Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares

These Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares are an easy-to-make fall treat. They’ll be gobbled up lickety split.

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I really love the chill that creeps into the air come September and gets gradually more BRRRR and biting as we approach Thanksgiving. I’m like a little kid again when I see teaser snowflakes, hinting at what’s to come in just a matter of a month or so. Fall foods are- undoubtedly- the best foods of the year. Cranberry, maple, pecan, pumpkin and butternut squash have made several welcome appearances in my house lately. It feels comforting to eat them, and I cherish their special time. Before you know it, pumpkin will be out of style… out of season, so we must savor every bite.

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These Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares are a treat to make and share. The recipe doles out a big pan of goodies. If you’re not into sharing, slices freeze beautifully in little ziplocs (which I love to have around for instant snacking… or for tucking into lunchboxes).

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The result is a tender cake dotted with mini chocolate chips. The combination is lovely, and it’s the perfect, casual dessert for… fall. Because you don’t really need a reason to bake something like this, do you? Of course not. Just celebrate fall, silly! :)

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Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 35 min

Ingredients:

2 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pure (unsweetened) pumpkin purée
One 12-ounce package mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.

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

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

4. 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, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

5. Lift cake from pan (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into 24 squares.

Tips:

*If you can't find pumpkin pie spice, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon each allspice and cloves.
*Make sure the cake has cooled completely before cutting. Sometimes it's easier to get nice, clean cuts if it is chilled in the refrigerator for a while first.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (adapted barely from Martha Stewart)

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25 Responses to “Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares”

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    Tieghan — November 8, 2013 @ 5:37 AM

    I love fall too and especially this time right now, before Thanksgiving and Christmas when there is just an excitement in the air for things to come! These bars would be a delicious snack, dessert and even perfect on the Thanksgiving table! They look awesome, Lori!

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    Abbie @ Needs Salt — November 8, 2013 @ 5:39 AM

    These bars look so delicious!
    Pinning. :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 8, 2013 @ 5:51 AM

    Yay for fall! I definitely just bought 3 cans of pumpkin at the store this week (oops?) so these yummy squares look like a perfect way to use them up.

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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — November 8, 2013 @ 7:38 AM

    Looks delicious! These would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

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    Michele @ Flavor Mosaic — November 8, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

    Hi, these look fantastic. I love pumpkin with chocolate chips; and these look so easy to make. I’m pinning these to make later. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — November 8, 2013 @ 7:51 AM

    Holy smokes! Look at all those glistening mini chocolate chips!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 8, 2013 @ 8:27 AM

    Love those mini chocolate chips! Such a fun addition.

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    DessertForTwo — November 8, 2013 @ 8:28 AM

    hah, I’m so not into sharing anytime chocolate is involved! Bring it on! :)

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 8, 2013 @ 8:47 AM

    I love how filled with chocolate chips these bars are! My kind of snack for sure! Pinning!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 8, 2013 @ 9:06 AM

    LOL! We adapted the very same recipe today. You have marvelous taste, my friend! Have a lovely weekend. xo

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — November 8, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

    I can never pass up anything with pumpkin and chocolate. Love all fall flavors!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 8, 2013 @ 9:59 AM

    Yes, I am not ready for fall to be done even though mother nature is trying to go in that direction. I am still needing more pumpkin recipes. This one looks like a definite winner.

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    Aimee @ See Aimee Cook — November 8, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

    Yum!! I love pumpkin and chocolate together. Pinning for later :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 8, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

    Lori this is incredible! I love that you used mini chips and they’re so abundant! I mean, more chocolate in every bite is the best way to go, right! :) Pinned!

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    marla — November 8, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

    These do look great! Love that chocolate pumpkin combo :)

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    Tommy Vallier — November 8, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

    These look incredibly close to a square I used to buy from a cafe before it closed up… Is there a version without pumpkin?

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    Kathryn — November 9, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

    You’ve explained exactly what I so love about fall in this post; just lovely and a delicious looking recipe to go with it!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — November 9, 2013 @ 5:31 PM

    These bars look so moist and chock a block full of chocolate, just the way I like it!

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    Wendy | Around My Family Table — November 11, 2013 @ 8:44 AM

    These look amazing- pumpkin is so perfect this time of year. I like the idea of having them as a lunch time treat.

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — November 11, 2013 @ 9:17 PM

    I don’t see why pumpkin ever has to go out of style. That’s what cans are for. This cake looks yummy!

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    Louise Bloom — November 12, 2013 @ 5:18 AM

    Looks yummy and healthy too! I might try to make this since there are so many pumpkins after Halloween. Great recipe!

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    Shelly (Cookies and Cups) — November 14, 2013 @ 6:44 PM

    These bars look so yummy!

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    Kathy — December 1, 2013 @ 8:14 PM

    I made these for Thanksgiving and my kids just loved them!! Definitely a keeper!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Sarah G — October 6, 2014 @ 5:24 PM

    is there a way to make these without an egg?

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    Lori Lange — October 7, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

    there is something called EnerG Egg Replacer. Are you familiar w/ that?