pumpkin chocolate chip bars

pumpkin chocolate chip bars

adapted from martha stewart’s recipe. i healthified the recipe by subbing light butter for full fat, used less sugar, and replaced 1 c all-purpose flour with 1 c whole wheat flour.  i also added cinnamon and cut back on the chocolate chips. they came out perfectly!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) light unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (using too many takes away from the pumpkin flavor)

Directions

  1. 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, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lift cake from pan (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into 24 squares.

 

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