Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2010

First off, my photography is horrible and the pumpkin bars look much yummier than this photo depicts!

I had a get together this afternoon and wanted to bring something festive on which to snack. I remember that a HS friend of mine had a recipe on her blog for pumpkin chocolate chip bars. I looked up the recipe she used and it called for 2 sticks (2 sticks?!?!!) of butter. I kept looking for another recipe that was a little bit healthier. I stumbled on to this little diddy. Here's the really ironic part - the healthier recipe is actually from Paula Deen. Who'd have thunk it?!?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
adapted by Erin from Paula Deen

4 eggs
1 2/3 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c applesauce
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 t vanilla
2 c all-purpose flour, sifted
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 11.5-oz bag of milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an electric mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix until well blended.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix until just blended. Using a spatula, fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out with just a few crumbs.


Laura November 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Yep, TWO STICKS. They are so rich but so delicious.. and are from Martha Stewart Everyday Food. I will have to try your healthier one sometime. :)

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