Chocolate- Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars

If you’re on the hunt for a fall dessert to feed a small crowd, this is it: Chocolate- Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars.

Use a fork to consume. You can see that they’re really rather more like a cakey-bar than a hold-in-your-hand-and-firmly-grasp-it bar. But you can also tell from the pic that these are incredibly moist (happily so).

Cream cheese frosting tops these bars along with those darling little mini chocolate chips. The choc chips are also spotted throughout the cake with the chocolate flavor in the cake being subtle.


The teachers at my son’s school were the recipients of this fall treat. Despite the fact that the treat came equipped with a little sign announcing its name, the teachers thanked me for the delicious carrot cake. I suppose it was reminiscent of carrot cake in its appearance with the cream cheese frosting and similar spice additions, but I was able to detect the pumpkin flavor without difficulty! We kept a few pieces and it was an easily devoured dessert in my house. Delicious.

This recipe can be found here:  Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars

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61 Responses to “Chocolate- Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars”

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    Lisa — September 29, 2008 @ 1:12 PM

    These look great! I like the chocolate and pumpkin combo. Last week I made chocolate pumpkin cupcakes.

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    Manggy — September 29, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

    Ooh, that swirly pic is calling to me. They DO look incredibly moist! Pumpkin bars are not really popular here (as are all pumpkin desserts), but “carrot cake” gives me a pretty good idea of what it would taste like. Me likey :)

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    Barbara Bakes — September 29, 2008 @ 2:38 PM

    I love pumpkin chocolate chip! The frosting sounds like a great addition!

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    SteamyKitchen — September 29, 2008 @ 2:47 PM

    love that little baby swirl of frosting at the corner of the bar. gorgeous!

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — September 29, 2008 @ 3:01 PM

    You have been a baking fool lately!

    Looks yummy!

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    Happy cook — September 29, 2008 @ 3:16 PM

    They looks so delicious.
    Will go and chec the recipe.

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    Maria — September 29, 2008 @ 3:20 PM

    Oh my! I must make these!! I love chocolate and pumpkin together!

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    MyKitchenInHalfCups — September 29, 2008 @ 3:31 PM

    Ah, this is really unfair . . . so pretty and pumpkin, spice AND chocolate . . . that just has to be wonderful.
    Beautiful photos!

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    Daziano — September 29, 2008 @ 4:13 PM

    I love the flavors of chocolate and pumkin!

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    Patsyk — September 29, 2008 @ 4:41 PM

    Chocolate and pumpkin… yum! They really do look moist and delicious!

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    Deborah — September 29, 2008 @ 5:20 PM

    How funny that they thought it was carrot cake! These look so good – the perfect fall dessert!

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    Sandie — September 29, 2008 @ 5:30 PM

    “Thanks for the delicious carrot cake,” lol, that’s funny. Poor pumpkin spice bars, never getting their due. *Sigh*

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    Divya — September 29, 2008 @ 6:04 PM

    Lovely! I make this as cupcakes with dark chocolate. But this is extremely moist…

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    Ivy — September 29, 2008 @ 6:10 PM

    These sound and look great. I never thought of using pumpkin in a cake and why not as I do make the carrot cake. What do you mean with pumpkin puree. Do you boil it and mash it?

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    RecipeGirl — September 29, 2008 @ 6:15 PM

    Hi Ivy-
    Yes you could boil and mash or process pumpkin to get puree. Or you can purchase canned pumpkin puree if it is available in your part of the world. That’s what I use!

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    Clumbsy Cookie — September 29, 2008 @ 7:55 PM

    Lol! Lucky teachers! Those carrot, whoops, pumpkin bars look right up my alley!

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    Peter M — September 29, 2008 @ 8:37 PM

    These remind me of carrot cake but better! Moist, spices, icing…owned!

