I'm doing the pumpkin thing. Finally.
Truthfully, I'm not huge on pumpkin flavor, but I love baking with pumpkin in autumn because it's so seasonal and poetic and it just makes me happy. Plus it smells delightful. Though I have to say, the more I bake with pumpkin and the more pumpkin desserts I consume, the more I like the taste of pumpkin. It's growing on me.
And now, these pumpkin bars have turned me into an actual pumpkin lover. They're ridiculously good.
I always thought that chocolate + pumpkin was kind of a strange combination, but I was willing to try it out because hello, chocolate. I'll add chocolate to anything [just about...], so I've added chocolate to just about every pumpkin dessert I've ever made and I've loved it every time. So I'm a fan of the chocolate and pumpkin combination. And these pumpkin bars ... I'm a fan!
These are so fantastic, I can't handle it. I baked them in a small-ish pan [if I'm honest, the pan was probably too small for the amount of batter, but I was feeling a little lazy and I didn't want to have to pour the batter into a new pan and have two pans to wash. oops.], so they were super thick and they didn't really bake all the way through, so they were a little bit gooey and kind of fudgy! I love fudgy/gooey bars! LOVE.
I'm maybe a tad overly excited about these bars, but they really were delicious. Everyone loved them and I've decided that they're my favorite pumpkin dessert, ever. You've got to make them!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1-/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 11" x 8" OR 13" x 9" pan; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree and mix until smooth (the mixture may look curdled - don't worry!). Slowly add in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes (depending on the pan size) until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
I really wanna make a pumpkin pie next.