)

BigFatBaker November 16, 2011 - 11:40 pm

Omg I am drooling over that picture. The melted kisses were a great idea! I love how you worked in the different flavors. Great job and I’m so glad you were able to participate! :)


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