November 2, 2010

Pumpkin Blondies

I really hope your not sick of pumpkin recipes yet!!  I HAD to share this last (maybe not last....) recipe with you since it is by FAR my favorite one yet!  My cousin has had this recipe forever and thought it looked good, but hadn't tried it...let me tell you...I will be making these a hundred times before the season is up!  I was expecting a more cookie texture, but it is more cake-like.

You may be tempted to add chocolate chips instead of the white, DON"T DO IT!  I promise, they are perfect as is!  Also, if you are like me, you tend to add more spices then what the recipe says, its not necessary for these.  They are perfectly seasoned!  These are a must for Turkey Day!  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Blondies
Source:  adapted from Martha Stewart

2 c. flour
1 TBS pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
1 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pumpkin puree
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips
1/2 c. chopped, toasted nuts (opt.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt.  Stir together and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.  Mix in the pumpkin puree.  With the mixer on low speed add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Fold in the white chocolate and butterscotch chips (and nuts, if using) with a rubber spatula.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.  Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35-40 minutes.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting.

To serve, lift the cake from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board.  Peel off the foil and using a sharp knife, cut into 24 squares.

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