Pumpkin chocolate chip squares

Halloween is here, one of the best three days of the year, as my son said at the breakfast table this morning (his birthday and Christmas being the other faves). He followed it up by saying “And tomorrow is the first day of the worst month of the year.” He hates Thanksgiving – we need to work on embracing the non-gift centered holidays. Just in case there won’t be enough desserts in our house with the candy coming our way tonight, I was compelled to make these pumpkin chocolate chip squares (actually more of a snack cake) yesterday, in honor of the holiday. They are moist and not overly sweet, and of course studded with chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares (adapted from Martha Stewart Living) – click here for printable recipe.


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 cups chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray foil. Make sure to leave an overhang of foil on either side of the pan. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth, Beat in vanilla and egg until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Mix in dry ingredients until just combined – do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs – 32-40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.

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