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Two Peas and Their Pod: Pumpkin Blondies with Cinnamon and White Chocolate Chips

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Blondies with Cinnamon and White Chocolate Chips

I met Gaby, from What's Gaby Cooking?, at the Blogher Food Conference in San Francisco. We follow each other's blogs, we are friends on Facebook and Twitter, and we email, so it was nice to finally meet in person. We have a lot in common-sometimes we post the same or similar recipes without even knowing it:)

We wish we could cook and bake together, but she lives in California and I am in Utah. So every Friday we are teaming up from afar and posting similar recipes. For the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on our favorite fall recipes. Today is Pumpkin Treats-I made pumpkin blondies and Gaby made pumpkin cheesecakes. We hope you enjoy our joint posts.

It's not fall without pumpkin treats, but there is a pumpkin shortage going on. Aggh! I had to go to 4 stores to find 3 cans of pumpkin. I bought them all. I will have to be very selective on what I bake with pumpkin this fall until the shortage is over.

I started out with pumpkin blondies. Of course, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of vanilla were involved. I also threw in cinnamon chips and white chocolate. The blondies were more cakey than a normal cookie blondie, the pumpkin kept them very moist. I loved the cinnamon and white chocolate together too. I highly recommend you try that combination.

We took the pumpkin blondies to our neighborhood party and they were gone in minutes-no joke. Everyone was asking for the recipe. So here you have it! Good luck finding pumpkin-if I see you at the store, I will tackle you for it:)

Don't forget to check out Gaby's pumpkin swirl cheesecake! It looks super duper delicious!

Pumpkin Blondies with Cinnamon and White Chocolate Chips

Adapted from Martha Stewart

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.Spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Add the pumpkin puree. Reduce speed to low, and mix in the flour mixture until just combined. Don't overmix. Stir in the white and cinnamon chips by hand.

Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. The sides will pull away from the pan and brown a bit. Do the toothpick test, if it comes out clean. They are done. Cool completely in pan. Lift the blondies from the pan, using the foil. from pan. Peel off the foil and cut into squares.

If you like these pumpkin blondies you might also like:

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars from Megan’s Cookin

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies from Cookie Madness

Pumpkin Bars from Real Mom Kitchen

Pumpkin White Chocolate Scones from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Blogger VeggieGirl said...

So fun that you met Gaby! Love her recipes as well.

Um, blondies?? You KNOW how much I love 'em, haha ;) Awesome, festive pumpkin ones there.

4:43 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

I love gaby's recipes! So fun that you two are teaming up. These blondies look totally tasty and I always LOVE your first picture. Its so well thought out with the fun little props. You make me want to take better pictures!

I think I'm making your crockpot applesauce tomorrow

4:55 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's a wonderful recipe! Thos Blondies look mighty good!



6:25 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I can see why they were a hit at your party

6:37 AM  
Blogger Smitten Sugar said...

Wow these sound amazing! Everyone keeps talking about the pumpkin shortage I better get to the store so I can start hoarding some!!

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

What a great project--to work together on similar recipes! Love these, especially with the nice cinnamon chips.

Funny, I can't find the cinnamon chips, but we have cans of pumpkin coming out of our ears around here! Weird.

6:40 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Yay for a combo of cinnamon & white chocolate chips!! I'm a cinnamon-chip addict :)

6:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Dont you just love cooking together even if it is via internet? I've been doing my Daring Baker Challenges via twitter with a couple others.
Love the pumpkin Blonies! I need to stock up on the cinnamon chips. I haven't seen them yet but they usually make an appearance around this time.
Pumpkin shortage??? I'm stocking up. Thanks for the heads up on that one. Also thanks for the shout out on the snickeroodle pumpkin bars! :)

6:49 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

How fun for you and your blogging friend to share the love of baking together. SO neat that you got to meet her.
The brownies sound good and pumpkin is perfect this time of year!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Those blondies look delicious! Fall is definitely the perfect time for pumpkin treats. I also had trouble finding the cans and stocked up so I could make the pumpkin cupcakes I posted yesterday, which I happen to be snacking on right now, and several other pumpkin things!

That's awesome that you and Gaby got to meet. I love her blog too!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

These look scrumptious! Can't wait to try them!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Thanks to you I'm all stocked up with cinnamon chips and pumpkin! These sounds like a great way to use some pumpkin!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Carrian said...

I'm such a pumpkin fan. I love this idea. Can't wait to try it!!!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

yum yum looks fantastic Maria!!!

8:28 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

what a fun idea!! I love how many new friendships have come out of blogging :)

8:38 AM  
Blogger Lauryn said...

Those blondies look awesome!! I've been looking for some new pumpkin recipes to try out and these look fabulous!!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Well, you know I love blondies but did you know I love pumpkin? These are perfect! Thanks for sharing and guess what?! I already have two cans of pumpkin that I purchased during the summer! I'll pace myself.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Those are beautiful and very Halloweenish!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Wow that looks so good! I still haven't found Cinnamon Chips anywhere. I went to Walmart to search for pumpkin and they had a whole shelf of it. I bought 8 cans!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Coach J said...

Pumpkin AND blodnies AND white chocolate?! I may have died and gone to heaven...

