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Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares

In addition to keeping the cake from sticking to the pan, lining the pan with foil makes it easy to lift it out after baking. If you can't find pumpkin-pie spice, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon each allspice and cloves (all ground).

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  • Yield: Makes 24
Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares

Source: Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2006


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  2. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared 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 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

  4. Lift cake from pan (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into 24 squares.

Reviews (45)

  • IAMHammi 12 Dec, 2014

    This was super easy to make and oh so moist! I couldn't stop eating them and my friends loved them, too. I used milk and dark chocolate morsels. I am making this again today to take to a Christmas party I am attending. I highly recommend making it. Yum!

  • jenl27 26 Nov, 2014

    Yum! This is a delicious and easy recipe. The recipe makes more than is necessary for the pan size recommended (9x13). I used another small pan in addition to the 9x13 pan recommended, and they came out perfect! I am not a huge pumpkin fan but found these had just enough pumpkin flavor to be tasty but not so much that it was overwhelming.When buying canned pumpkin, buy the smallest can available. I bought a large (29 oz) can and I had more than 3/4 of the can left.

  • juliehan 27 Oct, 2014

    I find the recipe to have far too many chocolate chips, they melt and become too gooey. I believe a reduction in the butter is also a good idea. The bars are extremely moist, more like a cake but greasy. Putting them in gift bags is nearly impossible as they smear all over the insides of the bags. Also, using a jelly roll pan is a better idea, the thicker they are the more gooey they seem. I have made them half a dozen times, always the same outcome. They are delicious though.

  • Bobena 17 Oct, 2014

    This is a great recipe! Every time I make it, people go crazy for it. It is my go to pumpkin recipe.

  • infinitymoremonkeys 22 Sep, 2014

    I've made this recipe at least 20 times -- probably more. My son (16) and his friends LOVE them, and it seems every time I bring them to work or to some event there is someone who tells me he/she doesn't usually like pumpkin but loves these bars. Be sure to use fresh spices -- I go with the measurements for using the array of spices (rather than pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice). A true winner.

  • MaryDGinHP 9 Feb, 2014

    Easy to make tastes so-so

  • Morgawna 25 Nov, 2013

    Absolutely amazing!! I adore these and will definitely make again!!

  • JayWalker36 29 Oct, 2012

    Amazing squares and easy recipe! I love pumpkin flavor anything and these aren't overpowering on the pumpkin...some people who ate them didn't realize that was the flavor. Perfect for non-believers :) For the reviewer below (Andree Sanborn), the recipe states using 1 cup of pumpkin puree.

  • Andree Sanborn 29 Sep, 2012

    What size can of pumpkin is used? I'm finding a few recipes incomplete like this. Also, please, Martha: Please respond to your commenters!

  • morgieloo88 24 Sep, 2012

    These are so delicious! I was impressed at how fluffy the mixture was and how evenly it baked. Great to bring in fall!

  • britt621 24 Aug, 2012

    These are unbelievably delicious! Very easy to make too. They were gobbled up very quickly and everybody loved them!

  • Amyred 19 Nov, 2011

    I've made these a number of times; I first saw it in Everyday Food as well. I can't stop eating them and neither can anyone else! It's a great twist and substitute on pumpkin pie, and with canned pumpkin, you can make it anytime of year. I'll probably make them for the office luncheon again this year. I hope I can save some for the rest of the attendees!

  • teachermum 4 Nov, 2011

    We've been making these yummy bars since they were first published in EF a few years ago. We prefer white chocolate chips in place of the chocolate. So easy and tasty along with hot soup on a cool, windy fall day.

  • phanie123 1 Nov, 2011

    This is a family favorite! I've made these bars many times and they always get gobbled up.

  • betdan 8 Sep, 2011

    I followed the directions except I forgot to put the pumpkin in until the flour had been added. This was will become a family favorite...5 stars for sure!

  • lianle1 8 Nov, 2010

    This recipe needs to be put in a 10X15 in jelly roll pan if you want BARS. It was way too much dough in a 9X13 unless you want it thick like a cake.

  • gbsk 5 Mar, 2010

    This recipe needs more sugar. I usually like less sugar in recipes. I would give this a 2 out of 5.

  • kelonski 23 Oct, 2009

    has anyone tried freezing these and eating at a later date? i was wondering if they were just a as most.

  • sunflowrangel 1 Dec, 2008

    I love this recipe and I always make them for my holiday goodie bags that I give to family and friends. Everyone loves them! I make sure to use the freshest pumpkin pie spice for great flavor. One time I made the mistake of using pumpkin pie filling in the recipe, but my fiancee likes that gooey, fudge-like version even better! It doesn't hold up well in goodie bags, but It's really good over ice cream :)

  • Faithie31 18 Nov, 2008

    Took them to work and everyone loved them. I put a dollop of whip cream on each square which worked out well. Had to pass out the recipe to a few people. Excellent!!

