Sunday, November 03, 2013

Pumpkin Blondies

I made these for my friend's Halloween party last night. I have an abundance of butterscotch chips (they will appear in this week's Cookie Monday, as well) so it was a nice way to use them, along with the stockpile of pumpkin. I really liked them but had kind of hoped they would be closer to these Butterscotch Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies that I made several years ago, but these were much more dense. I'm not sure why I had this expectation, though now I want to try those brownies again. I really liked them but I feel like there are superior recipes for similar things out there to try.

blondies

Pumpkin Blondies
Brown Eyed Baker via Pinterest

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 15 oz. can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, with enough to hang over the sides; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and both sugars until completely smooth and no lumps remain. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk to incorporate, making sure the egg has been completely mixed in. Add the pumpkin and again whisk to fully incorporate. Add the flour mixture to the batter and, using a rubber spatula, fold the mixtur until combined and no pockets of flour remain. Fold in the butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.

Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely, then use the parchment handles to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Yield: 24 bars

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