2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies


These 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies were something I came up with a few years ago and hit the internet by storm! Different than a regular brownie, but fudgy and fun to make!

So I am back to my old tricks.

2 ingredient stuff.

Because I am lazy.

But what I have decided is that you are lazy too…

Because you seem to like my other 2 ingredient stuff like this, and this, and this annnd these to name a few.


And also because it’s pumpkin season-ish and the blogger-nets have already blown up with pumpkin stuff.

And I don’t want to be left behind.

Because I’m a follower.

A lazy follower.

A lazy follower with brownies…

So I’m kind of a winner too.



And what’s also winning about this recipe is that you don’t add oil to your pumpkin mix, so that must make them semi-healthy-ish, right?  And isn’t pumpkin filled with like, lots of nutrients and all?

So seriously, I have made you brownies that only have 2 ingredients and will also make you healthy.

We can totally sit around and be lazy, skinny people together while we eat brownies.

Are you thanking the universe for introducing us or what?


Oh wait…I frosted them.

Scratch the healthy part.  I decided to replace the oil calories with frosting calories.

So it’s still a win.


But if you’re allergic to frosting, or are really TRYING to be healthy, just don’t add that part.

But we can’t be friends anymore.

Just sayin.



2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies.

All you need is Brownie mix and a can of pumpkin.  2 ingredients people.

Photobucket Mix them together…


And spread it in a lined pan.


Then bake it up.


If you really want to amp up the pumkin flavor go ahead and add in some pumpkin pie spice…about a 1/2 teaspoon to a whole teaspoon…it’s up to you.

If you don’t want to add it, totally fine.

Photobucket And about that frosting…yeah…
So short story long… these brownies certainly are a little different than a regular brownie…so if you’re expecting the usual you need to, well…add normal ingredients.

These turn out fudgy and denser than a normal brownie, but they’re good.  Trust me.

AND, my kids couldn’t tell the difference.

Alls I am saying is, please don’t email me and be all, these aren’t regular brownies…they taste different.  Well no duh.  They ARE different. They’re 2 ingredient pumpkin brownies.


3.6 from 11 reviews
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
Makes 25 brownies
  • 1 "Family Size" box (19.5 oz) brownie mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
Frosting - optional
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9x9 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl mix together brownie mix and pumpkin until smooth.
  4. Spread batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.
  5. Let cool completely. Frost if desired.
  1. Cream butter and pumpkin pie spice until smooth.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in powdered sugar
  3. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until fluffy.
  4. Spread on brownies, if desired.


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September 20, 2012 8:05 am

This is my kind of recipe. Anything labor-intensive is OUT lately for me. These look amazing!

PS: Why do they even bother making brownies in the box that are NOT “family size?” Who buys those?!?! Family size is the only way to go.

Saturday Coffee
November 3, 2012 3:25 pm

They make brownie mix in the 8 x 8 size as a single serving – because it serves only one and it will fit in a toaster oven using the small 6 x 9 pans. Perfect for those who live alone.

November 21, 2012 9:32 am

This is healthy????? Have you READ THE LABEL ON THE BROWNIE BOX????? Claiming that this is healthy is why we have an obesity problem in this country. Throwing a can of pumpkin in here does not make this healthy.

August 4, 2013 8:16 am

The obesity problem in the World not just this country has not been caused by one little ole box of brownies. Keep on cooking Shelly :)

October 17, 2013 4:51 pm

thats why u excerise. simple has that. just saying.

October 27, 2013 3:21 pm

There’s a Debbie Downer in every thread. These look great and I will be making them today. I sure hope I’m not obese tomorrow.

August 29, 2014 10:34 am

I think in more of the lines that neg cholesterol due to the lack of egg yolk. No oil added. You skip out on those ingredients and it is healthier than the average brownie that include such ingredients

September 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Did you eat your sense of humor, Susan?

Jen V
September 5, 2014 8:29 pm

Hi, this sounds so yummy and you can easily make it healthier by using all organic products. They have many organic brownie box mixes that are awesome. Here’s a really good one that I use sometimes…. http://www.immaculatebaking.com/product/brownie-scratch-baking-mix-2/#page. They do use organic sugar, but a little is ok in moderation.

