Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares Recipe
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Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares Recipe

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By combining Cindy’s efforts with our own, we created a decadent dessert worthy of praises. And with 100 less calories per serving than the original, too! Now that’s something to celebrate at any gathering this year! Cindy Styles — Goldsboro, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 246 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the pie filling, milk and eggs; beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cake mix and pecans; drizzle with butter.
  2. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 20 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p19

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This recipe is a hit! Something different from traditional pumpkin pie, very easy, and very tasty!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"This is the 2nd year to make this. We love it!! As mentioned by rdooley65, I cut the calories by using fat free evap milk. I also use 1/2 box of cake mix. You really don't need so much mix. And yes, to Angel-Food on the 1st of Jan, you MUST used the pumpkin PIE FILLING!!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"I will be making this with a sugar free came mix, sugar blend and fat free evaporated milk and 0 Cal butter spray, for Thanksgiving. Just a little healthier."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I think denbet thinks it is bitter because she didn't use Pumpkin Pie Mix. She probably used pumpkin only. I agree a whole box of cake mix is too much. This is one of the best Healthy Cooking recipes I've tried."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012


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