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Pumpkin Dessert Squares served on a white plate with a gold spoon and topped with Reddi wip

Pumpkin Dessert Squares

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These golden brown buttery Pumpkin Dessert Squares are a staple at our house during Thanksgiving. No, it’s not a pumpkin pie. It’s so much better. I promise! You’ve got buttery yellow cake as crust and topping and then the filling is sweet pumpkin-pie-ish deliciousness.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Dessert Squares
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 20 servings
Calories 250
Author Kim



  • 1 box yellow cake mix (1 cup reserved)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  • 3 cups (1 lb. 14 ozs.) Libby's pumpkin pie mix*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk (I used almond milk.)


  • 1 cup reserved cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Combine the ingredients for the crust; in a medium mixing bowl. Use a large spoon to spread the crust into the bottom of the baking pan or press it evenly with your fingers.
  • Combine the ingredients for the filling; in a medium mixing bowl. Pour filling over crust and spread out evenly.
  • Combine the ingredients for the topping; in a small mixing bowl and sprinkle evenly over filling.
  • Bake dessert at 350ºF for 45 to 50 mins.
  • Allow dessert to cool for about 20 minutes and then store in the fridge (at least 3-4 hours) before serving.
  • Bars will be tasty at room temperature, but are best served COLD with some type of whipped topping.


I use Pillsbury for the yellow cake mix.
FOR GLUTEN FREE, choose a gluten free boxed cake mix.
FOR DAIRY FREE, use a vegan butter, such as Earth Balance. Also, use a non dairy milk, such as almond milk.
*This is not the same as canned pumpkin purée. Be sure to read the label and make sure your can is listed as "pumpkin pie mix".


Serving: 1dessert square | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.4g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27.8mg | Sodium: 307.9mg | Potassium: 0.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3765IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.9mg