Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a couple days away. What are you making?! My aunt graciously opened up her house to us this year, so the family will be heading to her house for some good eats. We usually do things potluck style so that everyone can bring their favorites and so that not one person is doing all the work. I am making a couple casseroles and a dessert of some sort. I haven't figured that one out yet, though I'm sure it will be pie- I'm thinking pecan. Thanksgiving isn't complete without pie!

I was craving something pumpkin-y the other day to go along with my pumpkin spice latte so I whipped up a batch of these pumpkin white chocolate chip squares. The recipe called for semi-sweet chips, but my mom was making faces at that addition so I used white chocolate instead- She's very opinionated, that lady. The buttery, creamy white morsels were really good in these bars and with each bite you got a little pocket of sweetness against the dense, spicy cake. If you need a quick no fuss dessert for Thursday, this might be the one for you. The recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch pan to feed a crowd, if necessary. 

Pumpkin Chip Squares adapted from Martha Stewart 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips (dark, milk or cinnamon chips may be substituted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Generously spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin-pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add pumpkin puree, then mix until incorporated, (mixture may appear curdled and that's okay). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. 

Using a spatula, fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips by hand, reserving the other 1/4 cup for the top of the bars. 

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. 
Bake  for 30-35 minutes or 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. Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips over the top of the pumpkin bars, gently pressing them into the top, being careful not to burn yourself. 

Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting into squares and serving. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Paloma said...

As ALWAYS everything looks delicious! Your blog is something I am thankful for! it's yummy, warm, inviting! Your adorable son makes me smile and your friendly attitude is just the cherry on the cake! :) Thank you for continuing to inspire us through your posts! Hugs! Happy Thanksgiving!

LV said...

These look so delicious. I love experimenting with pumpkin recipes during the holiday season. And that picture of your precious bundle of joy is so heartwarming. I remember when my five year old son was tiny like that:-)

Anonymous said...

You take the most beautiful photos of your food. Simply stunning.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Jan said...

Yum! That describes anything you bake!
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your hubby, and your darling little boy Hayden!

Katie said...

They look lovely Monica and I love the colour. Perfect for autumn. Happy early Thanksgiving to you and your family

Foodiewife said...

Wishing you, and your family a wonderful thanksgiving. It sounds like you'll have a great time. I'm the pumpkin lover in my family, and I love white chocolate. These would be perfect for me!

Unknown said...

These bars look so delicious ! I have one can of pumpkin that I am determined to use before November is over! Ill definitely keep these in mind.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy @ Spin The Meal said...

Have a happy Thanksgiving! This year I am thankful for your blog and the inspiration you've given me to branch out and try some new recipes!!!

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