Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Studded Pumpkin Roll Bars

Do you have school age kids?  If so, I am sure you can appreciate what I have to say.

Every year my kids bring home fund raisers to help the school, well, raise funds for the things that they need.

I’m cool with that…in fact I support it, to a degree.

What gets me though is that school hasn’t even been in session for a full month and they are ALREADY asking me for MORE money.

Can’t they give us a little more time to recoup our losses from the first week of school???  

You know that week where they send home all the paperwork that the parents are to sign and initial, put blood samples on…promises of your kids first born…a check for this, a check for that…$200.00 later and then…


UGH!    I seriously don’t know how parents of multiple children do it!  I have two and its killer!

Imagine the Dugard Family having to do this…My guess is that’s how home schooling got started???

I’m just sayin’.

Anywhoo…so they bring home these fundraisers filled with wrapping paper, trinkets and baked goods….all way over priced.  Way, way WAY over priced!

But that’s beside the point.

Yet EVERY stinking year my kids beg, plead, cry ask me to buy the Pumpkin Roll.

Now I ask you...Why would I ever buy baked goods when I can make my own???

It's because I am afraid of the Pumpkin Roll...seriously.

It might be some type of actual phobia...

Like maybe pumkinrollaphobia?

And no...I'm not afraid of the actual pumpkin roll...just the making of it.

The "rolling" of it to be exact.

I'm always afraid that I'll make this awesome pumpkin cake...spread out some seriously yummy cream cheese filling...go to roll it up

Only to have it turn into a huge, crumbly mess.

Sure I could turn that mess into truffles...

But who needs that kind of stress?

So I usually just buy them their coveted pumpkin roll and justify it as "helping out the school".

But not this year!  

This year I found a loop hole to the pumpkin roll.

Oh yea I did!

I turned them into bars!

It's ok to thank me.

I graciously accept.

These bars are every bit as decadent as the Pumpkin Roll itself.

But with chocolate chips!

Cause thats how I roll.

So this year instead of buying pumpkin rolls...I guess I'll be buying wrapping paper.

Chocolate Chip Studded Pumpkin Roll Bars

by Angi McCarthy (slightly adapted from Six Sisters Stuff)

    For the Cake
    • 3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 eg
    • 1/2 of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin
    • 1/8 cup water
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp cloves
    • 1/4 tsp ginger
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
    Cream Cheese Filling
    • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
    • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Spray a small 8 x 8 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

    In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth.

    Beat in eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and water until well blended.

    In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin/butter mixture and combine until well blended.

    Stir in chocolate chips

    Spread about 2/3 of the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

    Cream Cheese Filling
    In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

    Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the pumpkin batter.

    Dollop the remaining pumpkin batter over the cream cheese batter and spread out as evenly as possible.

    Use a table knife to swirl together the cream cheese and top layer of pumpkin batter.

    Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center of the pumpkin batter springs back when touched. Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars.
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    1. I have your exact same fear. My MIL makes an awesome pumpkin roll and gave me the recipe and a pan and...I've still never done it. What if it doesn't roll!!!????? Oh, and fundraisers. Sigh. It's not free public school, that's for sure.

      1. I know! I have promised myself that I WILL try it this year...maybe. Will see..


    2. I'm not going to lie, when I got the email with this post this morning, my eyes grew 3 times in size and my mouth fell open. This looks so good! I will have to try it ASAP.

      1. LOL! I thought of you when I made these :) Your gonna LOVE them!

    3. Love it! I am featuring you tomorrow... Thank you for sharing!

      1. Thank you so much! Wow! I'm so excited :)

    4. These look yummy! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you next week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

      1. Yea! Thank you so much for the feature!

    5. Yep! I'm seriously making these! And good for you for taking a stand and buying wrapping paper instead...cuz one can never have enough wrapping paper - right? ;) *they getcha every time, don't they? Luckily, my daughter's school doesn't do those kind of fund raisers. :D

      1. You are so lucky that you don't have to deal with these fundraisers! They can totally break the bank...especially when places like Hobby Lobby have the wrapping paper for half the cost!

        Thanks for stopping by!

    6. These look super yummy and I will definitely be giving them a go.

      1. I hope you love them as much as we do!

    7. I never, and I mean NEVER, make pumpkin roll if I'm home alone. I always get someone to help me roll it, because that is the hardest part!! I love this idea of turning them into bars... brilliant!

      1. Well, your much better than I cause I don't even have the courage to try!

        Thanks for coming by!

    8. LOVE This idea...pumpkin roll without the roll!:)

      1. It makes it sooooo much easier!

        Thanks for stopping by...and I LOVE your blog!

    9. I LOVE your recipe! Please come over and party with me at Cast Party Wednesday!
      Thanks! ~Sheryl~

    10. I have the same fear of the pumpkin roll...but now I can just make these incredible bars!! (I happen to think they look better than the roll anyway:-) And don't get me started on fundraisers...luckily my kids go to a private school so we don't do a lot, but all the kids at church are always hounding us to buy things!!! Drives me nuts!!!

    11. I am making these as we 'speak' to donate to a silent auction for my child's band fundraiser. I have a couple of questions...1. how much salt for the cake? 2. Does cinnamon go into the cake AND the cream cheese filling? This first batch is a 'trial run' but I want to get it right.
      Now I just need to decide how much to put for a minimum bid. The event is an evening, adults only fundraiser so I should be able to start the bidding higher than if it were a bake sale type event.

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    14. Your directions call for salt and vanilla in the bar, but there is non salt or vanilla in the ingredient list. Is it supposed to be added and how much?

    15. My eleven year old daughter made these yesterday. YUM!! Thanks for sharing.


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