Krispy Pumpkin Brownies

These perfectly gooey double chocolate brownies are paired with a dreamy pumpkin frosting and topped with peanut butter chocolate Rice Krispies!

Double Chocolate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting and Chocolate Krispy Cereal Topping!

One of the most exciting aspects of the 21st century is technology. We have the ability to pop online and see up-to-the-second news. We can communicate with people thousands of miles away. We can make work more efficient and we can develop bonds with virtual strangers through common interests.

Like most people, I use social media a great deal. I would even say I rely on it. Through being a blogger and baker I have gotten to know people in the same industry, but most often the extent of our relationship is virtual.

When Pillsbury came along and asked if I would like to participate in a “Blog Hop” I agreed. What they asked was that I make a fellow blogger a special treat, package it up really pretty, and then send it to them. Sure, sure, I can do that. Easy… I just bake something and mail it. Done.

Double Chocolate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting and Chocolate Krispy Cereal Topping!

What ended up happening was something entirely different. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t use technology in the slightest.

I got to know the ladies involved in the Blog Hop in a real way. We talked. We laughed. We bonded over delectable treats. We found out more about each other and truly developed a real, lasting bond. One that I am forever grateful for.

See, something magical happened as I stood in my kitchen preparing these very special brownies for my friend. I thought about her as I baked then, thought about her face when she would open them (hopefully smiling!) and even thought about how I could personalize them just for her so she would know how special she is.

I sent these treats to Aimee from Shugary Sweets. You are going to LOVE what she made for her Blog Hop friend!


Ghost Cookies from My Baking Addiction!

As if that experience wasn’t rewarding enough, I then received a package from another friend! I was blown away at the cuteness of these amazing bars. Not only were they probably the most adorable treat ever, but they were good. So good. Suddenly I wanted to make everything I could from My Baking Addiction because I knew all of her recipes would be just as wonderful! You can see her delicious recipe here.

Krispy Pumpkin Brownies


  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

Pumpkin Frosting

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 c confectioners sugar

Rice Crispy Chocolate Layer

  • 2 c Chocolate Rice Krispy cereal
  • 2/3 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/3 c (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. For easier cutting, line pan with parchment or foil.
  2. Make and bake brownies as directed on box. Cool completely.

Pumpkin Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat softened butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, and confectioners sugar until you reach your desired consistency. (I like to blend for 2-3 minutes on high for a light & airy frosting)
  3. When ready to assemble dessert, spread frosting over cooled brownies.

Rice Crispy Chocolate Layer

  1. In 1-quart saucepan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour cereal into saucepan, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Spread over frosted brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set before cutting.
  4. Store tightly covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to save time you can prepare the Rice Crispy Chocolate layer the day before. Just pour the rice kripsy mixture into a parchment lined 9-inch square pan (or the same size pan you will be using for the brownies) and allow to set. When you are ready to assemble, simply remove rice krispy mixture and place on top of frosted brownies.

I love everything about fall and especially all the pumpkin flavors! However, you can easily change out the pumpkin frosting for vanilla or more chocolate or even strawberry for a Neapolitan treat.

The pumpkin buttercream is totally addictive, so you may want to double to recipe just to have some on hand. I used it on pancakes!

Double Chocolate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting and Chocolate Krispy Cereal Topping!

Thank you so much to Pillsbury for giving me the gift of friendship! And of course having some amazingly delicious treats delivered right to my door.

I feel so inspired by what they have done and plan on baking a lot more fun treats and sharing them with friends and neighbors. This was such a beautiful and fun experience, I am feeling really motivated to pay it forward!

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets

I can say first hand these were truly delicious!! And beautiful for the holiday baking season too, packed with pumpkin-y goodness. It was fun “hopping” with you Amanda 🙂


    Big puffy heart you!!! So glad you liked them! 🙂

Jen | Baked by an Introvert

I love the idea of a blog hop where you actually send a fellow blogger something you baked. These krispy pumpkin brownies look delicious!

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

Yum! Who wouldn’t like to receive this in the mail? 🙂