Sep 27, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I just tried this recipe for the first time recently, and I thought it was definitely worth passing on. I like the flavor of pumpkin and chocolate together, especially in a moist, cake-like bar cookie such as this. Also, though the original recipe didn't include it, I made a simple vanilla frosting for these and I thought it added a nice touch.

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium high speed until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Then beat in pumpkin puree. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in 9 x 13-inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan and then frost and cut into squares.

Vanilla Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
About 2 tablespoons milk

Mix powdered sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.