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Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares


Your kids may not like pumpkin pie, but these moist pumpkin bars studded with chocolate chips are simply irresistible.

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  • Yield: Makes 24

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004


  • 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.

Cook's Notes

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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  • pinupghoul
    19 MAR, 2017
    Not bad. It is oily, as another person commented, perhaps less butter would help. After slicing them and putting them in containers I thought they were undercooked because they were so greasy but this is not the case, just really buttery. I added white chocolate chips instead out of preference. Over all they have a nice texture, but they're a little on the bland side. I imagine this recipe pairs really well with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting, something to give it more oomph as the [filtered]es are mild at best. These are also not bars, I hesitate to call them squares, they're definitely more cake like in consistency.
  • 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.
  • MS12137482
    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!