Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies

adapted from: Lauren's Latest

3/4 c. butter, softened

1 c. packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. pumpkin puree

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt


1/2 c. roughly chopped walnuts (I used pecans)

1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels, unwrapped

1/4 c. heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9x13 inch pan; set aside.  Cream together butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla and pumpkin puree and blend until combined.  Slowly add cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, soda and salt.  Spread about 2/3 of the batter into pan evenly.  Sprinkle chopped nuts and chocolate chips over the top.  Microwave the caramels and heavy cream until melted, stirring every 20 seconds.  Pour over nuts and chocolate chips and spread evenly.  Dot remaining batter over top.  Try to spread dollops out.  It is okay if some of the caramel peaks through.  Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  It might have caramel on it, but it shouldn't have cake batter.  Serve warm (might get oozing caramel) or cool completely.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  

Jenn's Notes:  I cut this recipe in half and baked it in an 8x6 inch pan and baked it for 30 minutes.  This was really good.  It is dense but soft, chewy and moist!  Next time I will add more pecans and possibly more chocolate!  I loved this warm and I loved it at room temperature.  I let it set for about 10-15 minutes when I took it out of the oven before I cut into it and I didn't get any oozing caramel, it held it's shape really well.