Thursday, November 8, 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas Treats-Better than Pumpkin Pie Squares


We continue with week seven of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic.  This is the beginning of the second half so we are on the downhill slide right on to the end.

I am continuing to post recipes made with Holiday Cookie Mix.  Today’s recipe is what my family calls “Better than Pumpkin Pie” squares.  I have said before that I am not really into making pies so this has become our traditional Thanksgiving dessert.  It has a crust, the pumpkin filling and a wonderful brown sugar/pecan topping  and serves 12 to 15 so “fits the bill” well, I think.  This can also be cut into bars and served as part of a  cookie platter.

For those who might want to try this recipe, but don’t want to bother making the cookie mix, I am including directions to make the bottom crust without the mix.

The original recipe came from Homemade Cookies by Farm Journal published in 1971.  My copy of this cookbook is just about coming apart.  It is interesting that the pumpkin filling is the same one that has been on the back of the Libby Pumpkin can forever.  That is my favorite pumpkin filling recipe.  I am not sure who got what from whom.

For the topping, I combine the brown sugar and pecans, cut the butter in small pieces and mix it all together with clean hands.  I sprinkle it over the top of the filling and give myself permission to lick my fingers.

Better than Pumpkin Pie Squares
adapted from Homemade Cookies, Farm Journal, 1971
2 1/2 c. Holiday Cookie Mix
1/2 c. quick oats
1 c. flour
1/2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c. butter or regular margarine

1 (1 lb.) can pumpkin (2 c.)
1 (13 1/2 oz.) can evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/4 t. cloves
1/2 c. chopped, toasted pecans
1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
2 T. butter

Combine cookie mix and quick oats and press into a foil-lined 9x13-inch baking pan.  OR Combine flour, oats and brown sugar.  Stir to mix well.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Press in a foil-lined 9x13-inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees 15 minutes.  While crust is baking combine in a large mixing bowl the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt and spices.  Beat with a whisk until well blended.  Pour mixture into hot crust and return to oven to bake 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine pecans and brown sugar.  Slice butter into small pieces and mix with pecans/sugar until well blended.  Sprinkle the topping over the partially baked filling mixture and return to oven to bake 20 minutes more or until filling is set.  (A toothpick inserted into filling will come out clean.)  Cool in pan on a rack and cut into large squares to serve as a dessert or into bars to serve as part of a cookie platter.  Makes 12 to 15 dessert servings or 24 to 32 bar cookies.

To recap the recipes posted so far:
Glazed Cinnamon Toffee Bars-Basic Holiday Cookie Mix is here
Buttermilk Rum Bars
Krispie Nut Bars
Chocolate Cottage Bars-This is a Saturday Sweets post that uses the mix
Tropical Dreams
Tart and Tasty Lemon Bars
Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars

Check out the links below for great recipes from other bloggers.  There is still time to join us, and you can find all the information on Brenda's 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats post.


  1. Wonderful holiday cookie, perfect for chillin' afternoon. Good explained recipe too, that is what i like :)

  2. They sound great! How do you think this would be with a shortbread cookie crust? I happen to have some leftover:@)

    1. Don't know why not. The base is very similar to shortbread. It might be a bit more crumbly. Go for it. I would. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. These sound great! I haven't done much cooking with pumpkin yet this fall, which is strange. :)

  4. I'm right there with you...not a huge fan of making pies. These look like a great substitute for pumpkin pie!

  5. These look great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your bars look delicious. They look so much easier than making a pie. I'll have to try them.

  7. Those look great! I can't wait to make them myself.

  8. Yum! I have to admit, I am not much of a pie-maker myself, so these bars are right up my alley!

  9. These look amazing!! What a great way to change up pumpkin pie!


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