Pumpkin Spice, if you please

The last few weeks in Ithaca have definitely begun the transition to Fall. There’s lots of boots and scarves coming out, the leaves are changing, and baristas no longer think it appropriate to get iced coffees…

This morning on my walk to class, the sky and leaves were absolutely gorgeous!


Ithaca in the Fall is beautiful. This week especially it has been right at that perfect 65 F temperature range. I really enjoy Fall and it is mostly because it means it’s pumpkin season! Pumpkin chai, pumpkin pie, all Pumpkin spice everything! 

Since its feeling like autumn here, I thought I would share one of my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip bar recipes. Yes, I have tried many pumpkin spice recipes! I am a big fan of the pumpkin.

So this recipe is super easy and the cookie bars come out really dense and kind of like pumpkin fudge… 🙂

It was adapted from: Averie Cooks



  • 7 oz of pumpkin (about half a can of pure pumpkin)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  3. Melt the margarine in the microwave for 45 sec and then let it cool slightly.
  4. Add the egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, and vanilla extract to the margarine.
  5. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture in the the wet mixture, mixing constantly.
  7. Mix in your chocolate chips and the batter is ready!
  8. Scoop the batter into the pan and spread it, so it is evenly smoothed out.
  9. Press some additional chocolate chips on the top.
  10. Bake for 35-40 min, or until the top feels firm to touch.
  11. Enjoy! These really do get better with time. I even think they were most rich and moist on their 4th day. Keep them stored in a sealed container for up to a week, if you can resist eating them all at once!



Also, this recipe doesn’t call for baking soda or baking powder, so these bars do not rise at all in the oven and come out really soft, dense, and rich.

This weekend is also Cornell Homecoming! It is the 150 year anniversary and this should be a good one! There will be a light show, fireworks, lots of tailgating, and sports events… Check out the Cornell Homecoming Facebook page to watch all the activities….

And like always, feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

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