I am a huge fan of using Handlebars and think its nicer to work with it on the backend with an express project. Switching it out from Jade to Handlebars is really simple.

Install Express-Handlebars

The npm handlebars package is express-handlebars. Add the following to your package.json dependencies list:

"express-handlebars": "*"

"*" will pull the latest version, feel free to substitute this with a specific version number if you wish. Now just change app.js to use the handlebars engine instead of Jade.

Switch template engines

var handlebars = require("express-handlebars");

var app = express();

// Put this just past the above line
app.set('views', path.join(__dirname, 'public/javascripts/templates'));

app.engine('handlebars', handlebars({
  defaultLayout: 'main', 
  layoutsDir: path.join(__dirname,'views/layouts'),
  partialsDir: path.join(__dirname, 'views/partials')
app.set('view engine', 'handlebars');

Thats all! Now under {project_root}/views you can put your handlebars templates. By default the file extension is .handlebars.