Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Blondies

I started off my baking year with these delicious pumpkin blondies. I used to make regular blondies with some regularity, and decided to spice them up a little with some frozen pumpkin I had leftover from the holidays. I tweaked the original a little, including  replacing 1/2 the flour with whole-wheat,  using Earth Balance instead of butter,  brown sugar instead of regular sugar, and adding in walnuts. The recipe also called for creaming the butter and sugar, but when I used to make blondies I always melted the two together on the stove in a large saucepan and then just added into that pot to make less mess (I am so lazy!). They came out delicious, like soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in a bar! They were perfectly cooked after only 25 minutes. I couldn’t stop picking at them all night!

(ready for baking)

(all done!)

Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Blondies

adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Earth Balance
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Heat the margarine and brown sugar over medium heat on the stove, stir until melted together. Cool slightly (so as not to cook the egg!), stir in egg and vanilla until combined. Stir in pumpkin puree, mix well. Add in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in 1/2 the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the other 1/2 of the chocolate chips. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (Note: mine only took 25 minutes!). Try to let cool completely in pan before eating!
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Happy 2010!

Happy New Year/Decade! I am definitely feeling good about 2010, maybe its just a little bit of optimism in my often pessimistic personality. I have set up a few goals for this little space here as well as for myself, 10 goals for 2010…

1. Blog at least weekly– (I would really like to try and post something semi-regularly)

2. Take more photos– I got a 50mm f/1.8 lens for my camera and want to develop my skillz…

3. Apply to a masters in nutrition program– I finished most of my prereqs, just one more class to go, plus GRE’s. I am committing myself to a new career path after 5 years working in science labs.

4. Run a 1/2 marathon– Yeah, I only ran a 5K last year, it was my first “race”, usually I stick to the treadmill. I really want to try the Seattle Rock’n’Roll 1/2 this summer.

5. Eat more of a variety– I tend to eat the same thing everyday. No, I’m not exaggerating, I really do. And it doesn’t ever bother me. But I would like to challenge my tastebuds a little more.

6. Spend more time with/make new friends– I tend to be introverted. This year I want to bust out of my shell!

7. Watch less tv. Read more.

8. Travel outside of Washington. I really want to do this, I’m not getting any younger.

9. Go to a music festival, try yoga

10. **** – one that I’ll keep to myself for now. You know, that whole if you tell someone it won’t come true thing. If it does I’ll let you know next year 🙂

Here’s to my new goals for 2010!