Monday, September 29, 2008

Chocolate- Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars

If you're on the hunt for a fall dessert to feed a small crowd, this is it: Chocolate- Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars.



Use a fork to consume. You can see that they're really rather more like a cakey-bar than a hold-in-your-hand-and-firmly-grasp-it bar. But you can also tell from the pic that these are incredibly moist (happily so).

Cream cheese frosting tops these bars along with those darling little mini chocolate chips. The choc chips are also spotted throughout the cake with the chocolate flavor in the cake being subtle.


The teachers at my son's school were the recipients of this fall treat. Despite the fact that the treat came equipped with a little sign announcing its name, the teachers thanked me for the delicious carrot cake. I suppose it was reminiscent of carrot cake in its appearance with the cream cheese frosting and similar spice additions, but I was able to detect the pumpkin flavor without difficulty! We kept a few pieces and it was an easily devoured dessert in my house. Delicious.

This recipe can be found HERE.

61 comments:

Lisa said...

These look great! I like the chocolate and pumpkin combo. Last week I made chocolate pumpkin cupcakes.

Manggy said...

Ooh, that swirly pic is calling to me. They DO look incredibly moist! Pumpkin bars are not really popular here (as are all pumpkin desserts), but "carrot cake" gives me a pretty good idea of what it would taste like. Me likey :)

Barbara Bakes said...

I love pumpkin chocolate chip! The frosting sounds like a great addition!

SteamyKitchen said...

love that little baby swirl of frosting at the corner of the bar. gorgeous!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

You have been a baking fool lately!

Looks yummy!

Happy cook said...

They looks so delicious.
Will go and chec the recipe.

Maria said...

Oh my! I must make these!! I love chocolate and pumpkin together!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Ah, this is really unfair . . . so pretty and pumpkin, spice AND chocolate . . . that just has to be wonderful.
Beautiful photos!

Daziano said...

I love the flavors of chocolate and pumkin!

Patsyk said...

Chocolate and pumpkin... yum! They really do look moist and delicious!

Deborah said...

How funny that they thought it was carrot cake! These look so good - the perfect fall dessert!

Sandie said...

"Thanks for the delicious carrot cake," lol, that's funny. Poor pumpkin spice bars, never getting their due. *Sigh*

Divya said...

Lovely! I make this as cupcakes with dark chocolate. But this is extremely moist...

Ivy said...

These sound and look great. I never thought of using pumpkin in a cake and why not as I do make the carrot cake. What do you mean with pumpkin puree. Do you boil it and mash it?

RecipeGirl said...

Hi Ivy-
Yes you could boil and mash or process pumpkin to get puree. Or you can purchase canned pumpkin puree if it is available in your part of the world. That's what I use!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Lol! Lucky teachers! Those carrot, whoops, pumpkin bars look right up my alley!

Peter M said...

These remind me of carrot cake but better! Moist, spices, icing...owned!

Adam said...

Awesome! Listen, if I was a teacher and a kid brought these in to school... instant A... seriously :)

~Priscilla~ said...

wow, those look so good!! cream cheese frosting on top of pumpkin bars is the best!

Alexa said...

Oh, lucky teachers... These bars look so yummy. It's the perfect Fall treat. Pumpkin is so wonderful with chocolate and that frosting looks delicious.

Esi said...

I love the pumpkin/chocolate chip combo! One of my favorite cookie recipes is pumpkin/chocolate chip.

Ashley N said...

This recipe combines all of my favorite things - pumpkin, chocolate chips and frosting!

Does anyone know how to make this low cal or such? I'm a relatively new baker and don't know what to switch out! Any suggestions would be great! :)

RecipeGirl said...

Ashley,
Sometimes subbing 1/2 applesauce for the oil works in cake-type recipes. So in the case of this recipe, you could use 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. It's likely to turn out just as moist and yummy.

Elle said...

I neeeeeed to make these!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a perfect little treat...I love the flavors in them!

hot garlic said...

I don't care if it is carrot cake or pumpkin spice bars, I just want to eat it!

Sara said...

Amazing! These look wonderful. Pumpkin and chocolate are great together.

Brilynn said...

I'm in favour of anyting with cream cheese frosting! Those bars sound perfect for fall.

That Girl said...

I usually make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but this looks FAR more decadent!

noble pig said...

Okay that's hysterical..."thanks for the carrot cake"...hmmm.

