Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares

Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting


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These yummy little treats are a favourite among my family and friends.  They give you a hit of pumpkin pie for fewer calories than a whole piece of pie would be.  The cream cheese frosting is piped on so you get the salty, sweet effect again with fewer calories than a full coverage frosting.

Have I convinced you this is a diet dessert?  Ha!

I make these for Thanksgiving when we have a crowd because some of the family favourites include my sister’s apple pies (to die for), pumpkin pie and various other tarts and cakes that must appear.  So I can still get a little fix of pumpkin pie even if I choose the apple pie for dessert!  Family secret: I usually have my pumpkin pie for breakfast the morning after the turkey coma!

The crust is almost a moist short bread.  No rolling of dough here, you cut the butter in like you would for a pastry recipe but then you just pat it into the bottom of the pan.  I use a little mini-roller for jobs like this and it is a breeze.

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You must use unsalted butter in this crust.  I learned a while back to measure my butter by the displacement method.  I find the little bars on the wrapper are not good guides – the wrapper is often twisted and when I go to cut through the block I cut on an angle and who knows how much I am going to end up with.  So I use a 2 cup measuring cup and put 1 cup of water in it. Then I cut my butter to what I think is the right amount.  Then I immerse the butter in the cup of water.  All the butter has to be covered by the water. When the water reaches the 2 cup line I know I have 1 cup of butter.  Works perfect every time.

When you frost the squares you an either pipe the frosting on in a decorative pattern or you can take a small baggie and cut a tiny tip off one corner. You can then drizzle the frosting over the top of the squares in a lattice pattern or whatever pattern you like.

And if it isn’t enough that these squares are practically diet food (lol!), quick and easy to make, delicious – they also freeze beautifully so you can make them ahead!  How good is that???

 

 

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Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Ingredients
Crust
Pumpkin Filling
Frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Crust
Pumpkin Filling
Frosting
Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13" baking pan.
  2. For the base combine flour, icing sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter. Do not let dough form a ball. When butter is evenly cut into the size of peas, transfer the base mix into the baking pan. Pat or roll the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  3. Bake 15 minutes.
Filling
  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Then add in all other filling ingredients and beat until well mixed.
  2. Pour filling over the crust after it has baked for the 15 minutes above.
  3. Bake a further 40 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean.
  4. Cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Beat all frosting ingredients together until smooth. Using a piping bag you can make a lattice pattern over the pan or pipe small rosettes in rows, evenly distributed about 2 " apart. (The rosette will be the center of each square when you cut them.
  2. Refrigerate if serving right away or cut into squares and freeze the squares if making ahead. Allow squares to defrost at room temperature or in the fridge.
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2 thoughts on “Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. I bring pies only to divert the rest of the family’s attention away from these squares! I am not kidding they are the first to disappear from the treat tray. I know the Wine lover mentioned this but they really do freeze well for when the crowd is gone and you need a quick treat on a fall afternoon.

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