Pumpkin Blondies

Pumpkin Blondies

If you read my Twitter, you might already know that I’m on a major diet. A 10 week weight loss challenge for my local YMCA to be exact. I slowly freaked out inside when they took my body fat % and weight…those numbers weren’t so pretty. However, I guess I should see this as more weight to lose and alas, a good chance to win this challenge. The prizes are pretty phenomenal, too. The hard thing? It’s 10 weeks….until December 16th.

I’m pretty hardcore when it comes to competition. Just ask my family…I get pretty extreme just to get that “#1″ feeling. So, I’m back to the gym 4-5x/week and back on Weight Watchers too to kick this challenge’s booty!

Before you panic about my recipes being ALL “skinny” again, I still intend to do my cold weather baking, because my urges to bake and create things are far too strong lately. The difference this year is that a lot of my husband’s coworkers (and maybe mine) will be getting to enjoy these treats moreso than I.

These blondies, actually, were made for my family. I went to visit them this past weekend and had a blast! I thought it would be nice to bring these blondies, and with a family of 6 in the house, the pan of these were almost GONE Sunday. I’d say the recipe was pretty darn successful, no? I did try a couple (small) squares of these, and yes, yes, yes! Majorly yummy and potentially majorly addictive. It took a lot for me to hold back. :)

Pumpkin Blondies
Source: Martha Stewart (adaptation found on Smells Like Home)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt.  Stir together and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.  Mix in the pumpkin puree.  With the mixer on low speed add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Fold in the white chocolate and 1 cup butterscotch chips with a rubber spatula.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips over the top of the batter.  Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35-40 minutes.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting.
  4. To serve, lift the cake from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board.  Peel off the foil and using a sharp knife, cut into 24 squares.


  1. good luck with your diet! i commend you for your willpower because there is no way i’d be able to control my diet, especially around the holiday season! these pumpkin blondies look fantastic! i bet i could devour a whole pan by myself :)

  2. I am going to attempt these – although I am not much of a baker. They look delish!

  3. so glad you and your family loved them! they’re a big favorite around my house. : )

  4. You’ll do great on the 10 week challenge!!
    Glad you’ll still be posting yummy things though. 😉

  5. ShoeFanatic614 says:

    I’m not a coworker or family but I’ll be happy to be on the receiving end of these ANYDAY!! Yum!!

  6. Those look like heaven!

  7. These sound delish!

  8. Sounds easy and delicious! Perfect recipe for the start of Fall.

  9. I am also on a diet as well! I have to get rid of my winter weight before summer comes! Let us wish ourselves luck!

  10. Hmmm, those look SO good and I definitely will be trying!!

  11. Melanie Maurin says:

    Wow! I am going to make these for sure!! I wish we lived closer!!

  12. Ohhh my goodness…these sound amazing! I’mma gonna have to try these….

  13. Hey! Good luck on your diet. I hope all goes well and your family and co-workers get to gain it instead! lol I’ve never seen pumpkin blondies and they sound really good. :)

  14. You should consider tomato on your weight loss challenge. I went from 239 lbs down to 134 lbs. I was at 143 lbs after exactly one year. I ate tomatoes in some form daily, switched to drinking only water, and would eat Nutri Grain bars as a morning snack and nuts as a night time snack. I’m not saying anyone else’s diet plan is wrong, but I was able to successfully lose the weight with no crash diet or starvation. It would at least be worth a try to help you win. Thank you for the recipe. I love pumpkin anything!

  15. I would have a hard time not putting these all down in one sitting! Good luck on your diet!

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