Sunday, September 2, 2012

Memaw's Favorite Pumpkin Squares Recipe

It is September, but not too many farmers around here grow pumpkins. Maybe that is something to think about for next year. Or maybe not. It must be due to the weather that no one has picked up on growing pumpkins.

I still think that transporting watermelons and even pumpkins must be expensive, since they are so huge and heavy. I will never forget the time I paid over $25 for a pumpkin for my son and me to carve into a jack o' lantern on Halloween. As it rolled around in the back of our station wagon, he screamed that I was hurting it. Maybe so, since I tend to take corners a bit too quickly. But the pumpkin was okay. It served its purpose by scaring aware the spooks.

I don't buy pumpkins anymore. Cans of the purée serve the purpose for yummy desserts.

Here is Memaw's recipe for Pumpkin Squares. Great way to usher in the cooler weather, wherever it may be. Not here, in any case!

Pumpkin Squares (Memaw's)

2 cups (16 ounce can) pumpkin
1 cup margarine (softened)
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Bake in a greased and floured jelly roll pan ( or large oblong cake pan and one small square cake pan) in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes. Cool completely.


4 ounces cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup softened margarine
3 or 4 tablespoons milk

Beat all ingredients until smooth and spread over cake. Cover leftovers and refrigerate.

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