pumpkin squares

So I am stranded in a snowstorm and thought I would post about pumpkin squares.  Maybe another mom stranded in a snow storm can whip some up today.  I have grown up eating pumpkin squares because they are to die for. Seriously.  I cannot emphasize the cream-cheesy goodness that covers these things.  The pictures don't do them justice.  It's something you just have to try.  Me and kids made some the other day and had a lovely time.  I love cooking with my kids.  Probably because I love to eat...and so do they when it's got sugar in it. 01cropweb

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Just because I love you, I am including the recipe.  Try them!  You will love me for it...but your thighs might not ;0)

For pumpkin squares:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • For cream cheese icing:
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 Tbsp milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar (adjust amount to get thicke/thinner icing)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and lightly flour a 9x13" or 11x15" baking dish.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in bowl.
  4. Cream the sugar, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla in separate mixing bowl.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, to creamed mixture... then add vanilla.
  6. Using mixer, add bowl of dry ingredients to creamed mixture, about a cup at a time until thoroughly blended.
  7. Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes (until middle is done) and let cool before icing.
  9. For cream cheese icing, use mixer to cream butter (or margarine), cream cheese, vanilla, and milk.
  10. Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar, then add additional 1/2 - 1 cup of powdered sugar a little at a time, to reach desired thickness.
  11. Ice pumpkin squares when they have completely cooled.
  12. Cut into squares and enjoy! :)