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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars


My kitchen is unpacked!!  I have been spoiled with a large kitchen for the last 5 years.  The kitchen in our rental is a very nice kitchen, but it is much smaller than my old one.  I was only able to unpack about 1/2 of my stuff (I have way too much stuff).  It is really nice that we have an unfinished basement to store everything in.  I attempted baking for the first time at high altitude this weekend.  The results weren't perfect, but they were not nearly as bad as I feared.  Stay tuned for some yummy recipes once I get the hang of it!

Thank you to Kita (Pass the Sushi), Liz (That Skinny Chick Can Bake), and Kelly (Eat Yourself Skinny) for filling in for me last week.  You all did a wonderful job, and I appreciate your help!




These bars are one of the last things I made in my old kitchen.  My husband and I were both going to meet friends for lunch, and I had a few things to use in my pantry so I made these bars.  Unfortunately my husband forgot his plate of treats on the counter.  Rami, this is what you missed out on!  Shannon on the other hand received her plate of goodies!  I received an email from her later that night asking if I posted this recipe yet, because they were TO DIE FOR!!!  Well here it is!  This would make a great alternative to Pumpkin Pie this week!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
From Bake at 350
Printable Recipe

2 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Allspice
1/8 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp  Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 bag Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 13x9 pan.

Mix together the flour, spices, baking soda and salt. (You could use 2 tsp pumpkin pie instead of all the spices if you had it).

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in the egg & vanilla. Beat in the pumpkin puree.  (It will look chunky and gross, but don't worry, that is what it is supposed to look like).

Add the in the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter into your pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.   A toothpick will come out mostly clean.  Cool completely in pan before cutting.

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25 Comments:

At November 21, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

Pumpkin and chocolate is a killer combination!!!

YUM!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Blogger camie said...

I bookmarked this one!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Kiri W. said...

Mmm, nothing like chocolate chip pumpkon bars. i lvoe how moist and liberally chocolatey yours look!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Sandra said...

Oh I would go for one bar right now with my coffee:)) Fantastic recipe..yummy!!!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Me too, Sandra. :)

My current kitchen needs work (not bad but I want to redo it) - I always had really fantastic kitchens and one day this one will be too.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Great bar! And glad you are up and running even if it is a smaller kitchen.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Yay for being unpacked! :-)

These look perfect! I would pick these over pumpkin pie. I'm not really a fan of pumpkin pie so these are perfect for me on the holiday!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM , OpenID warmvanillasugar said...

This sounds lovely! Great bar!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

I'm the weirdo who doesn't like chocolate, but I'm sure these would be just as delicious without the chocolate chips! Great recipe. x

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

Congratulations Erin! I'm happy that you're all settled (for now). I feel for you about a small kitchen. My kitchen isn't small.. but I have too much stuff!! I'm a little cooking stuff addicted. :) These pumpkin chocolate chip bars look amazing. I'm really getting into putting chocolate and pumpkin together. PS.. Tomorrow I have an award coming your way… so be sure to check out my 11-22 post. :)

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

They look wonderful, I bet these are so moist. Yum! I'm glad you are unpacked! Hopefully the rental will be short-lived! :)

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

Erin, These look wonderful! Isn't it nice having your kitchen all unpacked? Congratulations again on a successful move and successful baking at a high altitude. Great work!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous Cucina49 said...

I always forget how good pumpkin and chocolate are together--this is a nice reminder. hope you're settling in well!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Emily said...

I firmly believe that you can never have too much kitchen stuff. These bars look delicious. I am still contemplating what I want for Thanksgiving dessert. I really don't like pie although we will have plenty of that. I think these might do the trick for me.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Tracey said...

I made a version of these recently too, and loved them! I store a ton of baking pans and ingredients in my basement too, the kitchen just can't handle it all :)

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

I love the addition of pumpkin...perfect for fall! Hope you are settling in to the new home well :) The first room I unpack is always the kitchen...I don't feel settled until I can cook a meal, even if it's amidst boxes.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Kita said...

I didn't even think about the high altitude! Oh no!!! Im glad things aren't as bad as they could be.

I have to say every time for the last two weeks when I open a post from you I sit down and get ready to see where you are on this big adventure of yours. It's been exciting to read about it through your blog. I am honored to be in a group with Liz and Kelly and that you had me guest post for you. Thank you. :)

 
At November 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Glad you are all settled in your new home! I bet you were so happy to get your kitchen set up. Getting my kitchen unpacked after moving always makes it feel more like home! These pumpkin bars were a great way to start things off in the new place!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Ann said...

YAy! You're in your new home! Congratulations and the pumpkin bars look amazing! It's tough to go from a big to a small kitchen, but if anyone can make amazing foods from a small space...it's you!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Buttercream Blondie said...

Yay for being unpacked! Glad you're getting settled! I'm all about pumpkin right now, so these bars are right up my alley. They sound great!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 11:44 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Erin...glad to have you back. And happy that you are finally getting settled. These pumpkin chocolate chip bars look so good! Never even considered that whole altitude thing! Hope you find your groove soon! : )

 
At November 22, 2011 at 12:43 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

Your bars look so delicious! I made Martha's recipe last week and they turned out perfect too.

 
At November 22, 2011 at 1:10 AM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

So glad you are in and happy. I have a small kitchen, you learn to work around it. I am sure you will adjust to the altitude change and your food will be as scrumptious as it always is. These look remarkable. See you adjusted already!

 
At November 22, 2011 at 2:19 AM , Blogger ameanderingmango said...

I love anything with pumpkin and anything with chocolate - these bars are the perfect combination. Thanks for sharing!

 
At November 22, 2011 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

I never even thought about your having to change your baking methods due to the higher altitude. Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures! These bars are a good place to start!

 

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