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???