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Pumpkin-Chocolate Cookie Bars

November 24, 2010

This year I am sadly not hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Instead I will be hopping on a 6:00 a.m. flight to the midwest for some family time. Because I’m flying, I opted to pack up some Thanksgiving-inspired cookie bars. You could make these as traditional cookies, but they are fun as little bites too!

You will need:

  • 1 c butter or margarine (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • Dash of ground cardamom
  • 3/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c semisweet chocolate chips

Then you…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease with nonstick spray.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Beat in the egg, pumpkin puree and the extracts.
  4. Stir in the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom.
  5. Mix in the flours just until combined.
  6. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Spread batter in the prepared pan. Bake until fluffy and golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  8. Cool on a rack before cutting into squares for serving.
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