Squash Brownies with Chocolate Swirl Topping



Grandma Garrett is on Fire at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market and you can come and savour her wonderful treats May 14th– but until then we have to make do. 


bBut Squash Brownies? No, say it ain’t so! Apparently according to Foodland Ontario mashed cooked squash keeps these brownies moist for days, if they last that long. It’s the weekend– maybe make them with the kids!

Squash Brownies with Chocolate Swirl Topping

Baking Time: 35 minutes

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 24

From Foodland Ontario


Chocolate Swirl Topping:

  • 4 oz (125 g) Ontario Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 Ontario Egg
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips


  • 1 cup (250 mL) mashed cooked Ontario Squash
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) each Ontario Buttermilk and vegetable oil
  • 2 Ontario Eggs, well beaten
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each baking powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground ginger and baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each ground nutmeg and salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted chopped nuts


Chocolate Swirl Topping:

In small bowl, cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla; stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.


In large bowl, stir together squash, brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; stir into squash mixture until combined. Stir in nuts. Spread into greased 13- x 9- inch (3.5 L) pan.

Drop heaping tablespoons of chocolate swirl topping over batter. Swirl into batter with knife. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 35 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let pan cool on wire rack. When cool, cut into squares.


If buttermilk is unavailable, combine 1 tsp (5 mL) vinegar with milk and let sit 10 minutes.

Nutrients per serving

1 Brownie (When recipe makes 24 brownies):

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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