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Pumpkin Crunch Squares

For SouthLakesMom and anybody else who loves really, really good food!.

Can you say delicious? If you like pumpkin pie, you will love this.  It is found at almost every Thanksgiving party here on the island.  I just had some Sunday at church.  Tomorrow I will be making my own.

Pumpkin Crunch Squares

1 large can of easy Pumpkin Pie Mix
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 12oz can Evap. Milk
1 Plain Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup (2 sticks) real butter (unsalted)
Chopped Walnuts (fine)
Waxed Paper

Combine pumpkin pie mix, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and evaporated milk in a bowl. Set aside. Line a 9×13 pan with wax paper enough to hang over the sides (But not too far!). Pour mixture into pan.

Sprinkle cake mix over the top, then the chopped Walnuts. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack. Refrigerate overnight.


1 block (8 0z) Cream Cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tub Cool whip

Cream together powdered sugar and cream cheese. Fold in Cool Whip.

Remove Pumpkin Crunch from the refrigerator and flip over onto cookie sheet. Remove wax paper. Spread the topping* over the pumpkin crunch. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 24 squares

*Pumpkin Crunch  is very rich already, so I do not use the cream cheese and Cool Whip topping. I just add a drop of whip cream and enjoy as is.


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  1. Can you tell me where to find something in my house that lets me bake? What do you mean Line a pan? How do you combine? Can I take the cookie sheet off my bed? Refrigerate? Hmmmm does a cooler work? ROFLMAO

  2. I am back home since sunday night. From blue sky and heat I landed in Belgium in a storm which let the plane waggle like a dog tail. Now I am sitting (not singing) again in the rain and am surprised of Christmas decorations !
    If you want to have a look on the pyramides it’s here

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhh NOW you post it again! AFTER I went on a hunt through your blog! And the last time it wasn’t actually posted IN the blog – it was posted as a link to a published recipe that wasn’t even called Pumpkin Crunch Squares! It was called Not So SPOOKY Pumpkin Treats … or something like that!!! You didn’t make it EASY for me! LOL!

    1. Melli — yeah, I did recently post this on Associated content. I also posted it about 2 years ago on my cooking blog — remember that?

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    We have a nut allergy here — can anyone think of any substitutions for the walnuts? Obviously we’ll lose some of the crunch factor…but maybe graham cracker crumbs? Whatcha think?

  5. Oh, no, look at Thom’s comment! Awww, bless. Someone needs to go bake him something.

    ….. I’m busy.

    Besides finding an equivalent to “can of pumpkin” working from scratch, I need a gluten-free version for my kid. Yay Google! LOL

    1. Susan — any gluten-free dry cake mix (which I am certain you know how to make) and just take plain pumpkin and season it for pie, or have Ella bring you a can of pie filling!

    1. Polona — I posted this in October as Spooky treats. In the comments — look for Mumma & my answers — you will find conversions & likely work arounds, but it might make baking this more troublesome than it is worth — although it is darn tasty.

      1. i think i remember the spooky treats post – thanks
        for the time being i guess i’ll stay with the local pastry but i’ll know where to look if i suddenly want me some pumpkin treats 🙂

  6. You just might have saved Thanksgiving Day for me, Quilly! I’ve been looking for an alternative to pie (we’ll have 2, but I like to have 3 desserts), and cookies are too Christmas-y. Think I’ll give these a whirl. Thanks!

    1. Gigi – -the amount for the powdered sugar was there — somehow I had typed it in the top section. Thanks for noticing. I moved it to where it belongs! The topping is yummy, but on top of the already rich Pumpkin Crunch it is way too sweet!

  7. My family would revolt if we didn’t have the traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this sounds interesting for between times! I hope you’ll share a photo some time after it is made.

  8. I can see this heading off to a potluck in the near future!
    I’ll have to substitute almonds because my dh (who is not a picky eater and has no food allergies) does not like walnuts.

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