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The Great Pumpkin

I confess that I am fairly skeptical of pumpkin everything foods this time of year, so I decided to lighten up. We have had this recipe for Pumpkin Squares on the site for years, and I just went back and re-made it. They're fun, easy and tasty! You use a cake mix! Happy October!

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Pumpkin Squares

Pumpkin squares are a big fall season favorite, but they're delicious year round. You can mix them up quickly and have them ready in no time. This one of Sidney Carlisle's fine recipes from her article about Pumpkin Desserts.

  • 1 18-ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter (or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 16-ounce can plain pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Dump the cake mix in a bowl and use two knives or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the mix until it is crumbly. Stir the beaten egg into the crumbs. Save 1 cup of this mixture to use as topping. Pat the rest of the crumbs into a 9x13-inch glass baking pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is set and just beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and cool 5 minutes.
  2. Place the pumpkin in a mixing bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, blending well. Whisk the sugar mixture into the pumpkin. Whisk in the two eggs and then the evaporated milk. Carefully pour this mixture on top of the partially baked crust. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake about 30 minutes, until set in the middle.
  3. To serve, cut into squares. If desired, top with sweetened whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping. Pumpkin squares may be served warm or at room temperature.

Bonus Recipes - Pumpkin Pecan Pie.

Note: I have made this receipe several times, and depending on the brand of cake mix, the wetness of the batter varys. Sometimes it gets "clumpy", and needs extra cooking time. Just keep an eye on it when it's in the oven.

Kitchen tools you'll need: 9x13 Baking Dish, Pastry Blender, Mixing Bowls

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