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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7 Responses to “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars”

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    Barefoot Belle — March 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Mmmm. These look so good, and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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    yumventures — March 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I adore white chocolate and macadamia nuts!!! These look great, even better than the traditional cookie 🙂

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    Sara — March 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’m loving this “bar” week! These look great. I love white chocolate and macadamia nuts!

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    oneordinaryday — March 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds great. I’ve actually got a jar of macadamia nuts in the pantry too!

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    Kelly — March 24, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Those definitely sound great. I love white chocolate for a change sometimes. Can’t wait to see what else bars week has in store!

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    Valen — March 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I love, love, love white chocolate and these look great!

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    Kevin — April 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

    This is my favorite flavour combo for cookies and it would be amazing in bar form as well!

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