New Home

I'm glad you found my blog! Please visit my current blog at


Pumpkin Bars

A few ladies have requested this recipe* lately. This favorite dessert has lots of yummy fall flavor, but I keep the ingredients on hand year round!

Pumpkin Bars
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (freeze the remaining puree for later use)
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking pan with foil, leaving an overhand on all sides. (Andrea's tip: with your pan upside-down, mold the foil over the bottom, then flip the pan over and drop the foil in.) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, & salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, cream butter & sugar; beat in egg & vanilla. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in 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, 35-40 min. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, using foil as an aid. Peel off foil, and cut into squares with a serrated knife.


*I'd like to start posting recipes more regularly; I'll aim for once a week.


Fertilize Me said...

Yum, I love pumpkin recipes

In Search of Morning Sickness said...

I was about 30 minutes too late reading this!!! This morning I went to make a dessert for a get-together tonight, and couldn't get inspiration. Spying the recently purchased pumpkin puree, and unable to find my sister's recipe for "pumpkin dessert" I opted for pumpkin pie... Only once I had it in the oven to find this!!! Ah well, I have another can and will have to try it another day.

I LOVE the idea of your posting recipes. We really liked the corn chowder! Although we like things spicy, so I added chipotle chili powder to give it the amount of spice J desired. Thanks!

Katie said...

I have heard that pumpkin puree is hard to find. Is it the same thing as pumpkin pie filling? Where do ya get it?

p.s.-Hope that you're feeling better today. We missed you at church!

andrea_jennine said...

I get pumpkin puree at Aldi; they always have it. Pumpkin pie filling is - I think - pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spice added, so theoretically you could try using filling in place of the puree and spices in the recipe.