  • cjcsmom3 9 Nov, 2008

    My family really enjoyed these, and they were super easy to make! Also good with milk chocolate chips.

  • EliseMarie 4 Nov, 2008

    I love these they are so easy to make. I add extra ginger

  • EliseMarie 4 Nov, 2008

    I love these they are so easy to make. I add extra ginger

  • kingkrgt 21 Oct, 2008

    I make this every year. My Teen Daughter loves this recipe. I made this for school and it didn't last. The cake is so moist that it is hard to cut with a knife, but well worth it. One of my favorites!

  • AnneByrne 19 Oct, 2008

    I agree with some of the other comments that there are too many chocolate chips in this recipe. They turned out almost too moist as well. I think I'll try it again with less chips and less butter. The great combination and delicioius flavor is worth tweaking the ingredients for a better outcome.

  • mozart12 13 Oct, 2008

    Mine had a great blondie-type of consistency- dense and moist, not cakey at all. However, I thought there were way too many chocolate chips, we could hardly taste the pumpkin over the chocolate. I'm going to try again with white chocolate chips, and cut it by half.
    Thanks for everyone else's suggestions, especially about adding wheat flour or applesauce!

  • betcms 13 Oct, 2008

    The batter is delicious too!! I use milk chocolate morsels. I make this every fall -- it's a keeper!

  • Elliebrinks 13 Oct, 2008

    I cut this recipe in half and put it in a 8x8 pan. Still came out fantastic! The pumpkin and chocolate flavor is perfectly balanced. This one's a keeper!

  • jdzurenko 7 Oct, 2008

    Is there a substitute for the 2 sticks of butter? Yowser!

  • jdzurenko 7 Oct, 2008

    Is there a substitute for the 2 sticks of butter? Yowser!

  • jdzurenko 7 Oct, 2008

    Is there a substitute for the 2 sticks of butter? Yowser!

  • pbteen_lover3 5 Oct, 2008

    we made these for a halloween party we hosted and thanksgiving...everybody devoured them. they were AMAZING...we couldn't stop eating them. great recipe. very moist and delicious. only con is that i couldn't find pumpkin pie spice so we used apple pie spice, but they turned out fantastic none the less.

  • MarilynandMe 3 Oct, 2008

    Took njcp's advice... I cut out half a stick of butter and a quarter cup of sugar and added a half cup of apple suace. Success! A little less fat and a little less sugar, but still really moist and delicious. I will keep this 'fall' recipe!

  • Benista 3 Oct, 2008

    I don't know - I could only taste chocolate chips in mine. No pumpkin, spice or anything else. I won't be making this again.

  • LinC 3 Oct, 2008

    Be careful is you are using the spices from the note. The recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of pumpkin pie spice, but the alternate spices in the note add up to 3 3/4 teaspoons. That's a lot more than 1 Tablespoon. I think there's a missprint, and the nutmeg, allspice and cloves should each be 1/4 teaspoons.

  • njcp 28 Sep, 2008

    Not sure what happened. I think they were too greasy with so much butter. I'll try using 1 1/3 sticks next time. They have great potential!

  • kristimae 24 Sep, 2008

    These are great! They are more cakey than I thought but they are very moist and have a great chocolate and pumpkin flavor. I received a lot of compliments!

  • JennieHartman 11 Sep, 2008

    Try making these with half whole wheat pastry flour for a healthier treat. I also like to make as muffins or mini-muffins.

  • EWjunk 17 Apr, 2008

    These were delicious. I was thinking they would have more of a "blondie" consistency, but they are very cakey. My husband took them to work and he said everyone RAVED about them.

  • berkeleymomKKT 31 Jan, 2008

    I love pumpkin, and this is a fun way to have it any time of year. A great alternative to pumpkin pie, my kids love helping to make it and they help eat it too. Yum!

  • lacolazione 23 Dec, 2007

    this is one of my favorite recipes, especially around the holidays. i also like to add about 1.5 cups of chopped walnuts.

  • hollar50 28 Nov, 2007

    I made these for thanksgiving and they went so fast, I didn't even get one!!!!!!!!!

  • maytwentyseven 21 Nov, 2007

    As a newlywed learning how to bake from scratch, this recipe was my first shot at baking and it turned out fantastic! This will probably end up as a staple in our household.

  • elainesf 15 Nov, 2007

    Made these last year and they were devoured in minutes. These are definitely part of my holiday baking from now on.

  • mslo_karen 3 Nov, 2007

    I love this recipe -- I bring it to every family function. The kids devour it!

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