9:21 AM  
Blogger Ferni's Food said...

I am very upset that I can't find these cinnamon chips you speak of! I keep seeing you use them and they look fantastic... I have a few more grocery stores to raid in hopes of finding them...wish me luck ; P

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Yummy! These look perfect. And I love the use of the cinn and white chocolate chips! Gaby and you can have your own cooking show!

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I knew there was a reason I bought cinnamon chips...

10:56 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

My goal in life is to get my hands on some cinnamon chips!

11:50 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

i keep meaning to make some homemade candy corn....and then figuring that i want to just see you make them! can you?

cinnamon chips are so evasive around here.

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

I love this time of year..because of all the delicious pumpkin recipes.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

cinnamon AND white chocolate chips? that more than makes up for the fact that these are pumpkin-heavy. :)

1:26 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh my goodness, i love that there are pumpkin in these, delicious!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

these look good! very interesting recipe. I usually use fresh pumpkin puree instead of the canned one which is not available here. White chocolate and cinnamon are so good !

2:13 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

These are fabulous Maria! I wish I had a baking buddy nearby too. That would be so fun!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Hillary said...

My boyfriend loves those pumpkins, but me, I think I'd prefer the blondie! You should submit this recipe to! :)

3:13 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I can't wait to try these. But I have been having trouble finding cinnamon chips. Where do you get them?

3:19 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Sorry if you can't find cinnamon chips. I am lucky they are easy to find in Utah. I buy them at Albertson's or Dan's in Utah. They are Hershey's brand. Try ordering them online? I know King Arthur sells them too!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

A fabulous Halloween treat!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love these! I happen to have all the ingredients - can't wait to make them.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Muse in the Kitchen said...

We've been on the lookout for more pumpkin recipes - these blondies look delicious! ~ Belle

3:52 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Maria, as soon as you tweeter about these I had to make them. Of all the pumpkin desserts I've made so far this fall, these are the most amazing. Yours look incredible! Mine were gone in a flash - time to make more! Thanks (once again!) for the baking inspiration!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

oh my, pumpkin blondies!! love these, might have to try and make 'em :)

4:19 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I am a fan of anything pumpkin, so I'm sure I'd eat these right up!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I love the sound of these..
I was just searching for cinnamon chip biscotti. But these look so great
that I am having second thoughts.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pumpkin brownies sound smashing, smashing, and oh my goodess.. DELISH. I love pumpkin but blonidies are just an all time fav since Applebees

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fun idea!! Your blondies sound delicious.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Love the pumpkin idea.
Last year you commented on my blog regarding the table settings from a charity luncheon. The event just finished again and I just put the first post up if you are interested.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I'd heard about the pumpkin issue, so I saw some at one of our stores and grabbed three cans. The grocery closest to our house hasn't had any for a while. Maybe I should grab any more I see, I could put them on eBay.
Great combo for these blondies.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I love blondies...the pumpkin version is a wonderful idea.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Joi said...

This looks amazing. I wish that I could send you some of the pumpkins that we have. I buy 2 pie pumpkins every time I go to the store.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

Oh my goodness, these must be absolute heaven! I will be making these for my family.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Kate Morgan Jackson said...

These look GREAT!! But where do you get cinnamon chips? Yum...

6:22 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Kate-I buy Hershey's cinnamon chips. I find them at Albertsons or Dan's in Utah. Try ordering them online if you cant find them or use butterscotch or choc. chips. They would be good too!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Ooooh, pumpkin blondies - love the idea!! Looking forward to your posts with Gaby!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Oh what a cool idea, your blondies look delicious with the white chocolate and cinnamon chips! I finally found canned pumpkin too and bought 8 cans! I've used 2 though and feel like my supply is running low, funny what a shortage will do to you.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

I haven't notived much of a shortage in my area of pumpkin but I really haven't been looking for it since I have a couple cans already in my pantry. I will be on the look out though!

the combination of cinnamon, pumpkin and white chocolate sounds so good. I must make these.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

What a great freindship & what delish blondies. WOW!!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Mini Baker said...

I think I already left a comment on these haha, but they keep drawing me back in!! they look sooo yummy! white chocolate is my weakness :) -Mini Baker

9:13 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I made these a couple of weeks ago for my husband's co workers. They devoured them! I also used cinnamon chips and omitted white chips because I didn't have any on hand. We love anything pumpkin around here.
Thankfully I haven't noticed a pumpkin shortage in my neck of the woods (Northern Virginia), but just in case, I bought five cans of pumpkin today when I was out grocery shopping.
I've never commented here before, but I really do enjoy your blog!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Very cute. I really love pumpkin anything!

5:57 PM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

Cute presentation! Looks so delicious!

4:06 AM  
Anonymous veron said...

these look fantastic, Maria!

5:22 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Oooh...they do look so good! Another one I have to try...thanks, Maria!

6:43 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Mmmm I so wanna make these! I have cinnamon chips that I've been dying to use! :D

5:15 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sweets said...

These look amazing, I will have to try these, love blondies.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Maralie said...

I had these at a party last month and fell in love with them! I'm about to take my first batch out of the oven... my mom insists on putting a frosting/icing on them... Any ideas for a good kind to use? :)

8:43 AM  

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