Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars

For my second day of a Week of Pumpkin, I bring you a classic flavor combo. These pumpkin bars originally come from a Martha Stewart recipe that uses semi-sweet chocolate chips. As I mentioned when I made the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies, I definitely think of cream cheese or white chocolate as a better companion to the pumpkin flavor than chocolate (although dark chocolate is also great).

I took these bars to ReRack last week and they were a big hit. They disappeared really quickly. I’m glad I had the chance to taste one before we got there otherwise I might have missed my chance (I have to be honest, I ate two while I was cutting these bars. They’re that good).

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice - I didn't have any, so I used this recipe to make a substitute
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 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, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

Lift cake from pan (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into squares.

Recipe from Loves To Eat

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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3 Responses to “Easy M&M Treats”

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    Claudia — December 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Seriously how cute are these? They looks awesome!

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    Jen — December 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    This is a good idea! I make the same kind of idea but with hershey’s kisses. If you are able to get the square pretzels (snyders makes them… their shape is called butter snaps or something like that) you top them with a hershey kiss. Then you pop them in the oven on 200 degrees for a few minutes. You will know they are done when the chocolate looks shiny. After that, you can either press down the kiss a bit to join it with the pretzel, or top the pretzel with another pretzel to make a pretzel and chocolate sandwich. They are yummy and super easy! 🙂

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    Beth — December 24, 2019 at 10:42 am

    This is, quite possibly, the worst recipe I’ve ever made. The only redeeming quality about this is the taste.

    So, the first issue is that there was WAY too much liquid in the cake batter. This is where everything went to hell. I decided to make these in cupcake form since I didn’t have round cake pans. The cake crumbled as I attempted to remove the cupcake wrappers.

    Next, the marshmallow filling. This was literally the worst trying to put sticky filling into a crumbly cake.

    For my surviving cakes that didn’t crumble to death, I attempted to cover in ganache. The ganache was too dang thick for this delicate cake.

    So, as I sit here on Christmas eve writing this review, I have toppling, crumbly ding songs sitting in my freezer as I make my last attempt to save these monstrosities.

    Afterwards, I will promptly burn your recipe and enjoy it.

    I am sure you are a very wonderful person and meant no I’ll will, but this recipe must be destroyed.

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