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Pumpkin Squares

I made a pan of these on Monday. It’s a recipe I got from Taste of Home Magazine several years ago. I’ve made them once or twice before, but I’d forgotten what a big hit they were with my family. I’ll be making them more often from now on.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Little by little, add the dry mixture to the to liquid mixture and mix well after each addition.
  4. Pour the batter into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Cool on a baking rack.
  7. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, sugar, butter and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.
  8. Add enough of the milk to make a spreadable icing.
  9. Once the pan of bars is completly cool, spread the cream cheese icing evenly over them.
  10. Cut into 24 bars and serve.

I made a double batch and froze half of them to serve later. What treats have you been baking for Christmas?

Some holiday recipes posted previously:

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That is the same recipe I have been using for the last couple of years! They are delicious!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

It's been a long time since I made these but I used to love them. However, I cut the oil in half and they seemed to still be delicious. Try it once and see if you like them that way. Blessings.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhiteStone

Oh, this looks great! My family loves anything with pumpkin in it. I love Taste of Home; they always have such great recipes.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim in On

I cut the oil in half and they seemed to still be delicious.

My mother used to cut the oil in these sorts of recipes (the ones with pureed fruit or vegies for moisture) and it doesn't seem to matter much. Thanks for the tip.

December 11, 2008 | Registered Commenterrebecca

I was just talking to my family about making these this afternoon. So yummy. I'm looking at the other recipes you posted, too. My family is going to be so happy.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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