Diana McCullough
September 7, 2014 3:07 pm

This IS healthier than a regular brownie and if you don’t like these than don’t eat them!! Everyone has their soap box and most of it is BS! Get off your butt and walk, Play, work in the yard!! Have you not noticed that , although we stopped using Butter and Lard, sugar, cut back on beef and still the rate for heart disease and other ailments is climbing!! Google Crisco and see what you get!! Nature provides for us, but we have fallen to maximum intake with minimum out put!! Thus all the pills and obesity!! Can you get… Read more »

September 7, 2014 5:47 pm

Please she meant it as a joke woman. Jeez ! ! !

September 8, 2014 8:27 am

And you’re the reason there’s an Stupidity problem in your country.

September 16, 2014 10:52 pm

Only stupid people would come to a dessert page and rant about how unhealthy it is…smh!
Go and google peas & carrots you idiot!

August 31, 2015 8:54 pm

Haha…all these replies to Susan are making me laugh out loud! There needs to be a like button next to these comments!

September 22, 2015 1:55 pm


September 22, 2015 1:54 pm

Yes, obviously if you’re adding something like pumpkin, that IS healthy and very low in calories, instead of the other ingredients, this WILL be a healthier alternative to the traditional brownie. I believe it comes out to 3 WW Plus Points per brownie, which is much healthier than a regular brownie. LOL.. It’s not about cutting out everything in your life to be healthier, it’s about making healthier choices! And the hangry comment cracked me up, lol.

September 26, 2015 7:05 am

Someone lacks a sense of humor -_-

September 26, 2015 7:11 am

P.S. I’m making these today. Yay! (I’m petsitting three dogs, in addition to my own puppy and four cats. These will be my reward if I make it through the day!)

Tim O.
September 21, 2015 10:46 am

Darn tootin’, Rachel, family-sized brownies! Brownies only for 8″ x 8″ pans? Why? Not even enough there to even make a decent batch of brownie muffins! Good enough for multi-layer brownies (like, slutty brownies), but certainly not for stand-alone brownies.

Gonna give this pumpkin brownie thing a try…maybe with frosting…maybe with just CoolWhip.

September 20, 2012 8:10 am

Well, 2 ingredients means it is definitely my style of recipe! I will be making these this weekend – but I do think I’ll have to try that frosting too since it includes pumpkin pie spice!

September 20, 2012 8:14 am

Yum! I think I am going to make these today. They sound delish.


I love short-cut recipes like this one! And honestly, how could you go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate?! Exactly. You can’t.

January 25, 2014 1:25 am

Our daughter requested these for her birthday.as she wishes she will get them. Love an easy recipe.

September 20, 2012 8:26 am

You crack me up!! I think 2 ingredient pumpkin brownies sound too good to be true :)

Made With Pink
September 20, 2012 8:29 am

Wow, these look delicious and so easy – obviously with only 2 ingredients. I totally agree about the blogosphere being overrun by pumpkin. I’ve still got to post my pumpkin recipes, so I guess I’ll be a follower too!

September 20, 2012 8:55 am

Love this Shelly! 😀 My kind of brownies!

September 20, 2012 9:00 am

I’ve made these often as well as others like them and can vouch for the fact that the plate is always empty — i.e. a can of pureed black beans (no has ever guessed the secret ingredient yet – rich, chocolatey and moist!). Nice post!

September 20, 2012 9:11 am

shut up! I am so excited. I am making these tonight! :)

September 20, 2012 9:12 am

I have done this before too and while different, they are good. I had to make vegan brownies for “snack” for a class I was taking and if you use Giradelli brownie mix and pumpkin, you have vegan brownies! I tried them out on my neighbors first and everyone liked them. I think if I had not told them they were vegan they would have just thought I made super fudgey brownies.

maria mendoza
September 20, 2012 9:18 am

can’t wait to try these this weekend

September 20, 2012 9:48 am

I am all about the two-ingredient schtuff. Woohoo!

