Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Challenge #12- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I don't know about you, but once Thanksgiving hits, it feels like pumpkin season is out. Christmas just seems less pumpkin-y then its November predecessor, but that may just be my perception. Anyway, in honor of this last week of pumpkin being allowable in recipes, here is a DELICIOUS recipe for you. If you need a good last minute recipe for a party, bring these. Everyone will be thankful :)

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars are easy to make and neither the chocolate nor the pumpkin is overwhelming. They're very moist, so grab your glass of milk to enjoy these with! I also have to make a shout out to Matt who was a big help in making these :)

Edited to add-- Matt took these to a Thanksgiving party at his work and he said they were by far the most popular dessert option (of which there was a lot of competition)! Definitely one I will make next season!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from here
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice

1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat curdled. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
4. Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Dry ingredients getting all mixed together
Adding vanilla + egg to the creamed butter/sugar

Adding the pumpkin-- this is the curdled look the recipe talks about
After adding the dry ingredients

Folding in the chocolate chips...
Spread into the pan and now ready for the oven!
So good!

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