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    Adam — September 29, 2008 @ 8:59 PM

    Awesome! Listen, if I was a teacher and a kid brought these in to school… instant A… seriously :)

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 29, 2008 @ 9:36 PM

    wow, those look so good!! cream cheese frosting on top of pumpkin bars is the best!

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    Alexa — September 29, 2008 @ 9:57 PM

    Oh, lucky teachers… These bars look so yummy. It’s the perfect Fall treat. Pumpkin is so wonderful with chocolate and that frosting looks delicious.

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    Esi — September 29, 2008 @ 9:57 PM

    I love the pumpkin/chocolate chip combo! One of my favorite cookie recipes is pumpkin/chocolate chip.

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    Ashley N — September 29, 2008 @ 10:17 PM

    This recipe combines all of my favorite things – pumpkin, chocolate chips and frosting!

    Does anyone know how to make this low cal or such? I’m a relatively new baker and don’t know what to switch out! Any suggestions would be great! :)

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    RecipeGirl — September 30, 2008 @ 12:23 AM

    Ashley,
    Sometimes subbing 1/2 applesauce for the oil works in cake-type recipes. So in the case of this recipe, you could use 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. It’s likely to turn out just as moist and yummy.

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    Elle — September 30, 2008 @ 12:39 AM

    I neeeeeed to make these!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — September 30, 2008 @ 2:00 AM

    What a perfect little treat…I love the flavors in them!

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    hot garlic — September 30, 2008 @ 2:20 AM

    I don’t care if it is carrot cake or pumpkin spice bars, I just want to eat it!

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    Sara — September 30, 2008 @ 3:10 AM

    Amazing! These look wonderful. Pumpkin and chocolate are great together.

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    Brilynn — September 30, 2008 @ 3:40 AM

    I’m in favour of anyting with cream cheese frosting! Those bars sound perfect for fall.

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    That Girl — September 30, 2008 @ 4:11 AM

    I usually make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but this looks FAR more decadent!

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    noble pig — September 30, 2008 @ 4:12 AM

    Okay that’s hysterical…”thanks for the carrot cake”…hmmm.

    Looks beautiful!

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    Emily — September 30, 2008 @ 4:25 AM

    Holy Guac these look good! I read the recipe name and thought oh yum . . . saw the picks and thought “Oh baby!”

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    Grace — September 30, 2008 @ 12:45 PM

    hello moistiosity. :) these look phenomenal, and that’s coming from a person who shies away from pumpkin desserts. i think it’s the chocolate chips on top that are sealing the deal. :)

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    Jon — September 30, 2008 @ 1:00 PM

    Holy crow that pumpkin spice bar looks good!

    Pardon my language.

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    Ingrid — September 30, 2008 @ 1:46 PM

    Those do look very moist and oh, so good. For fall desserts I rather pumpkin and sweet potato over the ones that are apple.

    That’s kinda funny that the teachers couldn’t tell they were pumpkin. Makes ya wonder!
    ~ingrid

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    Dawn — September 30, 2008 @ 1:58 PM

    I’m sure this got totally devoured. This would not last long in my house at all.
    Love this.

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    Proud Italian Cook — September 30, 2008 @ 2:04 PM

    Your picture won me over! Allready printed it!

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    Tarah at Genesis of a Cook — September 30, 2008 @ 2:28 PM

    These are perfect for the coming fall. Seeing these make me think of fall and how much I’m gonna love it ;]

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    seejessrun — September 30, 2008 @ 2:32 PM

    These look delicious! And yes, I greatly enjoyed your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. Thanks!

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    Katrina — September 30, 2008 @ 2:44 PM

    Goodness, that looks SO yummy. Doesn’t even compare to my “boring” punkin chocolate chip cookies a few weeks ago. Some gals from church and I are collecting pumpkin recipes this month, I’ll have to include this one for sure!

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    VeggieGirl — September 30, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

    EPITOME OF ULTIMATE DELICIOUSNESS!!

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    Tara — September 30, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

    Thanks for dropping in on my blog….but this recipe looks incredible! Just printed it out! YUMMY!

