Pumpkins have been popping up all over Western New York for weeks now, which means it’s time to make cream cheese frosted pumpkin squares.
You can frost pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting or dust them with a little powdered sugar instead. Either way, pumpkin squares are a simple, delicious pleasure that can be enjoyed as an after school snack or an after dinner dessert. Enjoy your pumpkin square with a cup of hot chocolate, tea or hot spiced apple cide.
Using applesauce in place of oil reduces the calories and fat in this pumpkin square recipe, and it doesn’t change the texture or taste at all.
Make these pumpkin squares vegan by using Ener-G egg replacer, Earth Balance vegan butter, soy or almond milk, and either vegan raw sugar or turbinado sugar. Dust with vegan powdered sugar, which you can make yourself. If you absolutely need to frost these pumpkin squares, try vegan cream cheese frosting.
Make your delicious pumpkin squares even better by making your own cocoa mix.
Cream cheese frosted pumpkin squares recipe
4 eggs, beaten (or equivalent egg substitute)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 can (28 ounces) 100% pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup raisins (golden raisins work nicely or use 1/4 cup dark raisins and 1/4 cup golden raisins)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Combine all ingredients and pour into 13×9-inch baking dish or jelly-roll pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake at 350*F for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly while making the frosting.
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 pound powdered sugar (icing sugar, confectioners sugar)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 to 3 tsp. milk
Cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract. Slowly add powdered sugar. Blend in milk until smooth. Spread on warm squares. Cut into squares, about 12.
Rachael’s Recipe Notes:
For those with nut allergies, leave out the walnuts, add extra raisins if desired.
For those with cinnamon allergies, substitute nutmeg.
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