Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Bars

While I don't have photos for this post, i still have a recipe!

I went over to my friend J's house and we spent about 4-6 hours in her kitchen making goodies and then eating the goodies - it was fun, therapeutic (for me at least!) and resulted in yummy food!

I got my recipe from Bridget at Bake at 350.  She just published a book and has a give away going on -  go enter!

The recipe is as follows:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 & 1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (mine is from Haiti)
1 cup canned pumpkin
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

I actually don't have ground cloves, so I put some whole cloves in a baggie, and S went to his car and used pliers to grind them up a bit (no motar and pestal, either) and then came back inside and used a hammer to grind up the last little bits - stories like these are what makes making food with friends fun and enjoyable!

 I also only had 1/2 bag of choc chips, which is approx 6 oz, but it turned out alright, of course. :D

J, of course, doesn't have an electric mixer, so this was all done by hand.....so much fun! (not) This is why I entered bridget's give away for the free mixer - i'd love a kitchen aid mixer!  My sister got one for graduating college from my parents.

Preaheat oven to 350*F.  line 9x13 pan with foil (this is a wonderful step because it elimates SO.MUCH. cleanup :)

Whisk together the flour, spices, salt and baking soda.  Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Beat in the pumpkin.

Add in the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until combined.

Add in the chocolate chips, until just combined.

Pour into the prepared pan, making sure its level.

Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick thats entered comes out clean.

Use the foil to take the bars out of the pan and cut.  Eat!  They're delicious!

Mine were gone in about 20 minutes....this is what happens when you have people over to eat your food that you baked!  I wouldn't have it any other way - we were watching doctor who's fall season finale - it was so good.  and sad.  so sad.

~ Kelly

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