September 20, 2012 9:51 am

Would people actually email you that?? Crazy. These look amazing and fudgy brownies (with pumpkin to boot!) are right up my alley!

September 20, 2012 10:05 am

This sentence “Alls I am saying is, please don’t email me and be all, these aren’t regular brownies…they taste different. Well no duh. They ARE different. They’re 2 ingredient pumpkin brownies.” had me spitting out my coffee this morning. Just tickled my funny bone for some reason. :) Thanks for the laugh! Also, the brownies are genius. I’ve done the spice cake/pumpkin thing but never thought to try it with brownies…duh! Can’t wait to try it.

September 5, 2013 5:59 pm

Wait….what spice cake/pumpkin thing? !?! That sounds yummy!!!!

Debbie S
September 29, 2014 2:57 pm

Spice cake & pumpkin cookies. Totally awesome! 1 box of spice cake mix & 1 29 ounce can of pumpkin. Mix together well. Put by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. If desired, frost with cream cheese frosting. So good……….

September 20, 2012 10:07 am

I would definitely be adding the frosting. Not that the brownies need them, but I am never one to turn down a frosting opportunity, if you know what I’m saying.

September 20, 2012 10:12 am

OOH, these sound really good!! Almost impossible to have too many pumpkiny recieps for fall… love them all!!

September 20, 2012 10:16 am

So are you saying I’m two ingredients away from being a skinny cool person? Because if that’s what you’re implying, I’m sold. (Okay, I was sold anyways because I friggin’ love pumpkin and brownies and their love child just needed to happen eventually).

September 20, 2012 10:29 am

I have seen this before and have been wanting to try it, but have seen mixed results. I think I am convinced now.

September 20, 2012 10:32 am

Right now you are running a very close second as my favorite person in the world. You would be running first, but my boyfriend made me Mystic Warlords of Ka’a trading cards from The Big Bang Theory, so he’s going to coast by on that one for a very long time.

I must confess I don’t like frosting… I’m pretty sure this means we can never be friends.

September 20, 2012 11:56 am

Somedays I’d rather just eat the frosting instead of the brownies because then you can eat more frosting since you’re saving yourself from the brownie calories – – right?!

September 20, 2012 12:10 pm

Why the 9×9 inch pan? The family sized package of brownie mix is usually made in a 9×13.

Jessie P
September 20, 2012 12:41 pm

So I see they are a little different – but can you actually taste the pumpkin?

September 20, 2012 12:42 pm

Psh, why would you want regular brownies and make pumpkin brownies. People are extremely silly. Besides, I see nothing with some pumpkin-y brownies for fall time.

September 20, 2012 1:25 pm

I love two ingredient recipes! Yes, I am a lazy baker…thanks for this great recipe!

September 20, 2012 1:34 pm

How creative! LOL They look like dense fudgy brownies~ & these would be perfect for halloween since the brownies are a darker color than regular brownies. With orange-colored frosting, it could totally be a themed dessert!

Cathy Capps
September 20, 2012 1:49 pm

Could you make these into brownie “pops”?? I LOVE your site!!!

September 20, 2012 2:00 pm

every year I see this recipe…can of pumpkin + box of brownie or cake mix…and I think you just convinced me to finally make them! They look awesome!

September 20, 2012 2:07 pm

I love fudgier brownies so please pass me one! :)

September 20, 2012 2:08 pm

Oh, I am ALL over this recipe! I love your 2-ingredient recipes. You won me over the first time with your pumpkin cookies. Can’t wait to try these brownies and share them with my peeps.

November 11, 2012 7:51 pm

Made these today. I used a 9×13 pan, thought thickness was just fine. Definitely a pumpkin-y consistency for these brownies. I thought they tasted quite a bit like pumpkin but some friends said that the couldn’t really taste the pumpkin. A nice recipe for the Fall season. I didn’t do the frosting but I’m guessing I should have gone out on a limb and tried it. Still think I like the pumpkin cookies a bit better.

