pumpkin-chocolate chip squares
October 25, 2012 § 2 Comments
It is literally the eleventh hour and I’m so tired my eyelids are halfway closed, but I declared it pumpkin week so a pumpkin recipe there shall be. There was so much to do today, some expected and some not, and I just never had time to squeeze in a post until now, when I might be a little delirious. It was a full day, but a good day; the kind where when you finally sink into bed your body just kind of melts from the relaxation, the rest – finally. I love that feeling.
But first, quickly, are pumpkin chocolate squares. These are a really casual treat, the kind of thing that would be just as at home at a party filled with kids as it would a party filled with adults. Hey, I know, maybe you could take them to an election party. When everyone starts getting into it, arguing about economy this and foreign policy that, you could pull these out and everyone would get along again. Or, maybe you’re going to an election party where everyone votes the same so these squares won’t have to keep the peace, you just need good food. Or maybe you live in a state where your presidential vote doesn’t matter, like us (ha ha) but you’d still like to hang out – hey, you can still debate each other over the props. These squares would be good for that, too. And oh my gosh, why has no one taken my keyboard away from me?
Goodnight, guys. Back tomorrow with something really good!
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Squares
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 bag chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9×13″ pan with foil, allowing it to overhang on all sides. Coat with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
Cream butter and sugar until smooth; beat in egg, vanilla and pumpkin puree (mixture may look curdled, that’s okay). Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in any streaks of sugar, then fold in chocolate.
Spread into prepared pan and bake 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs attached. Cool in pan.
Lift cake from pan using foil as a guide, cut into squares, and serve.
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