So this year I finally followed the pumpkin rules. Surprisingly, I waited until after the first day of fall to bake my first pumpkin treat! But really who makes all these pumpkin rules? No pumpkin after Thanksgiving? Don’t share pumpkin recipes anytime of the year except during the fall months? And don’t you dare share a pumpkin recipe before the first day of fall? Ugh, rules! Well todays recipe is one that will have everyone breaking the rules. It’s so good, that it really should be enjoyed year round.
Super moist pumpkin bars swirled with ribbons of cream cheese. And then there’s those chocolate chips all over the top…bliss!
Yield: 48 small bars or 24 larger bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
For the Pumpkin Bars:
4 large eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
For the Cream Cheese Swirl:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin on medium speed until light and fluffy.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, salt and baking soda.
Hand mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Spread the batter into the prepared 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
To make the Cream Cheese Swirl: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and mix at low speed until combined. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the pumpkin layer. Use a knife to swirl the mixtures together. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the bars.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Source: adapted from Pass the Sushi
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