September 20, 2012 2:11 pm

Perfect and easy (not lazy) fall recipe!

September 20, 2012 3:07 pm

I really like how your mind works, Shelly. I love the fact that you replaced the oil calories with frosting calories. And wouldn’t anyone pick frosting over oil any day?!? I love the spices in the frosting, I love that it’s “pumpkin season.” I love. 😉

September 20, 2012 3:07 pm

i’ve always been so curious about these 2 ingredient pumpkin brownies i’ve seen! i’m glad you showed us how AMAZING there are! i still can’t get over the whole idea of it.

September 20, 2012 3:08 pm

I haven’t tried these myself, yet, but I know that Hungry-Girl is a big supporter of the pumpkin and brownie mix idea. I’ve made the 2 ingredient cakes (cake mix + club soda) before with great success, so I’ll probably give these a try, too. Yours look delicious. Plus, the added fiber from the pumpkin is just a bonus.

September 20, 2012 3:08 pm

There’s nothing wrong with laziness!! Love it!

September 20, 2012 3:29 pm

I have done pumpkin with a cake mix before, but never brownies. What a fun idea!

September 20, 2012 3:37 pm

Your post was clever and cute and the brownies look yummy. I followed through to this post off of a Pinterest pin. With all that said, I’m disappointed. They aren’t 2 ingredient brownies. They are a box mix of brownies (with a whole lot of ingredients some of which I wouldn’t want to eat like the hydrogenated oil) and a can of pumpkin. I may try the flavor concept with my own brownie recipe though.

Maria Moseley
October 6, 2012 11:10 am

True, finding a brownie-mix without lots of ingredients is pretty challenging. Ghirardelli’s mix was my compromise, but I imagine you could easily make your own pumpkin-cocoa brownies just substituting pumpkin for some of the oil and the eggs in the recipe. I don’t recall ever finding a two-ingredient recipe for baked sweets that did not involve some kind of convenience-mix.

October 22, 2012 12:25 pm

So for an 18 oz box of the Ghirardelli’s, would you still add the whole can? I only use Ghirardelli’s :) They taste much better than other mixes I’ve found.

September 20, 2012 3:54 pm

I love how easy this is!

September 20, 2012 4:29 pm

I’ve seen so many pumpkin things today and they all look delicious! Definitely need to stock up at the grocery store this weekend!

September 20, 2012 4:37 pm

These look great, I just LOVE brownies and pumpkin!

September 20, 2012 4:39 pm

Looks great! i want a whole plate of them!

September 20, 2012 4:44 pm

I’ve done this with a yellow cake mix and pumpkin and it’s like the best cake ever so I have no doubt this is also awesome!!

Robyn Garrison
September 6, 2014 9:13 pm

Spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin and mild chocolate chips.Best cookies ever.

September 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Fudgier & denser brownies sounds good to me! Also, pumpkinier. This is good too.

Carla @ Carla's Confections
September 20, 2012 6:15 pm

Yum! Loving all these pumpkin recipes!! These look awesome!!! Especially love that it’s only two ingredients :)

September 20, 2012 7:29 pm

i have been baking these 2 ingredients in mini muffin pans for years and everyone always wants the recipe.

September 20, 2012 8:10 pm

Quick and easy, that’s my kind of recipe!

September 20, 2012 8:50 pm

I am a fan of anything that is two ingredients! I wonder if you could use this recipe-logic with just mashed banana and brownie mix?

September 20, 2012 9:24 pm

You are hilarious !! Im so making these and coming right back to complain lol.. jk
Cant wait to check out all your other buttery,sugary stuff…. Mmmm ok Im going to look now.

September 20, 2012 9:49 pm

I’m in, and I won’t have to share because they have pumpkin and I’m the only one in my family that likes the stuff.

September 20, 2012 10:41 pm

My dad will not eat anything with fat in it at all! I got him to eat your 2 ingredient pumpkin cookies and he loved them. Can’t wait to try these. His: w/o frosting. Mine: w/ frosting. Just like the cookies!

September 21, 2012 7:25 am

These look too good girl! Happy friday!