Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Of course, I love the sights and sounds of the season, but I can't get enough of the warm, rich, and delicious pumpkin baked goods that are oh-so-popular right now.

I recently joined in on the pumpkin fun and created a blondie recipe that combines three of my very favorite flavors: pumpkin, chocolate, and espresso. It combines nutrient-packed pumpkin with sweet chocolate and a shot of energy-boosting espresso for a delicious autumn treat to be enjoyed when you need a little pick-me-up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned plain pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare an 8″ X 8″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
  3. Combine above ingredients in a large mixing bowl until batter is smooth.
  4. Pour batter in prepared baking dish and bake for 35-38 minutes until top of blondies are firm to the touch.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting.

Makes 12 bars

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