Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Squares

I felt really bad after I posted the pumpkin coffee cake recipe that I left you with about half a can of pumpkin puree that you may have wondered what to do with. I did use my left over pumpkin puree to make pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies. They were more cake like than cookie like, probably because the pumpkin provides so much moisture. I wasn't completely happy with the results and so didn't post them. Anyway, I then tried these pumpkin and chocolate chip squares which met with great approval by all who tried them! So here we are, a recipe for you to use up your left over pumpkin puree:

Recipe adapted from www.recipegirl.com


256g plain flour

227g unsalted butter at room temperature

251g caster sugar

340g chocolate chips

180g pumpkin puree (or whatever you have left over from the pumpkin coffee cake recipe!)

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

11/2 teaspoons cinnamon

3/4 teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat your oven to 170C and grease and line a 9x13 inch tin with parchment. If you make sure the parchment overhangs the sides of the tin, then it will be easier to lift the bake out of the tin and cut the squares.

Sift together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and spices) and place to one side.

In a free standing mixer with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand held mixer or by hand, beat together the butter and sugar for about 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.

Add in the pumpkin puree.

Reduce the mixer speed to the lowest setting and slowly add in the flour mix.

With a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into your prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares - you can go as big or as small as you like! On average though, you should get 24 squares!

Baking Notes:

Feel free to reduce the quantity of chocolate chips if you don't have a particularly sweet tooth.

These squares are good to freeze.