Looks beautiful!

Emily said...

Holy Guac these look good! I read the recipe name and thought oh yum . . . saw the picks and thought "Oh baby!"

Grace said...

hello moistiosity. :) these look phenomenal, and that's coming from a person who shies away from pumpkin desserts. i think it's the chocolate chips on top that are sealing the deal. :)

Jon said...

Holy crow that pumpkin spice bar looks good!

Pardon my language.

Ingrid said...

Those do look very moist and oh, so good. For fall desserts I rather pumpkin and sweet potato over the ones that are apple.

That's kinda funny that the teachers couldn't tell they were pumpkin. Makes ya wonder!
~ingrid

Dawn said...

I'm sure this got totally devoured. This would not last long in my house at all.
Love this.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Your picture won me over! Allready printed it!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

These are perfect for the coming fall. Seeing these make me think of fall and how much I'm gonna love it ;]

seejessrun said...

These look delicious! And yes, I greatly enjoyed your peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. Thanks!

Katrina said...

Goodness, that looks SO yummy. Doesn't even compare to my "boring" punkin chocolate chip cookies a few weeks ago. Some gals from church and I are collecting pumpkin recipes this month, I'll have to include this one for sure!

VeggieGirl said...

EPITOME OF ULTIMATE DELICIOUSNESS!!

Tara said...

Thanks for dropping in on my blog....but this recipe looks incredible! Just printed it out! YUMMY!

Kirsten said...

Those look so good. Love the chocolate pumpkin combo!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Well now, that looks downright decadent!! Which is a very, very good thing, except now I really want a chocolate-chip pumpkin spice bar. :)

Heather said...

oh these look good! i haven't ever done pumpkin with chocolate. the frosting looks tasty, too!

Sara said...

Wow! These look amazing! I love pumpkin and chocolate chip.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look great and certainly perfect fall fare!

Rachel said...

I love fall and these are calling my name! I can't wait to come up with an excuse to make them.

Maria said...

WOW these look so yummy! I am loving all your Fall recipes, thanks for sharing.

Maria
x

oneshotbeyond said...

I love all things pumpkin & all things chocolate!!! Great looking recipe.

Girl Japan said...

Oh I adore anything with pumpkin, I use a squash version but I am so happy I got your URL from Mary- pumpkin, carrot, spice-- it sure is beginning to smell and look like fall.. despite the typhoon that just missed us and the rain... I can see the leaves beginning to change ! I'm happy I found you..

Aggie said...

I've been craving some pumpkin lately! Will have to make these...they look delicious!!!

Leslie said...

These would be seriously dangerous to have in my house!

Sharon said...

I'm usually the only one who likes pumpkin flavored goods in the house so I end up eating them all. I think I could convince the hubby to eat these with the chocolate & cream cheese frosting!

Jennifer said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I found your site via a comment on my friend Jon's blog - Food Fight. I LOVE your blog and your site...so great! I'm definitely going to check it out some more. We're actually connected to quite a few of the same people...I'd love to add you to my blog roll (with your permission, of course!). I have a lot of great recipes on my blog...just started at the beginning of September. If you like my blog (CreativeConfectionery.blogspot.com) please feel free to link back - though it's completely up to you! I think my friends & readers would really enjoy yours :)

I'll definitely have to try your pumpkin spice bars...I want to do an October "pumpkin" series! :)

-Jen

Jennifer said...

Awesome, I'll add you now as well :) Ah, the south shore...love it! I live in Brookline...definitely a nice little area :) Glad to meet you! I look forward to exchanging recipes!

-Jen

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This fall recipe sounds good! Your bars are very pretty and extremely tempting! Yummy

Cheers,

Rosa

once in a blue moon... said...

yum is all i can say... thats a good thing~

Rosie said...

Oh wow these look gorgeous! A great fall recipe :)

Rosie x

Megan said...

what a perfect treat to enjoy for fall! i can't wait to start baking with pumpkin :)

Erika said...

I made this for my co-workers to celebrate a birthday... I made the frosting orange to create a autumn/Halloween feel to it and it was a hit! It was so moist... a perfect fall treat... by far one of my favorites!

Tara said...

Made these over the weekend....OH-MY-GOSH!!!!!!!!! I ate at least....this is NO joke, 14 bars! At least! My family fought over the last few.....those were just too good!!!