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REESE'S Pumpkin Brownies


2 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
12 brownies

No carving tools are needed to give the pumpkins in this brownie recipe a spooky facelift. Use vanilla icing to add eyes, a mouth and other twisted features. Rich HERSHEY’S Chocolate and smooth REESE’S Peanut Butter Pumpkins bring this Halloween brownie decorating idea to life.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
25 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 cup
    butter or margarine (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2-1/4 cups
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 cup
    HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)
  • 12 (1.2 oz. each)
    REESE'S Peanut Butter Pumpkins
  • about 1/2 cup
    white frosting (ready-to-spread or homemade)
  • food color (optional)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
baking pan baking pan
microwave-safe bowl microwave-safe bowl
microwave microwave
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wooden spoon wooden spoon
pastry bag with tip pastry bag with tip

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.


Place butter in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at High (100%) 1 minute or until butter is melted. Add cocoa; stir until smooth. Add sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla; beat with spoon until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired. Spread batter in prepared pan.


Bake 30 minutes or until top is dry and brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool several minutes; mark brownie surface into 12 brownies, but do not cut. Cool an additional 30 minutes. Remove wrappers from peanut butter pumpkins. Place unwrapped pumpkin on each marked brownie. After several minutes press down lightly on pumpkin. (There should be enough heat from the brownie to melt the pumpkin bottom slightly so that it will hold to the top of the brownie when cool.) Cool completely.


Tint frosting with food colorings, if desired. Place frosting in pastry bag with small tip or place frosting in heavy-duty (freezer) food storage bag and cut tip of one corner about 1/4 inch from tip. Decorate pumpkins with desired facial features.

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