Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies + Oktoberfest 2017

In the beginning of September there is all this hype for pumpkin spice everything. I’m someone who likes to spread out my pumpkin spice love so I’m not burnt out by Thanksgiving. Because I’m basic, just not thaaaaattt basic. I wanted to make Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies for my birthday back in September, but then went with mermaid funnfetti cupcakes instead. So, then I thought, why not make them for Oktoberfest! Not super German, I know, but perfect for a fall party.

BTW, the mermaid cupcakes were boxed Funfetti mix and swirled blue and green frosting topped with sprinkles.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

These are so quick and easy! And it uses a boxed brownie mix too!!

P.S. to make your own Pumpkin Spice click here

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies
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Serves: 24
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup pumpkin spice flavored coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F and spray 9x13 pan with coconut oil
  2. Combine pumpkin, coffee, brownie mix and eggs, mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into pan and bake 28-31 minutes.
  4. note: if you don't have pumpkin spice flavored coffee, use an extra tsp of pumpkin spice with regular coffee.
  5. note 2: basically follow the box directions, just substitute pumpkin for oil and coffee for water.


Oktoberfest 2017

This years Oktoberfest featured our Pumpkin Beer and Red Ale, along with brats, sauerkraut, caramelized onion, red cabbage and apple salad, Kase-spatzle, an array of mustards, pretzel cheese bites, apple cider punch, pumpkin wine keg, pumpkin spice latte brownies, stout chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese plate, and a make your own pretzel necklace station. We had about 18 people show up this year, slightly less than last year. We did pretty good with the food this year, but still have quite a bit of beer left.

Featured here the beverage table, with the apple cider punch, beverage tub that later had growlers of of our wheat beer and the pumpkin wine keg. The pumpkin wine keg was made with a craft pumpkin from Michaels and BOTA boxed wine (red and white). Cut the top like a traditional pumpkin, and cut two holes for the dispensers. Just trace the dispensers and carefully use a sharp knife or drill out.

Recipe for stout chocolate cake here. I also made them for the Mustache & Beer Bash back in May.

Notice those amazing tire seats! DIY here.

Last year I made a rustic Biergarten sign that now sits in the new bar area of the family room. I found this other sign at a local party store for our outdoor decorating.

DIY sun sail project here.

I found this awesome Chafing Buffet set on amazon that worked really well for keeping the food warm outside and we can use it for many other events in the future.

DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign


The other day I posted about hosting your own Oktoberfest party and I pointed out one of the decorations – the rustic Biergarten sign.


DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign

Chose your font and size. I used Canva.com to create my letters, but word or page would also work. Print out your paper and carefully cut out the letters. I used my little Slice ceramic blade.


Piece the paper together if you needed to and tape down to your plank. I used a scrap of leftover incense cedar from our fence building project. Maybe eventually I’ll do a yard tour so you can see the new side yard fence.


Carefully paint the letters. I only needed one coat of paint.



Touch up as needed with a finer tipped brush if needed.


Once the paint is dry, coat it with a clear coat to protect it – especially if its going outside.


It looked perfect on the mantle for Oktoberfest. I may end up drilling holes and adding a rope to hang it up in the yard. We’ll see.


Host your own Oktoberfest


This past weekend we hosted an Oktoberfest party. We had at least 20 people attend and it seemed like they all had a blast! We tried to stick to mostly traditional Oktoberfest dishes with a few basics thrown in. Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, and people attend from all over the world. Munich Germany becomes swarmed with giant tents filled with thousands upon thousands of people mostly there for the beer and to celebrate Bavarian culture. We’re hoping to attend next year, we’ll see.



I started party preparations about two weeks before. World Market has a bunch of Oktoberfest supplies and German food right now. At World Market I picked up the plates, napkins, saerkraut, red cabbage, kase-spatzle, mustard and beer bottle decorations. I used Canva.com to create a banner, Photo Booth props, food/drink labels and a typography print. I also picked up general party supplies at Party City. They do have Oktoberfest stuff online at Party City and Oriental Trading if you have time to wait for it to ship to you. I also pulled out a lot of my fall decorations, made a Rustic Biergarten Sign (tutorial coming later this week), picked up more patio furniture at Lowes – yay clearance and I sent J out to get me flowers from the farmers market in town. We offered ladder-ball (Sag-nugs), bocce ball and some friends brought corn hole, plus bubbles and sidewalk chalk for littler guests.


Attention attention: Download FREE printable – the typography print, the food labels , banner and photo booth props). For personal use only, not for resale or distribution.







We did a Costco run for sausages, cheese, veggie tray, fruit and beer. We also served our own homemade beers, a non-alcoholic cider punch and I baked beer cheese pretzel bites, german chocolate cupcakes (w/o nuts of course) and pumpkin molasses cookies. WE HAVE SO MUCH FOOD LEFT OVER. People brought food even though we said they didn’t need to. Although, our neighbor brought over authentic homemade pretzels which was a nice touch.