Two Peas and Their Pod

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Things are going well at our house. We love being parents. We are a little tired, but we can’t complain. Our little pea let us get six hours of sleep on Saturday night. He is a really good baby. We are loving every minute with him. My dad is visiting this week to help us out, which will be nice.

I made a bunch of recipes before the baby arrived and will still be posting recipes on my regular schedule, so please come visit us:) We are slowly making our way back into the kitchen. After we made the Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes, we still had pumpkin to use up, so I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. They are easy to make and the perfect fall dessert.

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These bars are a staple in our house. I look forward to them every fall. You can’t go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate together and these bars are dotted with chocolate chips. The pumpkin bars are soft, moist, and have a cakey texture. The bars are plenty rich due to the chocolate chips, so you don’t need to frost the bars. They are perfect for dessert or snack time. If you like pumpkin, I bet you will be making this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bar recipe over and over this fall.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars on Everyone loves this recipe!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat 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 bars for 35-40 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.

4. Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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200 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars”

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  1. Rosa — October 3, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    Magnificent! I really have to try these.



  2. Kathryn — October 3, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    I’m glad to hear it’s all going well with your little pea – he looks so adorable and I’m impressed that he’s letting you get some sleep!

    These bars look perfect for autumn and anything with so many chocolate chips can only be a winner!

  3. Erica — October 3, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Glad youre getting some sleep and lOving parenthood!! I lovr pumpkin bars. I make a vegan version from little veggie patch and cannot get enough!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 3, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    So glad your newborn is doing well! These look delicious.

  5. I’m so glad you all are doing well! :-) Yay! As for these bars, I’m in love. It’s the perfect fall combination. Yum! :-)

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 3, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    What a great idea! I need to try this soon!

  7. these look amazing and you got 6 hrs of sleep with a 1 week old??!! I didnt get 6 hrs of sleep, strung together, I am not kidding, until my daughter was about 18 mos old. And didnt get 4 hrs at once til she was almost a year. Enjoy your sleep…and these bars. YUM!!!

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 3, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    love these, like cookies in bar form! glad to hear you guys are doing well. can’t get over how adorable your little guy is.

  9. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — October 3, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    YUUUM. I love pumpkin chocolate anything. I’ll have to bookmark this for the next time I’m doing pumkin baking!

  10. Becki's Whole Life — October 3, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Glad to hear you are getting some sleep. If I remember correctly my babies slept really well the first couple of weeks so enjoy it while you can:-). These looks really yummy and I love the combo of chocolate and pumpkin – especially in bar form.

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 3, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    so glad that everything is going well for you guys! and i hear the tiredness…well, you either get used to it or it goes away!

  12. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 3, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I simply cannot get enough of pumpkin this season, and I cannot wait to try these.

  13. Jeanette — October 3, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    So glad to hear baby is doing well and that you and Josh are adjusting well to parenthood.

  14. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 3, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Pumpkin desserts never get old. These look fantastic! I’ve got a big can of pumpkin still waiting to be opened but I wanted to have some plan for how to use it all. This is going on the list!

  15. Kelley — October 3, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    These look so yummy, I love anything pumpkin!

  16. Liza — October 3, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Oh, wow. These look gorgeous. I’ve been craving something pumpkin for a while now and these look like they’d really hit the spot.

  17. Katie@Paisley Print Shoes — October 3, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I LOVE pumpkin recipes! These look amazing. I’m glad you got 6 hours of rest on Saturday – that is fantastic!

  18. Urban Wife — October 3, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    So glad to hear things are going nicely with the new baby! :) These bars look delish! I simply cannot get enough of pumpkin this fall, so I’m glad for all the recipes I can get my hands on.

  19. DessertForTwo — October 3, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Such a super mom–have posts scheduled already! I’m so glad because I couldn’t go without your recipes for long :)

  20. Jamie Cooks It Up! — October 3, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Hi Maria,
    Just wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful bundle of joy. I’m so happy for you! Parenthood is an amazing thing, isn’t it. Have a great day and soak up every cute little thing he does!

  21. Lauren from Lauren's Latest — October 3, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Glad Caleb is such a good baby! Nothing is as good as chocolate and pumpkin during the Fall!

  22. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 3, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Glad to hear everything is going well! He’s such a good baby :)

  23. Angie P. — October 3, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Congratulations, I’m a little late!!!!!! So exciting to be new parents!
    New recipe looks great as well!

  24. Tracey — October 3, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Glad to hear things are going well! The bars look wonderful, love pumpkin and chocolate together.

  25. Cookin' Canuck — October 3, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I’m glad to hear everything is going so well with your little guy (6 hours of sleep – that’s awesome!) It will be so good to have your dad visiting. I’m sure he will enjoy every moment!

    These bars are a wonderful fall snack and I know my kids would love it if I tucked one in their lunch boxes.

  26. Bev Weidner — October 3, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Awwww! Love it!

    and I love those pumpkin bars. And need them in my MOUTH.

  27. The Italian Dish — October 3, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I’m glad you’re getting some sleep, Maria!

    I have a friend who is a pumpkin nut. I think I’ll have to make these for her!

  28. Chez Us — October 3, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Congrats on your little pea! I have been enjoying the photos online … precious!

    Thank you for the shout-out on our pumpkin bars; reminds me that I need to start doing some fall baking! I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate. May have to incorporate into my cheesecake bars.

  29. susan — October 3, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    these look great, but not too much chocolate for you right now – babies no likey! xx

  30. Kim in MD — October 3, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Caleb slept 6 hours straight? That’s great! These bars look incredible!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Not straight hours, but six total. We are not complaining:)

  31. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 3, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Great to hear he’s sleeping well. I’m pretty sure we started out that way, and then things changed unfortunately! My kiddo didn’t start sleeping *completely* through the night until like 2 years old. They wake up and want their Mommy! Finally, my baby 10 year old is good for an all-night sleep. May you have better luck :) So happy for you guys!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      I am sure we won’t get this lucky every night:) Thanks Lori!

  32. Lucy Lean — October 3, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    So happy for you and your little pea – enjoy every moment.

  33. I am 100% in love with these. Pumpkin is my all-time fave flavor and I enjoy anything chocolate chip. I may use bittersweet chocolate chips in place of semi-sweet. Yum!

  34. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — October 3, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Glad to hear you’re all doing well AND getting some sleep! 6 hours straight, that’s awesome.
    These look good and are definitely perfect for Fall.

    • Two Peas replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      Not 6 straight hours, but 6 combined:) We will take what we can get!

  35. Sara — October 3, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh man, these look so great! I think they are going to be the first “fall” treat that I make this year.

  36. Erin — October 3, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    How yummy do these look!?

  37. vanillasugarblog — October 3, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    hey 6 hours is good. I’ve heard horror stories so you two are off to a good start.
    I still cannot find canned pumpkin!!!

  38. Jersey Girl Cooks — October 3, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    These look delcious. Wow, you are good! Can’t believe you made all these recipes before your little guy arrived. Enjoy every minute of him!

  39. becky @ the Mixing Bowl Diary — October 3, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    love pumpkin and chocolate…but never thought to put pumpkin in with chocolate chip cookie/bars!! great idea. and wonderful pics of course!

  40. Joanne — October 3, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    6 hours of sleep! I think that’s more than I usually get!

    These bars look fabulous…can’t beat the pumpkin/chocolate combo!

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