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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8 Responses to “That’s FIERCE”

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    slush — March 4, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Very, very cool looking cupcakes. Incredibly artsy. I love the flavor combos too. I will give them a go.

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    CB — March 4, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Very Mo-Dern cupcakes! Love me some chocolate art! Those are definitely fierce. Thanks for entering! Hope you had fun!
    -Clara

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    Jaime — March 4, 2008 at 4:53 am

    very cool!

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    Cara — March 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Very nice, Jen!

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    Amy — March 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Wow! Chocolate with some heat! That sounds awesome 🙂

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    PheMom — March 6, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Hi again! So, I think with the vanilla in this, minus the chocolate and the almond this might work well for preemie’s first birthday cake. Thanks for the help!

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    Mary — March 6, 2008 at 1:43 am

    What a cool blend of flavors! It’s totally DIVA! And I love the chocolate swoop too!

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    kendrita — July 18, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Sounds awesome! Are the PB cups used in the recipe dairy-free? Are there PB cups dairy-free that exist?

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