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    Kirsten — September 30, 2008 @ 3:46 PM

    Those look so good. Love the chocolate pumpkin combo!

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    Ari (Baking and Books) — September 30, 2008 @ 4:13 PM

    Well now, that looks downright decadent!! Which is a very, very good thing, except now I really want a chocolate-chip pumpkin spice bar. :)

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    Heather — September 30, 2008 @ 4:14 PM

    oh these look good! i haven’t ever done pumpkin with chocolate. the frosting looks tasty, too!

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    Sara — September 30, 2008 @ 4:18 PM

    Wow! These look amazing! I love pumpkin and chocolate chip.

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — September 30, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

    Those look great and certainly perfect fall fare!

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    Rachel — September 30, 2008 @ 7:09 PM

    I love fall and these are calling my name! I can’t wait to come up with an excuse to make them.

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    Maria — September 30, 2008 @ 7:12 PM

    WOW these look so yummy! I am loving all your Fall recipes, thanks for sharing.

    Maria
    x

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    oneshotbeyond — September 30, 2008 @ 10:21 PM

    I love all things pumpkin & all things chocolate!!! Great looking recipe.

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    Girl Japan — October 1, 2008 @ 12:06 AM

    Oh I adore anything with pumpkin, I use a squash version but I am so happy I got your URL from Mary- pumpkin, carrot, spice– it sure is beginning to smell and look like fall.. despite the typhoon that just missed us and the rain… I can see the leaves beginning to change ! I’m happy I found you..

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    Aggie — October 1, 2008 @ 12:23 AM

    I’ve been craving some pumpkin lately! Will have to make these…they look delicious!!!

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    Leslie — October 1, 2008 @ 1:13 AM

    These would be seriously dangerous to have in my house!

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    Sharon — October 1, 2008 @ 1:23 AM

    I'm usually the only one who likes pumpkin flavored goods in the house so I end up eating them all. I think I could convince the hubby to eat these with the chocolate & cream cheese frosting!

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    Jennifer — October 1, 2008 @ 1:31 AM

    Wow, that looks delicious! I found your site via a comment on my friend Jon's blog – Food Fight. I LOVE your blog and your site…so great! I'm definitely going to check it out some more. We're actually connected to quite a few of the same people…I'd love to add you to my blog roll (with your permission, of course!). I have a lot of great recipes on my blog…just started at the beginning of September. If you like my blog (CreativeConfectionery.blogspot.com) please feel free to link back – though it's completely up to you! I think my friends & readers would really enjoy yours :)

    I'll definitely have to try your pumpkin spice bars…I want to do an October "pumpkin" series! :)

    -Jen

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    Jennifer — October 1, 2008 @ 1:43 AM

    Awesome, I’ll add you now as well :) Ah, the south shore…love it! I live in Brookline…definitely a nice little area :) Glad to meet you! I look forward to exchanging recipes!

    -Jen

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — October 1, 2008 @ 5:14 AM

    This fall recipe sounds good! Your bars are very pretty and extremely tempting! Yummy

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    once in a blue moon... — October 3, 2008 @ 2:43 AM

    yum is all i can say… thats a good thing~

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    Rosie — October 4, 2008 @ 5:26 AM

    Oh wow these look gorgeous! A great fall recipe :)

    Rosie x

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    Megan — October 6, 2008 @ 1:31 AM

    what a perfect treat to enjoy for fall! i can’t wait to start baking with pumpkin :)

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    Erika — October 6, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

    I made this for my co-workers to celebrate a birthday… I made the frosting orange to create a autumn/Halloween feel to it and it was a hit! It was so moist… a perfect fall treat… by far one of my favorites!

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    Tara — November 5, 2008 @ 5:06 PM

    Made these over the weekend….OH-MY-GOSH!!!!!!!!! I ate at least….this is NO joke, 14 bars! At least! My family fought over the last few…..those were just too good!!!