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Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

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Zombie soldiers need chocolate.

Mommy also needs chocolate after a go-round with not only a finance company but a bank in the last 24 hours. I’m gonna go ahead and guess that the policies put forth by these entities and agencies are a big chunk of the reason people are camped out in front of banks and institutions of wealth across the country.

I went to the bank to cash a check yesterday. Just a regular old personal check. Deposit some, gimme the rest- normal enough request, never been a problem before, right? Wrong wrong wrong. My bank was recently taken over by a bigger and more obnoxious bank, one full of rules that do nothing but complicate the simplest of tasks. I cannot quote verbatim what the bank teller told me, but to me it sounded like this:

“Ms. Tullos we really do not care that you have had an account here for 8 years. We also do not care that this money belongs to you, and you are doing our institution a favor by leaving it in our care. We are going to hold this personal check even though you cash the exact same check here several times a month and we have never done this before. Yes, your account is in good standing, but we are going to hold onto your money anyway, just to piss you off. Ms. Tullos, you are being punished because the party that wrote you the check has the good sense to bank elsewhere. We do not care that you had to wait in line for 30 minutes because we failed to train our employees on our computer system and half-assed policies- in fact we expect you to wait here all day with a smile. Thank you for banking with Wells Fargo.”

I would donate my baked goods to the “Occupy” cause if I weren’t stuck here in the middle of nowhere, but I am (in the middle of nowhere), so I’m just going to share with you the chocolate pumpkin bars that have temporarily distracted me from the rage.

I’m all about chocolate. Pumpkin makes the chocolate very Halloweeney. And I added some oatmeal goodness just because. Take that banking institutions.

Cream together butter and sugars. Then add in the eggs and vanilla. Normally I would mix my dry ingredients together very nicely and then add them into the wet ingredients, but I broke a bowl. So I was extra annoyed. I just dumped in the flour and oatmeal, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. I gave that a good stir and then added in my canned pumpkin. After that came the crowning glory— semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I prepared an 8X8 baking dish with aluminum foil and then gave the foil a little butter so I could be extra sure nothing was gonna stick.

After I mixed up my cookie dough I poured about half of it into this baking dish. I made cookies with the rest. The cookies were good. The bars were to die for. Next time I make these they will go into a 9X13 pan no doubt about it.

Bake in a preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes and voila!

Not only am I happy about these, but the little zombie soldier is happy, too. As for the bank… well I don’t really care if they’re happy or not.

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars


1 stick of butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup quick oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

To Make

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick foil and then lightly grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Cream together the butter and the sugars in a large bowl. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Then add the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Next stir in the canned pumpkin and then the chocolate chips.Turn mixture out into prepared pan and bake for 35 or 40 minutes. Let cool completely and then lift cookie bars out of the pan using the foil. Carefully cut lenghtwise and crosswise into desired size and peel the foil off before storing in an airtight container.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

October 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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  1. […] It solves little boys forgetting their homework problems. It puts a layer of caramelly candy bar and fresh whipped creamed over wounded pride when you realize you’ve been wearing two different shoes all day. It even pairs nicely with pumpkin to soothe my nerves after a seriously unpleasant encounter with the bank. […]

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