When fall weather comes, I become obsessed with all things pumpkin. I put pumpkin puree in everything from soup to pancakes to desserts. When I created this recipe, I had a particular result in mind. I named these bars "blondies" because I intended for them to be dense, rich and chewy...the way a traditional blondie comes out.
As baking is not my strong suit when it comes to recipe creation, I was really winging it on this one and what came out of the oven was NOT what I had intended. At all.
But oh my goodness, were they delicious!
First, the smell of baking pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger was so intoxicating I was tempted to pull the bars out of the oven early and eat the warm, gooey dough with a spoon. Think I'm kidding? Hah! You obviously don't know me very well!
Second, once the bars came out of the oven and were cooled and drizzled with my Orange Maple Glaze, they looked so pretty and absolutely delectable.
I was disappointed as I cut into them because instead of being dense and thick, the bars cut like a very moist cake. I had a moment of just utter despair but then I popped one into my mouth.
Incredibly moist, lighter than intended and bursting with spice, these "blondies," though incorrectly named, were beyond good, bordering on life-changing.
My family went nuts over them and I took a plate into work and then lasted about 10 minutes. Okay, so not really a blondie but still a win in my book!
So, it just goes to show that sometimes we might not get what we want but end up with something even better! Let me know if you try these bars and if you like them!