Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Heavenly Pumpkin Squares

 This was actually a failed attempt at making Pumpkin Brownies. Well, not exactly a FAILED attempt. I mean, the recipe turned out perfectly, but they just weren't exactly what I was looking for. The recipe was even called Pumpkin Brownies as it was listed on another blog, but they don't seem very brownie-like to me. They're more like cake squares. But here's the thing... they're SO delicious that I couldn't NOT post the recipe! I shared them with a few friends and EVERYONE loved them. I brought them to work, and shared them with a customer who said they were HEAVENLY. So there you have it. They're not Pumpkin Brownies. They're Heavenly Pumpkin Squares! So deliciously moist, they just melt in your mouth. And they're so simple to throw together, you don't even need a mixer. You basically just stir everything together and bake. Doesn't get much easier than that! So give these a try. And if I ever find the right recipe for Pumpkin Brownies, I'll be sure to let you know!

1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
1 c. oil
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder

Heat oven to 350ºF.
Mix together the first 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining ingredients. Stir the wet into the dry, just until incorporated. Pour into greased 13"x9" pan.
Bake 25 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Don't over bake!
While it's baking, make the

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Icing:

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs milk
2 tsp cinnamon

Whip all ingredients together. Spread on warm cake. Place in the fridge to chill before cutting into squares.
I like to let the icing whip for several minutes to dissolve as much of the sugar as possible. The longer it whips, the more the sugar will dissolve into the butter.
You can do a cream cheese icing instead of the brown sugar, or just sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar as soon as you take them out of the oven, or even just dust them lightly with powdered sugar.

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