Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
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Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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"When we bake these layered squares, our kitchen smells wonderful," writes Ruth Chiarenzsa from her home in La Vale, Maryland. "They are favorites during the fall season, and they make a great finish to any meal. As a matter of fact, they never last for very long in our house!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 319 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, butter and egg until blended. Set aside 2/3 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. For filling, combine pumpkin pie filling, milk and eggs; pour over crust.
  3. For topping, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over pumpkin layer.
  4. Bake until top is golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Dessert in Quick Cooking September/October 2004, p39

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chris_giles18 User ID: 2108383 145036
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"I found this to be just okay. It was easy to make, but the pumpkin layer is not sweet at all and has a kind of pasty texture. I guess I was expecting it to be more pumpkin pie-ish. My husband put whipped cream on his and said it was good. Not sure if I would make again."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 125215
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"I suspect something was not quite right when I did the recipe. Although I have re-read it several time, and did not mess up the ingrediants. When I added the cake mix, MELTED butter and egg- it became very batter like, not crumbs. I used a Duncan Hines mix. So, I added a couple table spoons of Bisquick to try and make it more crumbly. I am sure that was a mistake. I am thinking that is should have been softened butter to make crumbs. Oh well, it is ok-but I think it would have been better with a shortbread crumb like texture."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 90841
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"This is the BEST mistake I ever made! I mistakenly purchased 'pumpkin pie filling' instead of pumpkin puree. I made this dessert so as not to waste the purchase. I'm glad I did! It was a hit. They make a great dessert topped with whipped cream but can also be cut nicely into squares and served on a cookie platter or at a bunch. This recipe works equally well with yellow, butter or spice cake mix. Using a carrot cake mix added extra color diversity because of he little specs of carrots in the mix, looked very fall like. I will be making this "mistake" for many years to come!!"

4steegarden User ID: 913705 139680
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"This was really easy to make. I took this to a bake sale fundraiser at work and it was a big hit - whole pan went for $75. Now they're asking for the recipe."

stevennicole User ID: 2190603 124779
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"let it cool just a bit and then eat it warm with some whipped cream!"

KayleenaB User ID: 6832276 139660
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"I love this recipe, I make this recipe for my God Son's Boy scotts bake sale and they sold like crazy. Now my family is asking me to make them every year. Thank you so much."

sima954 User ID: 2530416 61687
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

"i'm pretty much a fan of ANYTHING pumpkin, but this one was gone in seconds! Not even a square for me 2 take home =("

nikispangler User ID: 3027603 139623
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"I have made these for 6 years now, and they are a big favorite with our family. Everyone who has tried them loves them!!! My husband's favorite dessert!"

lambasio User ID: 4065974 146272
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I thought the pumpkin filling part was a bit bland, but these were a HUGE hit at work. I'd definately make them again!"

rebakaye44 User ID: 3287843 60301
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Absolutely delicious!! The first time I made these, I took them to a potluck. Everyone was begging me for the recipe."

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