BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips
Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Do you like pumpkin?  How about chocolate?

Then you are in for a real treat if you do.

Because I found the PERFECT match…finally!

These really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.

Not dry crumb in the batch, quicker than cookies and YUMMY.  

The spices make it flavorful, the butter makes it scrumptious and using canned pumpkin means they make up quick anytime of the year.

I found this recipe at Mels Kitchen Cafe and they are so good, that the pursuit for the perfect pumpkin bar is over; because these really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars!

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
15 oz. pure pumpkin puree (do not use the canned pie filling)
11 – 12 oz. chocolate chips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Coat a cake pan, 9×13, with cooking spray or line with parchment; cutting it so the parchment will go up the sides of the pan for easier removal.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl using a mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on med-high speed until smooth.

Beat in egg and the vanilla.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until well.

Mix in the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Now fold in the chocolate chips.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

This will take about 35-40 minutes; depending on your oven. 

Cool completely in the pan before lifting the pars out of the pan, cutting into squares; serve.

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips
Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

TIP:  Put these BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. 

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips
Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Recipe from Mels Kitchen Cafe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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7 Comments
  1. Julie says

    Hi Carrie,
    These pumpkin bars look so good.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      Thanks Julie for the great party!

  2. Jess says

    Oh wow…this sounds amazing!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      LOVE your party and always look forward to it Jess!

  3. Shirley Wood says

    This looks yummy! We are so glad you shared this recipe with us at Merry Monday.

  4. Jenessa Mullen says

    These look delicious! I love pumpkin breads and cakes but I never thought to add the chocolate chips. Pinning to my fall recipe board. Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday!

    1. Carrie Groneman says

      I’m so glad you like this idea of chocolate chips in the pumpkin bars Jenessa. Hey, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, right!

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