The Speckled Palate
October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies

Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the fall flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the fall flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

I am… and I brought us a dessert to snack on.

When I initially thought of creating these sweet little blondies, I envisioned them with a simple, decadent caramel swirl.

The problem was… when I added the caramel and swirled it in solo, it transformed the texture of these blondies to that of bread pudding.

#foodbloggerfail

Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the autumn flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

Let’s be real: I’m not talking bad about bread pudding. Bread pudding is awesome. In fact, I need to make a recipe to share with y’all because it’s one of my all-time favorite desserts.

But I didn’t want my blondies to be bread pudding blondies.

Because if you’re biting into a blondie, you want it to have a blondie consistency, yes?

So back to the drawing board I went.

Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the autumn flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

The cream cheese keeps these blondies blondie-esque while allowing the caramel to be swirled into the batter.

Oh, and I salted it. Because OF COURSE I DID.

Unsurprisingly, it makes these blondies even more decadent and oh-so-perfect for the fall!

Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the autumn flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

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Now who’s ready to make some blondies?

Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies
 
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Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the autumn flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: ~24 blondies
Ingredients
Blondies
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
Make the Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, measure out the cream cheese, caramel sauce and the salt.
  2. Using a hand mixer, whip the three ingredients together until smooth and well mixed. This should take 1-2 minutes.
  3. Set aside.
Make the Blondies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, then spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree and the melted butter. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl, and pour into the bowl.
  4. Measure in the sugar.
  5. Using the whisk, beat until the ingredients are well incorporated and smooth.
  6. In another smaller bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt. Whisk together until combined.
  7. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, stirring carefully with a rubber spatula until all the ingredients are combined.
  8. Pour the blondie batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing out with the spatula.
  9. In three separate spots, dollop the Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl on top of the blondie batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the mixture into the batter, bringing the knife from one side to the other of the pan until the swirl has been created.
  10. Transfer the baking pan into the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before cutting into the blondies. Enjoy!

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Surprise your family and friends by baking these seasonal Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies this year! A twist on a traditional blondie, these treats sing of pumpkin-flavored goodness. Pumpkin puree mixes into the blondie batter, along with traditional pumpkin spices, then the autumn flavors are punched up a notch with the swirling of Caramel Cream Cheese into the batter. These gooey-in-the-middle blondies make a delicious fall dessert!

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Have you ever made blondies with pumpkin?

18 Comments

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  2. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Oooh, that cream cheese caramel swirl sounds so good!

  3. Michelle Goth

    Pumpkin cheesecake and blondies….those are three of my top favorite things and it’s mixed all into one glorious dessert here. Safe to say I’m in love!

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    Pumpkin, caramel and cream cheese sounds like a perfect combo to me!

  5. Sabrina

    My family loves blondies! These would be a big hit this season!

  6. Joanie @ ZagLeft

    These bars look perfect, I would love one or three with my tea this afternoon.

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  9. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I bet these are perfect!! I love pumpkin and cream cheese together.

  10. Michelle | A Latte Food

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I’m seriously dying over how rich and perfect these look!

  11. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

    I am generally not a cream cheese in baked goods person (bagels only!) but these look pretty darn divine.

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