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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are super soft-baked, cake-like, moist and loaded with milk chocolate chips. This recipe uses an entire can of pumpkin so there will no wondering what to do with the leftovers. 

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

 I LOVE me some pumpkin recipes and I just can’t seem to get enough. I decided that after making these bars for several years that I better share the goodness with y’all.

These are amazing and they’re on our list of must-make pumpkin every single year. Sometimes we even sneak them in during the year because they are just that good.

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

One of the tricky things about pumpkin recipes is getting that perfect amount of ‘pumpkin spices’ flavor; nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. These bars are loaded with those warm pumpkin spices that we all love about pumpkin treats.

The recipe calls for cinnamon AND pumpkin pie spice. It’s a heavenly combination and yes you add both 🙂

I have a recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice in the recipe card below. I use it cause I am too cheap to buy a $6 small jar of pumpkin pie spice. 

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

The combination of pumpkin + chocolate is right up there with chocolate + peanut butter. At least for me anyways! I love the sweet milk chocolate with the warm flavor of pumpkin. 

These pumpkin chocolate chip bars are like a pumpkin muffin. They are thick, puffy, super soft, and full of flavor. If you can make them last more than a day you’ll have some pretty amazing leftovers that taste even better the 2nd or 3rd day.

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

I hope you try these! I can’t speak enough to their deliciousness. They’re perfect for Fall and are one of the treats that we look forward to each year. We have already made them twice…. I can always tell when my kids LOVE a recipe I make because they tell me “Mom, don’t let daddy take them to work tomorrow. Ok?!” haha

I always send all the extra desserts and treats I make for the blog with my husband to take to work, so I know my kids especially love something when they specifically tell me not to 🙂

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

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Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are super soft-baked, cake-like, moist and loaded with milk chocolate chips. This recipe uses an entire can of pumpkin so there will no wondering what to do with the leftovers.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, pumpkin bars, pumpkin recipe
Servings: 20 pumpkin bars
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (reserve some for top of bars)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9X13-inch nonstick pan with foil or parchment paper leaving an overhang on each long side so the bars can be easily pulled out of the pan to cut. Or just spray the pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter, applesauce, granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix until combined. Don't worry if the mixture looks curdled - that's completely fine!

  4. Mix in the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Top with reserved chocolate chips, if wanted, and bake for 35-40 minutes. The edges will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and will be golden brown and the center will look "puffy" and done. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out with moist/dry crumbs. 

  6. Let cool completely in the pan before lifting the bars out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve.
Recipe Notes

You do not have to use unsweetened applesauce for these bars. I have used both sweetened and unsweetened applesauce for this recipe, and it's great with either. They will slightly (not by a noticeable difference) more sweet is using sweetened applesauce. 

 

Be sure and use the can of pure pumpkin. DO NOT use the canned pumpkin pie mix.

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Pumpkin chocolate chip bars are the best Fall dessert and treat! Like a pumpkin muffin but more dense, cake-like, super soft, and loaded with milk chocolate chips. These are my kids' most requested Fall pumpkin treat. They are heavenly snack cake bars that are even better the next day.

Pumpkin chocolate chip bar recipe was originally published October 2015.

It has been republished and updated August 2018. 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Carlee
    October 16, 2015 at 11:29 am I love pumpkin treats with chocolate chips! I will have to make a batch of these.
  • Reply
    22 Easy Pumpkin Recipes You Need to Try this Fall | Just Bright Ideas
    January 2, 2018 at 4:26 am […] And when you’re all cheesecaked out combine the pumpkin with chocolate chips to make these yummy snack bars! (via Together as Family) […]
  • Reply
    Brianne Rollins
    October 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm Could these be made in into muffins instead of bars?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      October 17, 2018 at 9:42 am I think so? I've never tried it but I don't see why they would not work. Muffins usually take about 15-20 minutes to bake so I would maybe start there and check on them, and then bake more as needed.
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    Victoria
    October 18, 2018 at 8:56 am OMG..... Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. Will keep as a “go to” fall snack! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      October 28, 2018 at 8:50 pm So happy you love these! They’re so yummy.

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