Pumpkin and chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations, and to make these White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars I used white chocolate instead of dark chocolate for a totally different taste!
These take a little effort to prepare, because you have to make two separate batters and swirl them together for layers of white chocolate and pumpkin. But the result is worth the effort! The white chocolate layer is more cake like, and the pumpkin layer is more dense and chewy, for a great combination of tastes and textures.
When I was making these I was not optimistic about how they were going to turn out, because the white chocolate and butter separated after I melted them, and although I stirred them back together that made the white chocolate batter kind of thick and not very spreadable. The batters wouldn’t make big pretty swirls like I had envisioned when I planned the recipe, so I thought the bars might not turn out at all. But they far exceeded my expectations, because the batters combined and baked together beautifully, and the bars taste delicious too.
- 1 stick butter
- 8 oz white chocolate chips
- 1 c. sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 T. vanilla
- 2 c. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. salt
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- ¼ c. vegetable oil
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. ginger
- ½ t. nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine the butter and white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt, stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Put the sugar, eggs and vanilla in a mixer, and beat for 5 minutes until fluffy.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl, and add to the batter in the mixer bowl all at once. Mix until well combined.
- In another small bowl mix the pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Add half the batter from the mixer to the bowl with the pumpkin and mix well.
- Add the chocolate mix to the mixer bowl and mix well.
- Spray a 9 x 13 cooking pan with cooking spray.
- Pour in the chocolate batter, and then top with the pumpkin batter. Swirl with a knife.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Find more fabulous white chocolate cookie recipes below!
The theme this month is White Chocolate! White chocolate is seriously underrated as a baking ingredient–it complements so many other flavors so nicely, like citrus, spices, berries, winter squash, etc. So if you want to see all the ways white chocolate can be used to make terrific cookies, you have come to the right place! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Black Bottomed Banana & White Choc Chunk Blondies from Baking in Pyjamas
- Cashew and White Chocolate Chips Cookies from SimplyVeggies
- Citrus Olive Oil Biscotti with White Chocolate Chunks from The Spiced Life
- Cookies and Cream Blondies from Sidewalk Shoes
- Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Japanese Yuzu Citrus Biscotti from NinjaBaker
- Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Liquid Cocaine (Espresso-White Chocolate) Cookies from Food Lust People Love
- Matcha and White Chocolate Cookies from Spiceroots
- Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Toffee Bits from A Bakerís House
- Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies from Karenís Kitchen Stories
- White Chocolate Lemon and Oats Cookies from Bakingyummies
- White Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake Cookies from Made With Love
- White Chocolate Snickerdoodles from Our Good Life
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars from Upstate Ramblings