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Monday, December 5, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares - Martha Mondays


My choice this week for our Martha Mondays hosted each week by Brette with Martha and Me and let me tell you she participates in each one every week! One time she missed a week because she was sick, and then she apologized for it! She's amazing, and an author of several books, a new one just out The Parchment Paper Cookbook one of her other blogs is No Pot Cooking. Check it out for some good no mess cooking ideas and recipes. If you would like to join us for Martha Mondays just let her know. There is no pressure to do it every week and you get some good feedback and meet some great people.


Oh yeah,...back to my pick...Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares I chose this because of my daughter...she has been wanting me to make her some pumpkin something for her birthday...she loves pumpkin every thing So this was great, Martha had a wonderful pumpkin bar recipe, and what better time to try it...two birds, you know!



Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Squares
Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2006

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
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 sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

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, 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
Tip: 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 (all ground).

It was a two bowl, (most baking recipes will have you use one bowl for dry and another for the wet ingredients), straight forward recipe.The only different thing I did this time was add a little more cinnamon, and used half chocolate chips and half cinnamon chips.

I sprinkled some extra chips on top of the batter after it was spread out in the pan. I like the looks of them sitting on top like that...maybe more next time!


This is definitely a keeper. It was moist and delicious, the texture was kind of like between a cake and a muffin. The pumpkin held up well to the spices and chocolate was not too much, of course I used half the amount of chocolate, but used cinnamon chips to compete the amount called for in the recipe. I didn't have a 9x13 pan, the pan I used was a little smaller so they came out a little tall. I can't believe I don't have a 9x13 glass baking dish...Christmas wish list!

My family actually finished them all up...I didn't have any to bring in to work.

Edited to add the Tip: after the recipe, for those of you who can't find pumpkin pie spice. This was the first time I had used it, I happened to run across it.

51 comments:

  1. Perfect use for the cans of on-sale pumpkin that I bought!

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  2. Hello beautiful squares - wouldn't I like to have you for breakfast!

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  3. Pam, that's exactly what I thought!

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  4. Belinda, we love them for breakfast! :)

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  5. Perfect timing! I am on the ball this year having frozen some pumpkin puree. These look delicious and I'm about to start my holiday baking.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. These sound so easy and looks delicious! I need to start baking real soon. The holidays are just round the corner.

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  7. Lyndsey, I tried to check out Martha Mondays and Martha and Me but those links don't work :(

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  8. Those squares look amazing and delicious Lyndsey:)

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  9. Now if only I could buy pumpkin pie spice..... I could use fresh pumpkin but as I have no idea what is in the spice! They look so delicious though. Diane

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  10. Nice texture and looks absolutely yummy!

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  11. Bonnie...perfect this will work to use you pumpkin up!

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  12. I love pumpkin and these squares look so delicious. Would love to have some for my breakfast too!

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  13. Biren - thanks, I think I got it fixed! They are easy and delicious!

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  14. Thanks Gloria! So nice of you to say!

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  15. Diane - Martha had this to say about pumpkin pie spice - 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 (all ground).

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  16. Trick and Treat - I am happy with the texture!

    Cheah - thanks!

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  17. Love this recipe and I am saving it; pumpkin and chocolate chips has to be good.
    Rita

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  18. These look dangerously good- thank you!

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  19. Sounds like cinnamon chips were a good addition! I've never tried those. Thanks for mentioning my book - much appreciated. New members always welcome - the more the merrier I think!

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  20. lots of chocolate chips!! They look delectable!

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  21. Lyndsey, I can see why your family ate them all up----they look delicious. I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off them if I made them. This is a must try for this holiday season! Thanks for the yummy recipe!!!

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  22. I love pumpkin so this looks ace!

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  23. love these can't beat pumpkin recipes hugs to all

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  24. havent heard of cinnamon chips. and now itching to bake something our of pumpkin too!

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  25. How generous you are to Brette, These pumpkin squares look delicious a real treat. GG

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  26. Pumpkin, cinnamon and chocolate-sounds like a winner. If they taste half as good as they look, I would have eaten a bunch too! Yum.

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  27. I love this - takes care of the pumpkin lovers, the chocolate lovers, the sweet lovers all with one blow. And it's both easy and delectable. Which always works for me.

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  28. Ah... I've tried this recipe too and it really never fails you! The bars look so decadent.

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  29. Wow, what a festive lot of cookies these are :)

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  30. I want to make these with white chocolate chips.

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  31. Aww I wish my mom could bake me something when I ask her to bake something but she wans't a baker. Now I hear that your daugther was asking for this, I hope to be a mom who can bake at least basic cookies, squares, maybe cake... I love anything with pumpkin flavor. Chocolate chip always make the dessert extra special. :-)

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  32. Looks delicious, and I'm not a pumpkin lover, but those look super yummy. :)

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  33. I had been thinking of making something pumpkin with all the leftover pumpkin in the freezer! that is perfect, I will use it at once, thanks!

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  34. I would love those with a cup of black coffee!Delicious!

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  35. I know pumpkin always make the cake very moist. Enjoy this square with a cup of tea is perfect!

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  36. Pumpkin and chocolate were totally made for each other, in my opinion! These bars look like the perfect treat!

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  37. Fabulous!!! I love anything Martha, and these delicious squares are no exception. In fact, I just bought her newest Entertaining book this morning online. Can't wait to get my greasy hands on it!!
    *kisses* HH

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  38. Gee, I am way behind you ladies too! I'm going to head back my parents' place tomorrow noon. Will check on you later on. By the way, your pumpkin bars look fantastic. I would love to have some too. I thought you're going to use cinnamon chips on this. haha.... Arrrr...saving up for me????
    Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Love,
    Kristy

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  39. Lindsey-I'm bookmarking this yummy pumpkin chocolate chip bars...I've made similar with pumpkin chocolate chip bread, but this particular one is more moist, and would be nicer to serve, on a festive tray for the holidays!
    I'm a little behind with my commenting, Sorry!
    xo

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  40. These bars look fantastic, Lyndsey. I just can't get enough pumpkin during the holiday season. Love the pumpkin - chocolate flavor combination.

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  41. There would have been none left over for my co-workers either...and there's only two of us in the house! ;) These look delish! I like your daughter's tastes!

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  42. Those sound so good with the two kinds of chips. What a perfect choice for MM!

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  43. This looks wonderful! I will check out Martha Mondays! Thanks!

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  44. I made these this weekend with white chocolate chips...they are SOOOO GOOD!!!

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