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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

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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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

 

These are just the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Seriously!

They are family proven to be the favorite, and made over and again, year after year.

Why?

Because this recipe for the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies stay soft, tender and moist, full of flavor, they scream of fall; and yet they are scrumptious anytime of the year.

They are an easy homemade from scratch cookie, you’ll make often and they freeze great too.

 




BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter (the real thing) softened, not melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

15 oz  can solid pack pumpkin 

2 eggs

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 – 1  1/4 cups chocolate chips  





Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 

In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Into the butter and sugar creamed mixture, add in the eggs and mix well.To this same mixture, add in pumpkin and vanilla; beat until light and creamy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, add in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix just until blended.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gently stir in chocolate chips.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake for approx. 12 minutes or until touching the tops does not indent the cookie.

Let the cookies sit on the baking pan another 2-3 minutes, then carefully remove from pan and cool on racks.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store in tight sealing container.

Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Banana's Dipped in Chocolate

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

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Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

Chocolate Dipped Banana’s to make frozen pops

I loved making these Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops for my kids while they were growing up and then teaching them how to make them as they learned to cook.  

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops are perfect for a hot day, or any time family and friends get together.

Besides being very economical , they are so simply and quick, it’s a great treat or snack to whip up; and who doesn’t love chocolate!

Dipping the Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops in sprinkles, nuts, whatever you’d like makes them special to your taste.  Freeze extra to have on hand for a frozen tasty dessert. 




Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops

Ingredients:

6 -8 large bananas  (use bananas that are ripe, but firm and not too ripe – see picture below)

1 bag of semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

1 Tbl. shortening

Toppings:  sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut (toasted makes it better) or whatever you’d like

craft sticks aka Popsicle sticks

 




 

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper

Chocolate Banana Pops

Cut the bananas in half , or in chunks about 3 inches in length, which is actually easier for dipping and eating.

Chocolate Banana PopsMake a small slit in 3 places at the cut end of the banana to make it easier to peel. Chocolate Banana Pops

Place stick in end of the banana, pushing in about half way through to make it secure.

If cutting into chunks, push craft stick almost through the banana piece.

 

Chocolate Banana PopsPlace bananas in freezer to help them be a bit more firm when dipping. While the bananas are in the freezer, pour the chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl, along with the shortening.Heat the chocolate chips and shortening for 30 seconds, stir and repeat a few times until the chocolate is melted and smooth. **Do not over heat as this will make the chocolate clumpy and not usable for this recipe.When the chocolate is melted, take the bananas out of the freezer, and one at a time, roll in the bowl of melted chocolate using a spatula to help coat the banana with chocolate, scrapping of a bit of chocolate if it is too thick.Chocolate Banana Pops

Roll in desired toppings, or leave plain.  

Chocolate Banana PopsPlace the bananas back in the freezer to firm up as each one is coated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Enjoy now while the center is still soft, or place in a zip-lock freezer bag to eat later.                                                                                                                                               Some like the frozen bananas straight from the freezer and some like to let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to soften a bit making the center of the banana creamy and like ice cream. Either way, ENJOY!!!

Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018
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